Compare 2013 Kia Soul vs 2013 Volkswagen Golf

2013 Kia Soul
2013 Volkswagen Golf
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5-Door Wgn Automatic !
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Soul 5-Door Wgn Automatic ! 23 28 $18,985 $19,900
Soul 5-Door Wgn Automatic + 23 28 $16,985 $17,700
Soul 5-Door Wgn Automatic Base 25 30 $15,580 $16,200
Soul 5-Door Wgn Manual + 24 29 $16,035 $16,700
Soul 5-Door Wgn Manual Base 25 30 $14,090 $14,400
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2-Door HB DSG
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GTI 2-Door HB DSG 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 24 33 $29,851 $31,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 33 $29,851 $31,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof 24 33 $26,377 $27,475
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 33 $26,377 $27,475
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi 24 33 $27,883 $29,045
GTI 2-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 24 33 $27,883 $29,045
GTI 2-Door HB Manual 21 31 $23,035 $23,995
GTI 2-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 21 31 $28,795 $29,995
GTI 2-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 21 31 $28,795 $29,995
GTI 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof 21 31 $25,321 $26,375
GTI 2-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi 21 31 $26,827 $27,945
GTI 2-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 21 31 $26,827 $27,945
GTI 4-Door HB DSG 24 33 $24,667 $25,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 24 33 $30,427 $31,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 33 $30,427 $31,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Driver's Edition 24 33 $29,563 $30,795
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Driver's Edition PZEV 24 33 $29,563 $30,795
GTI 4-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 33 $24,667 $25,695
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Wolfsburg 24 33 $25,147 $26,195
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Wolfsburg PZEV 24 33 $25,147 $26,195
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof 24 33 $26,953 $28,075
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 33 $26,953 $28,075
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi 24 33 $28,459 $29,645
GTI 4-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 24 33 $28,459 $29,645
GTI 4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $23,611 $24,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 21 31 $29,371 $30,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 21 31 $29,371 $30,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Driver's Edition 21 31 $28,507 $29,695
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Driver's Edition PZEV 21 31 $28,507 $29,695
GTI 4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $23,611 $24,595
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Wolfsburg 21 31 $24,091 $25,095
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Wolfsburg PZEV 21 31 $24,091 $25,095
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof 21 31 $25,897 $26,975
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 21 31 $25,897 $26,975
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi 21 31 $27,403 $28,545
GTI 4-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 21 31 $27,403 $28,545
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,427 $19,195
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $21,125 $22,005
Golf 2-Door HB Automatic w/Conv PZEV 24 31 $19,325 $20,130
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,322 $25,335
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,973 $27,055
Golf 2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,590 $28,740
Golf 2-Door HB Manual PZEV 23 33 $17,371 $18,095
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,266 $24,235
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $24,917 $25,955
Golf 2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $26,534 $27,640
Golf 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $20,069 $20,905
Golf 2-Door HB Manual w/Conv PZEV 23 33 $18,268 $19,030
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $19,195 $19,995
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $22,075 $22,995
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv PZEV 24 31 $20,251 $21,095
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $25,248 $26,300
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,875 $27,995
Golf 4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $28,537 $29,725
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $24,192 $25,200
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,819 $26,895
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,481 $28,625
Golf R 2-Door HB 19 27 $32,827 $34,195
Golf R 2-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,478 $35,915
Golf R 4-Door HB 19 27 $33,403 $34,795
Golf R 4-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $35,054 $36,515
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,985
$24,091
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,900
$25,095
Monthly Payment Estimate
$332 / month
$418 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Kia Soul is both soulful and sensible--a distinctive, roomy, fun to drive alternative to staid small sedans or utility vehicles. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagon Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.700 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.200 54.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.600 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.100 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.100 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.300 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.300 93.5
Second Leg Room (in)
39.000 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
40.200 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.500 5.0
Length, Overall (in)
161.600 165.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - -
Height, Overall (in)
63.400 57.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.500 59.7
Wheelbase (in)
100.400 101.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.300 70.0
Track Width, Front (in)
61.800 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.3
Brakes
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)
10.300 x 0.400 11.3 x 0.5
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)
11.000 x 1.000 12.3 x 1.0
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.700 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.600 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.600 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.800 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45R18 225/40R18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45R18 225/40R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2820 3080
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 18 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 18 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.400 8.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 120
Engine
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
164 @ 6500 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
148 @ 4800 207 @ 1800-5000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 27
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.800 1.46
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.380 3.98
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.630 2.15
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.360-3.510 4.06/3.14
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.380 1.08
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.770 0.92
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.210 3.46
Summary
Body Style
5 Door Wagon 2 Door Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Kia Soul Volkswagen GTI
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 6.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
--
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
--
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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