2019 Hyundai Nexo vs. 2019 Kia Soul EV

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Nexo has standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Soul EV doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Nexo’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Nexo has a standard Limited to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Soul EV only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Nexo’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them and moves the vehicle back into its lane. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Nexo’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Nexo’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Nexo and the Soul EV have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Hyundai Nexo weighs 701 to 827 pounds more than the Kia Soul EV. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.


The Nexo’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Soul EV’s (7/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).


The Nexo’s electric motor produces 52 more horsepower (161 vs. 109) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (291 vs. 210) than the Soul EV’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Nexo’s maximum driving range is 380 miles, over 3 times as far as the Soul EV’s 111 mile range. After it exhausts its hydrogen, the Nexo can then refuel in minutes, while the Soul EV has to recharge for 43 minutes for only a 94% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 24 hours.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Nexo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Soul EV:



Soul EV

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Nexo has larger standard tires than the Soul EV (225/60R17 vs. 205/60R16). The Nexo Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Soul EV (245/45R19 vs. 205/60R16).

The Nexo Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Soul EV’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nexo has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Soul EV. The Nexo Limited has standard 19-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Hyundai Nexo has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kia Soul EV has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Nexo has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Nexo flat and controlled during cornering. The Soul EV’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Nexo’s wheelbase is 8.6 inches longer than on the Soul EV (109.8 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Nexo is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Soul EV.

Passenger Space

The Nexo has 4.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Soul EV (101.3 vs. 97.1).

The Nexo has .6 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear legroom, 4.2 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Soul EV.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Nexo’s rear seats recline. The Soul EV’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Nexo has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Soul EV with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The Nexo has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Soul EV with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 49.5 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Nexo Limited’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Nexo’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.


While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Nexo detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Soul EV doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Nexo’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Soul EV doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Nexo and the Soul EV offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Nexo has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Soul EV doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Nexo has a standard Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Soul EV doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Nexo has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Nexo Limited’s Remote Smart Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Soul EV doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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