2020 Kia Soul vs. 2019 Honda HR-V

2020 Kia Soul Quakertown PA

The Soul retains its distinct design heritage with enhanced roominess and quality. This iconic, all-about-fun Kia comes with a unique musically inspired design theme that integrates a confident and futuristic presence with a young dynamic character.

The 2020 Soul’s exterior retains its recognizable design cues in a redesigned presence. The GT-Line 1.6T trim is equipped with four LED headlights per side to present a high tech aura from the front while dramatically improving lighting. The front door panels have been fine-tuned to create a larger opening for entering and exiting the vehicle. While the larger and lowered liftgate opening makes loading and unloading cargo easier.

Customers can customize their 2020 Soul to reflect their personality. The GT-Line trims have a sport-themed bumper fascia and side sills that provide an aggressive design. The X-Line adds to the LX and includes roof trim and two-tone paint to reflect a more adventurous spirit.

As fuel efficiency is a priority, Soul was given a new 2.0L engine and an available Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) while aerodynamic improvements help reduce unnecessary drag.

Comparative Specs

Kia boasts that the Soul is an “iconic and all-about-fun” vehicle for customers who are interested in a stylish vehicle they can customize to reflect their personal style. The 2020 Kia Soul delivers an appealing crossover with many comfort and convenience features for a competitive price.

Tested Comparison Model

Honda HR-V Trim Levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, Touring

Honda HR-V Powertrain Options:1.8L 4-cyl. SOHC i-VTEC MPI

2020 Kia Soul


2019 Honda HR-V

27 / 33 / 30 MPG (city, highway, combined) 28 / 34 / 30 (2WD) 
2.0L Inline 4 Engine 1.8L 4-cyl. SOHC i-VTEC MPI 
147 hp @ 6,200 rpm Horsepower 141 @ 6,500  rpm
All-wheel drive Drive Type  2-wheel drive
5 Seating Capacity
23.4 Cargo Capacity (cubic feet) 24.3 (2WD) 

Increased Performance

  • Soul’s 2.0L engine provides more horsepower at 147 hp compared to the HR-V’s only available engine, which provides 141 hp.

Increased Style

  • Soul offers available speaker mood lights to increase interior energy while the HR-V does not provide a similar customization option.

Available Luxury

  • Soul’s available heated steering wheel is not matched on the HR-V.
  • Soul’s available 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support beats the HR-V’s available 8-way power driver’s seat.

Infotainment Telematics System

  • Soul’s GT-Line 1.6T trim has a Head-Up Display (HUD); HR-V does not offer this.
  • Soul drivers and front passengers can enjoy available wireless phone charging, which is not available on the HR-V.

Superior Warranty

  • Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty compared with Honda’s 5-year/60,000-mile plan.
  • The 5-year/60,000-mile Roadside Assistance offered by Kia surpasses Honda’s 3-year/36,000-mile coverage.

After examining the comparison data, we find the vehicle close, but the 2020 Kia Soul is a more suitable value than the 2019 Honda HR-V. With cargo space, cool technologies, and exciting performance, Kia shifted the limits and the Soul definitely leads the way.

If you're searching for Kia dealers in PA and live close to Gateway Kia Quakertown near Philadelphia, call us and schedule a test drive with one of our sales associates. They’ll be happy to answer all your questions and help you find a Kia vehicle that best fits for your needs.


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