2020 Kia Soul vs. 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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To help make backing safer, the Soul (except LX)’s optional 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 Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Soul and the Corolla Hatchback 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and driver alert monitors.


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

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


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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.


The Soul GT-Line Turbo’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 33 more horsepower (201 vs. 168) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 155) than the Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Soul GT-Line Turbo is faster than the Toyota Corolla Hatchback (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Soul Auto’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Soul has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Corolla Hatchback (14.3 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.


The Soul offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is more internally efficient than a CVT but just as easy to drive. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Soul GT-Line Turbo’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Corolla Hatchback:

Soul GT-Line Turbo

Corolla Hatchback

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.2 inches

10.5 inches

The Soul stops much shorter than the Corolla Hatchback:


Corolla Hatchback

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Soul X-Line/GT-Line’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Corolla Hatchback (235/45R18 vs. 225/40R18).

Suspension and Handling

The Soul has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Corolla Hatchback’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Soul is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Corolla Hatchback.

The Soul GT-Line Turbo handles at .86 G’s, while the Corolla Hatchback SE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Soul’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Corolla Hatchback’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).


The Kia Soul may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Toyota Corolla Hatchback.

The Soul is 4.7 inches shorter than the Corolla Hatchback, making the Soul easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Soul has 17.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla Hatchback (102.2 vs. 84.6).

The Soul has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom, 8.9 inches more rear legroom, 7.3 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Corolla Hatchback.

Servicing Ease

The Soul uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Corolla Hatchback uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.


The Soul GT-Line Turbo has a standard heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Soul S/EX/GT-Line’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Corolla Hatchback’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Soul’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 Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

On extremely cold winter days, the Soul GT-Line Turbo’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Soul owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Soul with a number “1” insurance rate while the Corolla Hatchback is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Soul is less expensive to operate than the Corolla Hatchback because typical repairs cost less on the Soul than the Corolla Hatchback, including $93 less for a starter, $45 less for fuel injection, $139 less for a fuel pump, $163 less for front struts and $52 less for a timing belt/chain.

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