At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Kia showed off its latest iteration of the Kia Soul, including the redesigned 2020 Soul EV. This electrified vehicle retains its classic toaster-on-wheels design but gains a little more sportiness and an all-new powertrain.
The 2020 Kia Soul EV keeps its boxy silhouette, but its styling details are all new. Up front, the new Kia Soul gains a set of thin wraparound headlights connected by a thin strip that help visually widen the vehicle.
It also gains larger fog lights and a more traditional-looking fascia instead of the typical closed-off look many EVs feature. Around back, the visual widening continues with the new three-dimensional, boomerang-shaped taillights that connect via a thick, gloss-black trim piece.
There will be tons of available tech in the 2020 Kia Soul. These features will include an available rotary shifter, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system with SiriusXM and USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-speaker Harman/Kardon premium audio system, wireless phone charger, and much more.
While the new looks are great, what makes the 2020 Kia Soul EV so great is its updated electric propulsion unit. The electric motor will see its wick cranked up to 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, which are massive gains of 92 hp and 81 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain will zip the 2020 Soul EV to 60 mph in the low-to-mid-seven-second range and up to 104 mph.
The 2020 Soul EV’s new battery more than doubles in capacity from 30 to 64 kilowatt hours, which we expect to translate to an EV range between 200 and 260 miles. A DC fast charger is standard on the Soul EV, so owners can hook up to a 50- or 100-kilowatt DC fast charger and get to 80 percent capacity in just 75 or 60 minutes, respectively. At a home-based level-2 charger, the Soul EV gets a full charge in 9.5 hours.
The current Kia Soul is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, so we expect the same from the 2020 Soul and Soul EV. While IIHS testing on the 2020 Soul lineup is still far away, Kia announced the 2020 Soul EV will have all the safety goodies the IIHS likes to see, including standard forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, driver-attention warning, adaptive cruise, and blind-spot monitoring.
Stay tuned for a full review.
Pricing & Release Date
Official pricing will not be available for a few months, but we expect a minor price hike over the current Soul EV, which ranges from $34,845 to $36,845 (destination fees included) before federal and state tax incentives.
There is no official release date for the 2020 Kia Soul EV, but we expect to see it in showrooms in mid- to late-2019.
Pictured: 2020 Soul EV