When it comes to finding a vehicle that delivers both practicality and fun, a turbocharged hatchback is the answer. Dubbed “hot hatches,” these small cars with powerful engines allow you to experience push-you-back-into-your-seat fun while not having to refuse the various obligations that come with life. You can load up a vehicle’s worth of boxes like they’re a small van, step on the gas and forget that you’re not in a sleek sports car.
As semi-related brands, Kia and Hyundai have both utilized this fun and function philosophy to build out a couple of dynamic and fun models. For Kia, it’s the Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo. For Hyundai, it’s the Veloster turbo. While both use a similar engine, the body-styling choices adopted by the two brands reveal a notable point of divergence. Here is how the two models compare:
2020 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo
2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate
|1.6L turbocharged (201 horsepower)||Engine (horsepower)||1.6L turbocharged (201 horsepower)|
|29 miles per gallon||EPA-estimated combined MPG||29 miles per gallon|
|7-speed DCT||Standard transmission||6-speed manual|
|Standard||Adaptive Cruise Control||Available|
|38.8 inches||Rear seat legroom||34.1 inches|
|24.2 cubic feet / 62.1 cubic feet||Cargo volume (seats up/max)||19.9 cubic feet / 44.5 cubic feet|
|10.25 inches||Infotainment display||8 inches|
Comparing the models in the above chart, it’s a wonder anybody would choose the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Ultimate over the 2020 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo. With the goal of the hot hatch segment being to offer a fun ride that doesn’t force you to compromise on practicality, the 2020 Kia Soul GT-Line is the perfect model to represent this segment.
As you can see in the above chart, the 2020 Kia Soul has more interior space for both passengers and cargo, meaning when you load up the cargo area and pile your friends in for a camping trip or pile your family in for a road trip, everybody will be more comfortable and more can come along.
Up front, you’ll undoubtedly love the larger infotainment screen which allows you to have three modules side-by-side vs. the smaller and more traditional infotainment unit found on the 2019 Veloster Turbo Ultimate.
While both engines will push out a ton of turbocharged horsepower that won’t cost you at the pump, only the 2020 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo features standard adaptive cruise control, allowing you to accelerate quickly and then let your vehicle do a lot of what’s left.
For more information on the 2020 Kia soul GT-Line or to schedule a test drive with one and try out the turbocharged engine yourself, contact us today!