2020 Kia Soul vs 2019 Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul vs 2019 Kia Soul
2020 Kia Soul 2019 Kia Soul


2.0L I4 1.6L I4


147hp 130hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

27/33 * 24/30 *


6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual

2020 Kia Soul vs 2019 Kia Soul

Serving Gainesville, GA

Kia launched the Soul in 2009. With its revolutionary design and concepts, the brand wasn’t quite sure what consumers would think. To their delight, the Soul was a hit. Today, the Soul remains one of the company’s most popular vehicles, and it gets better each year. Perhaps you’re in the market for a Kia Soul, and you’re debating whether to go with the current model (2019) or try out the latest 2020 Soul instead. There are a number of updates for the 2020 Kia Soul, including notable styling changes to the exterior. The 2019 Kia offers a few more engine choices. Ultimately, however, you can’t go wrong with either model year of the Kia Soul. If you’re wondering how they stack up in closer detail, here are their key similarities and differences.


The 2020 Kia Soul has two engines available, while the 2019 Kia Soul has three. However, the base engine of the 2020 Kia Soul is more powerful than that of the 2019 Kia Soul. The base engine of the 2020 Kia Soul is a 2.0L, four-cylinder that produces up to 147 HP. This engine also comes with a refined variable transmission system, which is Kia’s own version of the CVT. Equipped with Kia’s novel transmission system, the Soul gets better fuel efficiency and smoother-shifting gearing in contrast to many of its CVT-based peers. Drivers can also opt for a six-speed manual version of the transmission with the base trim of the 2020 Soul, which is the LX. The second engine is the top-level engine of the 2019 Soul, which is a turbo-charged 1.6L engine with four cylinders. Its power output is 201 HP and just under 200 LB-FT of torque. The 2019’s 2.0L, four-cylinder engine with a power capacity of 161 HP and 150 LB-FT of torque is eliminated. The base engine in the 2019 Soul is a 1.6L, four-cylinder engine that produces up to 130 HP and 118 LB-FT of torque.


The two model years of the Soul share the vehicle’s same iconic boxy shape and wide front end. However, the 2020 Kia has longer, narrower headlights and sleeker integrated turn signals. The grille is smaller and features a two-tone paint scheme. The taillights feature a wraparound design, and the front fender gets more volume. Finally, the C-pillars get a wing-shape design and custom graphics. In comparison, the 2019 Kia Soul has larger headlights and a bigger, more pronounced front grille.


Change continues on the inside of the 2020 Kia Soul, which gets the addition of a wireless charging pad, dual-zone climate control, and custom interior lighting. The rear seat in the latest Kia Soul has a slightly angled back to maximize passenger comfort. Loading and unloading cargo is easier with wider door openings and more cargo space. There is plenty of interior space for passengers in both rows of seats. Both versions of the Soul have essentially the same technology. As with the 2019 model year, the higher-end trims get more in the way of luxury with soft-touch materials and technology. A seven-inch infotainment display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is standard in 2020. All trims have a backup camera, too.

If you’re looking for a sporty, spacious, and tech-savvy SUV, you can’t go wrong with either the 2020 or the 2019 version of the Kia Soul. The 2020 Kia stands out for its exterior design change and the addition of some slightly newer technology features. However, they remain fundamentally the same in design and both have the same attractive qualities. If you want to try out one or both, don’t hesitate to let us know. Contact our dealership by phone or online today to learn more and arrange a test drive through our customer-oriented staff.

* EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition