Decade Challenge: Kia Soul from 2010 to 2020

You’ve probably noticed everyone on social media taking the “decade challenge.” Participants of this challenge have shared a picture of themselves from 2010 and one from 2020 for a side-by-side comparison, and the results are pretty amusing! Since Kia has released a redesigned Soul for 2020, we decided we might as well take the challenge. Let’s take a look back at the Kia Soul from 2010 to see just how much it has evolved for 2020! 

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Kia first announced the 2010 Kia Soul at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the first models were available for purchase in March of 2009. The all-new 2010 Kia Soul stood out from the crowd with unique, modern styling and a playful tagline: “a new way to roll.” Since the release of the first Kia Soul in 2010, the Soul became a wildly popular vehicle thanks to a spacious interior, great fuel economy, and a youthful aesthetic. Since its release, however, the Soul has had a major glow up: 


The 2010 Kia Soul was unlike any other vehicle on the street with its exceptional shape and whimsical styling. The standard trim level included a chrome-accented grille, auto-off headlamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, and black door handles and side mirrors. The 2010 model was available in a variety of exterior colors from Bright Silver to Red-Hot Molten, and available in four different trim levels: Soul, Soul+, Soul! (exclamation point included), and the Sport. 

The 2020 Kia Soul has a new silhouette with more pronounced angles. The front fascia has been updated with a set of sleek auto-on/off headlights and a larger grille with two-tone treatment, and the rear is accentuated by three-dimensional wraparound boomerang-shaped tail lights. To top it all off, the c-pillar garnish includes a new “Soul” graphic for the perfect finishing touch. There are six trim levels available on the 2020 Kia Soul: LX, S, GT-Line, X-Line, EX, and GT-Line Turbo.


The 2010 Kia Soul had a 100.4-inch wheelbase, a 61.8-inch front track, was 161.6 inches in length and 70.3 inches in width, with a maximum cargo capacity of 53.4 cubic feet, and 19.3 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in place. The 2020 Kia Soul has grown slightly larger than its ancestor, with a 102.4-inch wheelbase and a 62-inch front track. It is 165.2 inches in length, 70.9 inches wide, and 63 inches tall. It has a significantly increased cargo capacity with 62.1 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down. 


Kia described the interior of the 2010 Soul as a “personal lounge on wheels” with spacious seating and entertainment amenities. The dashboard of the 2010 model includes an audio system with access to AM, FM, CD, and MP3 and is outfitted with SIRIUS Satellite Radio capability. Standard USB and auxiliary input jacks were located in the center console. Trim levels Soul+ and above included Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, dual 12-volt outlets, and black cloth seats accented with the “Soul” logo. 

The 2020 Kia Soul has a new-and-improved interior with amenities galore. The dashboard is highlighted by a seven-inch color touchscreen display with rear camera display and access to AM, FM, MP3. Always stay connected with Android Auto, Apple Carplay, and hands-free Bluetooth calling. That’s not all: the 2020 Kia Soul is the most luxurious model yet, with available heated seats, heated steering wheel, and LED interior lighting. 


The Kia Soul has made impressive gains in performance in just 10 years. The 2010 Kia Soul had a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produced 142 horsepower and 137 lb.-ft. of torque.  The 2020 Kia Soul has a 2.0-liter, dual overhead camshaft 4-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2020 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo has a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with a turbocharger. This engine produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque for an extra boost of strength. The 2010 Soul was available with either a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission, while the 2020 Soul is available with a 6-speed manual transmission on the LX, an intelligent variable automatic transmission on the S, GT-Line, X-Line, and EX, and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission on the GT-Line Turbo. The Soul’s fuel tank capacity increased from 12.7 gallons to 14.3 gallons, and its fuel efficiency has increased from 26 MPG combined to 30 MPG combined. 


Some things never change, and that includes Kia safety. The Kia Soul was an IIHS top safety pick in 2010, and the 2020 Soul has received this rating, too! The 2010 and 2020 model both have dual front advanced airbags, front seat-mounted and full-length side curtain airbags, Antilock Brake System (ABS), three-point seatbelts for all positions, rear child safety locks, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). The 2020 Kia Soul includes an impressive array of available safety features like Forward collision Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Blind Spot Collision Warning (BSCW) and more. Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH), rear child-safety door locks, Vehicle Stability Management (SM), and Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) are standard on all trim levels. 

As you can see, the Kia Soul has come a long way since it was first released in 2010! With all these impressive upgrades, it’s no wonder the 2020 Kia Soul is a customer favorite. Do you wanna check it out for yourself? Come down to our store on Colonel Glenn for a test drive! You won’t be disappointed.

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