2020 Kia Soluto EX Review | Philkotse Philippines

Updated Apr 28, 2021

Editor's: 4.0/5
No-nonsense subcompact sedan.
2020 Kia Soluto EX Review | Philkotse Philippines

In this review...

  1. Introduction
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Tech & Safety
  5. Engine & Performance
  6. Fuel Efficiency
  7. Verdict
  8. Variants & Price
  9. Color Options
  10. Specifications

2020 Kia Soluto EX Philippines: Introduction

The popularity of sedans is decreasing when you look at the global market. Car buyers are looking for a larger vehicle such as crossovers or midsize SUVs. However, that’s not quite the case when you look into the Philippine market where subcompact sedans are still one of the best-selling vehicles.

Subcompact sedans are popular in the local market due to their bang for the buck sticker price. Cars under the said category allow individuals to efficiently go from point A to B.

Moreover, subcompact sedans continue to be one of the reasonable vehicle purchases for those who are looking for a reliable daily city driver. As such, car brands are consistently marketing their respective challengers in the said segment.   

Currently, Toyota Motor Philippines is on top of the food chain when it comes to the subcompact sedan segment thanks to the Vios. However, there are other worthy contenders in the market that could be on your list when you’re shopping for a daily city driver.

One of which is the 2020 Kia Soluto. Does it have what it takes to be a daily urban jungle warrior? To find that out, here’s Philkotse’s 2020 Kia Soluto EX review.

4.0/5

Kia Soluto 2020 Review

How we do our reviews
  • aesthetics
    4.0/5

    Overall exterior & Interior design, build quality, form vs function

  • Safety & Technology
    3.50/5

    Number of safety & tech features, consistency during usage

  • Performance
    4.0/5

    Power delivery, acceleration, transmission, suspension, handling

  • Comfort & Practicality
    4.0/5

    Overall Ride Comfort, Space, Storage Areas

  • Value for Money
    4.50/5

    Sticker price vs overall package

2020 Kia Soluto Exterior Review: Simple yet surefooted

The 2020 Kia Soluto comes with the same platform as the Hyundai Reina. Both vehicles are essentially the same except for their overall styling. The Soluto’s exterior styling is more subtle and sleek as compared to the Reina. Both Korean subcompact sedans are equally designed well but I prefer the subtle look of the Soluto a bit more than the Reina. 

2020 Kia Soluto front profile shot

2020 Kia Soluto

The Kia Soluto comes with a simple exterior design, which is expected for cars in its price point. However, despite its overall simple exterior, the Soluto is surefooted and a confident-looking vehicle. This is due to Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille, which gives the Soluto a balanced fascia. In addition, the grille design of this vehicle adds flair to the overall exterior design. 

The 2020 Soluto is also fitted with sharp-looking projector halogen headlights, an angular bumper, and fog lamps. Of note, the Soluto’s fog lamps are integrated on the lower grille rather than on the bumper. The corner end of the vehicle’s bumper is equipped with black front air curtain intakes that add character to the Soluto’s front end. In addition, the Soluto’s white exterior paint complements well in the black accents you see on its grille and bumper. 

2020 Kia Soluto side shot

Simple yet distinctive

The simplicity of the Soluto’s design continues to be seen at the side. It comes with chrome door handles as well as power-adjustable side mirrors with turn signals. However, the side mirrors are not power-folding. The 2020 Soluto sits on a set of 14-inch alloy wheels that looks rather basic yet enough to give the vehicle some extra style points. 

2020 Kia Soluto rear shot

The rear looks simpler as compared to the front end

The rear of the Kia Soluto is a bit too bland or plain when you compare it to how the front end is designed. It gets rear combination halogen taillights and a bumper that’s accented by distinctive reflector lights. From afar, the rear of the Soluto sort of looks like a wide face version of Ultraman. Kidding aside though, the 2020 Kia Soluto’s exterior design is simple yet surefooted, and it’s a vehicle that features a straightforward look.

2020 Kia Soluto Dimensions: Length, Width, Height & More
Dimensions
2020 Kia Soluto
Lenght
4,300 mm
Width
1,700 mm
Height
1,460 mm
Wheelbase
2,570 mm
Tire Size
14-inch Alloy

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2020 Kia Soluto Interior Review: Keeping only the essentials

Inside, the 2020 Kia Soluto comes with a no-nonsense interior layout. It’s plain, simple, and straightforward but comes with essential cabin features. The interior has a dark theme that’s accented by silver trims, glossy black materials, and gray-ish color on the door panels. The Soluto’s cabin is filled with hard plastics such as on the dashboard and door panels. 

2020 Kia Soluto interior

Straightforward interior layout

The dashboard of the Soluto has a clean layout along with well-organized controls such as the rotary aircon. Move down a bit and you’ll see the Soluto’s power window controls. Yes, the up and down buttons for the windows are placed in the middle instead of the door panel. I don’t find this feature odd but I’m not a fan of it either. On the other hand, the steering wheel of the Soluto is integrated with audio and phone controls.

The instrument panel looks decent as well, and it has a clear white-on-black font for the speedometer. This Soluto also comes with a 2.8-inch LCD trip meter that allows you to get the vehicle’s average fuel consumption as well as your average speed. 

2020 Kia Soluto driver's seat

The Soluto's cabin comes with a two-tone theme

The 2020 Kia Soluto also features a 7-inch multimedia touchscreen that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It has leatherette type seats that come with a two-tone theme of beige and gray, which adds style to the Soluto’s straightforward interior.

One of the things I liked about the 2020 Kia Soluto's interior is the availability of an armrest at the driver’s seat. I find this feature beneficial especially in long-distance highway driving since you can relax your right arm a bit while you’re cruising on a straight path.  

2020 Kia Soluto rear seat

The rear passenger area gets enough leg- and head-room 

In terms of passenger capacity, the Soluto can accommodate up to five individuals. The rear seats offer enough leg- and head-room for two passengers standing at 5’8”. You can fit three people at the back but the one seated in the middle might feel cramped.

2020 Kia Soluto cargo space

It also has a decent cargo space

You can also fit an assortment of items in the Kia Soluto’s trunk as it offers enough room for a week’s supply of groceries. You can also fit up to five overnight bags on the trunk as well as two large luggage or maletas, one baby stroller, among others.

2020 Kia Soluto: Tech & Safety Review

For a budget subcompact sedan, it’s good to know that the 2020 Kia Soluto comes with a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This feature allows you to mirror your phone’s operating system to the infotainment touchscreen, allowing you access to apps such as Waze and Spotify. To use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, simply plug in your smartphone’s charging cable to the USB port found at the center console before you start your drive. 

2020 Kia Soluto Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Apple CarPlay

The touchscreen also serves as a rear-camera display when you shift to reverse. It comes with lines to help you safely maneuver the vehicle in reverse. However, it doesn’t come with static guidelines found on the Picanto that move simultaneously in the direction of the steering wheel. Aside from the rear-camera, the vehicle comes with rear sensors for added safety. Lastly, the Soluto is equipped with an anti-lock braking system and front airbags.

2020 Kia Soluto reverse camera

Reverse camera

2020 Kia Soluto: Engine & Performance Review

Engine Specifications
2020 Kia Soluto
Engine Type
1.4L Gasoline
Max Power
94 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque
132 Nm @ 4,000rpm
Transmission
4-speed automatic transmission
Drive Type
Front-Wheel-Drive

The 2020 Kia Soluto is powered by a 1.4-liter gasoline engine that delivers 94 hp and 132 Nm of torque. It is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

The Soluto’s engine delivers adequate power, and it accelerates well. The four-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and comes with minimum to none shift shocks even at low gears. While driving the Soluto around the city, I noticed that it likes to shift early as it changes gears slightly before the 2,000rpm mark.

The fast gear shift of the Soluto contributes to more fuel-efficient driving. However, the gear ratio becomes a bit weird as you take on uphill roads or when you climb up a bridge. The Soluto’s gear ratio takes a bit of time to adjust and to deliver the right amount of power, which results in applying more input on the accelerator.

2020 Kia Soluto front

The Kia Soluto has a light steering feel

The Soluto also comes with a light steering feel, which is good for city driving. The light steering is also responsive, which makes city driving more relaxed and comfortable. This vehicle can also absorb impacts within reason as it can take the beating along EDSA’s dilapidated roads. But, I do find that its suspension leans a bit on the firm side, and a significant amount of body roll can be felt when taking tighter turns.

2020 Kia Soluto rear

The Soluto also has a stable ride

The forward visibility of the Soluto is good since it has a clutter-free dashboard layout and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. In the open highway, the Kia Soluto is stable when driving at an average speed of 90 km/h.

2020 Kia Soluto Philippines: Fuel Efficiency

Fuel Efficiency
2020 Kia Soluto
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Fuel Tank Capacity
43 liters
Fuel Economy
16.7 km/l (ave. speed of 50 km/h) | 20 km/l (ave. speed of 90 km/h)

During the test drive, I wasn’t able to encounter heavy traffic along EDSA. As such, I was able to get 16.7 km/l while driving at an average speed of 50 km/h. On the highway, I got 20 km/l while driving the Soluto at an average speed of 90 km/h.

With the said numbers, you can consider the Kia Soluto as a fuel-efficient subcompact sedan. Of note, I was the only passenger on board the vehicle during the said fuel-economy test run.

2020 Kia Soluto Philippines: Verdict

The 2020 Kia Soluto is a simple, straightforward, and no-nonsense car. It is integrated with only the essential things one needs inside a car along with notable tech toys such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reverse camera, rear sensors, among others. Despite its simplicity in design, the Kia Soluto is packed with a bang for the buck features. Priced at Php 755,000, the 2020 Kia Soluto EX should be on your list when you’re looking for a subcompact sedan that can be your daily ride in the urban jungle.

2020 Kia Soluto front profile shot

The Kia Soluto is a no-nonsense subcompact sedan

2020 Kia Soluto: Variants & Price

Kia Soluto Price & Variants in the Philippines
Kia Soluto 1.4 EX AT
Php 755,000
Kia Soluto 1.4 EX MT
Php 710,000
Kia Soluto 1.4 LX AT
Php 710,000
Kia Soluto 1.4 LX MT
Php 665,000

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2020 Kia Soluto: Color Options

2020 Kia Soluto Color Options
Clear White, Titanium Silver, Blue Stream, Aurora Black Pearl, Marcato Red (EX only)

2020 Kia Soluto: Specs

Overall
Make
Kia
Name
Soluto EX AT
Body Type
Subcompact Sedan
Dimensions & Weight
Lenght
4,300 mm
Width
1,700 mm
Height
1,460 mm
Wheelbase
2,570 mm
Ground Clearance
150 mm
Engine & Transmission
Type
1.4L Gasoline
Max Power
94 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque
132 Nm @ 4,000rpm
Transmission
4-speed automatic transmission
Chassis & Suspension
Brakes (Front / Rear)
Disc / Drum
Suspension (Front / Rear)
MacPherson Strut / Torsion Beam
Wheels and Tires
14-inch Alloy
Exterior
Halogen
Fog Lamps
Rear Combination Lamp
High Mount Stop Lamp
Mirror-mounted Turn Signal Indicator
Interior
Leatherette
3-Spoke Leather Steering Wheel
Manual Tilt Steering Wheel Adjustment
Steering Wheel Mounted Audio and Hands-Free Phone Controls
Power Windows
Power Door Lock
7-inch infotainment touchscreen
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
ISOFIX
6 Speakers
Rear Camera Display
Safety & Security
Front Airbags (Driver and Passenger)
Anti-lock Brake System
Immobilizer
ISOFIX
Rear Camera
Martin Aguilar

Martin Aguilar

Author

Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. His love for cars first started when he got a remote-controlled toy as a birthday present. Then, Martin’s interest in cars was further developed through his family’s humble collection of Japanese cars.

Martin started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before joining Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

Aside from his interest in cars, Martin loves to read crime-thriller novels, play basketball in the virtual world, eat tapsilog, and go for random road trip adventures.

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