2020 Hyundai Kona vs Kia Soul Louisville KY

2020 Hyundai Kona
Features & Specs
2020 Kia Soul
41.5 in.
Front leg room
41.1 in.
Available on other styles
Parking assistance
Not available
5 yr. / unlimited mi.
Roadside assistance
5 yr. / 60,000 mi.
147 hp
Engine power
147 hp

2020 Hyundai Kona vs Kia Soul

Looking for an SUV but aren’t sure where you should be starting your search? The search for your next vehicle can be stressful, especially if you aren’t aware of the models that are out there for you to even choose from. At Hyundai of Louisville, we want to give you the information you need to make the best decision possible. That’s why we have narrowed down the SUV search to two of the top performers: the 2020 Hyundai Kona and the 2020 Kia Soul. The Kona comes into 2020 with an additional trim, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available all-wheel drive, and standard safety features. The Soul tries to compete with a spacious interior, an easy drive, and the lack of available all-wheel drive. Want to find out more? Keep reading down below for more information on these SUVs!

2020 Hyundai Kona Power & Handling

The Kona is competing big time with two available gasoline engines to choose from! Front-wheel drive is standard, although both engines are offered with all-wheel drive to make treacherous environments a little easier. The base engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, which produces 147 horsepower and around 132 pound-feet of torque. The other engine is a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder, which can get up to 195 pound-feet of torque and around 175 horsepower. If you do opt for all-wheel drive, you’ll even get an independent rear suspension! You can’t go wrong with the Kona.

2020 Kia Soul Power & Handling

The 2020 Soul also comes with two engines, although neither of them can be offered with all-wheel drive. This is pretty poor form on Kia’s part, especially as all-wheel drive is becoming increasingly more important for buyers. The base engine here is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, which offers 132 pound-feet of torque and around 147 horsepower. The other engine here is a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder, which produces around 195 pound-feet of torque and 201 horsepower. This isn’t the worst engine lineup, but we’re unhappy with the lack of all-wheel drive.

2020 Hyundai Kona Features & Design

Beyond just being powerful and capable, Hyundai is also giving you an SUV that comes with a long list of available trim levels. The base trim, SE, comes with automatic emergency braking, Apple CarPlay, lane-keeping assist, Android Auto, keyless entry, and a 7-inch touchscreen. Throughout the rest of the lineup you’ll find features like a leather interior, heated front seats, a power sunroof, wireless phone charging, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, automatic climate control, and an Infinity premium audio system.

2020 Kia Soul Features & Design

To try to keep up, the Kia’s base trim LX comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 6-way adjustable driver seat, six airbags, and air conditioning. Higher trims in the lineup get you a navigation system, LED front lights, lane-keep assist, extra USB ports, heated front seats, push-button start, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, blind-spot warning, and forward-collision warning. We aren’t as invested in the features available here.


We know the competition is fierce, but for the 2020 Hyundai Kona, the available all-wheel drive is what really sets this SUV apart. Not only do you get a comfortable and stylish vehicle, but it makes sure you can handle even the worst traveling environments. To get a better feel for the Kona, stop by our dealership today to see the models that we have on our lot.