You want icons? We've got icons. This is the Kia Soul - the stylish Hamster Box - we're talking about here, up against the inimitable, cute VW Beetle. This is an intriguing matchup – with two company best-sellers squaring off against each other. We'll take the 2016 Kia Soul vs. 2016 Volkswagen Beetle and see which icon best handles the scrutiny.
The 2016 VW Beetle has a slight edge in performance, with 170 HP to the 2016 Kia Soul's 164 HP in top-line models and it gets another mile or two per gallon, but once you look beyond those small victories for the Beetle, the 2016 Soul wins by an easy knockout. This is thanks to a versatile package that gives you significantly more room and comfort for passengers, as well as a more youthful style, in the 2016 Soul. Consider its now-famous design, which is boxy and low-to-the-ground, which others try to duplicate but never replicate. Inside the 2016 Soul's youthful façade hides a monster, with 101 cubic feet of passenger room and up to 61.3 cubic feet for cargo. The 2016 Beetle's paltry 85.1 cubic feet for passengers and 15.4 cubic feet for cargo can't hold a candle to the 2016 Soul. So not only will you be driving a car in the VW Beetle that reached its coolness peak in the 1960s, you'll have backseat passengers complaining about how they need more room.
|2016 Kia Soul||Vs.||2016 Volkswagen Beetle|
|$11,670 (Friendly Kia VIP)||Price||$19,795 MSRP|
|101||Passenger Room (cubic feet)||85.1|
|61.3||Cargo Room (cubic feet)||15.4|
|Yes||U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best Cars for Families?||No|
|Yes||"Highest Ranked Compact MPV in Initial Quality" by J.D. Power?||No|
|10-yr/100k-mile powertrain, 5-yr/60k-mile bumper-to-bumper||Warranty Coverage||5-yr/60k-mile powertrain, 3-yr/36k-mile bumper-to-bumper|
*Disclaimer: The Kia Soul received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among compact MPVs in the J.D. Power 2015-2016 Initial Quality Study. 2016 study based on 80,157 total responses, evaluating 245 models, and measures the opinions of new 2016 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2016. Your experiences may vary.