Car Review: 2020 Kia Soul X-Line gives you space with sporty look for a low price

For over a decade, the funky little Soul has been a big hit for Kia. The subcompact crossover gives you space and many features for a price that is easy on the wallet.

The new 2020 Kia Soul builds on the mission delivered by previous iterations, providing cool looks and city-friendly size makes for a good urban ride.

I spent a week with the Soul X-Line that gives a sporty look with large 18-inch wheels and a sleek body kit from the pricey turbo Soul model. But the X-Line is priced much lower around $22,000.

The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine does a decent job for most buyers. The new transmission for 2020 helps with better mpg than in past Kia Soul models.

Inside, the Soul comes nicely equipped for the lower price tag. A durable fabric covers the seats and the steering wheel and shift knob are covered in leather. Android Auto & Apple CarPlay phone integration makes the 7-inch touch screen very useful.

Space is a big plus in this little crossover; even the back seat is usable for adults, thanks to its boxy style. The rear cargo space is actually bigger than I was expecting. It easily swallows a few suitcases for a weekend trip. There is good visibility but all the glass tends to let in noise at highway speeds.

Price: $21,490; as tested $22,615

MPG: 27 mpg City; and 33 mpg Highway. I managed 31.7 in 236 miles of mixed driving.

Options: $130 carpeted floor mats

Safety: Blind spot collision warning; rear cross traffic collision warning; lane change assist; hill start assist; vehicle stability management

Things to know: The 2020 Kia Soul is thoroughly redesigned but still the funky-looking tiny crossover that won’t break the bank. With plenty of space and an easy-to-drive size, the Kia Soul looks to remain a popular choice for years to come.


  • Interior space is impressive.
  • Prices start under $20,000 and you get a lot for the money.
  • Good mpg from the base four-cylinder engine.


  • No available four-wheel drive on any Kia Soul.
  • Soul X-Line does not have all the safety features that higher trim levels have.
  • Some wind and road noise are evident at higher speeds.

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