2021 Kia Soul vs. Its Competition

2021 Kia Soul
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2021 Kia Soul competes against other value-focused hatchbacks or style-first cars with low price tags.

The Honda Fit is a value-first hatchback with a flexible interior but pokey powertrain.

The Jeep Renegade has off-road bona fides, but can be expensive in top trims.

The Hyundai Venue is relatively new and front-wheel drive only, like the Soul.

Unlike the Soul, it has a tall ride height that shoppers want.

Same goes for the Nissan Kicks, which ergonomic quibbles aside, is a good value.

The Mini Cooper Clubman has style and space for days, but it’s hardly cheap.

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2015 MINI Cooper S 4-Door Hardtop, Catskill Mountains, NY, Apr 20152015 MINI Cooper
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Quick Specs
The 2021 Kia Soul hatchback has style and substance in the same package; few cars can boast the same.
The 2020 Honda Fit is a versatile and relatively fun hatchback with impressive features and capability.
The 2020 Hyundai Venue is a subcompact crossover with big ideas.
The 2020 Jeep Renegade is a compact crossover SUV that’s full of character and off-road prowess, but it makes many important compromises.
The 2020 Nissan Kicks is a quirky and cute crossover that’s inexpensive, but some of the details just feel cheap.
The 2015 MINI Cooper hardtop is a slightly larger car with all the virtues of earlier MINIs and fewer drawbacks; it's nicer and quieter inside, the base car is closer to the Cooper S in performance, and it retains the rollerskate handling and cheeky character it's always had.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy31 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3
EPA Class     
Small Station WagonsSmall Station WagonsMidsize CarsSmall SUV 2WDMidsize CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
LX ManualLX ManualSE ManualSport FWDS FWD2-Door HB
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
HatchbackHatchbackSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilityHatchback
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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