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  • Available Integrated Dynamics-control Module – Kicks has an available dedicated chassis control module that manages engine, transmission, and Vehicle Dynamic Control capabilities for enhanced handling. Soul does not offer this feature. The three components controlled by the module are:
    • Intelligent Engine Brake (I-EB)
    • Intelligent Trace Control1 (I-TC)
    • Active Ride Control (ARC)
  • Safety features – Every Kicks has an impressive list of advanced safety features that come standard, including the entire Safety Shield 360 suite. Soul offers some of these features only on higher trims, and does not offer others. Kicks has:
    • Standard High Beam Assist (HBA) (vs. available)
    • Standard Lane Departure Warning2 (LDW) (vs. available)
    • Standard Blind Spot Warning3 (BSW) (vs. available)
    • Standard Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection4 (vs. available)
    • Standard Rear Automatic Braking5 (RAB) (vs. available)
    • Standard Rear Cross Traffic Alert6 (RCTA) (vs. available)
  • Available Intelligent Around View® Monitor7 (I-AVM) – Kicks’ available Intelligent Around View Monitor provides views to the front, passenger side, and rear, and a composite view from above, to help enhance visibility when parking. It also provides visual and audible warnings if a moving object is detected within the displayed monitor image. Soul offers only a conventional backup camera and does not offer Moving Object Detection.
  • Available Bose® Personal® Plus sound system – The 8-speaker Bose® Personal® Plus sound system includes 2 personal speakers in the driver’s head restraint. The system can be adjusted to provide everything from a front-focused soundstage to a fully immersive experience. Soul does not offer any similar audio system.
  • Better EPA mileage estimates8 – Kicks delivers better estimated gas mileage than any Soul.
    • Kicks: 31 city/36 highway/33 combined mpg
    • Soul (6-speed manual): 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg
    • Soul (2.0 CVT): 27 city/33 highway/30 combined mpg
    • Soul (1.6 turbo 7-speed dual clutch automatic): 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg


  • Lighter curb weight9
  • Tighter turning circle diameter9
  • Available rear spoiler
  • Standard D-shaped steering wheel (vs. available)
  • Available Rear Door Alert10
  • Rear Sonar System11
  • Driver and front-passenger supplemental knee air bags12
  • Rear-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags12
  • Easy-Fill Tire Alert13
  • More front head room9
  • More front leg room9
  • More cargo capacity14 behind the rear seats


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Kia Soul is a small 4-door hatchback built on a shared platform with the Hyundai Kona. It is offered in six trim levels: LX, S, GT-Line, X-Line, EX, and GT-Line Turbo. Powertrain choices are:

  • 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder
    • 147 horsepower
    • Front-wheel drive
    • 6-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission
  • 1.6-liter DOHC turbocharged 4-cylinder
    • 201 horsepower
    • Front-wheel drive
    • 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission

Also available is Soul EV, which does not compete directly with Kicks (late availability).

Soul offers boxy styling and many customizable options aimed at buyers similar to those who will be attracted to Kicks. It also offers a turbocharged model with impressive horsepower for the segment, along with a long list of available advanced comfort and convenience features. Kicks has expressive, refined styling, as well as a long list of standard advanced safety technologies. Kicks also offers ride comfort and suspension features and fuel economy8 that compact SUV buyers will appreciate.


Soul is all-new for 2020 with the following notable changes:

  • Exterior and interior styling
  • Trim levels – LX, S, X-Line, EX, GT-Line, and GT-Line Turbo
  • Engine choices:
    • 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder
    • 1.6-liter DOHC turbocharged 4-cylinder
  • Available CVT (called Intelligent Variable Transmission) on 2.0-liter models
  • Available interior mood lighting that is synchronized to the music playing through the sound system
  • Available wireless charging
  • Available 10.25-inch HD display
  • Available 8-inch Head-Up Display
  • Available 640-watt Harman Kardon audio with 10 speakers
  • Available Kia Drive Wise driver-assist features:
    • Forward Collision Avoidance
    • Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection
    • Lane Keeping Assist
    • Lane Changing Assist
    • Driver Attention Warning
    • Blind-spot Collision Warning
    • Rear Cross Collision Warning
    • Smart Cruise Control
    • High Beam Assist

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Kicks Soul
SR GT-Line
GT-Line Turbo
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1 Intelligent Trace Control cannot prevent collisions or loss of control. Driver should remain in control of vehicle at all times. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
2 Lane Departure Warning only operates when lane markings are able to be detected. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
3 Blind Spot Warning cannot prevent collisions and may not detect every object or warn in all situations. Driver should always turn and look before changing lanes. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
4 Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection cannot prevent all collisions and may not provide warning or braking in all conditions. Driver should monitor traffic conditions and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
5 Rear Automatic Braking cannot prevent all collisions and may not provide warning or braking in all conditions. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
6 Rear Cross Traffic Alert may not detect all vehicles. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
7 Intelligent Around View Monitor cannot eliminate blind spots and may not detect every object. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
8 2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates for Kicks: 31 city MPG/36 hwy MPG/33 combined MPG. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.
9 Final specifications subject to change prior to start of sale.
10 Does not detect people or cargo. Always check rear seat before exiting.
11 Sonar System may not detect every object. Driver should always check surroundings before driving. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
12 Air bags are only a supplemental restraint system. Always wear your seat belt. Rear-facing child restraints should not be placed in the front-passenger’s seat. All children 12 and under should ride in the rear seat properly secured in child restraints, booster seats, or seat belts according to their size. Air bags will only inflate in certain accidents. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
13 Vehicle must be on for the Easy-Fill Tire Alert to operate.
14 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution. Always secure all cargo.