2018 Kia Soul vs Jeep Renegade

May 2nd, 2018 by
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The Kia Soul and Jeep Renegade are two compact crossovers for the books – but which is right for you? Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly ride or an everyday commuter, we’re here to help. Check out our comparison guide to learn more about these two models.

2018 Kia Soul vs Jeep Renegade

Everyday Comfort: 2018 Kia Soul

For hours of on-road comfort, the Soul is on your side. Up front, seats are roomy, but also supportive, so you never feel desperate to get out and stretch. In back, there’s generous head and leg room for adult-size passengers, so you won’t hear any complaining when it’s your turn to head up the commuter carpool.

In the Renegade, you can’t help but revel in the comfortable front seats. We do wish there was a bit more backseat space, but head and leg room should be adequate for most passengers.

Crash-Test Scores: 2018 Kia Soul

Here, the Soul really shines. If you’re looking for a compact crossover to set your mind at ease in breakneck highway traffic, this is it. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Soul a 2018 Top Safety Pick+, which denotes the fact that it earned top scores in crash tests and a rare score of “Superior” for its emergency crash prevention system. Similarly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Soul five out of five stars for overall safety.

The Jeep Renegade received adequate, if not stellar scores. In government crash tests, it earned four out of five stars for overall protection. The Renegade earned top scores in a few IIHS crash tests, including those for side, roof strength, and moderate overlap front. Its front crash prevention system was deemed “Advanced.”

Technology & Convenience: 2018 Kia Soul

The 2018 Kia Soul offers all the latest and greatest smartphone innovations, as well as a number of items designed to make your life on the go simpler. This year, Uvo infotainment and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities are available for even the base model, via the Convenience package. All other Soul models come standard with this equipment, so you can access smartphone features on the central touchscreen or use voice controls to call home. All manner of conveniences are available, including keyless ignition and entry, so you don’t have to waste any time in the parking lot.

As with the Soul, you can add Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment system to even the base model. It, too, includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keeping smartphone addicts safely connected. Both the Soul and the Renegade come standard with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, making it easy to link your smartphone to the central system. However, some modern flourishes – like keyless entry and ignition – are only available for the top-trim Renegade Limited.

Off-Road Capabilities: 2018 Jeep Renegade

Few compact crossovers that can take to the trail like the Renegade, especially if you select the Renegade Trailhawk model. This crossover comes standard with everything you need to venture off the beaten path, including a special four-wheel drive system with low-range settings and underbody skid plates. However, you can add four-wheel drive to any Renegade model, so you’ll always be ready for off-road action.

The 2018 Kia Soul is known more for its sporty ride than its confidence off road. In spite of its boxy exterior style, it’s a lot of fun on a winding road. The Soul’s turbocharged engine options are also a revelation, outpacing competitors with their speedy acceleration. However, it doesn’t offer all- or four-wheel drive.

Learn More about the Kia Soul

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Both compact crossovers offer a dependable performance, but the 2018 Kia Soul gets you where you need to go with the most style. Inside, it’s comfy and high-tech. Moreover, you get everything the Soul has to offer at an excellent price–come in and see what Raceway Kia has to offer you!

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