2019 Kia Soul

here will be no real drastic updates on the 2019 Kia Soul, except on the electric segment. We all thought that 2019 would get the AWD like it will be announced for the 2018 and it was not realized yet. We don’t say that we have some major things against this vehicle, quite, on the contrary, we like it (you are going to see that by yourself from this review), but the AWD was the one thing we really thought it would be good for this little subcompact.

Kia Soul is the most popular Kia in the United States. That is why Kia boosted the design cues in their second generation (current generation) but they haven’t actually changed a lot of things since its first release in 2014. It is a box on wheels with a little bit of style inside and outside. The 2019 Kia Soul is not going to be any different from the old design and it simply continues on that lane of “luxury” and style but it has always lacked that safety aspect and it is a shame that it’s nowhere near the modern standards when we talk about the range of the EV, even though there is that update. The 2019 Kia Soul is far behind other EVs on that range aspect and the price is close to the competitors. In the end, the dawn of the new generation is scheduled for the 2019 and we are almost certain that Kia is waiting for that year to make all the big updates. As we said earlier, the only “bigger” update is the update in the battery.

Official 2019 Kia Soul Release Date is Unknown

The actual 2019 Kia Soul release date is very hard to determine, and we’ve just gotten the 2018 model. There will be an announcement sometime during the summer, and we are assuming that the release date could be sometime in the first quarter of 2019. Don’t hold us to our word on this one, because it is a mere assumption drawn from the previous experience. We will update you on that subject with some official data as soon as it is official.

2019 Kia Soul Price is Affordable and Expensive in The Same Time

The 2019 Kia Soul Base price starts at $16,100. It has three trim levels and an EV model. Three trim levels are Base, Plus, and Exclamation (literally an exclamation mark). 2019 Kia Soul + (plus) can be found for $19,800 without any additional packages and you can find the 2019 Kia Soul ! (exclamation) for $22,800. The two most expensive additions are the Tech Package and the Sun/Moonroof. Tech package is $3,000 and Sunroof is $1,000. When you add that to all the additional options you will get the price of $31,430.

Under optional equipment, you get the cargo net, cargo tray, cross bar, chrome mirror cap, illuminated scuff plates, interior light kit, rear spoiler, remote start kit, and more.

Under the $3,000 Tech Package, there are:

LED Front Fog Lights
Blind Spot Detection System and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Heated front and rear seats
High-Intensity Discharge HID Projector Beam Headlights with Auto Leveling
UVO eServices with 8” touch screen display

2019 Kia Soul Base

  • Starting MSRP – $16,100
  • With 1.6 liters I4 GDI 130 hp
  • Fuel Economy – 24 mpg city/ 30 mpg highway/27 mpg combined
  • $1,600 for the automatic transmission

2019 Kia Soul Plus

  • Starting MSRP – $19,800
  • With 2.0 liter I4 GDI, 161 hp and 6 speed automatic
  • Fuel Economy – 25 mpg city/ 30 mpg highway/27 mpg combined
  • Automatic Temperature Control

2019 Kia Soul Exclamation

  • Starting MSRP – $22,800
  • With 1.6 liter I4 Turbocharged GDI, 201 hp and 7-speed dual clutch transmission
  • Fuel Economy – 26 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway/28 mpg combined
  • The combination of black cloth and leather with orange stitching.

2019 Kia Soul EV

  • Starting MSRP – $32,250 – $36,000
  • 27 kWh Lithium Ion Battery

2019 Kia Soul Exterior Has Aerodynamics of a Brick

There is not much to say about the 2019 Kia Soul Exterior since Kia doesn’t have any plans to change the exterior for 2019. Why? Simply because they are planning a completely new generation for years to come.

The aerodynamics of a brick are not going to help you go through the air like a bullet, so prepare to hear some wind during the drive, if you choose to buy the 2019 Kia Soul. We have some great respect for their determination to keep this vehicle recognizable as it is and because they are not going to some more aerodynamic shape.

Of course, you can expect some minor changes like the new bumpers, fog lights, a shape of the headlights and more elegant taillights. But the main shape of the 2019 Kia Soul is going to stay the same. The height is not going to change, and don’t try to drive it through some extreme off-road terrain. It is not meant for that unless you change the wheels and tires.

2019 Kia Soul Interior is Not Enough?

There is a big difference between the 2019 Kia Soul interior and interiors of its competitors. You simply get more for the same amount of money, at least in luxury. The thing with the current generation is the lack of some pretty obvious details like the pedal shifter on the steering wheel, second USB phone charger on the front and there are no advanced safety systems. It is pretty strange that Kia hasn’t included the automatic braking system, reverse cam direction trajectory, lane keeps assist, etc. The only noticeable features are blind spot detection and lane departure warning.

Other interior details are at its best with the top trim level, the 2019 Kia Soul Exclamation (!). That is maybe the best trim option to choose. It has the panoramic sunroof (moonroof), soft materials all over the front (while you only get the hard plastic on the back). The interesting thing is that you get heated rear and front seats. The audio system is equipped with pulsing speakers which change color and pulse with the beat.

Seats are made of cloth and leather (on the top trim level). There is plenty of room at the front, while passengers have to squeeze in the middle of the rear seats. There is room for five passengers, but I wouldn’t like to drive on that rear bench.

EV Gets New Batteries, but The 2019 Kia Soul Engine Lineup Remains The Same

The 2019 Kia Soul engine offer is going to consist out of three versions and one special EV. 1.6 liter for the base level, 2.0 liter four cylinder for the Plus and the best of three will be the new 1.6 liters with 201 hp which is able to go from 0-60 in 7 seconds. Whole three engines are pretty good and fuel efficient but the main problem is the electric version. Its range of 90 miles is maybe good for 2010 model year, but for 2018 when Kia’s competition can go for 200 miles without charging is… ludicrous. Not only because of the range but because of the price which is high enough for the Model 3…

Even with that update, the 2019 Kia Soul is going to stand well behind its competition. The update is going to improve the battery range only for the 10% which will bring the 2019 Kia Soul to somewhere above 100 miles.

Verdict

The Kia Soul is made to be a wagon but it is actually a compact crossover. It reacts as one, it looks like one and it feels like one. There is enough room for five passengers and in the back, you have decent cargo space and no spare tire. Boxy modern exterior, comfortable sophisticated interior with good visibility and panoramic sunroof are just some of the things which are keeping this vehicle at the top of Kia’s sales numbers. The 2019 Kia Soul is maybe the last opportunity to fix some of the persistent flaws before the new generation comes to the scene. But, in the end, no one has ever felt sorry for buying Kia Soul, and it seems that it is just as it should be. The outdated suspension system, bad traction and turbo lag don’t seem like a problem for Kia’s customers. Nevertheless, we expect those problems to be resolved for the 2019 Kia Soul. If there are some new updates, this will be the right place to find them.

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