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2022 Kia Soul vs. 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

Picture of the 2022 Kia Soul

2022 Kia
Soul

MSRP*: $19,190 to $27,790
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2021 Volkswagen
Golf GTI

MSRP*: $28,695 to $36,945
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Invoice* $18,519 to $26,540 $27,547 to $35,467
MPG - City 27 - 28 MPG 23 MPG
MPG - Hwy 32 - 33 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available 53.7 ft3
Engine 147-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 201-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) Inline-4
Transmission 7-Speed A/T, Continuously Variable Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front-wheel
Horsepower 147 - 201 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 165.2 in 168.0 in
Exterior Width 70.9 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 41.1 in
Rear 38.8 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.6 in
Head Room Front 38.3 - 39.4 in
Rear 39.5 in
Front 38.4 in
Rear 38.1 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Kia Soul than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Kia Soul may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
The Kia Soul will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Kia Soul is clearly a better financial choice over the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Kia Soul is much higher than that for the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Dimensions
The Kia Soul is about the same width as the Volkswagen Golf GTI. When looking at overall length, the Kia Soul takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Handling
The Kia Soul has a significantly larger turning radius than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, making it much more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Soul is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Kia Soul does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Soul and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Soul than that of the Volkswagen Golf GTI.