Kia has quietly revised the Kia Soul trim levels and options for the 2021 model year, taking away many of those options that made the 2020 model so unique. Our guess is that declining sales and COVID-19 are to blame for the lightened lineup.
Kia renamed the Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo as the Kia Soul Turbo, removing the GT-Line badging. In its place, “Soul” logo badges have been added to the front grille and the steering wheel, and a “T-GDI” badge replaces the “GT-Line” badge on the tailgate. The GT-Line trim still exists, but only for the base 2.0 naturally aspirated engine.
Additionally, the Soul EX no longer comes with lens style headlights and LED daytime running lights standard, and it no longer has the option of the Designer Collection package. That means the EX is no longer available with 18” wheels, performance tires, full LED front lighting, LED brake lights, the designer grille, or leatherette seat bolsters.
Additionally, many of the 2020 Soul’s signature color combinations have been removed for 2021. Those colors that are no longer available include yellow, gold, gold with white roof, gray with gold roof, white with red roof, red with black roof, and black with red roof.
Fortunately, the X-Line trim remains in the lineup, and the manual transmission is still available on the LX model. Hopefully, Kia Soul sales pick up so we can see a little more variety offered in the Soul again in subsequent model years.