Kia Soluto 2020: Subcompact of the year contender (B-Segment)

Updated Nov 24, 2020 | Same topic: Highlights of the Week

With 2019 coming to a close, we here at Philkotse will be nominating several vehicles as the top dogs in their respective categories. Here is one contender for the Subcompact B-Segment car of the year.

Kia Soluto 2020: Subcompact of the Year contender

  • Stylish exterior
  • Upscale and well-arranged interior
  • Lots of interior space for passengers and cargo
  • One of the most affordable sedans currently available right now. 

For a very affordable car, the Soluto looks fantastic

From the well-proportioned stance, the very eye-catching signature Kia tiger grille upfront along with the tasteful yet conservative roof-line, the Kia Soluto is a tame but great looking car. Even its conservative-looking rear end is appreciated by many discerning guys who dislike the increasingly busy rear ends of other modern cars in the Soluto’s price range.

This is in contrast to what we’ve said a couple of months ago in Kia Soluto 2019 Philippines review about the Soluto and suffice to say, the simplicity of vehicle has caught our admiration.

2020 Kia Soluto

The tiger-nose grille provides a lot of style for the Kia Soluto

Yes, there’s a bit of chrome on the front end, but the amount that they’ve placed on the grille is just right and is not gaudy at all. And while we have expressed before that we really dislike faux vents, the ones on the bumpers of Kia Soluto 2020 doesn’t bother us at the least.

A picture of the rear of the Kia Soluto.

The rear is plain but functional

And finally, we actually prefer the conservative, spoked style of the wheels of this car which is a breath of fresh air in comparison to the hyper-modern, childish, bey-blade looking sets manufacturers are giving their new models.

>>> Related: Kia Soluto vs Hyundai Reina

A picture of the side of the Kia Soluto.

The side of the Soluto shows off the model's proportions

Kia Soluto 2020 interior: Well-built and well-arranged

While there are some quiet spots on the Soluto like its rear end, Kia didn’t spare any details when designing the interior. Everything fits just right and it doesn’t look and feel like a car from its price range.

You’ll especially appreciate the Soluto’s interior when driving it or riding. It is well insulated from noise and vibrations and the suspension is soft and will provide sufficient damping.

And lastly, it’s a well-equipped car for its price. The top of the line version of the PH-spec Soluto comes with a 7-inch infotainment system that’s really easy to use and couple that with the well-arranged, easy to read and easy to reach controls, then you’ve got a winning interior.

kia soluto 2020 interior

The interior of the Soluto looks like it's from a more expensive car

Great value for your money

With all of its variants priced below Php 800,000, the current-gen Kia Soluto is one of the most affordable sedans available in the country right now. While indeed there are much cheaper alternatives, the build quality, the equipment and the power it makes all makeup for a lot of car for your buck.

Stay tuned here on for more car of the year contenders.

Know more about Kia Soluto 2021

Kia Soluto

<p>The Kia Soluto is a five-seater, subcompact sedan with a front-engine, front-whee-drive layout. For the Philippine market, its sole engine option is a 1.4-liter mill capable of making up to 94 horsepower and 132 Nm of torque. There are four available variants locally, and all of the uses the said engine. Available to the Soluto is a five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic transmission.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Soluto is made via a joint venture between Dongfeng, Yueda and Kia. It shares a platform with the Hyundai Reina, and it is currently sold in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, South America, and China.</p>

From ₱665,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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