2019 Kia Soul vs Honda HR-V EX

While it is hard to compare these 2 economic, small-sized crossovers from 2 famous Japanese car manufacturers, the 3rd generation Kia Soul keeps up its upward trajectory in a not-so-competitive platform in the SUV-dominated automotive market. Which auto outpaces the other: the 2019 Kia Soul or the 2019 Honda HR-V. Let's find it out as we put these small, functional cars to the test.


Kia Soul 2019 vs. Honda HR-V 2019:

With the future generation Soul expected to show up in 2020 the list of brand-new features is impressive yet short. These brand-new features are:

  • Standard features include Rear cam
  • Auto headlights now standard
  • Inferno Red paint now available on Base trim
  • Increased cabin size

Design Highlights:

While the HR-V shares design cues from the remainder of the Honda line up, the 2019 Soul has a look all its own. The big available HID headlights coupled with the available LED Fog Lights reveal the Soul's enjoyable character. Several of the various other outside functions of the Soul are:

  • LED Turn-Signals that are Mirror-Attached
  • Available Powered Folding Outside Mirrors
  • Panoramic Sunroof with Power Sunshade is Optional
  • LED Rear Tail Lights Optional

While the Honda is adept when it concerns exterior tech such as the Lane Keeping Assistant System, the Soul edges out the 2019 Honda HR-V on appearances and fun attributes.

The Soul offers a useful cockpit and from there it includes a cargo capability big enough to bring an elephant. Okay, the elephant thing is a little bit of an exaggeration however you could practically fill up the cargo area with 450 gallons of milk (it's true). The HR-V is well equipped and has a decent storage area, yet both are inadequate when contrasted to the Kia.

Performance Highlights

In these Sport Utility Vehicles, performance is ranked by traveler convenience and Miles Per Gallon, not horsepower and quarter mile times. Both automobiles include a smaller sized 4-cylinder, and even with the Soul's 60hp advantage over the HR-V it makes just 201 horsepower. The Soul has a seven speed dual clutch automatic while the HR-V has a CVT. Speed demons they are not, however if you require something comfy, with seating for 5, and strong Miles Per Gallon then either Sport Utility Vehicle would be a solid selection. The HR-V being a little more miserly on fuel and the Soul being more fun to drive.

Technology Highlights

Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ are standard on both cars. You can't obtain NAV or an updated stereo in the HR-V, but both are alternatives in the Soul. If you go with the Harmon/Kardon® Audio System (Part of the Tech Package) you'll also obtain the quirky Speaker Lights choice. These speaker lights are installed on the front doors and can pulse to your songs and change colors.

The Honda does offer some special options such as Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure caution yet it is missing out on essential options like Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Kia SoulHonda HR-V EX
Available Engine1.6L Turbocharged 4-cylinder1.8L 4-cylinder
Transmissions7-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic
w/Manual Mode
CVT automatic with OverDrive
201hp / 195 lbs. ft. torque 141hp / 127 lbs. ft. torque
Exterior LightingHigh-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights
LED tail lights, LED Foglights
(Optional Features)
Projector-Beam Halogen Headlights
Fog Lights, LED Brake Lights
Wheels18-inch alloys (Standard)17-inch alloys (Standard)
SunroofPanoramic Sunroof with Power Sunshade
(Standard on EX model)
InfotainmentUVO 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™
Parking CameraRear vision camera (Standard)Rear vision camera (Standard)

Kia Soul once again outsmarts Honda's small crossover HR-V due to its amazing technology functions, one-of-a-kind design highlights and top-notch performance. Unquestionably, the Kia Soul crossover wins this race against Honda HR-V.

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