Kia Soul 2019 Price

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What It Is: A small Kia crossover spied in prototype form, gearing up to take on the likes of Mazda’s CX-3, Honda’s HR-V, and Jeep’s Renegade. Like those offerings, this yet-to-be-named Kia is essentially a car. More specifically, it’s a hatchback with a slight ride-height endowment and some plastic body cladding, both intended to lure crossover-hungry buyers.

Why It Matters: Sales of small crossovers are raging right now. Even so, this crossover is a bit of a gamble for Kia, which already sells something roughly this size that fits the general description for a crossover. It’s called the Soul and it’s extremely popular; it’s that tall, funky hatchback thing that’s advertised on TV using human-sized dancing hamsters. The Soul also isn’t quite crossover-y enough, notably with its lack of ride height (real or imagined) and an all-wheel-drive option. If Kia thinks that two-wheel drive or an inadequate resemblance to a vehicle type that itself bears an inadequate resemblance to actual SUVs is somehow holding the Soul back, we don’t. Carlike driving dynamics, a low price, and good fuel economy are a few of the reasons why we like the Soul so much; those qualities powered that model to second place in a recent six-way small-crossover comparison test, ahead of more SUV-like competitors including the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, and Fiat 500X.

Kia Soul 2019 First Drive

We aren’t alone in our appreciation of the Soul—last year marked the model’s best-ever sales year, with more than 147,000 finding American homes. Kia probably figures it can tap some incremental sales with an equal-size vehicle that’s taller and offers AWD, particularly as the subcompact-crossover segment continues to explode. Even so, Kia should do some soul-searching, since the Soul provides at least some evidence that practicality and capability matters more to consumers than exaggerations of same.

Platform: Somewhat ironically, the Soul hatchback could be a platform donor for this crossover. Alternatively, Kia could mine its new Niro hybrid hatchback for the similar-sized crossover.

Whatever architecture is used, the body that sits atop it appears far more rounded than the Soul’s boxy figure. In fact, the general profile is not unlike that of Jeep’s one-size-up Cherokee, and the Kia even apes that rig’s split front-lighting treatment, which places the running lights above the headlights like a pair of floating, LED-lit eyebrows. The look is bold on the Cherokee, but it’s surprising to see Kia, a brand that’s been on a winning design streak of late, so blatantly cribbing the element. From the front fenders back, things look far more down-to-earth. A slice of the all-necessary body cladding can be seen here poking out from beneath the prototype’s camouflage, and the taillights appear to have some LED frippery.

Kia Soul 2019 First Drive

Powertrain: The Kia small crossover should come standard with front-wheel drive and offer all-wheel drive as an option. A traditional automatic is likely to be the only available transmission. So little is known about this crossover that engine speculation is fairly open-ended, particularly given how many different engines Kia builds that could fit. We’d peg the Soul’s larger 164-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder as a good base-engine candidate, while Kia’s 200-ish-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four could be offered as the step-up option.

Competition: Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3.

Estimated Arrival and Price: We don’t anticipate seeing this Kia in showrooms before midway through next year, when it’ll land as a 2019 model. Entry-level pricing should fall toward the upper end of the Soul’s spectrum, or around $20,000.

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