2019 Kia Soul vs Buick Encore

2019 Kia Soul in Quakertown PA

Recently we reviewed the 2019 Kia Soul. In our write-up we stated how subcompact crossover drivers love the 2019 Kia Soul for two key reasons: first, Kia designed the Soul to be fuel efficient for all driving modes, and second, the Soul has enough space to handle trips with friends and family. We will take those same points and apply them to our comparison against the Buick Encore.

Now, the Buick Encore is a smooth riding upscale subcompact SUV. It has a quality interior, comfortable seats, and many standard options. And although Buick brags about its great reliability, there is simply no evidence of that. Also, the engine options are less than powerful, but they are adequate for daily commuting and have a good Mpg.

As we stated before, we consider the Kia to be a micro SUV that offers you ample ride-height, technology-driven safety features, excellent cargo space, all in a small package. Don’t get us wrong, we think the Encore is a nice SUV, but take note it has a higher starting price than our competitor the Kia Soul, which performs better than most small cars and out-classes the Encore with cool styling and performance.

2019 KIA Soul


2018 Buick Encore


Top Horsepower 138

6-speed manual,

6 or 7-speed automatic

Transmission Options 38.7 inches


Turning Circle (feet)

35.4 to 36.7


Cargo Room 48.4


IIHS Top Safety Pick and Award


Kia Soul: Leading Subcompact Crossover.

Comparing the design of these vehicles, Kia leads the way. There is nothing wrong with the Encore, but it's basically a condensed version of the larger Buick Enclave. And, when comparing the features, the Soul blows the Encore out of the water. The Kia’s cargo room is an SUV-like 61.3 cubic feet, which is larger than the Encore. That means more room for shopping bags and luggage.

The standard Kia already has the greater horsepower, but if you want to truly pull away from the Encore than check out the 2019 Kia Soul Exclaim. The 201-horsepower 1.6L turbo engine is notably fuel efficient because Kia fitted this version with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. And greater still, you will pay less for fuel than the Encore.

If cruising in style and comfort is what you're looking for, then the 2019 Kia Soul is your choice. Schedule a test drive today.


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