2020 Kia Soul vs. Its Competition

2020 Kia Soul First Drive
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2019 Honda HR-V offers all-wheel drive and a similarly versatile interior to the Soul.

It should be on any shoppers short list for small hatchbacks.

The Jeep Renegade has off-road chops and a new engine this year, but its price easily outruns the Soul.

Same goes for the Mini Countryman, which has an expressive style but a rich bottom line.

We like the new Veloster, and its sporty in some forms, it’s worth driving.

The Fiat 500L is on its way out and discounts should be very steep.

It’s not good, but it’ll get the job done.

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Quick Specs
6.4
The 2020 Kia Soul compact hatchback is proof of life among small, inexpensive cars.
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     
$17,490$20,520$18,500$22,025$26,900$21,910
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 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     
LX 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
 2020 Kia Soul vs. 2019 Honda HR-V2020 Kia Soul vs. 2019 Hyundai Veloster2020 Kia Soul vs. 2019 Jeep Renegade2020 Kia Soul vs. 2019 MINI Cooper Countryman2020 Kia Soul vs. 2019 FIAT 500L