Compare 2010 Dodge Caliber vs 2010 Kia Soul vs 2010 Volkswagen Golf

2010 Dodge Caliber
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2010 Kia Soul
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2010 Volkswagen Golf
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4-Door HB Express
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Caliber 4-Door HB Express 23 31 $16,484 $16,880
Caliber 4-Door HB Heat 23 31 $17,520 $17,995
Caliber 4-Door HB Mainstreet 23 27 $17,581 $18,060
Caliber 4-Door HB Rush 23 29 $19,380 $19,995
Caliber 4-Door HB Uptown 23 29 $19,380 $19,995
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5-Door Wgn Automatic !
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Soul 5-Door Wgn Automatic ! 24 30 $17,300 $18,195
Soul 5-Door Wgn Automatic + 24 30 $15,550 $16,195
Soul 5-Door Wgn Automatic Sport 24 30 $17,300 $18,195
Soul 5-Door Wgn Manual 26 31 $13,040 $13,300
Soul 5-Door Wgn Manual ! 24 30 $16,350 $17,195
Soul 5-Door Wgn Manual + 24 30 $14,590 $15,195
Soul 5-Door Wgn Manual Sport 24 30 $16,350 $17,195
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2-Door HB DSG
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GTI 2-Door HB DSG 24 32 $22,984 $24,565
GTI 2-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 32 $22,984 $24,565
GTI 2-Door HB Manual 21 31 $21,885 $23,465
GTI 4-Door HB DSG 24 32 $23,545 $25,170
GTI 4-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 32 $23,545 $25,170
GTI 4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $22,446 $24,070
GTI 4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $22,446 $24,070
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic 23 30 $17,929 $18,720
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic PZEV 23 30 $17,929 $18,720
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $22,221 $23,255
Golf 2-Door HB Manual 22 30 $16,830 $17,620
Golf 2-Door HB Manual PZEV 22 30 $16,830 $17,620
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 41 $21,122 $22,155
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic 23 30 $18,512 $19,335
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 23 30 $18,512 $19,335
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $22,794 $23,860
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 41 $21,695 $22,760
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,484
$17,300
$22,984
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,880
$18,195
$24,565
Monthly Payment Estimate
$281 / month
$303 / month
$409 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Dodge Caliber has room to spare for adults-but it's short on refinement, value, and safety equipment. Fun, fun, fun: Kia tries a little Soul on for size, and it fits. The 2010 Volkswagen Golf/TDI feels more upscale than its competitors, and the diesel's exceptional fuel economy is an unexpected bonus in the class.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 30 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size Small Station Wagon Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
49.6 52.7 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 55.2 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.2 102 93.5
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 39.6 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 55.1 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 42.1 41.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
52.2 53.3 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 39 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 40.2 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 61.8 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.7 6.5 5.0
Length, Overall (in)
173.8 161.6 165.8
Height, Overall (in)
60.4 63.4 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 62.0 59.7
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 100.4 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
27.7 - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 70.3 70.0
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- - TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
18.4 - 15.3
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
47.4 - 46.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- 19.3 -
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)
- 53.4 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - TBD - -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x - TBD - 11.26 x 0.47
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x 0.85 NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 1.0 11.0 x - TBD - 12.28 x 0.98
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.6 12.7 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.6 15.1 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.6 34.4 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack-and-Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.88 2.81 3.01
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
TPB - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P205/70R15 P225/45R18 225/45HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TPB - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/70R15 P225/45R18 225/45HR17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- TBD - 2820 3151
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 18 x 7 17 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 18 x 7 17 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Steel Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.2 6.4 8.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 550 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 90 120
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
141 @ 5000 137 @ 4600 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
ECN - TBD - NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/120 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
158 @ 6400 142 @ 6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas Turbocharged I4
Fuel System
SMPI MPFI FSI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 30 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 24 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 26 27
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.00 1.46
Trans Type
5 4 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 NA 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 2.48 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.16 1.55 2.15
Trans Order Code
DD7 - TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 4.37 4.06/3.14
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.71 1.08
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 0.92
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77 2.92 3.46
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Caliber Kia Soul Volkswagen GTI
Body Style
Hatchback 5dr Wgn 2 Door HB
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Torsion Beam 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7.2 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 7.2 6.9

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