2020 Kia Soul EV vs. 2019 Tesla Model X

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To help make backing safer, the Soul EV’s 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 Model X doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 Model X doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Soul EV and the Model X 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 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 Model X’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Soul EV 2 years longer than Tesla covers the Model X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Model X ends after only 8 years.

The Soul EV’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than the Model X’s (5/100,000 vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 12 times as many Kia dealers as there are Tesla dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Soul EV’s warranty.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Tesla vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 22 places higher in reliability than Tesla.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Soul EV gets better fuel mileage than the Model X:

MPGe

Soul EV

Electric Motor

127 city/101 hwy

Model X

75D Electric Motors

91 city/95 hwy

100D Electric Motor

86 city/89 hwy

P100D Electric Motor

83 city/89 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Soul EV has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Model X doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Soul EV’s turning circle is 5.9 feet tighter than the Model X’s (34.8 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The Kia Soul EV may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1550 to 1650 pounds less than the Tesla Model X.

The Soul EV is 2 feet, 9.1 inches shorter than the Model X, making the Soul EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Soul EV is 10.6 inches narrower than the Model X, making the Soul EV easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

The Soul EV’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Model X 6-Passenger doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Soul EV has a standard rear wiper. The Model X doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Soul EV’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Model X doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Soul EV has standard extendable sun visors. The Model X doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Soul EV Designer Collection has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Model X doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

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