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2019 Kia Soul
Select a Different Model (6 Available): Base (Auto) Wagon
Fair Market Price $ 19790
MPG (EPA) 26 CTY /31 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 24/61 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
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2019 Kia Soul MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Punchy turbocharged engine
  • Spacious interior
  • Torquey EV model

You Won't Like

  • Excessive road and tire noise
  • Active safety tech limited to one trim
  • EV range is less than newer rivals

New for 2019

A rearview camera and automatic headlights now come standard on the base 2019 Soul. The Inferno Red exterior color is now available on the base model. EV models now get an upgraded multimedia system with faster response times. The next-generation Soul makes its debut for the 2020 model year.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The 2019 Kia Soul is a tall front-drive compact hatchback available in three trims for the gas-powered model or two grades in the Soul EV.

Base: The Base grade comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, cloth upholstery, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and a USB port.

Plus (+): Move up to the Plus grade and you get 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, automatic climate control, a drive mode selector, cruise control, and keyless entry.

Exclaim (!): Range-topping Exclaim models get keyless start, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, leather upholstery with cloth inserts, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

EV: The base Soul EV comes with a long list of standard features including 16-inch alloy wheels, a 3.5-inch gauge cluster display, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, the UVO interface with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, a six-speaker audio system, keyless entry and start, and a drive mode selector that changes steering feel.

EV+: Moving up to the EV+ gets you parking sensors, speaker lights, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, and power-folding side mirrors.

Available options include HID headlights, a 4.3-inch gauge cluster display, Kia's UVO interface with navigation and an 8.0-inch touchscreen, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a Harman Kardon audio system, and a panoramic sunroof.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2019 Soul is available with three engines including the base-model's naturally aspirated 1.6-liter I-4 with 130 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Moving up to the Plus gets you a 2.0-liter I-4 with 161 hp and 150 lb-ft coupled exclusively to a six-speed automatic. The Exclaim has the most powerful engine, a 1.6-liter turbo-four with 201 hp and 195 lb-ft mated to a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic.

Fuel economy ratings for the base 1.6-liter I-4 are 24/30 mpg city/highway with the manual or 26/31 mpg with the automatic. The Plus grade is slightly less efficient at 25/30 mpg while the turbocharged model is one of the more efficient, at 26/31 mpg.

The 2019 Soul EV uses a single electric motor with 109 hp and 210 lb-ft and a 30-kWh lithium-ion battery. On a single charge, the Soul EV can travel up to 111 miles. Charging times from empty are 33 hours using a level 1 120-volt charger or a wall outlet at home or 5 hours and 10 minutes on a level 2, 240-volt charger. Using a level 3 fast charger gets you to 80 percent charge in 35 minutes and 90 percent in 46 minutes.

Safety

The NHTSA gave the 2019 Kia Soul a five-star overall rating (out of possible five stars). The IIHS calls the 2019 Soul a 2019 Top Safety Pick after it received a Good score on all categories except the passenger side front small overlap test where it received an Acceptable score (Good is the highest possible score). In the IIHS' front crash prevention test, the Soul received a Superior rating after it avoided a 12-mph collision and reduced the impact of a 25-mph crash by 24 mph (Superior is the highest score on the front crash prevention test).

Active driver assistance features are available only on the Plus and Exclaim trims. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available on both but adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and lane departure warningare offered only on the Plus grade.

Utility

The 2019 Soul's 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the standard split-folding rear seats in place can be expanded to 61.3 cubic feet. Higher trims have a tray under the cargo floor that cuts capacity down to 18.8 cubic feet with all seats in place and 49.5 cubic feet with the second row folded.

What We Think

In a 2014 First Test, we were impressed with the Soul's generous interior space, giving passengers and cargo plenty of room. Ride comfort is also good and the 2.0-liter I-4 offers good power. The Soul Turbo we drove offered better straight-line performance thanks to plenty of low- and mid-range torque. We also noted in a 2017 First Drive that although it's far from a hot hatch, the Soul handles respectably, and the car's infotainment system is easy to use. However, there is plenty of wind and tire noise.

Although slower than the gas-powered model, the Soul EV feels quicker than it is, as we noted in a 2015 First Test. The electric motor's instant torque gives it plenty of passing power at all speeds. In B mode it's easy to take advantage of its regenerative brakes for maximum range.

Cool Fact

The Soul features cool mood lighting around its front door speakers that pulses and changes color to the music you're playing.

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2019 KIA SOUL SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 1.6 Liter Gamma GDI
Transmission Name
Transmission, Sportmatic 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
Trim
Base (Auto) Wagon
Class
Compact Utility
Horsepower
130@6300
Standard MPG
26/31
Body Style
Wagon
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Base Convenience Package

INCLUDES: Apps Control; Automatic Climate Control; Mobile Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; Multi-Function Display Screen, 7.0-Inch (1); Navigaion Via Mobile Phone; Telematics; Text To Speech / Speech To Text; Ventilation System NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [EH] EC Mirror Compass & HomeLink (PIO)
$1147 $1200

Paint Protection Package (PIO)

$171 $200

Engine: 4-Cyl 1.6 Liter Gamma GDI

Std Std

Transmission, Sportmatic 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode

Std Std

Exterior Color, Clear White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Bright Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Shadow Black Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Alien II Pearl Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Inferno Red Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Titanium Gray Metallic

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

CONTAINED IN: [CVB] Base Convenience Package
Pkg Pkg

Automatic Climate Control

CONTAINED IN: [CVB] Base Convenience Package
Pkg Pkg

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Cargo Net (PIO)

$42 $50

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cargo Tray (PIO)

$67 $80

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Mobile Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

CONTAINED IN: [CVB] Base Convenience Package
Pkg Pkg

Multi-Function Display Screen, 5.0-Inch

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 7.0-Inch (1)

CONTAINED IN: [CVB] Base Convenience Package
Pkg Pkg

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

CONTAINED IN: [CVB] Base Convenience Package
Pkg Pkg

Puddle Lights (PIO)

$192 $225

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Remote Start Kit (Key Start) (PIO)

$353 $425

Telematics

CONTAINED IN: [EH] EC Mirror Compass & HomeLink (PIO); [CVB] Base Convenience Package
Pkg Pkg

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

CONTAINED IN: [CVB] Base Convenience Package
Pkg Pkg

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

CONTAINED IN: [CVB] Base Convenience Package
Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.957

Std Std

Compass

CONTAINED IN: [EH] EC Mirror Compass & HomeLink (PIO)
Grp Grp

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 14.2 Gallon

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Rear Bumper Applique - Clear (PIO)

$62 $75

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [MUG] Mud Guards (PIO)
Grp Grp

Mud Guards (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
$78 $95

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

Std Std

Rear Spoiler (PIO)

$327 $395

Window, Rear

Std Std

Cross Bar

$187 $225

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Carpeted Floor Mats (PIO)

$102 $125

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Console And Shift Knob ; None On Doors And Instrument Panel

Std Std

Sport Pedals (PIO)

$67 $80

Illuminated Scuff Plates (PIO)

$208 $250

Steering Wheel: Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Carpeted Cargo Seatback Tray (PIO)

$93 $115

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Ambient Lighting

CONTAINED IN: [IL] Interior Light Kit (PIO)
Grp Grp

Fully Integrated Lighting System

CONTAINED IN: [IL] Interior Light Kit (PIO)
Grp Grp

Interior Light Kit (PIO)

INCLUDES: Ambient Lighting; Fully Integrated Lighting System
$374 $450

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

Body-Color Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors

Std Std

EC Mirror Compass & HomeLink (PIO)

INCLUDES: Compass; Rear View Mirror, Automatic; Telematics NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [CVB] Base Convenience Package
$291 $350

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

CONTAINED IN: [EH] EC Mirror Compass & HomeLink (PIO)
Grp Grp

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Paint, Pearl

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 6

Std Std

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera Display Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Woven + Tricot Cloth

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Gray Two-Tone Woven + Tricot Cloth

N/C N/C

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Bucket

Std Std

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, Satellite Radio

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Dynamic Steering, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Torsion Beam w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Tires, P205/60HR16 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 16" Alloy with Wheelcovers

Std Std

Wheel Locks (PIO)

$42 $55
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
100000
Full Warranty Miles
60000
Powertrain Warranty Months
120
Full Warranty Months
60
Roadside Assistance Miles
60000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 07-01-2019
$400 Kia announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible military personnel. 07-01-2019
$2000 Kia announces Customer Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-01-2019
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 66 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 07-01-2019
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 07-01-2019
$0 0% Financing for a maximum term of 48 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 07-01-2019