Feelin’ it in my 2020 Kia Soul!

October 29, 2019 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

Soul has always held a special place in my heart

The @Kia Soul has always held a special place in my heart for a number of reasons. Not only did I attend the North American media debut of the Soul in Miami in 2009 — the one made famous in marketing by a bunch of hip-hop hamsters — but I was also there for the launch of Phase II in Minnesota in 2015.

But the real reason I love the car is that I own a 2010 #Kia #Soul and use it as my daily driver. It was originally purchased by my father, the true “Carguy” in the family, and I basically inherited it before he died in 2016.

The 2020 version of the sporty and spunky compact crossover is clearly an improvement on the previous model, and yet, it retains its unique design and interior flexibility to ensure that this Kia will never lose its true Soul.

The mileage numbers are slightly improved for the new vs. the old Soul models, with the 2020 version getting 27 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway for a combined 30 miles per gallon in real-time driving. My 2010 model gets about 27 mpg overall.

Somewhat surprisingly, the price points of the two Souls are very similar. Our report from the 2010 model launch states that you can get a Soul fully-loaded for just under $20,000. A decade later, this Should X-Line model has an MSRP of $21,490 and totaled out as tested at $22,615. That kinda deal clearly fills my Soul with joy.

Cargo capacity is increased by 5 cubic feet in the 2020 Kia Soul, with a wider and lower liftgate, easy grip handle AND a dual cargo board that offers flexibility and the ability to handle larger items using the lower level setting.

Entry filed under: Car Reviews.

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