Is the 2020 Kia Soul Able to Go Off-Road?

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Soul on Sunday, April 26th, 2020 at 6:55 pm
2020 Kia Soul Green driving on dusty road sunset

You’ve noticed the Kia Soul out on the road by now. It’s boxy, it’s artistic, it’s unusual, and it’s an SUV. At least, it’s an SUV by definition, even if it doesn’t really look like most others. It is considered a crossover SUV because it drives like a sedan on a sedan frame, but it doesn’t have a trunk. Instead of a trunk, it has a hatch door on the back that lifts open for the storage space that is key for its class. There’s just one question that remains, how does it do off-road? Read on to find out. 

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2020 Kia Soul Snow Driving 

Driving on snow might still technically be on the road, but it’s worth noting that the Kia Soul can be a fun vehicle to drive despite snowy weather. Without AWD, the 2020 Kia Soul can’t master the snow, but its wheelbase and available larger tires do help it command slippery roads better than some competing crossovers. 

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2020 Kia Soul Trail Driving 

Once again, since the 2020 Kia Soul is an SUV without an option for AWD, the Soul will not be able to keep up with vehicles that do when traction gets hard to find. The Soul does have 6.7 inches of ground clearance, which is not a lot for an SUV but it does give it the boost it needs to make to turn tame trails into fun drives.  

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2020 Kia Soul Off-Roading 

In the end, the Kia Soul just isn’t rugged enough on its own to take on rock crawling or thick mud. The turbocharged engine option you can find on the GT-Line trim level and the wider, larger 18-inch wheels would make the Soul an all-terrain vehicle if it just had AWD, at least a couple more inches of ground clearance, and a reshaped front fascia to improve the angle of approach. The 2020 Kia Soul is obviously meant more for road driving, but some light gravel and snow driving shouldn’t give it too much trouble. 

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