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

Specs at a Glance

2018 Volvo S90 Sport

2018 Kia Soul



Fuel Capacity

  14.2 gal.

2018 Honda E-Class

2018 Honda HR-V



Fuel Capacity

  13.2 gal.

2018 Kia Soul vs 2018 Honda HR-V

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SUVs may have had their start off-pavement but their big draw these days is the big, flexible cargo bay they come with. That said, there are size classes within this category because not everyone wants or needs a behemoth in the driveway. Compact crossovers fill this niche and the 2018 Kia Soul serves as an exceptional example of what these vehicles should be. There are serious challengers like the Honda HR-V but this review should demonstrate why the Kia Soul has such a lead in this class.

Interior Space

With the goal of serving as a compact crossover, the Kia Soul puts its emphasis on passenger leeway instead of excess space for freight. As a result, it supplies 101 cubic feet of commuter room while the Honda HR-V offers a somewhat tighter 100.1 cubic feet. For most individual measurements, the Kia Soul and HR-V come very close to one another, but where the differences are obvious, the Soul takes the lead. At 39.5 inches, second row headroom in the Kia Soul is over an inch more than the 38.3 inches in the HR-V. Likewise, the 49.3 inches of second tier hiproom is nearly two inches greater than the 47.4 inches found in the HR-V.


A quick look show parity between the two competitors with high marks for both. Peering at the details shows an important difference. The NHTSA gave each vehicle an overall score of 5 stars but the 2018 Honda HR-V only received four stars on the vital front collision test series while the 2018 Kia Soul earned the maximum 5-star award. It’s a similar story from the IIHS with the Soul getting the top spot of Good for the small overlap front crash test while the HR-V only manages the second-highest Acceptable rank. The Kia Soul also gets the coveted Good rating for its headlights while the HR-V is handed a worrisome score of Poor. Otherwise, both players have antilock brakes, stability and traction control, and airbags.

Engine Selection

There’s not much of a contest here. The 2018 Honda HR-V doesn’t have a selection to choose from. There’s only the 1.8 liter 4-cylinder option for all models that only produces 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. The HR-V does permit a choice between a 6-speed manual transmission and a CVT, though. With the Kia Soul, things are a bit different. Initial cost savings can be found in the introductory 1.6 liter 4-cylinder block that outputs a capable 130 horsepower. For more nimble strength than the HR-V provides, a 2 liter 4-cylinder with 161 horses and 150 lb-ft of torque should do the trick. When serious force is needed, a turbocharged 1.6 liter 4-cylinder block supplies 201 horsepower along with 195 lb-ft of torque. This choice comes coupled with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 1.8 liter alternative is combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission while the base 1.6 liter model can include either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.

The Kia Soul has gained attention mainly through its unique exterior styling but there’s clearly more to it than that. It also possesses phenomenal safety and powertrain features that even top competitors like Honda are hard-pressed to match. Try one out at our dealership and experience everything this easily-recognized crossover has to offer.

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