Tremendous potential, affordable prices, incredible performance, and practicality is what makes Kia Soul the best subcompact.
Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in the popularity of subcompact SUVs and crossovers in the American market. They have emerged as sportier and more economical alternatives for mid or full-size sedans and SUVs. The way they are rapidly taking over the market, it is quite evident that domestic buyers are infatuated with these mini power-packed workhorses. Such craze for smaller cars was never seen before. A substantial portion of the credit goes to the segment of urban young buyers who look for practicality over luxury and comfort over style. However, they are picky about style too which is why sportier versions are more in demand.
The latest contenders for the best subcompact SUVs include (but are not limited to) Subaru Crosstrek, Hyundai Kona, Jeep Renegade, Kia Soul, Mazda CX-30, Mini Cooper Countryman, etc. While Mazda CX-30 is a great option for that exhilarating driving experience, it delivers below-average fuel economy which is a major parameter for choosing a subcompact car. Hyundai Kona is amazing but lags behind in the looks department. Moreover, they get more expensive too than rivals.
Mini Cooper Countryman is nice but lacks enough power. In this style-led segment which is heavily dominated by practicality, Kia Soul takes the cake with above-average scores in all the major departments. Although some will say that it doesn’t really qualify for an SUV/CUV subcompact or not without that quintessential all-wheel drive, we will leave that debate for some other time. Kia Soul has its own set of crazy fans and it sure packs enough punch and looks to stay in the competition.
The Best Subcompact SUV For Money
The latest Kia Soul is powerful and practical. With a 1.6 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that churns an impressive 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque directly to the front wheels, it is one of the most powerful cars of this class. Paired with decent handling, dozens of safety aids, and a ton of personality, Soul is a fun little party on wheels. Cars.us News has rightfully called the 2020 Kia Soul the winner of their 2020 Best Subcompact SUV for the money. They also awarded the 2019 model the Best New Car for the Teens.
Kia Soul Is Comfortable And Roomy
Newer Souls sit five people easily. They are spacious and comfortable with plenty of leg and headroom in the cabin as well as the rear seats. The driver seat is high and provides a great all-round view. All the seats are cozy and offer good support to the passengers. The interiors are well-built with decent quality materials for the price. One of the major highlights of a Soul is its cargo space. The 2020 model has a storage space of about 24.2 cubic feet with the rear seats up which expands to over 62 cubic feet if you fold the seats flat. This is one of the many reasons why Car Buzz proclaims 2020 Soul as their favorite small SUV.
They Are Affordable And User Friendly
At a base price of under $17,500, Kia Soul is one of the most affordable subcompact SUVs at present. If you go for the GT line Turbo variant, the total cost will hit around $27,500 which is much less than the starting price of the top-level trims of almost all of its rivals. The infotainment has been one of the best in the market since its inception. The new larger screens and user-friendly features (which are incredibly intuitive) have taken it several notches higher. If that’s not enough, these also come with standard Android Auto and Apple Car Play. The fuel economy figures are competitive too.