Is the Kia Forte or the Kia Soul the Better Compact Model?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, Model Comparison on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at 8:00 am
2019 Kia Forte vs 2020 Kia Soul

2019 Kia Forte vs 2020 Kia Soul

The Kia Forte and Kia Soul vehicles are both compact Kia models that underwent massive redesigns for their most recent model year iterations and are also nearly the exact same price. With all of that in mind, we wanted to look at the differences between these Kia compact models to determine each one’s strengths and weaknesses in comparison. Additionally, we hope this can help you find out which model is the right fit for you! It’s the 2019 Kia Forte compact sedan vs the 2020 Kia Soul CUV!


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2019 Kia Forte and 2020 Kia Soul Comparison

Model 2019 Kia Forte 2020 Kia Soul
Starting MSRP $17,790 (Manual)
$18,690 (Automatic)
$17,490 (Manual)
$18,990 (Automatic)
Baseline 2L Inline 4 2L Inline 4
Horsepower 147 147
Torque (lb-ft) 132 132
Upgraded Engine N/A 1.6L Turbocharged Inline 4
Horsepower N/A 201
Torque (lb-ft) N/A 195
Standard Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual
Additional Transmission Option(s) Continuously Variable-Speed Automatic Continuously Variable-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Automated Manual
Standard Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Combined Fuel Economy (mpg) 31 (Manual)
35 (Automatic)
27 (Manual)
30 (Automatic)
29 (Automated Manual)
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.) 14 14.3
Front / Rear Leg Room (in.) 42.2 / 35.7 41.1 / 38.8
Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft3) 15.3 62.1
Total Seating 5 5

The 2019 Kia Forte has superior fuel economy ratings, a cheaper automatic transmission model, and better driving dynamics.

The 2020 Kia Soul offers a great deal more cargo capacity and the option to upgrade to a more powerful engine (albeit at a higher cost).

2019 Kia Forte exterior shot parked near an ocean sea as the sun sets

2020 Kia Soul GT-Line exterior shot with red paint color parked on a curving country desert road at sunset


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Shop for a Kia Forte or Kia Soul Model in Kenosha, WI

2019 Kia Forte and 2020 Kia Soul models are in stock and available for purchase or lease here at the Palmen Kia dealership. To learn more, please browse through our online inventory and contact us with any additional questions or concerns. The Palmen Kia staff can be reached online, by phone, or with a visit to our dealership located in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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