Which 2021 Kia Soluto variant should you buy? [Comparison Guide]

Updated Feb 11, 2022 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?

What are the differences between the Kia Soluto LX vs EX?

If you’re reading this, then it’s highly likely that you’re considering the Kia Soluto and you’re wanting to learn more about this car model, right? Luckily for you, this Korean sedan only has four variants in the Philippine market. As such, making a choice is potentially simpler. To make it even easier for you, here’s a guide on how each Soluto variant is different from each other.

A picture of the Kia Soluto.

How different is the Soluto LX from the EX? Let's find out

Kia Soluto LX vs EX: Differences in exteriors

When it comes to size, all Soluto variants are identical. Both Kia Soluto LX and EX measure 4,300 mm long, 1,700 wide, and 1,460 mm high. There are also no differences with their wheelbases, which measure at 2,570 mm, and their ground clearance is identical at 150 mm.

A picture of the rear of the Kia Soluto

The higher trim EX comes with more stylistic exterior features

In terms of appearances though, the EX and LX does have some differences. For one thing, the high-trim EX comes with a set of better looking 14-inch alloy wheels instead of the basic steelies found on the LX. Another is that the EX also gets side-mirror repeaters, chrome door handles, as well as front fog lights. These of course are absent on the entry-level LX.

A picture of the side of the Soluto EX

The EX trim from the side

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Kia Soluto LX vs EX: Differences in Interiors

Uniform on all Soluto variants is the seven-inch touchscreen. Regardless of trim, this head unit is very capable. It comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and it is linked up to a decent sounding six-speaker system.

All variants of the Soluto also provide the driver a 2.8-inch multi-function display. As for the passengers, both the EX and the LX come equipped with a manual air-conditioning system and 12-volt accessory outlets.

A picture of the Kia Soluto's touchscreen headunit

A closer look at the Soluto's touchscreen headunit

The only difference between Kia Soluto LX vs EX is that the latter’s seats are covered in leather. The EX, on the other hand, has simpler fabric seats. As far as trunk space goes though, both the EX and LX can provide up to 475 liters.

As entry-level Kia sedan models, you can expect the Soluto’s interior to have hard touch plastics. These are simple but are undoubtedly tough enough to withstand the rigors of daily driving.

Kia Soluto LX vs EX: Engine and Performance

Under the hood, all Soluto variants are propelled by a 1.4-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. Peak power is rated at 94 horsepower and peak torque is at 132 Nm. Power is sent to the front wheels.

Each trim also has a manual version and an automatic version. For the former, it uses a five-speed manual tranny. The latter uses a four-speed automatic torque converter type transmission.

Kia Soluto LX vs EX: Differences in Safety features

In terms of safety features, all variants of the Soluto are equipped with dual-front airbags, ISOFIX, a seatbelt reminder, and anti-lock brakes with the electronic brake-force distribution. The high trim EX however does come with rear parking sensors while the LX does not.

A picture of the interior of the Soluto.

The interior of the Soluto, regardless of variant, is well arranged and spacious

Kia Soluto Variants: Pricing

Kia Soluto Variants
Kia Soluto LX 1.4 MT
Kia Soluto LX 1.4 AT
Kia Soluto EX 1.4 MT
Kia Soluto EX 1.4 AT

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Kia Soluto LX vs EX: Conclusion

To sum it all up, what makes the difference between Kia Soluto LX vs EX is its rear parking sensor, leather seats, side-mirror signal light repeaters, chrome door handles, and the 14-inch alloy wheels.

The rest like the engine, number of airbags, and its infotainment system are identical on all four trim levels.  

A picture of the trunk of the Kia Soluto

Regardless of what variant it is, the Soluto has an amply sized trunk

As a result, the range of prices of the Soluto variants isn’t as widespread as other competing car models available locally. To further demonstrate this, the top-of-the-line EX AT is only Php 90,000 more expensive than the entry-level LX MT.

That’s one of the lowest price differences between an entry-level variant and a top-of-the-line variant in a model currently available in the Philippines.

So, did this guide help you make your choice of Soluto variant? For more guides like this, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.

Know more about Kia Soluto 2023

Kia Soluto

The Kia Soluto 2023 is a 5-seater subcompact sedan that has been selling well in the local market, accounting for 21 percent of Kia Philippines' 2021 sales. It is available in four variants, Kia Soluto 2023 Philippines price ranges between Php 780,000 and Php 865,000. Powering this vehicle as standard is a 1.4-liter inline-4 gasoline dual CVVT that is capable of generating 94 horsepower and 132 Nm of torque. Either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic can be connected to the engine.

Moving to the dimensions, the Soluto gets a length of 4,300 mm, a width of 1,700 mm, and a height of 1,460 mm. Also, it comes with a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,570 mm and 150 mm, respectively. In the local market, the Korean subcompact sedan competes against the likes of the Toyota Vios, Mitsubishi Mirage G4, and Geely Emgrand.

₱ 780,000 - ₱ 865,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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