2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 Kia Soul

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The Tucson has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Soul doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Tucson offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Soul doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Tucson’s standard Downhill Brake Control allows you to creep down safely. The Soul doesn’t offer Downhill Brake Control.

The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Soul only offers a rear monitor.

The Tucson’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 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Tucson’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Kia Soul has a metal gas tank.

Both the Tucson and the Soul 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, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Kia Soul:

Tucson

Soul

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

172

181

Neck Injury Risk

21%

25%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

248 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

40/87 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

226

394

Neck Injury Risk

37%

42%

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

172 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 lbs.

197/76 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Kia Soul:

Tucson

Soul

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

94

97

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

190 G’s

Hip Force

356 lbs.

377 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

55 G’s

79 G’s

Hip Force

482 lbs.

727 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tucson has a standard 600-amp battery. The Soul’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Soul isn’t in the top three in its category.

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.

Engine

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The Tucson has more powerful engines than the Soul:

Horsepower

Torque

Tucson SE/Value 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

164 HP

151 lbs.-ft.

Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

181 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Soul 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

130 HP

118 lbs.-ft.

Soul + 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

161 HP

150 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tucson has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Soul (16.4 vs. 14.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Hyundai Tucson as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Kia Soul is only certified to “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV) standards.

Transmission

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The Hyundai Tucson comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Soul.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Tucson

Soul

Front Rotors

12 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.3 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson has larger standard tires than the Soul (225/60R17 vs. 205/60R16). The Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Soul (245/45R19 vs. 235/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tucson SE/Value has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Soul. The Tucson Sport’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Soul !.

The Tucson has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Soul; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Hyundai Tucson 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 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tucson’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Soul (105.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Soul.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Soul ! pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Soul ! (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has .6 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 5.2 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Soul.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Soul with its rear seat up (31 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Soul with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 61.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Tucson easier. The Tucson’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.3 inches, while the Soul’s liftover is 31.1 inches.

The Tucson’s cargo area is larger than the Soul’s in every dimension:

Tucson

Soul

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.3”/69.5”

25”/58.3”

Max Width

53”

50”

Min Width

40.7”

40.5”

Height

35.2”

31.5”

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

Towing

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The Tucson has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Soul has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Tucson’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Soul has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Tucson’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Soul’s passenger power window and power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Tucson Ultimate’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Soul’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

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

The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’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 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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

Recommendations

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The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Kia Soul by 36% during 2018.

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