2020 Kia Soul EV vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Soul EV and the Kona Electric have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available rear parking sensors.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked third.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 5 places higher in reliability than Hyundai.

Engine

The Soul EV’s electric motor produces 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (291 vs. 260) than the Kona Electric’s electric motor.

Passenger Space

The Soul EV has 3.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Kona Electric (98 vs. 94.1).

The Soul EV has .3 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom, .6 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Kona Electric.

Cargo Capacity

The Soul EV has a much larger cargo volume than the Kona Electric with its rear seat up (23 vs. 19.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Soul EV’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Kona Electric 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 Soul EV Designer Collection’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Kona Electric’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Soul EV has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Kona Electric only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Soul EV’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

On extremely cold winter days, the Soul EV Designer Collection’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Soul EV’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 Kona Electric doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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