Compare 2011 Volkswagen Golf vs 2011 Kia Soul

2011 Volkswagen Golf
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2-Door HB Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
2-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
4-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,965 $19,755
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,965 $19,755
2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $22,297 $23,225
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $22,930 $23,885
2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $23,353 $24,325
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $23,986 $24,985
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5-Door Wagon Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Wagon Manual 26 31 $13,040 $13,300
5-Door Wagon Manual + 24 30 $14,850 $15,495
5-Door Wagon Automatic + 24 30 $15,810 $16,495
5-Door Wagon Automatic ! 24 30 $17,560 $18,495
5-Door Wagon Automatic Sport 24 30 $17,560 $18,495
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,275
$13,040
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,995
$13,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$300 / month
$222 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Volkswagen Golf has an upscale feel that's a notch above competitors; the TDI diesel gets exceptional, hybrid-like fuel economy. The 2011 Kia Soul is fashion-forward and fun-to-drive—and unlike most of its urban-wagon rivals, it's just as practical as it looks.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 42.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.5 39.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 40.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.0 102.3
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 39.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 63.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 62.0
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 100.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 70.3
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 6.5
Length, Overall (in)
165.4 161.6
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46.0 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
- 19.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- 53.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
- NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x 0.5 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 1.0 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 12.7
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 15.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 ft 34.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
195/65R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
195/65R15 P195/65R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2968 2560
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 5.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
480 550
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 122 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I5 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 115 @ 4200
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/151 1.6L/97
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 31
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.54
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 1.96
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 4.26
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.61
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.28
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.66 0.83
Summary
Body Style
2 Door HB 5 Door Wagon
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf Kia Soul
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6.7 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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