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2019 Kia Soul

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$16,490 — $22,990 MSRP
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Hatchback
5 Seats
27-28 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior quality
  • Choice of three engines or all-electric drivetrain
  • Panoramic moonroof available
  • Heated steering wheel available

The Bad

  • Peculiar body-colored liftgate panel
  • All-wheel drive not offered
  • Modest cargo volume
  • Electric version's limited range
2019 Kia Soul exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Kia Soul
  • Five-seat compact hatchback
  • Turbo four-cylinder available
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity available
  • Automatic emergency braking available

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Kia Soul?

The Kia Soul is a boxy compact hatchback with room for five people. It comes with front-wheel drive and a choice of three four-cylinder engines, including a turbocharged one. Three transmissions are available: a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. A battery-electric version with a 111-mile EPA-estimated driving range is offered in California and Oregon. Competitors include the Mini Countryman, Toyota C-HR and Nissan Kicks. A redesigned Soul debuts as a 2020 model.

What’s New on the 2019 Kia Soul?

Automatic headlights are now standard.

What Features in the 2019 Kia Soul Are Most Important?

Standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, variable-intermittent windshield wipers, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, Bluetooth and a 60/40-split, folding backseat.

Available features include heated side mirrors, a panoramic moonroof, cruise control, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, automatic air conditioning, navigation and a Harman Kardon premium stereo. Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

Should I Buy the 2019 Kia Soul?

The Soul and Soul EV have been redesigned for the 2020 model year and hit dealerships in spring 2019. The 2020 models have better gas mileage, and the all-electric version has a significantly longer 243-mile EPA range. But if you’re looking for deals, you should be able to find them on leftover 2019 Souls still on dealer lots.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
119 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

Comfortable and nimble driver

by Walter from Chicago on July 13, 2019

At 6’1 found Kia Soul comfortable It’s an easy drivers and the only improvement I would like is that it could be a little longer in size and wheelbase. After renting one for 6 weeks I intend to ... Read full review

(5.0)

Smoothest driving car I have ever owned

by Bigdbass from Talbott, Tennessee on June 29, 2019

The soul does everything I need it to. It gets great gas mileage on the eco mode, and with the sport mode you can really feel a difference in control and the way the car grips the road. There is ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Kia Soul currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Kia Soul Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
marginal

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Soul received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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