2020 Kia Soul EV vs. 2019 Hyundai Nexo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Soul EV and the Nexo 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors 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 40 more horsepower (201 vs. 161) than the Nexo’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Soul EV gets better fuel mileage than the Nexo (127 city/101 hwy vs. 65 city/58 hwy MPGe).

Tires and Wheels

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

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Soul EV’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Nexo’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

Chassis

The Kia Soul EV may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Hyundai Nexo.

The Soul EV is 1 foot, 6.7 inches shorter than the Nexo, making the Soul EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Soul EV has .5 inches more front headroom and 1.5 inches more rear headroom than the Nexo.

Ergonomics

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 Nexo’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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