2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric vs. 2019 Kia Soul EV

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Safety

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The Ioniq Electric has standard Automatic Emergency Braking, 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 Ioniq Electric’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Ioniq Electric’s optional 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 Ioniq Electric’s optional 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 Ioniq Electric’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 Ioniq Electric 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.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 3 places higher in reliability than Kia.

Engine

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The Ioniq Electric’s electric motor produces 25 more horsepower (134 vs. 109) and 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (218 vs. 210) than the Soul EV’s electric motor.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is faster than the Kia Soul EV:

Ioniq Electric

Soul EV

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84 MPH

80.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Electric gets better fuel mileage than the Soul EV (145 city/121 hwy vs. 124 city/93 hwy MPGe).

The Ioniq Electric’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 170 miles on a full charge, 53% further than the Soul EV’s 111 mile range.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Ioniq Electric stops shorter than the Soul EV:

Ioniq Electric

Soul EV

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Ioniq Electric’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.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ioniq Electric has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Ioniq Electric 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 Ioniq Electric’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the Soul EV (106.3 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Ioniq Electric handles at .81 G’s, while the Soul EV + pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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The Ioniq Electric has 1.3 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 3.6 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Soul EV.

The front step up height for the Ioniq Electric is 2.4 inches lower than the Soul EV (14.5” vs. 16.9”). The Ioniq Electric’s rear step up height is 2.2 inches lower than the Soul EV’s (14.5” vs. 16.7”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Ioniq Electric has a much larger cargo volume than the Soul EV with its rear seat up (23 vs. 18.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Ioniq Electric easier. The Ioniq Electric’s trunk lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the Soul EV’s liftover is 31.1 inches.

Ergonomics

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When different drivers share the Ioniq Electric, the optional memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Soul EV doesn’t offer memory seats.

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

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ioniq Electric offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Soul EV doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Ioniq Electric and the Soul EV offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Ioniq Electric offers optional 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 Ioniq Electric 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.

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