2019 Toyota Mirai vs. 2019 Kia Soul EV

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Mirai’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Soul EV doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Toyota Mirai are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Kia Soul EV has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Mirai has standard Pre-Collision System, 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 Mirai’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 Mirai’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. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Mirai’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 Mirai’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 Mirai 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 Toyota Mirai weighs 786 pounds more than the Kia Soul EV. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The Mirai’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Soul EV runs out after 100,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Mirai for 3 years and 35000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Soul EV.

There are over 59 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mirai’s warranty.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Kia is ranked fifth.

Engine

The Mirai’s electric motor produces 42 more horsepower (151 vs. 109) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (247 vs. 210) than the Soul EV’s electric motor.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Mirai is faster than the Kia Soul EV:

 

Mirai

Soul EV

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.2 MPH

80.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Mirai’s maximum driving range is 312 miles with a full tank of fuel of hydrogen, almost three times as far as the Soul EV’s 111 mile range. After it exhausts its range, the Mirai can then refuel in five 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.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Mirai has larger tires than the Soul EV (215/55R17 vs. 205/60R16).

The Mirai’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Soul EV’s standard 60 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mirai’s wheelbase is 8.3 inches longer than on the Soul EV (109.5 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Mirai handles at .78 G’s, while the Soul EV + pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The Mirai has 1.6 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room and 3.1 inches more rear hip room than the Soul EV.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the Mirai offers cargo security. The Soul EV’s sport utility bodystyle defeats cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Mirai. The Soul EV doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Mirai, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Mirai’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Soul EV doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Mirai’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Soul EV’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

On a hot day the Mirai’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Soul EV can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Mirai’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Soul EV’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

When the Mirai is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Soul EV’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Mirai has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Soul EV offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Mirai’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 Mirai and the Soul EV offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Mirai 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 Mirai has a standard Dynamic Radar 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.

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