The Kia Soul has undergone some changes for the 2021 model year.
The all-new Kia Soul went on sale for the 2020 model year, so we weren't expecting any changes for 2021. However, Kia has silently tweaked the trim levels and removed some popular options for the new model year. For 2021, the EX trim no longer comes equipped with projector-style headlights and LED daytime running lights as standard.
Kia has also removed the optional Designer Collection package, meaning the EX is no longer available with 18-inch wheels, performance tires, full LED front lighting, LED brake lights, a designer grille, or leatherette seat bolsters. In addition, the flagship Soul GT-Line Turbo has been renamed as simply the 'Soul Turbo' for the 2021 model year.
Many of the 2020 Soul's funky color options have been removed for 2021, including yellow, gold, gold with white roof, gray with gold roof, white with red roof, red with black roof, and black with red roof. This is a bit of a shame, because the eye-catching two-tone color options helped make the Soul stand out from the competition.
While Kia has removed some options, all 2021 Soul trim levels now come with a rear occupant alert system as standard. Kia hasn't said why the 2021 Soul lineup has been simplified, but slow sales as a result of the global pandemic could be to blame.
Pricing for the 2021 Kia Soul remains identical to 2020. The entry-level LX trim starts at $17,490 with an available six-speed manual and $18,990 with a continuously variable transmission. Moving up the range, the S trim starts at $20,590, while the X-Line both cost $21,690. The EX starts at $23,250, while the Turbo starts at $27,550. All prices exclude the $1,120 destination charge.
All models come powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque apart from the Turbo, which gets a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque on tap, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.