2020 Kia Soul  RealSafeCars70Safety Rating

#68 of 2020 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#157 of all 2020 vehicles


The Soul, part of Kia's lineup since 2010, is a midsize wagon with seating up to 5. The Soul has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Kia offers a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2020 Kia Soul is somewhat unsafe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2020 Kia Soul has a score of 70, implying a 0.055% chance of driver death (4.9% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.048%, and the chance of injury falls to 4.2%.

We estimate that the 2020 Kia Soul has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0553% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 6.3124%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0553% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 6.3124% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 Kia Soul is 17% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2020 Kia Soul is 8% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

2020 Kia Soul offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

Active safety features can substantially reduce the risks of harm to vehicle occupants by preventing severe accidents. The following active safety system is included even on lower trims/versions of the 2020 Kia Soul: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA). Optional safety features on the 2020 Kia Soul which we recommend include Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA).


But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

7953Nissan VersaHyundai VenueChevrolet SonicHonda FitHyundai KonaNissan KicksHyundai Elantra GTHyundai VelosterHonda CivicSubaru ImprezaHonda HR-VKia SoulComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 Kia Soul with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 53 to 79. The 2020 Kia Soul is safer than the 2020 Nissan Versa, the 2020 Hyundai Venue, the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic, the 2020 Honda Fit, and the 2020 Hyundai Kona and less safe than the 2020 Hyundai Veloster and the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT. It is about as safe as the 2020 Nissan Kicks, the 2020 Honda HR-V, and the 2020 Subaru Impreza.

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