I'm still in the "research" mode - looking seriously at replacing our '13 Soul (Base, Auto) next month with a new '20 LX (Auto). We're about 99% convinced "Yes".
I went to the Kia dealer where I used to work (webmaster, vehicle photographer) and they let me bring home the folder of glovebox literature - Owner's manual and all the "How-To" tech folders.
As I was reading, I first looked at a small 45-page folder "Features and Functions Guide". It has Soul on the cover but does not specifically state 2020. On the back cover, it was printed in 2019. On the back cover is a maintenance interval guide for Non-Turbo, Normal Maintenance (no "Severe Duty" schedule shown) . On the Engine Oil and Filter, it shows the following (I = Inspect, R = Replace)
7,500 Miles R
15,000 Miles R
22,500 Miles I
30,000 Miles R
37,500 Miles I
45,000 Miles R
.... and so on. It looks like after the first two oil changes, the interval is 15,000 Miles. Very surprised. I would be uncomfortable going 10K, even with synthetics.
However, just a little later, I was reading through the actual Owner's Manual (and it says 2020 Soul on the cover) and this if the maintenance schedule, again for the non-turbo:
Normal Use - (Oil and Filter) Replace every 7,500 Miles for the life of the vehicle. (No "Inspect" on alternate intervals)
Severe Use - Every 3,750 Miles (Any of the following: Hills, Traffic, Short Trips, Dusty, Cold Weather, Trailer Use, Commercial Patrol Car/Taxi)
First Question - why is there such a big discrepancy between the two "official" books in the same packet?
Second Question - Does this mean 98% of us will be needing to change the oil every 3,750 miles to avoid warranty issues later? (Basically the 98% of us who don't commute 20 miles each way to work in warm weather on a smooth, clean, and level road with no stop lights or traffic) I always change my own oil and use synthetics. That seems like a wastefully short interval. Quote on cover: "Warranty may be voided if maintenance schedule is not followed."
On a side note - the IVT shows no maintenance needed for "Normal" use, and 60K fluid change for "Severe". That's good.