2017 Kia Soul vs. Its Competition

2017 Kia Soul
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Soul's closest rival may be the Jeep Renegade, which sports a similarly quirky exterior style.

Like the Renegade, the Soul can be more expensive in a hurry, but unlike the Jeep, the Kia can't be fitted with all-wheel drive.

The Honda HR-V sports the same practicality as the Soul, but starts at more than $20,000 for a base model.

The Fiat 500L has an attractive price tag like the Soul, but that may be the only attractive thing on that car.

The Mini Cooper Countryman is another fun wagon, but can easily crest $30,000 for top models.

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2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo2017 Hyundai Veloster
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2017 Mini Cooper Countryman2017 MINI Countryman
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Quick Specs
The 2017 Kia Soul rights one of our longtime gripes with the fun wagon—it now has a more capable turbo-4 that makes it a little less boring to drive
Think of the 2017 Honda HR-V as a Fit with all-wheel drive and a little more headroom. It's not as fun as it could be, but it makes a lot of sense.
The 2017 Hyundai Veloster is a economy-car cake pop: it sounds like too much, but its hatchback sensibility really does taste better dipped in a layer of quirk.
The 2017 Jeep Renegade is the smallest Jeep you can buy, appealing both to commuters and off-roaders, but its design can outshine its performance.
It may be less mini than before, but the Mini Countryman now does a much better job of feeling like a proper crossover.
The 2017 Fiat 500L tall wagon has utility down pat, and offers good value, but its styling is quirky and gas mileage is only average at best
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Station WagonsSmall Station WagonsCompact CarsSmall SUV 2WDMidsize CarsSmall Station Wagons
Style Name     
Base ManualLX 2WD ManualManualSport FWD *Ltd Avail*Cooper FWDPop Hatch
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
HatchbackSport UtilityHatchbackSport UtilitySport UtilityHatchback
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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