2018 Kia Soul vs 2018 Honda HR-V | Carriage Kia

Specs at a Glance

2018 Kia Soul

2018 Kia Soul

MSRP *

  $16,200

Fuel Capacity

  14.2 gal.


2018 Honda HR-V

2018 Honda HR-V

MSRP *

  $19,670

Fuel Capacity

  13.2 gal.

2018 Kia Soul vs 2018 Honda HR-V

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Although the primary attraction to subcompact cars is their high level of fuel efficiency, increasingly sophisticated customer demand and growing competition among automakers has helped in stretching the class beyond its set attributional boundaries. Prime examples include the Kia Soul and the Honda HR-V, which impress with ample interior space, solid build quality, and a remarkable collection of standard features. And this is achieved by nameplates that are fairly new; the Soul debuted in 2009 while the HR-V finally made it to American shores in 2015 as a 2016 model. Both have no major changes for the 2018 model year; the Soul is primed for starring a third production cycle and the HR-V is only in its third model year in the United States. Although each vehicle is a top-level choice, here are three reasons why the 2018 Kia Soul is the better choice.

Engine Output

Subcompact vehicles are not renowned for awesome engine power, which makes it all the more crucial for them to have all the output they can get from their motion machines. To get the most out of the 2018 Kia Soul, you will need to go with the top-level Exclaim trim, which is the only one powered by the Gamma II GDI. It’s a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder that produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of trim, the 2018 Honda HR-V is fitted with a 1.8-liter I4 that produces 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. That’s 60 less horsepower and 68 less lb-ft of torque. And it shows in its acceleration ability; one of the cited major shortcomings of the HR-V is its slowness in reaching highway speeds.

Safety

The 2018 Kia Soul is considered an exceptionally safe vehicle by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The organization designates it as a “Top Safety Pick Plus” vehicle; that’s the highest honor that the IIHS gives new vehicles that it tests for crash safety. The Soul earned this designation because it scored the top-level “Good” rating in all five crashworthiness categories from the IIHS, as well as the top-level “Superior” rating in front crash prevention ability and the top-level “Good” rating in effectiveness of headlight illumination. By comparison, the 2018 Honda HR-V is not singled out at all for outstanding safety abilities. In fact, it does not have a front crash prevention rating, and it scored the bottom-level “Poor” rating for its headlights.

Warranty

Each new car comes with a warranty that guarantees it to be free of manufacturer-liable defects. The 2018 Kia Soul is known to have one of the longest and most generous warranties in the automotive industry. A five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty goes into effect from the date you take delivery of the vehicle. This basic warranty covers the entire vehicle—bumper to bumper—with few exclusions. Also attached to the Soul is a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, which specifically covers the parts that make it go: the engine, transmission, and drivetrain. By comparison, the 2018 Honda HR-V comes with a three-year/36,000-mile new car warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, which is neither long nor as generous as its Kia counterpart.

To take a sweet test drive in the 2018 Kia Soul, rather than the 2018 Honda HR-V, come see us today at our Kia dealership. With sterling aggregated reviews on online platforms like Google, Cars.com, and DealerRater.com, we take customer satisfaction very seriously, and we have a great team of Kia specialists to ensure that every time. Call us to set up an appointment with one of our sales specialists today.


* MSRP is the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the accessory only. It does not include any installation/labor, taxes, or other fees or costs that may apply. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary. Prices subject to change without notice.
* MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $975.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.