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2020 Kia Soul Shines in Safety Ratings

2020 Kia Soul

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.

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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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