The 2019 Kia Soul is totally tailored to your comfort, but it also features three capable engine configurations. So which Soul engine size is the best for you? To help you decide, the team at Youngblood Kia of Springfield, MO has laid out each Kia Soul engine option and highlighted the benefits of each.

Our product specialists have also written a Soul trim guide, so read through that if you're looking for more information about this Kia crossover. You can also browse our Soul inventory and Soul lease and finance deals to see what's offered at our auto dealership near Nixa, MO. To get in touch with a Youngblood representative, please call us at (866) 825-9532 or use our online contact form.

Engine Sizes

-Each 2019 Soul trim level is accompanied by a unique powertrain. The initial model is powered by a 1.6L GDI I4 engine that's paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. Drivers who enjoy the control of a manual transmission will be intrigued by this configuration.

-To upgrade the Soul's engine, take a second look at the 2.0L GDI I4 that is found under the hood of the Soul + (plus). This engine boasts improved power outputs, and the automatic transmission offers an alternative for drivers who aren't as comfortable with a manual.

-Finally, the high-end ! (exclaim) trim has an equally impressive 1.6L turbocharged GDI I4 powertrain. This engine configuration delivers a massive bump in power without sacrificing any fuel efficiency. For drivers who want it all, this is the clear choice.

Performance Ratings

Learn exactly what you can expect from each 2019 Soul engine with the help of our handy performance outputs chart. Specs are as follows:


Performance Specs

1.6L 4-cylinder

Standard on Base trim

  • 130 HP
  • 118 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 26 city / 31 highway MPG

2.0L 4-cylinder

Standard on + (plus) trim

  • 161 HP
  • 150 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 25 city / 30 highway MPG

1.6L Turbocharged 4-cylinder

Standard on ! (exclaim) trim

  • 201 HP
  • 195 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 26 city / 31 highway MPG

Drivetrain Types

No matter which Soul engine option you choose, it will be feature a Front-Wheel Drive drivetrain. Generally, FWD vehicles provide more traction in inclement weather than RWD cars, so it's ideal for winter driving.