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Kia Soul 3 (SK3) Crossover (2019)

Neo score 17%Ext score 67%

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Product Overview

Kia Soul Mk3 (chassis code KS3) is an affordable subcompact crossover in production from 2019. It is powered by either inline-4 petrol engines that displaced 1.6 to 2.0 liters or electric motors from 136hp to 204hp aided by batteries from 42kWh to 67kWh.
Successor to its horridly ugly predecessor, the Mk3 Kia Soul is marginally better-looking. However, its engines are rather weak and oil consumption issues remain constant.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 17% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Cheap to purchase
Cons
  • Poor performance
  • No powerful engine options
  • Poor handling
  • Low build quality

What external reviewers found***

Ext 67% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent infotainment tech
  • Good range
  • Impressive range
  • Decent infotainment
Cons
  • Lack of rear-seat tech
  • Lackluster off-road capability
  • Not as practical as e-Niro
  • Small boot
  • Disappointing interior
  • Limited range
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Specifications

1.6 GDI DCT2.0 MPI2.0 MPI CVTe-Soul 39.2 kWhe-Soul 67 kWh

Capacity

Cargo Capacity529 L / 18.7 cu-ft ~ 1758 L / 62.1 cu-ft529 L / 18.7 cu-ft ~ 1758 L / 62.1 cu-ft529 L / 18.7 cu-ft ~ 1758 L / 62.1 cu-ft315 L / 11.1 cu-ft ~ 1339 L / 47.3 cu-ft315 L / 11.1 cu-ft ~ 1339 L / 47.3 cu-ft
Engine Oil Capacity4.5 L / 4.8 qt4.0 L / 4.2 qt4.0 L / 4.2 qt
Fuel Capacity54.0 L / 14.3 gal
Passengers5
Payload483 kg / 1065 lbs479 kg / 1056 lbs535 kg / 1179 lbs490 kg / 1080 lbs498 kg / 1098 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | FrontVentilated discs, 305 mmVentilated discs, 279 mmVentilated discs, 279 mmVentilated discs, 305 mmVentilated discs, 305 mm
Brakes | RearDisc, 284 mmDisc, 262 mmDisc, 262 mmDisc, 300 mmDisc, 300 mm
Offroad | Approach Angle16.2 deg
Offroad | Departure Angle29.6 deg
Power SteeringElectric Steering
Suspension | FrontMacPherson strut
Suspension | RearSemi-independent, Torsion
Tire Size235/45 R18205/60 R16205/60 R16, 215/55 R17, 235/45 R18215/55 R17215/55 R17
Turning Circle10.6 m / 34.8 ft

Construction

Battery | Capacity42.0 kWh (gross) | 39.2 kWh (net)42.0 kWh (gross) | 39.2 kWh (net)42.0 kWh (gross) | 39.2 kWh (net)42.0 kWh (gross) | 39.2 kWh (net)67.0 kWh (gross) | 64.0 kWh (net)
Battery | TypeLithium-polymer
Battery | Voltage327.0 V327.0 V327.0 V327.0 V356.0 V
Body Style5-door Crossover5-door Crossover5-door Crossover5-door battery-electric Crossover5-door battery-electric Crossover

Dimensions

Ground Clearance170 mm / 6.7 in170 mm / 6.7 in170 mm / 6.7 in155 mm / 6.1 in155 mm / 6.1 in
Size | Height1600 mm / 63.0 in1600 mm / 63.0 in1600 mm / 63.0 in1605 mm / 63.2 in1605 mm / 63.2 in
Size | Length4196 mm / 165.2 in4196 mm / 165.2 in4196 mm / 165.2 in4195 mm / 165.2 in4195 mm / 165.2 in
Size | Width1801 mm / 70.9 in1801 mm / 70.9 in1801 mm / 70.9 in1800 mm / 70.9 in1800 mm / 70.9 in
Track Width | Front1575.0 mm / 62.0 in1575.0 mm / 62.0 in1575.0 mm / 62.0 in1565.0 mm / 61.6 in1565.0 mm / 61.6 in
Track Width | Rear1585.0 mm / 62.4 in1585.0 mm / 62.4 in1585.0 mm / 62.4 in1575.0 mm / 62.0 in1575.0 mm / 62.0 in
Weight1377.0 kg / 3035.8 lbs1271.0 kg / 2802.1 lbs1290.0 kg / 2844.0 lbs1535.0 kg / 3384.1 lbs1682.0 kg / 3708.2 lbs
Wheel Size7.5J x 186.5J x 166.5J x 16, 6.5J x 17, 7.5J x 187J x 177J x 17
Wheelbase2601 mm / 102.4 in2601 mm / 102.4 in2601 mm / 102.4 in2600 mm / 102.4 in2600 mm / 102.4 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h9.9 sec9.9 sec9.9 sec9.9 sec7.9 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph9.4 sec9.4 sec9.4 sec9.4 sec7.6 sec
Braking | 100 km/h - 042.0 m / 137.8 ft
Fuel Economy8.1 L/100km / 29.0 MPG (combined) | 8.7 L/100km / 27.0 MPG (urban) | 7.4 L/100km / 31.8 MPG (highway)8.7 L/100km / 27.0 MPG (combined) | 9.4 L/100km / 25.0 MPG (urban) | 7.6 L/100km / 31.0 MPG (highway)7.6 L/100km / 31.0 MPG (combined) | 8.1 L/100km / 29.0 MPG (urban) | 6.7 L/100km / 35.1 MPG (highway)
Top Speed155.0 km/h / 96.3 mph155.0 km/h / 96.3 mph155.0 km/h / 96.3 mph155.0 km/h / 96.3 mph167.0 km/h / 103.8 mph

Powertrain

Drivetrain LayoutFront-engine (transverse), Front-wheel drive
Engine | Bore77.0 mm / 3.0 in81.0 mm / 3.2 in81.0 mm / 3.2 in
Engine | Compression Ratio10.0:112.5:112.5:1
Engine | Displacement1.6 L / 97.1 cu-in / 1591.0 cc2.0 L / 122.0 cu-in / 1999.0 cc2.0 L / 122.0 cu-in / 1999.0 cc
Engine | Power201.0 hp / 149.9 kW @ 6000 rpm147.0 hp / 109.6 kW @ 6200 rpm147.0 hp / 109.6 kW @ 6200 rpm136 hp / 101.4 kW @ 2600-8000 rpm204 hp / 152.1 kW @ 3800-8000 rpm
Engine | Specific Output126.3 hp/L / 2.1 hp/cu-in73.5 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in73.5 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke85.4 mm / 3.4 in97.0 mm / 3.8 in97.0 mm / 3.8 in
Engine | Torque264 Nm / 194.7 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 rpm179 Nm / 132.0 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm179 Nm / 132.0 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Engine | TypeTurbocharged direct-injected petrol inline-4 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-4 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-4 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears7-speed6-speed1-speed1-speed
Transmission | TypeDouble clutch transmission (DCT)ManualCVTAutomaticAutomatic

Production

Availability20202020202020192019

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
Kia already has 2000 units on order, along with 8000 e-Niros. It looks like Kia is gearing up to claim a fairly sizable chunk of the market for itself. The Soul EV’s 280-mile WLTP range is a key part of its appeal. Performance is strong without being wild.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Impressive range
  • Decent standard equipment
Cons
  • Slightly heavier than e-Niro
  • Small boot

autoexpress[2]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The first Kia Soul EV appeared back in 2014, following in the tyre tracks of petrol and diesel siblings. The new Soul EV is now the only variant that is offered in Europe, and this is our first chance to drive it in the UK. Underneath, this latest model uses the same powertrain as the popular Kia e-Niro. A single electric motor sends 201bhp and 395Nm of torque to the front wheels, fed by a 64kWh lithium-ion battery mounted under the floor.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Decent range
Cons
  • Expensive for what you get

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The Kia Soul EV is one of the best electric cars you can buy. It's great to drive, interesting to look at, comfortable and will return up to 280 miles of electric range. It promises to deliver exceptionally low running costs, which should help to offset the expensive finance, which is arguably the Soul EV's biggest issue.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great to drive
  • Decent range
Cons
  • High price
  • Limited range

carmagazine[4]

Sentiment Score 53%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
The Soul EV may not be a hot hatch but it's not a complete slug either. It's slightly lighter than its e-Niro sister car, and that's mirrored in accurate, easy steering and a general willingness to change direction without too much fuss. There are four driving modes to cycle through – Normal, Sport, Eco and Eco+. Sticking to Normal is the best bet – Sport brings a cloying sense of artificial weight to the steering and twitchy throttle response.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Good range
  • Decent infotainment
Cons
  • Disappointing interior
  • Not as practical as e-Niro

cnet[5]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The Kia Soul isn't the quickest thing on four wheels, but it handles surprisingly well. Despite its decidedly nonaerodynamic shape, the Soul returns an EPA-estimated fuel rating of 27 miles per gallon city, 33 highway. A new electric Soul is headed our way soon, though its arrival has been delayed slightly.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment tech
Cons
  • No all-wheel drive
  • Lack of rear-seat tech

digitaltrends[6]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The 2020 Kia Soul is a great CUV. Its looks won't be to everyone's tastes, but it stands out in a segment that's filled with boring options. It's practical, with one of the largest cargo areas, loads of tech features, and an efficient powertrain. Just stay away from the GT-Line Turbo trim.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek looks
  • Powerful engine
  • Lots of tech features
Cons
  • Lackluster off-road capability
  • Bumpy front-wheel drive

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Kia Soul EV 2020 UK review. [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/kia/soul-ev/first-drives/kia-soul-ev-2020-uk-review. 2020-02-27. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
2. ^ New Kia Soul EV 2020 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/kia/soul/66726/new-kia-soul-ev-2020-review. 2020-02-28. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
3. ^ Kia Soul EV review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/kia/soul/ev. 2021-01-11. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
4. ^ Kia Soul EV review – EV, myself and I. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/kia/soul-ev-electric/. 2020-05-29. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
5. ^ 2020 Kia Soul review: As practical and offbeat as ever. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/reviews/2020-kia-soul-x-line-ivt-review/. 2019-11-13. Retrieved 2022-07-20.
6. ^ 2020 Kia Soul GT-Line: This budget box has an attitude. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/car-reviews/2020-kia-soul-gt-line-review/. 2020-04-04. Retrieved 2022-07-20.

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