Compare 2014 Kia Soul vs 2014 Volkswagen Golf

2014 Kia Soul
2014 Volkswagen Golf
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5-Door Wgn Automatic !
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Soul 5-Door Wgn Automatic ! 23 31 $19,521 $20,500
Soul 5-Door Wgn Automatic + 23 31 $17,523 $18,400
Soul 5-Door Wgn Automatic Base 24 30 $16,275 $16,900
Soul 5-Door Wgn Manual Base 24 30 $14,595 $14,900
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4-Door HB DSG Driver's Edition PZEV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Driver's Edition PZEV 24 32 $29,563 $30,795
GTI 4-Door HB DSG Wolfsburg PZEV 24 32 $25,147 $26,195
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Driver's Edition PZEV 21 31 $28,507 $29,695
GTI 4-Door HB Manual Wolfsburg PZEV 21 31 $24,091 $25,095
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 23 30 $19,195 $19,995
Golf 4-Door HB Automatic w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV 23 30 $22,075 $22,995
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 Manual TDI 30 42 $24,192 $25,200
Golf 4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,819 $26,895
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,521
$29,563
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,500
$30,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$342 / month
$513 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagons Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101 92.9
Second Hip Room (in)
49.3 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.5 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
39.5 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 52.8
Front Leg Room (in)
40.9 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 -
Second Leg Room (in)
39.1 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.4 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 5
Length, Overall (in)
163 165.9
Height, Overall (in)
63 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.9 59.7
Wheelbase (in)
101.2 101.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 70
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
61.3 46
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
24.2 15.2
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 12.3
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)
10.3 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.2 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/45HR18 P225/40HR18
Spare Tire Size
NA Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45HR18 P225/40HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2879 3160
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 480
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
151 @ 4000 207 @ 1700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
164 @ 6200 200 @ 5100
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 24
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21 3.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.27 4.06
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.46
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.64 2.15
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.08
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.92
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Soul Volkswagen GTI
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.0 (Est) 6.7
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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