2019 Kia Soul vs 2019 Honda HR-V EX

Kia Motors America had a modest start, offering simply one car– the Kia Sephia– from 4 dealerships in Oregon. Kia moved virtually 600,000 vehicles in ’18 with the Kia Soul being just one of their most preferred models. 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 future generation Kia Soul anticipated to get here in 2020 the list of brand-new features are impressive yet short. These new features are:

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


In these Sport Utility Vehicles, performance is rated by guest convenience and Miles Per Gallon, not horsepower and quarter mile times. Both vehicles feature a smaller sized 4-cylinder engine, and even with the Kia Soul’s 60hp boost over the Honda HR-V it makes just 201 horsepower. The Soul has a 7-speed dual clutch automatic while the HR-V has a CVT with overdrive. Speed freaks they are not, yet if you require something comfortable, with seating for five, and solid MPG then either SUV would certainly be a solid selection. The HR-V being slightly more fuel efficient and the Soul being more enjoyable to drive.


While the HR-V shares style signs from the rest of the Honda stable, the Soul has a style all its very own. The large available HID front lights paired with the optional LED Fog Lights show off the Soul’s enjoyable character. A few of the other outside features of the Soul are:

  • Mirror-Attached LED Turn-Signal Indicators
  • Optional Powered Folding Outside Mirrors
  • Optional Panoramic Sunroof with Power Sunshade
  • Optional LED Rear Combination Lamps

While the Honda is no slouch when it comes to exterior technology such as the Lane Keeping Assistant System, the Soul edges out the HR-V on appearances and enjoyable functions.

The Soul uses a useful cabin and from there it includes a cargo capability huge enough to carry an elephant. Okay, the elephant part is a bit of an overestimation yet you could technically load the storage area with 450 gallons of milk (it’s true). The HR-V is well appointed and has a suitable storage location, yet both are inadequate when compared to the Kia.


Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ are complementary on both Sport Utility Vehicles. You can’t obtain Navigation or an upgraded stereo in the HR-V, however both are choices in the Soul. If you choose the Harmon/Kardon® Audio System (Part of the Tech Package) you’ll additionally obtain the fun Speaker Lights alternative. These speaker lights are installed on the front doors and can pulse to your music and also change colors. Other options include:

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

The Honda does provide some one-of-a-kind options such as Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure warning however it is missing out on crucial 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
Available Engine 1.6L Turbocharged 4-cylinder 1.8L 4-cylinder
Transmissions 7-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic
w/Manual Mode
CVT automatic with OverDrive
201hp / 195 lbs. ft. torque 141hp / 127 lbs. ft. torque
Exterior Lighting High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights
LED tail lights, LED Fog Lights
(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
(Standard on EX model)
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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Kia of South Austin
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5306 South I H 35
Austin, TX, 78745 United States
(512) 444-6635
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