Comparing the all-new Hyundai Kona to the Kia Soul

May 14th, 2018 by

With new models like the 2018 Hyundai Kona entering the fold, the automotive industry is more competitive than ever, especially in the compact crossover segment. That’s great news for prospective car buyers, as competition often brings out the best for consumers.

While the 2018 Hyundai Kona near Denver, CO and the Kia Soul may not look all that similar thanks to the Soul’s boxy exterior, they compete in the same segment. To help you narrow your choices in a highly competitive class, we put the two models in a side-by-side comparison.

2018 Hyundai Kona vs. 2018 Kia Soul
For the sake of this comparison, we’ll be comparing the base Hyundai Kona SE and the mid-tier Soul+, which both start at around $20,000.


For Colorado drivers, the Kona has a big advantage over the Soul in the fact that is offers all-wheel drive, whereas the Soul only comes with the front-wheel drive option. Although the Soul offers a little more horsepower output, the accurate steering, quick accelerations, and smooth gear changes make the Kona’s ride quality superior to the Soul’s. Although we’re partial to the Kona in this category, we recommend you test drive both models to get a true feel what it’s like behind the wheel of both models.

The Kona also offers the option to upgrade to a 175-horsepower turbocharged engine if you’re seeking more power.

Interior Space

In a compact crossover, every inch counts. In most interior dimension measurements, the 2018 Hyundai Kona is larger than the Soul. With more front legroom, rear hiproom, and standard trunk space, the Kona makes life a little more spacious for you and your passengers.

Features and tech

The 2018 Hyundai Kona comes with some exceptional standard features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a six-speaker sound system, remote keyless entry, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 7-inch display, among others. With higher-quality materials and a more sophisticated feel, the Kona’s interior outpaces the Soul’s.

Overall, the 2018 Hyundai Kona and Kia Soul share some similarities being produced by the same parent company. However, in terms of their appearance and the experience they deliver behind the wheel, they remain quite different.

Test drive the 2018 Hyundai Kona near Denver, CO and get to know this all-new crossover as you consider your next vehicle.

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