We purchased a 2018 KIA Soul base model with standard transmission 2 weeks ago to flat tow behind
our motor home. Both the FMCA 2018 towing guide and the one from the other major motor home.
magazine list our car as being flat towable as configured. Also, the salesman confirmed the dealership
sells several of them for that purpose.
The owner’s manual has no information on flat towing, which is concerning. I contacted KIA through
an online chat to find out what the necessary steps were to flat tow and was told by the representative
that he could not provide that information but would refer my question to someone that could. I have
yet to receive a response. I also contacted their customer service by email with the same question and
have not received a response to date.
Common sense tells me that after attaching the vehicle to the tow bar that you would place the
transmission in neutral and release the parking brake. I’m also pretty sure that you would have to turn
the ignition switch to accessory to avoid locking the steering wheel. The unanswered questions are do I
need to pull any fuses, start the engine every so many miles or hours and ,if so, how long does it need
to be run?
I found another forum on this matter but it related to older model Souls. I understand there were some
significant changes to the car in 2017 and I imagine the 2018 models are the same except for cosmetic
I would be most grateful if anyone can provide some guidance on this matter.
Flat towing 2018 KIA Soul.pdf