Comparing the 2018 Kia Soul to the 2018 Honda HR-V

2018 Kia Soul on left; 2018 Honda HR-V on right.

The compact SUV market gets more competitive with every new model year, and cars like the 2018 Kia Soul and Honda HR-V are in high demand. Manufacturers are figuring out what this segment of drivers want — namely gas mileage, passenger space, safety, and affordability — and are designing their models around those features.

Car buyers have a lot of questions about the Soul and the HR-V thanks in part to their popularity and their similarity. While you can find the 2018 Kia Soul for sale in Monroe, NC, we want to break down the differences between these two models here so you’ll be informed during your next store visit.

2018 Kia Soul vs. 2018 Honda HR-V


The 2018 Soul is 6 inches shorter and only 1 inch wider than the Honda HR-V. But despite the compact frame, the Soul offers more total passenger volume, including more head and hip room both up front and in the rear along with more rear shoulder room. The Soul also weighs less than the HR-V, giving its powertrain a boost in efficiency.


Going by the numbers, the Soul also edges out the HR-V on safety. As tested by the NHTSA, it registered higher driver and overall frontal crash test ratings than the HR-V, making the new Soul a hair more reliable in the event of a collision.

Fuel Economy

Efficiency-minded drivers have a tough choice to make comparing these models. According to the EPA, the Kia Soul gets a combined 27 mpg, while the HR-V rates a combined 28 mpg. These cars are dead even at the pump, so you’ll probably have to base your decision on other factors.


Last but not least, today’s shopper can’t ignore that you get more for less in the Kia Soul. With a great value in the base model and reasonable upgrades to the + and ! trims, it’s no wonder the 2018 Soul is U.S. News & World Report’s number one compact car.

Find a 2018 Kia Soul in Monroe

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, the only thing left to do is take a test drive. Schedule a visit to Union County Kia on Highway 74 in Monroe, North Carolina, and we’ll get you set up in a 2018 Kia Soul. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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