The upcoming 2019 Kia Soul is a small crossover or we could call it “mini SUV” that offers room for five passengers. After the years of success, one thing that missed on Kia Soul is its lack of power. Now that is changed thanks to a new turbocharged engine. We can say that the new Soul is a complete vehicle, with more power, boosted interior and fresh exterior.
On top of that, 2019 Kia Soul comes with the premium audio system, advanced driver-assist features, and new UVO3 infotainment system. LED positioning lights are offered as a standard, while some higher trims gained HID headlights. The exterior is slightly changed and new Wild Orange paint option is added.
2019 Kia Soul is a Small but Spacious SUV
The 2019 Kia Soul is an attractive small crossover with the design that is easy to spot. Unfortunately, the newest model is spied camouflaged and some details are undercovered. However, some minor tweaks that distinguish from the first generation have happened. Both front and rear bumpers are new and on Soul Plus model, they get body-color inserts.
Up front, a low radiator grille is sitting with a single horizontal split. At the rear, the taillights will keep the current design, so the distinctive and vertical design will remain. Standard wheels are 16-inch, but the Exclaim model offers 18-inch alloy wheels HID headlights and dual exhaust tips. Kia Soul is available in various trim levels and optional packages that could boost the exterior even more, and a new Wild Orange paint is optional.
2019 Kia Soul Interior Changes
Like mentioned, the 2019 Kia Soul is a five-passenger small crossover and it offers comfortable feel inside the cabin. The upholstery hugely depends on the trim level and if you want contrast stitching on cloth materials with leather seats, you’ll have to go with Soul Exclaim model. It comes with numerous dual USB ports and one can recharge your phone.
The headroom is great thanks to Soul’s boxy shape, and the cargo space is more than good. The audio system is great and the cabin now features better air conditioning, telescoping steering wheel, power windows, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
The 2019 Kia Soul like the previous model comes with three trims the Base one, Plus (+) and the Exclaim (!). The base one trim will get features like Rear Camera Display, UVO with 7-inch touch-screen display, Siri® Eyes Free, Remote Keyless Entry, Folding Key and Illuminated Ignition Ring and Cargo Undertray.
The next one trim is recommended by experts Plus (+), this trim will give much more for the money. It will add UVO with 8-inch touch-screen display, Premium Navigation, Heated Rear and Front Seats, HD Radio, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Cargo Cover, Blind-Spot Detection System and Piano Black Accents.
The last one Exclaim (!) will have all of the trim level features plus Smart Key with Push Button Start and Immobilizer, Satin Chrome Interior Door Handles and Sport Leather Steering Wheel.
2019 Kia Soul EV model
More and more company’s at this time are producing electric and hybrid cars and the Kia Company will also stay competitive with the model Soul EV. This model is expected to get like predecessor minimal design changes if we compare it with the base Soul model. However, it will be definitely recognized that is nonstandard version.
The newest 2019 Kia Soul Ev will now get bigger battery and range boost from 93 to 111 miles. The engine that will be used in this model gives 81 kilowatts (109 horsepower) and 210 pound-feet of torque.
As for the fuel economy, we expect combined MPGe figure from 105 to 108. The starting price for this model will be around $33,145 including delivery.
2019 Kia Soul Engine Variants and Gearbox
There are three drivetrains options in 2019 Kia Soul. The base model gets a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 130 HP and 120 lb-ft of torque. This unit is available with both manual and automatic 6-speed transmission. Soul Plus model comes with stronger 2.0-liter four-cylinder that can burst 162 HP and 150 lb-ft of torque. This drivetrain offers only 6-speed automatic transmission.
Last driving option is a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that produces up to 201 HP and 195 lb-ft of torque and it comes with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. All models are available with the front-wheel-drive system, and if you are looking for better fuel efficiency, turbocharged engine is the best option.
Fuel Economy, Acceleration and Top Speed
The 2019 Kia Soul will have similar fuel economy like its predecessor. The base engine 1.6-liter four-cylinder will have fuel economy in city-highway 24/30 mpg for the manual gearbox and 25/30 mpg for the automatic one. However, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder will get some better rating of 26/31 mpg, and the last one and strongest turbocharged 1,6 liter gives 26/31 mpg. From the 0 to 60 mph this SUV can run in 6,5 sec and is able to reach a top speed of 125 mph.
2019 Kia Soul AWD system
The taken spy images on the snowy wheater revealed that this model may get the AWD system. If we look at the past all Kia Soul models come with the front wheel drive system. If this is true we can expect some changes in the fuel economy ratings. Also, this will definitely give users better off-road capability, better haul and towing capacity.
2019 Kia Soul Price and Release Date
The newest 2019 Kia Soul will starts around $17,500. However, the base model comes with great features but we recommend at least Soul Plus trim level that costs $21,500 and delivers more power and more options. Furthermore, the Soul Exclaim starts slightly over $28,500.
Kia Soul will be debut around the New Year’s time.
There is a small number of competitors, but the 2019 Kia Soul will definitely rival models like Honda HR-V and Fiat 500X. However, we must mention for the end that this SUV comes with a great 10-year or 100,000-mile warranty.