This is the 2020 Kia Soul. Now as you know the Kia Soul is a five-door subcompact crossover SUV. Sounds complicated right? Well, why not try mini MPV (multi-purpose vehicle). The first generation Soul was released in 2008 and was designed at Kia’s California design studio. Fast forward to 2018 and the third generation was revealed at the recent LA Auto Show.
So what’s different with the 2020 Kia Soul? As with all new generations, the exterior proportions will be slightly wider and longer.
As a result, the 2020 Soul features all-new styling, an evolution rather than a complete re-working. And that’s a good thing. It’s a continuation of familiarity people have become used to.
So you get slimmer headlights for a start. And the rear window has a pronounced kink. All-in-all it’s typical of restyling undertaken for a new generation.
Increased exterior proportions allow for more interior and cargo space. Kia reckons around 23.8 cubic feet.
Kia will add three new model trims, GT-Line, Ex Designer Collection (seriously?) and X-Line. The latter is made to look like an off-road 4×4 but with none of the guts to go offroading.
Engines will be carried over from the current offerings. So expect to see a range of diesel and petrol engines for the UK, petrol only for the US.
Kia will also continue to offer the Soul EV. The current Soul EV has a pure electric range of 155 miles.
Expect to find the latest infotainment tech which will include Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto smartphone integration. And of course Sat Nav.
Also expect to include passive and active safety tech such as emergency braking, lane assist and change, adaptive cruise control etc.