Kia Soul 2019 Philippines Review: Room for your next adventure!

Updated Mar 05, 2021

User's: 5.0/5
Let’s get to know more about the funky-looking compact crossover, the Kia Soul 2019.

In this review...

  1. Introduction
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Performance
  5. Safety
  6. Specsheet
  7. Price list

1. Kia Soul 2019 Philippines Review: Introduction

The Kia Soul 2019 is a front-wheel-driven, subcompact crossover SUV which with its quirky looks has gained a foothold in the segment for quite some time now in the Philippine automotive market. Now in its third generation, the Soul made its first debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show and since then has graced numerous garages and roads worldwide with its very distinct boxy look.

The Soul has also blurred the line between MPV and SUV category and with its roomy interior.

Its boxy and compact body looks fresh and remains true to the basic look of the first generation. According to many, this is latest iteration’s biggest virtue -- notwithstanding its smaller size/profile compared to, say, a Toyota RAV4. Not to worry, because the Soul still has considerable room as we’ve mentioned already. Now let’s take a closer at the other aspects of the vehicle with the 2019 Kia Soul Philippines review from

2019 Kia Soul Complete Walkaround Review

2. Kia Soul 2019: Exterior

The SUV/MPV hybrid (which the Kia Soul appears to be) stands out compared to its segment competitors. While some might not prefer the funky, weird look, a younger demographic might go for vehicle’s youthful, boxy stance.

On the front of the 2019 Kia Soul exterior, one will immediately notice the trademark H-shaped, chrome-bordered grille common to many other Kia models. The amount of chrome finish appears to be just right, and thus complements the overall look of the Soul’s front. Returning for this generation is the stylish swept-back headlamps that come with daytime running LED lights.

Like the grille, this definitely adds to the overall look of the Soul while at the same time meshes well with the overall design theme of the vehicle. Also of note is the blackened lower grille that comes with fog lamps on both of its lower corners gives an SUV look to the vehicle.

Kia Soul 2019 front exterior

Kia Soul 2019 is a good option for drivers who want a capable yet still a fun vehicle for the city

When viewed from the side, the boxiness of the Kia Soul exterior stands out more, especially if one’s eyes follow the sharp angle of the A-pillar that leads towards the vehicle’s roof.

Aside from that, other noteworthy features of the Soul’s are the chrome door handles, machined alloy wheels and the large 18-inch tires.

The Soul also has a pretty decent ground clearance comparable to that of an SUV, a plus especially when driving around Metro Manila’s rougher roads and speed-bump riddled subdivisions.

Kia Soul 2019 dimensions

2019 Kia Soul is 4140mm long, 1800mm wide, and 1600mm high

Despite already standing out from the front and from the sides, the most distinctive part of the Kia Soul is its rear end with its vertical tail lamps and a rectangular panel in the glass area. The latter will definitely look weird to some. Like the front end, the Soul also features a black faux vent grille on the rear bumper which houses lights and lending the vehicle front and rear symmetry.

A picture of the rear of the Kia Soul 2019

The rear of the Kia Soul continues its interestingly quirky design

The 2019 Kia Soul is 4140mm long, 1800mm wide, and 1600mm high and has a wheelbase of 2570mm. So with that size, one can expect the Kia Soul to be able to easily maneuver through tight roads and through traffic. Parking the Soul also presumably becomes easier because of this.

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3. Kia Soul 2019: Interior

Stepping into 2019 Kia Soul interior, one may find quirky yet appealing styling once again. But instead of a boxy look, the interior features curvy, rounder shapes. From the center console, the instrument panel, to the steering wheel, the execution is very European and upscale.

Controls are easy to reach for the driver. Combined with the overall size of the vehicle, this might mean that the Soul will be comfortable as a car for the first-time driver.

Kia Soul 2019 dashboard

Its oval-shaped instrument cluster is ergonomic and convenient

Despite being appearing smaller than others in its segment, the Kia Soul exterior actually surprises with a lot of legroom and headroom. As such, it offers great, comfortable space for up to four adults of average size.

If three adults sit at the back, it might be a squeeze. Cargo space is also generous, as the second-row seat can also be folded. The Soul also has excellent-quality seats good for both long and short trips.

Kia Soul 2019 cabin

A point for improvement for the Kia Soul is the engine drone that can be very audible in the cabin

4. Kia Soul 2019 Philippines : Performance

The Kia Soul 2019 comes with a 136hp, four-cylinder engine which can also produce up to a respectable 300Nm of torque. Combining this figure with the vehicle’s high ground clearance and SUV like stance, the Soul can indeed tackle rough roads easily.

Just like other SUVs however, its overall height might take out a bit from its high-speed stability. Couple that with a bit of body roll, the Kia Soul is better left to more sensible driving rather than performing tight high-speed turns and cornering.

Kia Soul 2019 Philipines engine

Kia Soul 2019 can produce up to 136hp and 300Nm of torque

5. Kia Soul 2019 Philippines: Safety

Like many new Kia vehicles, the new Kia Soul 2019 comes equipped with dual, side and curtain airbags. Aside from that it also has ABS with electronic braking distribution. For parking, the Soul is also equipped with a good reverse camera and parking sensors.

As for braking system, the Soul has ventilated discs up front and drum brakes for the rear. Both are sufficient in terms of stopping power for the Soul’s weight and size.

Kia Soul 2019 airbag system

Soul 2019 comes with dual, side and curtain airbags

6. Kia Soul 2019 Philippines Specsheet

Kia Soul 2019
Body Type
Subcompact crossover SUV
4140 mm
1800 mm
1600 mm
2570 mm
Ground Clearance
150 mm
Number of Seats
Engine & Performance
Machine Type
CRDi Diesel
Engine Size
1.6 liters
Number of Cylinders
Number of Valves
Fuel Capacity
52 liters
Transmission Category
  6-speed manual/5-speed automatic
Max Output
128 hp
Max Torque
300 Nm
Safety Features
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Child safety locks
  • Crash sensors
Other features
Front Suspension
MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension
Torsion Beam
Front Brake
Ventilated Disc
Rear Brakes
Tire Size

7. Kia Soul 2019 Philippines price list

The Kia Soul comes in three variants with their corresponding prices listed here:

Kia Soul 1.6L GL VGT CRDi DCT
Kia Soul 1.6L SL VGT CRDi DCT
Kia Soul 1.6L SL VGT CRDi MT

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2019 Kia Soul price

Is it worth ₱995,000 to drive home this funky crossover?

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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