Car Review: Kia Soul GT-Line gets a power and price boost for 2020

The Soul has been a popular little ride for Kia, raking in big sales for the company for over a decade. For 2020, the popular Soul adds a big dose of performance — something the Soul has lacked in the past. Now you can choose a turbo engine with 201 hp that really moves this little crossover. The usual automatic is replaced by a seven-speed dual clutch transmission that offers quick shifts but can be a bit quirky at slower speeds and at takeoff.

The Kia Soul GT-Line has a sporty look with 18-inch wheels, unique front and rear bumpers and lower body moldings that give it a ground-hugging appearance. But the Soul looks less happy and a bit meaner than previous models. The interior comes nicely equipped with both heated seats and a heated steering wheel. The front seats hold you in place and offer good support and some red stitching adds visual appeal. The small crossover is surprisingly spacious with plenty of head room in the back seat for adults. Cargo space is average for the class; you could get more by folding the rear seats. A large 10.25-inch touch-screen with NAV and a loud premium sound system with fun speaker lights are included with the $29,000 Kia Soul GT-Line.

Cost: $27,400; as tested $29,055

MPG: 27 mpg city, 32 mpg highway; I managed 29.7 mpg in 267 miles of mixed driving.

Safety: smart cruise control, driver attention warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning & avoidance-pedestrian, blind spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision warning

Options: $345 Snow White Pearl paint; $130 carpeted floor mats; $95 cargo tray

Things to know: The Soul has been updated for 2020 adding more polish to the feature-rich small crossover. Finally, a more powerful version is available making a more fun to drive Soul.

Pros:

  • Soul GT-Line has turbo power and added performance
  • Fuel efficient even with more power
  • Loaded with technology and safety features

Cons:

  • Can be pricey in top-of-the-line trim levels
  • Dual-clutch transmission feels different from normal automatics
  • Some road noise at higher speeds

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