2018 Kia Soul vs Honda HR-V

The Kia Soul is categorized in a number of different ways depending on where you look. Some call it a compact crossover, some call it a small station wagon, and some call it a compact car or hatchback. Whatever you call it, this vehicle has been a big hit with buyers. Let's see how the 2018 Kia Soul compares to one of its newest rivals, the Honda HR-V.

2018 Kia Soul vs Honda HR-V

How Do They Look?: 2018 Kia Soul


The Soul isn't the most obviously attractive vehicle in its class, and some were skeptical about its appeal when it was first launched. However, the boxy, upright styling has been hugely popular with buyers, and some rival manufacturers have even sought to imitate it. You know a Soul when it heads down the road toward you--and if you're looking for that unique presence, the Soul is hard to beat.

In contrast, most automakers will not be rushing to copy the exterior styling of the Honda HR-V. The Honda is unique as well, but not in a way that brings a smile and a nod. The HR-V looks like it's trying to be a mish-mash of other designs, part coupe, part wagon, part shorter-than-average SUV. The short, stubby front end isn't exactly a big selling point either. The opening round is therefore an easy win for the Soul.


Which Is More Fun to Drive?: 2018 Kia Soul


if you've got a nice-looking vehicle, that's great--but it only matters if it's great to drive too. In the Kia Soul, buyers can choose a standard 1.6-liter inline-four, a 2.0-liter inline-four, or the considerably livelier 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The base engine puts out a modest 130 horsepower, the 2.0-liter is better with 161 horsepower, but the turbo is where the real fun is with a healthy 201 horsepower. The turbo also comes with best transmission, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. You can customize your drive with the Soul.

It genuinely feels as if Honda didn't take how the HR-V performs into much consideration--which must be why they only offer a single powertrain with a very unmemorable 1.8-liter inline-four that only produces 141 horsepower. You won't get a ton of fun out of that engine, giving this nod to the Soul.


Which Car Has the Most Space?: 2018 Honda HR-V


Although the Soul is shorter than the HR-V, there's plenty of passenger and cargo volume inside because of its boxy shape and flat roofline. The Kia cabin offers 101 cu.-ft. of passenger volume and plenty of leg and head room throughout, easily carrying four adults comfortably on a long journey (and even five in a pinch!).

Even though the Honda is one of the smallest models in its class, it has almost exactly the same amount of space inside as the Kia with a total passenger volume of 100.1 cu.-ft. There's plenty of space for passengers to be comfortable, and Honda's Magic Seat makes the interior of the HR-V incredibly flexible. Even though the Soul has 0.9 more cubic-feet, the Magic Seats give this win to the HR-V.


Who Wins on Safety?: 2018 Kia Soul


Kia doesn't cut corners when it comes to safety, and the 2018 Soul is a great example. The current Soul gets the top ratings from both the IIHS and NHTSA, and you honestly can't ask for more than that.

If there's one thing you expect from Honda, it's that they are big on safety. Although the HR-V isn't terrible, it's not up to the high standards we normally expect from this automaker. The HR-V gets the top marks from the NHTSA, but the IIHS considers it less than equal to its top rating.


Learn More about the Kia Soul

Don't let a famous name fool you in this match up. You'll find plenty of good rivals for the 2018 Kia Soul on the market at the moment, but there are few that truly measure up. The Honda HR-V is an example of a big name that falls well below the standard of the Kia Soul. This wholehearted recommendation for the Soul is easy, since it will give you so much more of what you want and need--and at a better price.

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