2019 Kia Soul
- Mostly unchanged for 2019
- Base model has a few more standard features
- Part of the second Soul generation introduced for 2014
- Long list of standard and optional features
- Attractive cabin with user-friendly controls
- More passenger space than many small SUVs
- Excellent crash test scores
- Ride quality can be overly harsh with bigger wheels
- All-wheel drive isn't available
- Unimpressive fuel economy
2019 Kia Soul pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Soul does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.5 / 5
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.
Trim levels & features
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.
Noise & vibration3.5
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out4.5
Audio & navigation
Features & Specs
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.
Kia Soul vs. the competition
2019 Kia Soul
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.
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.
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.
2019 Kia Soul for Sale
Kia calls it a crossover, and others call it a wagon or a hatchback, but whatever you call the 2019 Kia Soul, its shape — kind of a stylized shoebox — catches your eye as its ready-for-anything attitude piques your interest. Generally thought to be aimed squarely at the youth market, the Soul does, in fact, make a pretty good all-around vehicle for shoppers of any age looking for a vehicle that's affordable, practical and roomy, yet strikes a different chord than the average hatchback or compact SUV.
There are three trim levels available: base, Plus (+) and Exclaim (!). Their standard engines provide respective increases in power. The base Soul comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. Next up, on the Plus, is a 2.0-liter four that puts out 161 hp and 150 lb-ft. And the Exclaim has a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that cranks out 201 hp and 195 lb-ft. The base engine comes linked to a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 2.0-liter powerplant gets a six-speed automatic transmission, and the turbo gets a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic. All have front-wheel drive and, unlike its subcompact competitors, all-wheel drive is not available.
The five-seater Soul's boxy shape results in a surprisingly roomy interior, but it is better suited to four passengers and their cargo. Folded rear seats expand the Soul's load capacity to rival that of most small SUVs. Attractively styled, the cabin generally features high-quality materials. A variety of trim levels, packages and options allows buyers to personalize the Soul to near-luxury levels.
One complaint about the Soul had been that its lackluster engine performance didn't match its zippy looks. Now, with the addition of the available turbo, that issue has been put to rest. It doesn't elevate the Soul to sport coupe territory, but it provides plenty of highway passing power and enough punch off the line to satisfy most drivers. It also easily outdoes its competitors. The ride might be a bit on the firm side, but it's no worse than most vehicles in this class. The Soul Exclaim also exhibits excellent cornering ability for a rather tall vehicle.
The Soul's base trim level comes well-equipped with such features as alloy wheels, tinted windows and satellite radio. The midlevel Soul Plus (+) adds comfort and convenience features that include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The top-of-the-line Soul Exclaim (!) adds special cloth-leather upholstery, piano-black accents and other luxury touches, not to mention the turbocharged powerplant. Let Edmunds help you find the 2019 Kia Soul that best meets your needs.
2019 Kia Soul Overview
The 2019 Kia Soul is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include + 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6A), 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A), ! 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), and 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M).
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.
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What's a good price for a New 2019 Kia Soul?
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 $3,306 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3,306 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$18,249.
The average savings for the 2019 Kia Soul + 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is15.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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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 $19,310. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,929 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,929 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$16,381.
The average savings for the 2019 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A) is15.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 76 2019 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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 $3,480 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3,480 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$14,075.
The average savings for the 2019 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M) is19.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 7 2019 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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 $2,765 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,765 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,290.
The average savings for the 2019 Kia Soul ! 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is11.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 11 2019 Kia Soul ! 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
Which 2019 Kia Souls are available in my area?
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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.