Does the 2020 Kia Soul X-Line have all-wheel-drive?
The third-generation Kia Soul comes in three different styles, the most rugged of which is the 2021 Soul X-Line.
Consumers in the market for a small crossover that has an SUV sense of style will get a definite kick out of the Soul X-Line trim level.
With this model, you get a body kit that looks chunkier than the original Soul, with lower body cladding and fender flares. Besides those changes, it also comes with some sweet looking 18-inch alloy wheels.
Listed here are the features and styling upgrades of the 2021 Kia Soul X-line body kit:
- Body cladding
- Overfenders for chunkier look
- Offroad-inspired accents
- Unique 18-inch alloy wheels and 235/45 R18 tires
- Roof rail inspired accents
- Fog lights
- Optional two-tone exterior color
UPDATE: What’s new for 2021 model year?
Kia Motors America released official details about the 2021 Kia Soul X-line changes, so let’s have a look at what’s new:
- new shock valves for improved ride
- Standard rear occupant alert system (door logic type)
2021 Kia Soul X-line color options
The 2021 Kia Soul X-Line comers with a variety of different exterior color options. There are also two-tone options, where the roof color differs from the body color.
All told, there are 5 exterior colors to choose from, as well as a pair of two-tone options. The choices are as follows:
|Kia Soul X-Line colors||2-tone color options|
|Solar Yellow||Mars Orange / Cherry Black|
|Inferno Red||Neptune Blue / Cherry Black|
|Snow White Pearl|
Soul X-Line ground clearance
When compared to the other Soul trim levels, including the sporty GT-Line, the Soul X-Line looks as though it sits higher off the ground. The reality, though, is that it’s exactly the same, with the body kit probably responsible for that optical illusion.
The ground clearance of the X-Line is exactly the same as that of the other Soul cars which is 6.7 inches.
One of the most common questions about the 2021 Kia Soul is about whether it comes equipped with AWD. The X-Line certainly looks as though it might, but all trim levels of the third-generation Soul come with front-wheel-drive (FWD).
It is possible that Kia will launch a Soul AWD sometime in the future, though.
The official fuel economy numbers for the Soul X-Line are 28 / 33 / 30 MPG (city / highway / combined).
Those numbers put it in the middle of the pack of all the Soul trim levels. The EX model does a little better with fuel economy, while the entry-level LX with manual transmission is a little lower.
Under the hood of this cool-looking ride is a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that cranks out 147-horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. It is mated to the brand-new IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission) automatic gearbox.
X-Line MSRP 2021 MY
The official Kia website has the 2021 Soul X-Line listed with a starting price of $21,690, which makes it around $4,000 pricier than the entry-level Soul LX, while also being $6,000 less than the top of the range Soul Turbo.
Kia Soul X-Line vs. LX vs. GT-Line turbo
Let’s complete this introduction by making a photo comparison of the X-Line with the base LX trim level and the range-topping GT-Line turbo. You can obviously spot the main styling differences between all three trims.