2019 Kia Soul vs 2019 Kia Niro

If you’re looking for a quality vehicle that seats five and boasts superb cargo space, you’d do well to check out both the 2019 Kia Soul and the 2019 Kia Niro. Both fulfill these qualities in their own unique ways.

Beyond this, however, they have some key differences: the 2019 Soul is a compact car, while the 2019 Niro is a subcompact SUV. The Niro is a hybrid vehicle that comes in electric variations as well. Choosing between the two ultimately comes down to the priorities, preferences, and needs of the individual.

2019 Kia Soul


2019 Kia Niro

Naturally Aspirated Engine type Plug-In Hybrid

Up to 26 city / 31 highway

Fuel Economy (mpg) Up to 52 city / 49 highway
163" L x 71" W x 64" H Dimensions 172" L x 71" W x 60" H
18.8, 49.5 with seat area Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 19.4, 54.5 with seat area
101 cubic feet Passenger Volume 101 cubic feet
$16,490 Starts at... $23,490


Should I buy a 2019 Kia Soul?

Looking at the chart above, we can see the 2019 Kia Soul has a significantly lower MSRP while still boasting nearly as much cargo volume and a comfortable, roomy interior. The cabin is upscale, and the whole vehicle has a much nicer build quality than is typical in this price range. Getting all this value for one of the lowest price tags in the class contributed to the 2019 Soul being named the “2019 Best Compact Car for the Money” by U.S. News.

The 2019 model of the Soul sees the addition of a standard 5-inch touchscreen with voice recognition and a rearview camera.

Should I buy a 2019 Kia Niro?

With an incredible fuel-economy, the 2019 Kia Niro hybrid will save you money as you go, and the electric variations get even crazier. The subcompact SUV styling gets you more cargo room in addition to the spacious and upscale cabin.

The 2019 Kia Niro is one of the most fuel-efficient subcompact SUVs out there. Factor in the plug-in option and the brand new Niro Electric, and it’s clear that this is the way to go if you’ve got green blood.

Standard features on the 2019 Niro are more upscale than the Soul, reflecting the higher price point. They include an infotainment system wired to a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and a USB port. The infotainment system is easy to use, intelligently designed, and loaded with a bevy of smartphone technology.

2019 Kia Warranty Coverage

Both the 2019 Kia Soul and 2019 Kia Niro come with the outrageously long Kia warranty coverage: a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty coupled with a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty (which also applies to hybrid components on the Niro).

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