2021 Kia Soul vs. 2020 Hyundai Venue

Red 2021 Kia Soul and blue 2020 Hyundai Venue

Rejoining the Kia lineup with a small refresh, the Kia Soul is back stealing hearts around Tampa Bay. The 2021 Kia Soul lineup includes the LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, EX, and Turbo trim levels, offering local shoppers a full range of options to choose from.

The quirky and compact Kia Soul has been a longstanding icon for the Kia brand and now one of the brand’s top competitors has added a new contender to its mix. This 2021 Kia Soul vs. 2020 Hyundai Venue comparison is putting these two compact crossovers against each other to show Tampa shoppers why the Kia Soul continues to sit at the top of the market.

2021 Kia Soul


2020 Hyundai Venue

2.0L 4-Cylinder Engine w/ 147 horsepower Base Engine 1.6L Smartstream 4-Cylinder Engine w/ 121 horsepower
Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) Automatic Transmission Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)
1.6L 4-Cylinder Engine w/ 201 horsepower Available Engine N/A
7.0-inch touchscreen (standard) / 10.25-inch touchscreen (available) Infotainment 8.0-inch touchscreen
24.2 cubic feet / 62.1 cubic feet Cargo Space 18.7 cubic feet / 31.9 cubic feet
38.8 inches Rear Legroom 34.3 inches
8 monotone colors, 2 two-tone colors Color Options 7 monotone colors, 1 two-tone colors

Stylish Soul Stands Above New Competition

The 2021 Kia Soul is a fan-favorite among Kia enthusiasts and the latest addition to the Hyundai brand, the 2020 Venue, has been drawing similar attention. Looking at these two vehicles on paper, the Kia Soul offers more personality to shoppers than the Venue and has more options to choose from. The 2021 Soul is powered by a standard 147-horsepower 2.0-liter engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or an Intelligent Variable Transmission. The Soul Turbo is fitted with a 1.6-liter engine that delivers more power on the road, producing 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The 2020 Venue offers just one engine option in its mix – a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter Smartstream engine.

A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment center comes standard in the 2021 Kia Soul, however, tech-enthusiasts looking for a larger screen size can opt for the available 10.25-inch touchscreen setup. The 2020 Venue offers a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen in each of its models with no larger option available.

The Kia Soul may be boxy but its shape adds a significant amount of space to its interior. Tampa Bay drivers will enjoy the 24.2 cubic feet of standard cargo space behind the rear seats in the 2021 Soul, which can expand up to 62.1 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. The 2020 Venue falls short of the Kia Soul in terms of interior space, offering 18.7 cubic feet of standard cargo space and up to just 31.9 cubic feet of maximum space.

Shoppers around Tampa Bay and New Port Richey can get themselves behind the wheel of a new 2021 Kia Soul today by stopping by the Friendly Kia dealership. Contact a member of our team for more information on the 2021 Soul.