Kia redesigned its funky box for 2020 and along with new styling and more creature comforts, the Soul also gets a bump in safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Soul the Top Safety Pick Plus award, the agency’s highest designation.
The 2020 Soul earned good ratings in all six crash tests, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof-strength and head-restraint tests. It also earned a superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating. The previous-generation Soul earned only an acceptable rating in the challenging passenger-side small overlap front test, precluding it from Plus status.
There are two caveats to the Soul’s top score, however. First: Only models equipped with an optional front crash prevention system qualify. The Soul has two optional systems, and IIHS said both are rated superior and avoided a collision at 12 and 25 mph. A base Soul LX comes with no advanced safety tech, such as forward collision alert or automatic emergency braking.
Second: IIHS also said only the Soul’s LED projector headlights, which are standard on the GT-Line Turbo trim or optional on the EX trim, received a good rating, qualifying the hatchback for the Top Safety Pick Plus award. The other three halogen headlight options earned poor ratings.
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