What used to be the closest rival to the Kia Soul, the Nissan Cube, has been discontinued, and that leaves a set of vehicles that look quite different than the Soul and each have a different way of juggling priorities.
The Fiat 500L might be the closest at this point; it's a larger, roomier, and somewhat boxier tall hatchback (or wagon, depending on how you see it) that offers great interior space, although we don’t think highly of the seats, and performance is good but not at all sporty.
The MINI Countryman is considerably more expensive than the Soul, and it has just a bit of ruggedness baked in, but its interior verges on gimmicky and its choppy ride can be hard to live with in Rust Belt cities.
The Hyundai Veloster takes an opposite tack on the box-on-wheels look, and attempts to pack more versatility into a sport-coupe look—mostly succeeding.
The Jeep Renegade is a solid new entry that aims to be a little more rugged; some will prefer its taller driving position and excellent interior design.
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|24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Small Station Wagon||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Compact Cars||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Compact Cars||Small Station Wagon|
|5-Door Wagon Manual Base||2WD 4-Door Manual LX||3-Door Coupe Manual||FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door||5-Door HB Pop|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Hatchback||Sport Utility||Hatchback||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Hatchback|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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