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Selected Style 4-Door HB Automatic PZEV
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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
5-Door Wagon Manual Base
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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
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Cars Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 39.5
Second Hip Room (in) - 49.3
Front Hip Room (in) - 53.2
Exterior Dimensions
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
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 70.9
Track Width, Front (in) 60.7 62
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 46 61.3
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 15.2 24.2
Brakes
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14.2
Steering
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 34.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P195/65HR15 P205/60HR16
Spare Tire Size Full-Size NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3102 2714
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Size (in) Full-Size NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 480 410
Engine
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
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-5 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System Sequential MPI Direct Gasoline Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 24
Transmission
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
Trans Order Code NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.16 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Golf Kia Soul
Body Style Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.0 7.0 (Est)
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
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