2018 Jeep Renegade vs Kia Soul
2018 Jeep Renegade vs Kia Soul
In a competition of distinctive looks among today’s sport utility vehicles, the forerunners would be the 2018 Jeep Renegade and the Kia Soul. If you’ve seen them, it’s no surprise that these two stand out in exterior styling. With its round headlights and seven-slot grille, the Renegade looks pretty rugged, especially for a compact. Meanwhile, the boxy Soul has a look as polarizing as it is unique. In this comparison guide, we’ll peel back the paint and see which of these styling SUVs is worth the hype.
Ruggedness: 2018 Jeep Renegade
In terms of sheer power, the Jeep Renegade wins hands-down. The Renegade has the off-roading chops to take you wherever you want to go, even off the beaten path. And it has power in spades, up to the 180-horsepower turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. This Jeep has available all-wheel drive at every trim level. For the ultimate off-roading experience, there’s a trim level-the Trailhawk-designed specifically for it.
By comparison, in terms of off-road performance, the Kia Soul is just a pretty face. While it can get up to 201 horsepower and is a superb handler, the Soul is not built for off-roading. And there is no all-wheel drive option on any trim level. You have to stick to the concrete jungle or open highway if you buy the Soul. Leave the trails and trackless wilderness to the Renegade.
Fuel Economy: Tie
Compacts should be fairly thrifty in the gas department. But neither the Renegade nor the Soul would win among most other compact sport utility vehicles. The 2018 Jeep Renegade gets 24 city and 31 highway miles per gallon. The Kia Soul gets almost exactly the same mileage. That puts both vehicles below average for this segment, but far better than many other SUV options. Part of the reason behind that performance? The power that both of these compact SUVs offer.
Cargo Space: Tie
Space is at a premium in compacts, but they’re still SUVs, right? We just have one question: are you the kind of person who doesn’t mind folding seats down or just won’t bother. If you don’t mind, the Jeep Renegade will work for you. With the back row down, the Renegade has 51 cubic feet of storage space. That’s more than enough space for weekend gear and you might even help a friend move.
If you’re a person who often has passengers or doesn’t want to deal with collapsing the back seat, you’d do better with the Kia Soul and its 24 cubic feet. That’s five more cubes than the Renegade offers, which can make a difference in the daily drives you do. Which option is better for you depends on how quick you are to adjust the seats.
In this comparison of the quirky and spirited, we recommend the 2018 Jeep Renegade. The Renegade has the rugged look and the power to back it up. But it also keeps up with the Kia Soul in just about every category that matters in a compact SUV. Ultimately, your decision will come down to what matters most–if it’s rugged and powerful off-road options, the Renegade is the right one for you.