2020 Kia Soul EV vs. 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Soul EV’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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Soul EV and the Crosstrek Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Soul EV comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Soul EV 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Subaru covers the Crosstrek Hybrid. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Crosstrek Hybrid ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 22 percent more Kia dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Soul EV’s warranty.

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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.

Engine

The Soul EV’s standard electric motor produces 53 more horsepower (201 vs. 148) than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Soul EV gets better fuel mileage than the Crosstrek Hybrid running on electricity (127 city/101 hwy vs. 99 city/80 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Soul EV gets better fuel mileage than the Crosstrek Hybrid running its gasoline engine (127 city/101 hwy MPGe vs. 36 city/35 hwy).

The Soul EV’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 243 miles on a full charge. The Crosstrek Hybrid can only travel about 17 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Kia Soul EV higher (10 out of 10) than the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid (6 to 7). This means the Soul EV produces up to 12.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Crosstrek Hybrid every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Soul

Crosstrek

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.2 inches

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Soul EV’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis

The Soul EV is 10.6 inches shorter than the Crosstrek Hybrid, making the Soul EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Soul EV has .1 inches more front headroom and 1.9 inches more rear headroom than the Crosstrek Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

The Soul EV has a much larger cargo volume than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat up (23 vs. 15.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Soul EV’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Crosstrek Hybrid 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’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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Soul EV Designer Collection has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) on the dashboard. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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