2020 Kia Soul Vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona

2020 Kia Soul Vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona split screen image

If you want the perfect combination of capability, comfort and agility, you’ve probably looked at the subcompact SUV space for its charming ability to serve as a “small wonder.” Vehicles in this class have a special kind of energy that other segments just can’t capture. They may be small (often built on the platforms of subcompact cars), but they have an optimistic spirit that doesn’t bow down to challenges or obstacles.

Having all but explicitly created this segment, the Kia Soul is better than ever for 2020. The new model year brings more than just aesthetic changes to the robust and perky crossover. Among new features drivers will love are standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto-compatible infotainment, more cargo space than ever before and a brand-new trim-level structure that lets you choose between seven distinct models. Up against the 2020 Kia Soul is the small SUV from Kia’s frenemies, Hyundai. Let’s see how they stack up:

2020 Kia Soul


2019 Hyundai Kona

2.0L 4-cylinder (147 horsepower) Base engine (horsepower) 2.0L 4-cylinder (147 horsepower)
1.6-liter turbo (201 horsepower) Available engine (horsepower) 1.6-liter turbo (175 horsepower)
38.8 inches Second-row legroom 34.6 inches
>60 cubic feet Maximum cargo space 45.8 cubic feet
7-inch touchscreen Standard infotainment 7-inch touchscreen
$15,415 – Best Friendly Kia VIP price* Starts at $19,990

The Kia Soul = an Ongoing Revolution

As you can see in the above chart, the Hyundai Kona and Kia Soul have a lot in common. It makes sense considering that the brands of origin between the two are as closely related as Hyundai and Kia are.

When you look at the advantages and disadvantages provided by each model, however, you begin to see where the 2020 Kia Soul pulls away as the more sensible and fun option. For starters, the 2020 Kia Soul gives you a turbocharged engine with over 200 horsepower of spirited thrill.

That’s just the beginning, however. For drivers who will need to use any other seat in their car, the experience is incomparable. Rear-seat passengers will love the additional 4+ inches of legroom afforded by the 2020 Kia Soul. Meanwhile, those with luggage or gear will appreciate having the cargo volume of a bigger SUV in a vehicle that is much more easily parked.

At Friendly Kia, we have the 2020 Kia Soul in stock with more models arriving all of the time. If you’re interested in test-driving the 2020 Kia Soul and would like to see its invigorating capability in person, we’d love to help. Contact us today to schedule a test drive or ask a question about the newest Soul.

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