Compare 2014 Volkswagen Golf vs 2014 Kia Soul

2014 Volkswagen Golf
2014 Kia Soul
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4-Door HB Automatic PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 23 30 $19,195 $19,995
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 30 $22,075 $22,995
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $24,192 $25,200
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
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,875 $27,995
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5-Door Wagon Manual Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Wagon Manual Base 24 30 $14,595 $14,900
5-Door Wagon Automatic Base 24 30 $16,275 $16,900
5-Door Wagon Automatic + 23 31 $17,523 $18,400
5-Door Wagon Automatic ! 23 31 $19,521 $20,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,195
$14,595
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,995
$14,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
$248 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Volkswagen Golf hatchback offers excellent handling and a good ride, premium interior design and materials, and a range of engines--including the efficient TDI diesel--but at a premium price. The 2014 Kia Soul doesn’t stray from its iconic profile, but it dons more sophistication inside and underneath—with fewer compromises and all in the name of city-friendly, tall-wagon goodness.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 39.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 54.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 39.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
92.9 101
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.5
Second Leg Room (in)
35.5 39.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 40.9
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- 49.3
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.3 70.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 62
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
165.4 163
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 63
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 62.5
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 101.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.2 24.2
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
46 61.3
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 11
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 10.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 34.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3102 2714
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 16 X 6.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
480 410
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 90
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-5 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 118 @ 4850
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/151 1.6 L/97
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 130 @ 6300
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 30
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.73
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.04 3.62
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.87 4.56
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.29
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 3.70
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 1.96
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Golf Kia Soul
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.0 7.0 (Est)
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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