2019 Kia Soul vs. Its Competition

2019 Kia Soul
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Looking for a Soul, but also looking around? One close rival is the Jeep Renegade, with its quirky exterior shape and tall-wagon body.

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 Hyundai Veloster has returned for 2019 with a new body, new powertrains, and new performance models, and a much more substantial, convincing performance aura.

The Mini Cooper Countryman has heritage at its back, but gets very expensive as the custom options add up.

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

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Quick Specs
6.5
The 2019 Kia Soul splits its priorities three ways: sporty at the top end, safety in the middle, bargain-priced at the bottom end.
5.3
The 2019 Honda HR-V makes a perfect in-town companion with its spacious, flexible interior and good ride quality.
6.2
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo spends all its second-generation capital on feel-good features–and it works.
4.8
The 2019 Jeep Renegade’s new engine should help this likable crossover SUV use less fuel.
5.8
The 2019 Mini Countryman is a fun-to-drive crossover with sharp looks, cool interior, and a good hybrid powertrain—and none of it comes cheaply.
4.2
The 2019 Fiat 500L is a tall-riding family hatchback that struggles with style and comfort in the name of affordability.
MSRP From     
$16,490$20,520$18,500$22,025$26,900$21,910
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine     
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 WagonSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDCompact CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDCompact CarsSmall Station Wagon
Style Name     
Base ManualLX 2WD CVT2.0 ManualSport FWDCooper FWDPop Hatch
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
554555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackSport UtilityHatchbackSport UtilitySport UtilityHatchback
Transmission     
Manual w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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