2019 Kia Soul

2019 Kia Soul
Save up to $5,406
2019 Kia Soul
Save up to $5,406

What’s new

  • Mostly unchanged for 2019
  • Base model has a few more standard features
  • Part of the second Soul generation introduced for 2014

Pros

  • Long list of standard and optional features
  • Attractive cabin with user-friendly controls
  • More passenger space than many small SUVs
  • Excellent crash test scores

Cons

  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • All-wheel drive isn't available
  • Ride quality can be overly harsh with bigger wheels


Which Soul does Edmunds recommend?

We suggest checking out the Soul Plus (+) trim that finds an agreeable middle ground between the base and the top-of-the-line Exclaim (!) models. It benefits from convenience and tech features that are either options on the base trim or not offered at all. The 2.0-liter engine does a much better job of getting the Soul moving.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

When the Kia Soul debuted almost a decade ago, it defied convention and classification. It occupied an odd middle ground between hatchbacks and crossover SUVs that didn't really exist at the time. Fast forward to today and the subcompact crossover class not only exists, but it's growing in popularity with car companies scrambling to fill the void.

Luckily for Kia, the Soul has been filling that void for a while and benefits greatly from refinements and tweaks over the years. One thing that has remained constant, however, is its value proposition. You get a lot of standard features for the money and options are reasonably priced, too. Then there's the 10-year/100,000-mile warranty that eclipses anything else in the industry.

The 2019 Kia Soul also stands out from other tiny crossovers with its available engine choices that make them more fun to drive. We deduct some points for the resulting unimpressive fuel economy and the unavailability of all-wheel drive, but in our view, the positives well outpace the negatives.

2019 Kia Soul configurations

The 2019 Kia Soul is available in three trim levels: base, Plus (+) and Exclaim (!). Each comes with a different engine. An automatic transmission is standard on the Plus and the Exclaim and optional on the base Soul, which comes with a six-speed manual.

The base trim comes standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (130 horsepower, 118 pound-feet of torque), 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, a rearview camera, air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touchscreen, a USB port, and a six-speaker sound system with a media player interface, an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio.

The Base Convenience package (automatic transmission only) adds automatic climate control and the Uvo tech interface that includes a 7-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Soul Plus includes the Convenience package content and adds a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (161 hp, 150 lb-ft), a six-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, selectable drive modes, a front center armrest and bin, a rear center armrest, and a cargo cover.

The Soul Exclaim adds a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (201 hp, 195 lb-ft), a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels, upgraded exterior trim (gloss black and red accents), upgraded gauges and interior trim, a mix of cloth and leather seat upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and keyless ignition.

The Plus is available with a number of optional packages. The Audio package includes an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, the Exclaim trim's upgraded interior materials and leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, two USB ports, LED speaker lights, and a Harman Kardon premium sound system. The Designer Collection package adds 18-inch wheels, the leather-wrapped steering wheel and a two-tone roof treatment.

The Plus is also available with the Primo package, which requires the Audio package, and adds a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights, the Exclaim trim's upgraded gauges, heated and ventilated eight-way power-adjustable front seats (with driver lumbar adjustment), heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, and a suite of driver assistance systems that includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, lane departure warning, and a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking.

The Soul Exclaim is available with a Technology package that includes everything it doesn't already have from the Plus' Primo package. The exceptions are the panoramic sunroof, which can be added separately, and leather upholstery, which isn't available at all.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our evaluation of a Kia Soul Exclaim (!) (turbo 1.6L inline-4 | 7-speed dual-clutch automatic | FWD).

Driving

Most drivers won't need the added power from the Kia Soul Exclaim's turbo engine, but there's no doubt any driver will appreciate it. We were surprised by how entertaining and capable this boxy little car is on a twisting road, which translates to a more confident ride for less than sporty drivers.

Acceleration

The Plus trim's standard engine has more guts than most competitors, and the Exclaim's turbo engine really can't be matched. Right off the line, there's a little hesitation, but power builds steadily to highway speeds. Sport mode sharpens response.

Braking

The brake pedal is appropriately firm and easy to modulate. With more aggressive braking, the car remains poised and controllable. The brakes remain strong even after repeated use.

Steering

The steering effort feels right at all speeds. It lightens up at parking-lot speeds and gets heavier as speeds increase. There's a good on-center feel to keep you tracking straight on the highway for effortless road trips.

Handling

The Kia Soul is surprisingly agile and, dare we say, even fun on a winding road. It takes a little getting used to, but you can drive it much harder than you'd expect.

Drivability

The turbocharged Exclaim has a dual-clutch automatic transmission that can be annoyingly hesitant in traffic. Otherwise, and with other trims, the Soul is very easy to drive with confidence whether you're commuting, maneuvering into a tight spot or blasting along some fun roads.

Comfort

The Soul Exclaim rides a little stiffer than other small crossovers (blame the big wheels), but it's far from being a deal-breaker. Even on long drives, you're unlikely to feel fatigued.

Seat comfort

Despite having only basic adjustments, the front seats are comfortable after several hours on the road. The rear seats are a little firm and flat by comparison.

Ride comfort

The Soul's suspension is the same regardless of trim level. The ride quality is stiffer than that of subcompact SUVs, but even on really rough roads, it's never objectionable. Wheel size does make a difference, so test-drive different trims.

Noise & vibration

Wind and road noise is always present, but it's not so loud that it becomes intrusive. Under more aggressive acceleration, the engine can get a little loud, but it sounds pretty good for a four-cylinder.

Climate control

The single-zone automatic climate control is easy to use, and once set, it rarely needs to be adjusted.

Interior

The interior is better than most. Despite the abundance of black plastic inside, the panels are nicely grained and feel substantial. Any spots that you regularly touch or rest your elbows on are padded.

Ease of use

The primary controls, as well as buttons and knobs for secondary systems, are well-labeled and easy to operate.

Getting in/getting out

The tall doors and slightly taller ride height make getting in and out of the Kia Soul a breeze, even in tight spots.

Driving position

You sit taller in the Soul than in a sedan, but not quite as high as in a typical compact SUV. It's an excellent compromise that gives you a great view of the road.

Roominess

Generally, the Soul has more room than subcompact SUV competitors. Its cabin feels big and spacious, even if you ignore its relatively small footprint. The rear seats are especially roomy, with plenty of head- and legroom for taller passengers. The panoramic sunroof enhances the sense of space.

Visibility

The rear roof pillars are pretty thick, but overall outward visibility is excellent. There's no guesswork when backing into a spot, and you won't have to rely too much on the rearview camera.

Quality

Materials and construction are slightly better than expected for a car at this price. Even better materials and nicer seat upholstery can be found in the top Exclaim trim and with the Plus Primo package.

Utility

The Soul's boxy shape allows it to make the most of all the available space. Cargo capacity is better than in most subcompact SUV competitors, though space aft of the back seat is still only so-so. Interior storage could also be better.

Small-item storage

Bins, pockets and cupholders are adequate but not particularly generous or clever in design. Other vehicles offer more and larger storage areas, as well as thoughtful solutions for phones and personal items.

Cargo space

There's up to 19 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats if items are piled to the top. That's average for the segment, but space increases to 61 cubic feet with the seats folded (they don't fold flat). That's better than most hatchbacks and subcompact SUVs and even beats some compact SUVs.

Technology

Kia exceeds expectations when it comes to technology. A lot of features are built into the touchscreen (including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), which is easy to reach and operate. Response time is immediate, and the optional audio system delivers a solid punch.

Audio & navigation

The optional Harman Kardon audio system sounds great and is easy to operate. Similarly, the navigation system benefits from sharp screen resolution and easy-to-read graphics. The mix of physical and onscreen buttons makes switching between systems quick and simple.

Smartphone integration

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included with the Uvo3 touchscreen interface, which is optional on the base trim and standard on all others. One USB port is standard, and two are optional.

Driver aids

Lane departure and blind-spot warning systems, which are only available on Plus and Exclaim, are packaged together with adaptive cruise control and a forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking system.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Kia Soul.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

2019 Kia soul
Peggy,10/11/2018
If you notice I marked great for all categories (except for n/a) it is because I LOVE this car and everything about it. This is my 3rd soul and I would not drive anything else. Of course, since this is a 2019 model, it does have more bells and whistles..
You have to have soul
Josh,08/22/2018
Awaome little car that is fun to drive. Good for small families but sporty enough for you to drive on the weekend as well. Love my soul.
I’m Wowed!
Jim Nelson,08/22/2018
Never imagined a Kia. Dealer adjacent to Nissa dealer and looked at Soul almost by accident. I’m 6’4” and fit better than any car I’ve ever driven. Really. Value with 5 years 60,000 miles makes this car better than shopping for used. Visibility is another best. Seating comfort combined with features and visibility makes it fun to drive. Haven’t had it long enough to comment on reliability but I’m expecting it to be good.
Love the Kia Soul so much I have owned two of them
Al Peaston,11/03/2018
This car has a unique style that has made it my favorite car ever. It is my 4th new car and hands down the one most loved. A year and a half ago I had to rent a car. Enterprise gave me a 2018 Kia Soul. I literally fell in love with it. Great space, comfortable and clear view for driving made it a wonderful experience. I bought a used Kia Soul (2014) which I had for 6 month but lost in an accident. Now, knowing it was the only car I wanted, I bought a new 2019 Kia Soul in Inferno Red. Best care ever. I paid under $19K for a automatic with every convenience: A/C, Power everything (windows, locks, etc.), cruise control, steering wheel controls for radio, cruise and driving modes. Best part was I was able to get a $0 down loan (and I don't have the best credit). If you are looking for a nice car that comes well equipped, you should definitely consider a Kia Soul, especially the model after 2014!
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$18,190
MPG
26 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
130 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$20,490
MPG
25 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
161 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$16,490
MPG
24 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
130 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$22,990
MPG
26 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
7-speed automated manual
Gas
201 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Soul safety features:

Forward Collision Warning System
Warns you of stopped or rapidly slowing vehicles ahead and automatically applies the brakes if you don't respond.
Lane Departure Warning System
Warns you when you've started to drift from your lane.
Blind-Spot Detection System
Alerts you to vehicles in your blind spot through lights located in the side mirrors.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover14.7%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Kia Soul vs. the competition

2019 Kia Soul

2019 Kia Soul

2019 Honda Fit

2019 Honda Fit

Kia Soul vs. Honda Fit

The Honda Fit may seem like a small hatchback from the outside, but it has a surprising amount of interior space with a unique folding rear seat that increases its versatility. The Fit also returns impressive fuel economy figures, but it's on the slow side when it comes to acceleration. At least with the Soul, you have a few engines to choose from and conventional automatic transmissions instead of a lethargic CVT automatic.

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Kia Soul vs. Jeep Renegade

The Soul's peppy spirit is a good contrast with the Jeep Renegade's tough appearance. Both have a bit more character than the typical subcompact crossover, but you'd have to upgrade to the more expensive trims to get the kind of capabilities and performance to go along with those appearances. The Renegade Trailhawk is unique in the class for its off-road prowess, but its nine-speed transmission lacks refinement. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Jeep Renegade.

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Kia Soul vs. Honda HR-V

The Kia Soul gets you more for your money than the Honda HR-V in almost every way. Not only does it come with more standard features, but you also have a greater choice of options and the industry's most generous warranty. The Soul further benefits from more powerful engine choices that outpace the Honda's rather weak acceleration. The HR-V does have more cargo capacity.

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2019 Kia Soul for Sale

Kia Soul 2019 + 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
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MSRP$27,905
Est.Loan: $488/mo
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Shadow Black 2019 Kia Soul Plus FWD Automatic 2.0L 4-Cylinder Soul Plus, 2.0L 4-Cylinder, Automatic, Shadow Black, Gray 2-Tone Cloth, 10-Way Power Adjustable Driver's Seat, 2 USB Center Console Chargers, 8-Way Power Adjustable Passenger Seat, Alarm w/Engine Immobilizer, Audio Package, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Body-Color Power-Adjustable Heat Exterior Mirrors, Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), Heated & Ventilated Front Seats, Heated Outboard Rear Seat Cushions, Heated Steering Wheel, HID Projector Low Beam Head Lights, Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Leather Seat Trim, Leatherette Instrument Hood/Door Center/Armrests, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel & Shift Knob, LED Positioning Lights, LED Tail Lights, Panoramic Sunroof w/Power Sunshade, Piano Black Accents, Power-Folding Exterior Mirrors, Primo Package, Push Button Start w/Smart Key, Radio: harman/kardon AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM Audio, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Satin Chrome Interior Door Handles, Smart Cruise control (SCC), Supervision Meter Cluster w/4.3 TFT Color LCD.Recent Arrival! 30/25 Highway/City MPG
Kia Soul 2019 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A)
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Base
(19)
Hersons Kia
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MSRP$19,255
Est.Loan: $340/mo
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Herson's Kia includes a Two year or 24,000 mile maintenance package with every new Kia purchased or leased. The maintenance package includes oil changes and all regularly scheduled maintenance according to the vehicles maintenance minder system. This offer is exclusive to Herson's Kia. For more details visit our website www.hersonskia.com or call 301-340-3100 and speak to our service consultants.
Kia Soul 2019 ! 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
New 2019
Kia Soul
!
Brown's Manassas Kia
18.9 mi away
MSRP$27,055
Est.Loan: $470/mo
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This Kia won't be on the lot long! Demonstrating exceptional versatility, affordability and earth friendly maturity! A turbocharger is also included as an economical means of increasing performance. Kia infused the interior with top shelf amenities, such as: tilt steering wheel, an overhead console, and cruise control. It features an automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, and an efficient 4 cylinder engine. We pride ourselves in the quality that we offer on all of our vehicles. Please don't hesitate to give us a call.

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More about the 2019 Kia Soul
2019 Kia Soul Overview

The 2019 Kia Soul is offered in the following submodels: Soul Wagon. Available styles include 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A), + 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6A), 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M), and ! 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM).

What do people think of the 2019 Kia Soul?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Kia Soul and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Soul 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Soul.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Kia Soul and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Soul featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2019 Kia Soul?
2019 Kia Soul ! 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

The 2019 Kia Soul ! 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,055. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Soul ! 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $3,578 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2019 Kia Soul ! 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is14.9% below the MSRP.

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2019 Kia Soul + 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2019 Kia Soul + 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,555. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Soul + 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $3,898 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,898 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$17,657.

The average savings for the 2019 Kia Soul + 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is18.1% below the MSRP.

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2019 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A)

The 2019 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,130. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A) is trending $3,414 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,414 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$15,716.

The average savings for the 2019 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A) is17.8% below the MSRP.

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2019 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M)

The 2019 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $17,555. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M) is trending $5,406 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,406 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$12,150.

The average savings for the 2019 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M) is30.8% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Kia Soul?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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