Compare 2013 Volkswagen Golf vs 2013 Kia Soul

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2-Door HB Manual PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 23 33 $17,371 $18,095
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible 23 33 $18,268 $19,030
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,427 $19,195
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $19,195 $19,995
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $19,325 $20,130
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 33 $20,069 $20,905
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $20,251 $21,095
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $21,125 $22,005
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $22,075 $22,995
2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,266 $24,235
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $24,192 $25,200
2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,322 $25,335
2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $24,917 $25,955
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $25,248 $26,300
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,819 $26,895
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,973 $27,055
2-Door HB Manual w/Tech Pkg TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $26,534 $27,640
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,875 $27,995
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,481 $28,625
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,590 $28,740
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $28,537 $29,725
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5-Door Wagon Manual Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Wagon Manual Base 25 30 $14,090 $14,400
5-Door Wagon Automatic Base 25 30 $15,580 $16,200
5-Door Wagon Manual + 24 29 $16,035 $16,700
5-Door Wagon Automatic + 23 28 $16,985 $17,700
5-Door Wagon Automatic ! 23 28 $18,985 $19,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,371
$14,090
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,095
$14,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$302 / month
$240 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Volkswagen Golf masterfully balances frisky performance, fuel-efficiency, and refinement in its GTI and even TDI editions, but as such it's priced as a premium model. The 2013 Kia Soul is both soulful and sensible--a distinctive, roomy, fun to drive alternative to staid small sedans or utility vehicles.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.800 55.100
Front Leg Room (in)
41.200 42.100
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.300
Second Leg Room (in)
35.500 39.000
Front Head Room (in)
39.300 40.200
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.700
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.700 55.200
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93 102.300
Second Head Room (in)
38.500 39.600
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.300 63.400
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.600 62.500
Wheelbase (in)
101.500 100.400
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.300 70.300
Track Width, Front (in)
60.700 61.800
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.400 6.500
Length, Overall (in)
165.400 161.600
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.000 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- 53.400
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
- NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
- 19.300
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.200 x 0.500 10.300 x 0.400
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)
11.300 x 1.000 11.000 x 1.000
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)
14.500 12.700
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.800
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.600
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.700 34.600
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
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)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2968 2800
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
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.000 5.200
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 138 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I5 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 123 @ 4850
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/151 1.6L/97
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 30
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.600 3.700
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.120 1.950
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.650 4.260-4.560
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.030 0.970
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.720
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.780 3.610
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - 8.200
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.360 1.280
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.770 0.830
Summary
Body Style
2 Door HB 5 Door Wagon
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf Kia Soul
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.0 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - -
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
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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