2019 Kia Soul vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona Comparison
2019 Kia Soul
Starting Price: $17,430 | Price Yours
Above Average: Distinctive looking, available turbocharged engine and a bunch of high-end features.
Below Average: Driver assist features are only available on one trim, not very agile on the road.
Consensus: The 2019 Kia Soul has a boxy upright design that makes it stand out from the crowd and offers up a ton of interior space. It’s a competent daily driver with a great warranty.
2019 Hyundai Kona
Starting Price: $21,035| Price Yours
Above Average: Roomy, sporty to drive and very well-equipped at its base level.
Below Average: Not much rear legroom for passengers and not as much ground clearance as the Subaru Crosstrek. The base engine is lacking in power and there’s no adaptive cruise control.
Consensus: The 2019 Hyundai Kona has a stellar warranty, fresh styling, and tons of optional features.
The 2019 Kia Soul is an eye-catching entry into the subcompact SUV scene with its upright boxy styling and funky features. It comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto but lacks the all-wheel drive that the rival Mini Countryman or the Fiat 500X offer. Driving compares favorably with the optional turbocharged engine, though it’s not as engaging as the Mazda CX-3. The transmission leaves something to be desired, however, as it tends to hunt and can be slow to shift. While it claims to seat five people comfortably, the Kia Soul is more suited to four. Tons of cargo space inside makes it easy to haul things in and the Soul has neat design touches like pulsating speaker lights to make it stand out from the rest of the pack. We recommend the Soul Plus trim which starts at $21,430 and offers more power and options than the base level.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona shares the same platform as the Kia Soul since both vehicles are made by the same parent company. The Kona, a small crossover, gets equally fun styling outside and comes packed with standard features. Prices start at $21,035 and the Kona pairs the roominess of a small crossover with some sporty driving characteristics when equipped with the optional turbocharged engine. The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission leaves something to be desired, however. We found that it was slow to shift and occasionally shuddered at low speeds. You can outift the Kona with optional all-wheel drive. Inside the Kona is a little bit more subdued though equally cool and interesting. Seats are comfortable and there’s good cargo space behind the rear seats. Sadly, there isn’t a lot of legroom for rear passengers and headroom is just adequate all around. You get a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Hyundai SmartSense safety features, Bluetooth and USB ports as standard. Cruise control also comes standard. We recommend the Kona SEL with the Technology package for around $24,380 because you get a nicely equipped crossover that’s just as competitive with a Mazda CX-Grand Touring or a Subaru Crosstrek Limited.
Similarities Both the Kia Soul and the Hyundai Kona have very distinctive exterior designs and are backed by 5-year/60,000-mile warranties.
Kia Soul Advantages
The Kia Soul has more interior space and more legroom and headroom for passengers.
Hyundai Kona Advantages
Even though the Soul and Kona share platforms, the Kona has available AWD while the Soul does not.
If you’re looking for something that isn’t your run-of-the-mill SUV, the 2019 Hyundai Kona or the 2019 Kia Soul are both good bets. Four our money we’d go for the Kona because it does offer AWD and at higher trims with the turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4 engine, it has a more dynamic driving experience.
|2019 Kia Soul||2019 Hyundai Kona|
|Engine||1.6-iter I4||2.0-liter I4|
|Horsepower||130 hp @ 6300 RPM||147 hp @ 6200 RPM|
|Torque||118 lb-ft @ 4850 RPM||132 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM|
|Transmission||Manual, 6-spd||Automatic, 6-Spd|
|Fuel Economy||27 combined/24 city/30 highway||30 combined/ 27 city/33 higway|
|Also Available||EV, 2.0-liter, 1.6 liter turbo I4||EV, 2.0-liter, 1.6-liter turbo I4|
|Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 stars||n/a|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||101.2 inches||102.4 inches|
|Overall Length||163.0 inches||164.0 inches|
|Width||70.9 inches||70.9 inches|
|Height||63.5 inches||61.0 inches|
|Turning Diameter||34.8 feet||34.8 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.6 inches||39.6 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||39.5 inches||37.8 inches|
|Legroom, Front||40.9 inches||41.5 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||39.1 inches||34.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||55.5 inches||55.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||54.7 inches||54.5 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||101.0 cu. ft.||94.1 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||61.3 cu. ft.||45.8 cu. ft.|