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2017 Kia Soul vs Honda HR-V

2017 Kia Soul vs Honda HR-V

For a colorful take on crossover versatility and passenger space, check out the peppy 2017 Kia Soul and Honda HR-V. Both models provide a unique take on modern driving. Which is right for you? Check out our comparison guide to learn more.

2017 Kia Soul vs Honda HR-V

Passenger Comfort

The 2017 Kia Soul's cabin supplies generous space for your whole crew, with enough head and leg room to keep even your tallest friends happy. In the driver seat, comfort takes on new meaning. The Soul's supportive seating is perfect for anyone with a long commute or who likes to take to the open road for the next adventure.

We like the Honda HR-V's smooth-sailing ride which feels comfortable even over broken pavement, where it soaks up bumps with ease. On the down side, seating is on the firm side, and front lumbar support isn't adjustable. Taller drivers are better off with the Soul.

Technology & Convenience

Once again, the Kia Soul surges into the lead. Its UVO system includes a responsive touchscreen with easy-to-understand menus. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can interact with important smartphone apps from your central touchscreen. That includes Google Maps, which helps you find anything from a new brunch spot to your next doctor's appointment.

The HR-V's HondaLink system includes smartphone integration features, including hands-free calling and music streaming. However, it has yet to offer the complete smartphone integration that you get with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto technology. The touchscreen interface can also be slow to respond, a frustrating problem when you don't have the ability to tinker with it safely.

Utility

The 2017 Honda HR-V handily wins this category, thanks to its innovative Magic Seat, which offers several ways to fold passenger seats to increase cargo space. For example, when you flip up the rear seat cushions, you create a tall, narrow space for your bike. Behind the rear seats, you can fill 24.3 cubic feet with road trip supplies or sports gear.

We like the Soul's removable under-floor cargo bin, where you can stow smaller items out of sight from would-be thieves. However, you won't find as much cargo space behind the rear seats, with 19 cubes for daily supplies like groceries.

Sporty Performance

With the new turbocharged engine, the 2017 Kia Soul crossover can really move. Sport-tuned suspension makes the Soul quick to respond to your input, and sharp handling keeps you in control when you want to take on winding roads.

The Honda HR-V certainly feels sporty around turns, and can even be fun to drive around busy city grids. However, the HR-V acceleration could use some tweaking - this model doesn't supply the speed you need to take on rush-hour freeways. The Soul is better equipped to take on Pennsylvania's busy roads.

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2017 Kia Soul vs Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V certainly has mainstream appeal, but the 2017 Kia Soul blows the competition out of the water in just about every way. Youthful, fun, and powerful, the Soul offers you a new take on crossovers that will have you happy to be on the road.