If you're looking for a confident compact crossover, you won't find a better model than the Kia Soul. Both the 2019 and 2020 configurations boast a sophisticated design and advanced tech upgrades, so choosing between the two isn't easy. To highlight the similarities and differences between the two, the specialists at Youngblood Kia have prepared this 2020 vs. 2019 Kia Soul comparison.

The 2020 Kia Soul starts at $17,490 MSRP, while the 2019 Kia Soul starts at $16,490 MSRP. After reading about the 2020 Soul and 2019 Soul differences, we encourage you to find more information on our model hub or browse our online inventory. If you have questions or are ready to schedule a test drive at our dealership near Nixa, MO, complete our contact form or call us at (866) 825-9532.

Kia Soul
Engine and Performance

No matter which model year you prefer, you'll have options when it comes to powertrains. The 2019 Soul is standardly equipped with a 1.6L I4, while the 2020 Soul upgrades to a more powerful and efficient 2.0L four-cylinder. If those engines don't deliver the performance you desire, the 2019 Soul is available with a slightly more powerful 2.0L I4. Additionally, both model years can be improved with a turbocharged four-cylinder option. Performance specs for each of these engines are as follows:


Performance Specs

1.6L 4-cylinder

Standard: 2019

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

2.0L 4-cylinder

Available: 2019

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

2.0L 4-cylinder

Standard: 2020

  • 147 HP
  • 132 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 27 city / 33 highway MPG

1.6L Turbocharged 4-cylinder

Available: 2019, 2020

  • 201 HP
  • 195 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 27 city / 32 highway MPG

2020 Kia Soul Infotainment Display

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Drivers and passengers alike will be impressed with the numerous tech offerings inside the Kia Soul. Both the 2020 and 2019 models include standard features like Bluetooth® connectivity and available features like navigation systems, but there are several differences that set the two apart:

  • The 2019 Soul comes standard with a 5-in. touchscreen, while the 2020 model upgrades to a 7-in. standard touchscreen.
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ support is standard in the 2020 Soul, but only equipped in higher 2019 Soul trim levels.
  • The 2020 Soul has several available tech features not found in the 2019 Soul, including wireless charging and a head-up display.
2020 Kia Soul Interior Seats

Kia Soul

Tailored with comfort in mind, the refined interiors of the 2019 and 2019 Kia Soul provide amenities such as automatic temperature control, leather-wrapped steering wheels, and push-button starts. Higher 2020 Soul trims are equipped with a number of appointments that are only available through features packages in the 2019 model. Those include:

  • Power sunroof
  • Harman Kardon® audio system
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel

Kia Soul

Be prepared for the road ahead. All 2020 Soul and 2019 Soul models are equipped with a rear camera display, and available features like forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and smart cruise control can add even more peace of mind. However, the following safety features are only available with the 2020 Kia Soul:

  • Lane keeping assist
  • Driver attention warning
2020 Kia Soul frame

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