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2019 Base 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $16,490
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The quirky five-door 2019 Kia Soul carries on largely unchanged, with the same trio of gasoline engines and in pure-electric Soul EV form (covered elsewhere). Beyond being a bit odd for attention’s sake, the Soul’s boxy body gives it the ability to seat up to five or carry 50 cubic feet of cargo. And with up to 201 horsepower on tap, this anti-crossover has pace to match its space.

What's New for 2019

A five-inch touchscreen with a backup camera display, automatic headlights, and voice recognition capabilities are now standard on all Souls, and a new color – Inferno Red – joins the Base’s palette. As these changes aren’t cheap, Kia has raised Soul prices across the board.

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Choosing your Kia Soul

The primary difference between Soul trim levels is their available engine and transmission combinations. All Souls feature direct-injection inline-four-cylinder engines with front-wheel drive, though each is different and only the Base Soul have a manual transmission.

The six-speed manual is mated to a 1.6-liter inline-four with 130 hp and 118 pound-feet of torque, with the combo earning EPA fuel economy ratings of 24 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 27 combined. A six-speed automatic tranmission that boosts fuel economy to 26/31/28 mpg (city/highway/combined) is available for $1,700.

The same automatic is included in the mid-level Plus trim, only it’s bolted to an embiggened 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 161 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. This combination achieves 25/30/27 mpg, according to the EPA.

The best of both worlds is available in the Soul Exclaim. Kia slapped a turbocharger on the 1.6-liter motor and hooked it to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, creating a combo that ups the Soul’s output to 201 hp and 195 lb-ft and keeps EPA numbers at 26/31/28 mpg – the same as the automatic-equipped Base model.

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The Base 2019 Kia Soul starts at $17,430 (all prices include the $940 destination charge). As stated before, even this most basic of Souls has a five-inch touchscreen to complement the six-speaker audio system, its Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free connectivity, voice recognition capability, and steering wheel controls. Speaking of the wheel, it’s mounted on a tilting and telescoping column and can have its input “sharpness” adjusted to three different levels via what Kia calls “FlexSteer.” There are 16-inch wheel, four exterior paint colors, but the six-way manually-adjustable driver’s seat, 60/40-split-folding rear seat, and the rest of the interior are strictly black tricot cloth.

Opting for the automatic transmission ($1,700) doesn’t mean completely surrendering gear-changing duties, thanks to its “Sportmatic” secondary gate that lets drivers “bump” fore and aft to change gears without a clutch pedal. It also adds two exterior paint color choices, a two-tone gray interior option, and the Base Convenience Package ($1,200). That includes Kia’s UVO infotainment system with an upgraded seven-inch touchscreen display, HD Radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and throws in an automatic HVAC system with “Cluster Ionizer” for good measure.

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The Soul Plus, at $21,430 to start, is only $1,100 more than a Base with its Convenience Package (the contents of which are standard now), which is a fair deal for the engine upgrade alone. The new body-color bumpers and chromed grille surround are certainly a bonus, too. But the Plus – as its name implies – is so much more.

There are now 11 paints, three interior colors, and many more packages to choose from. The Designer Collection Package ($400) allows for the choice of unique exterior colors, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

The Audio Package ($1,500) includes a Harman/Kardon audio system, the UVO system with an eight-inch touchscreen, navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a smart key system with push-button start, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, dual center console USB charging ports, leatherette coverings for the dash, and black accents. However, the system is held back by inexplicable speaker lights that pulse with the music being played.

The Primo Package ($4,500) requires the Audio Package and includes includes safety features like auto-leveling headlights, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. It also includes niceties like a sunroof, leather seats, heated, ventilated, and power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, LED interior lighting, and a 4.3-inch TFT color LCD Display cluster.

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What the $23,930 Soul Exclaim loses to a loaded Plus in equipment and electronics it gains in unique styling features and performance. What truly separates the Exclaim from the other Souls is the turbocharged inline-four and the additional 40 hp and 45 lb-ft of torque.

Color choices drop to five – all paired to black cloth and leather seat trim with orange accents – but they're now applied to a body with unique sporty touches like a black front and rear bumper with red accents, LED fog lights, and twin chrome exhaust tips. Also included is the Soul Plus Audio Package’s gear plus power-folding heated exterior mirrors with turn signal indicators.

As far as option packs go, the Exclaim has two: the Technology Package ($3,000) contains everything in the Soul Plus Audio Package and what can be had of the Primo Package, minus the panoramic roof and interior LED lighting, as those are now sold separately as the Sunroof Package ($1,000).

CarsDirect Tip

A 2019 Kia Soul Exclaim with every option rings the register at $27,930, or $500 more than its better-equipped but less sporty Plus sibling. So, if you’re looking at getting a Soul with all the gear in and on it, it comes down to choosing between speediness and the electronic safety suite. As all Souls come decently equipped, there’s no suffering involved when sticking with the manual-equipped Base.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Ever since its launch way back in 2009, the Kia Soul has staked out a unique place for itself in the market. This youth-oriented model maintains its pizzazz, while delivering outstanding value and a roomy interior. For 2019, automatic emergency braking is available, but only on the mid-trim model.

Best Value

The 2019 Kia Soul is a compact car with front-wheel drive that seats five. Kia offers the Soul in Base, Plus and Exclaim trim levels.

Kia supplies three engine choices, including two naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engines and one turbocharged engine. Each engine corresponds to a specific trim. The base model has a manual transmission or offers a six-speed automatic that's found in the Plus trim for a $1,700 upcharge. The turbo engine works with a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission.

Our choice is the Soul Exclaim as it offers the most power of the three engines and has a leather interior. All models come with alloy wheels, power side mirrors, a rearview camera, six or more speakers, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard on Plus and Exclaim Soul models.

The mid-grade Plus trim actually costs more than the Exclaim when you choose the Primo Package, which also requires upgrading to the Audio Package. This bundle adds $6,000 to your price, although this is the only way to get the automatic emergency braking system. Go figure.

  • Model: 2019 Kia Soul Exclaim
  • Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four
  • Output: 201 hp / 195 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 26 City / 31 Hwy
  • Options: Technology Package ($3,000, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, HID headlights with automatic leveling, LED lights, power-folding side mirrors, an eight-inch color display with Kia’s UVO infotainment system, a Harman/Kardon audio system, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, power-adjustable front seats, two USB charging ports)
  • Base Price: $23,930 (including a $940 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $26,930


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The Soul Exclaim comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine doling out 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. This engine works with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It may be the best engine of the three, especially if you regularly carry a full load.

The Soul with turbo delivers real right-foot urgency, but it also releases a generous amount of torque steer. You can overcome that feeling by operating the Soul in sport mode. Specifically, you can move the shift lever to control gears, although we’re disappointed that Kia doesn’t supply paddle shifters.

As for steering, once again the sport mode is where it's at as it adds weight to the steering. Ride quality is admirable, thanks to a suspension system that supplies more travel and superior shocks. On broken pavement, it does its best to mitigate what could otherwise be a harsh ride.


The Kia Soul’s anthropomorphic hamster advertising campaign continues to define the youthfulness of this model. Even if the campaign went away, the Soul would stand on its own merits. Now in its 11th year, the Soul maintains the pizzazz that made this model popular.

The rectangular, wagon-like layout continues with lines that have matured since it was first introduced. A bolt-upright windshield, a tilted rear pillar, and a pair of still very cool boomerang taillights are among this model’s top features.

Inside, the cabin is very spacious, supplying ample room for four. The seats aren’t the most comfortable, but they’re fine as long as you’re not looking for long-distance comfort. The youthful exterior theme moves seamlessly inside with its many circular touch-points and verve.

The Best and Worst Things

The Kia Soul’s hatchback body may be the best thing about it. Fold the rear seat and cargo volume approaches a whopping 50 cubic feet. But with every rose comes a thorn – or two. In this case, the Soul is noisy on the road and its fuel economy is average at best.

Right For? Wrong For?

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Choose the 2019 Kia Soul if you want something that isn’t a small hatchback or a crossover. Its closest competitor may be the Fiat 500L. If you want all-wheel drive, the Soul doesn’t offer it. The Sportage is the nearest Kia model to the Soul with that feature, but it starts out at $7,000 more.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Kia Soul offers something different and it's that contrast that gives it its appeal. To get top safety, infotainment, and creature feature amenities, you have to opt for package upgrades that aren't available on the base model, so start your shopping with the Plus or Exclaim.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 130 HP / 118 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 6-spd Sportmatic w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 30 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 130 HP / 118 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 30 / 27 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
14.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
49.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
101 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
163.0 "
Exterior Width
70.9 "
Exterior Height
63.5 "
Front Headroom
39.6 "
Rear Headroom
39.5 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
39.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,884 Lbs. / 2,942 Lbs.
Wheel Base
101 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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