2019 Kia Soul vs Honda HR-V EX

Kia Motors America had a simple beginning, offering just one model– the Kia Sephia– from 4 car dealerships in Oregon. Kia moved almost 600,000 vehicles in ’18 with the Kia Soul being just one of their most prominent designs. Which model outpaces the other: the 2019 Kia Soul or the 2019 Honda HR-V? We put these small, useful automobiles to the test. With the next generation Kia Soul anticipated to arrive in 2020 the new features are strong yet short. These new options are:

  • Rear cam now standard
  • Standard features include Auto-on & off headlamps
  • Inferno Red paint color now available on Base trim
kia soul vs honda hrv 2019 comparison


PERFORMANCE:

In these SUVs, performance is rated by guest comfort and MPGs, not horsepower and quarter mile times. Both SUVs feature a smaller sized 4-cylinder engine, and even with the Kia Soul’s 60 horse power advantage over the Honda HR-V it manages just 201 horsepower. The Soul has a seven speed dual clutch automatic while the HR-V has a CVT. Speed demons they are not, yet if you need something comfy, with seating for 5, and strong Miles Per Gallon then either SUV would be a strong option. The HR-V being a little more fuel efficient and the Soul being more fun to drive.


DESIGN:

While the HR-V shares style hints from the rest of the Honda family, the Soul has a look all its own. The large optional HID headlights coupled with the optional LED Fog Lights reveal the Soul’s fun character. Several of the various other exterior features of the Soul are:

  • LED Turn-Signals that are Mirror-Mounted
  • Available Power Folding Outside Mirrors
  • Sunroof with Power Sunshade is Available
  • Optional LED Rear Tail Lamps

While the Honda is adept when it pertains to exterior technology such as the Lane Keeping Assistant System, the Soul slips by the HR-V on looks and fun attributes.

The Soul offers a functional cockpit and from there it adds a storage capability huge enough to lug an elephant. Okay, the elephant part is a bit of an overestimation however you could practically fill up the cargo location with 450 gallons of milk (it’s true). The HR-V is well appointed and has a suitable storage area, yet both are inadequate when compared to the Kia.


TECHNOLOGY:

Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ are standard on both Sport Utility Vehicles. You can’t get Navigation or an upgraded audio system in the HR-V, yet both are alternatives in the Soul. If you choose the Harmon/Kardon® Audio System (Part of the Tech Package) you’ll also get the quirky Speaker Lights option. These speaker lights are installed on the front doors and can pulse to your music and also change colors. Other options consist of:

  • Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Heated Front and Rear Seats, 8-inch Touch-Screen Display

The Honda does have some unique features such as Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure caution but it is missing essential features like Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.


2019 Kia Soul vs 2019 Honda HR-V EX – Specs & Features

Kia Soul Honda HR-V EX
PERFORMANCE
Available Engine 1.6L Turbocharged 4-cylinder 1.8L 4-cylinder
Transmissions 7-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic
w/Manual Mode
CVT automatic with OverDrive
Horsepower
Torque
201hp / 195 lbs. ft. torque 141hp / 127 lbs. ft. torque
DESIGN
Exterior Lighting High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights
LED tail lights, LED Foglights
(Optional Features)
Projector-Beam Halogen Headlights
Fog Lights, LED Brake Lights
Wheels 18-inch alloys (Standard) 17-inch alloys (Standard)
Sunroof Panoramic Sunroof with Power Sunshade
(Optional)
Moonroof
(Standard on EX model)
TECHNOLOGY
Infotainment UVO with 7″ Touch-Screen Display (Standard)
UVO with 8″ Touch-Screen Display,
Premium Navigation, HD Radio (Optional)
7″ Touch-Screen Display (Standard)
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
Standard Standard
Parking Camera Rear vision camera (Standard) Rear vision camera (Standard)

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