The 2020 Kia South just fell short or the Nissan Kicks.
The Kia Soul has never been a car to devour fuel. And yet, the new 2020 Kia Soul’s 2.0-liter engine, also found in the Forte sedan, has helped improve the small crossover’s fuel economy. The EPA has released official ratings for the 2020 Kia Soul, showing slight gains over the outgoing model.
The most fuel efficient version of the car nets 29 City / 35 Highway / 31 Combined mpg while driving in Eco mode. In normal mode, fuel economy drops by 2 mpg in the city and on the highway, while the combined rating falls by 1 mpg. The most efficient 2.0-liter model comes mated to Kia’s IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission), which it shares with the Forte. That figure puts it ahead of most cars in its class, save the Nissan Kicks.
The 2.0-liter engine manages 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque.
It’s not just that model which gets a fuel economy bump, either. The 1.6-liter turbo version of the 2020 Kia Soul scores 27 City / 32 Highway / 29 Combined mpg, a 1 mpg improvement on the old model. The turbocharged engine, as you’d expect, adds a more shove to the Soul. With this engine, you get 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Kia still hasn’t announced pricing yet, but the 2020 Kia Soul is set to go on sale this spring. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates!