2019 Jeep Renegade vs Kia Soul

August 26th, 2019 by

2019 Jeep Renegade vs Kia Soul

You want to drive small but like the versatility and power of an SUV? You’ve come to the right place. In this comparison, we pit the 2019 Jeep Renegade, a subcompact sport utility vehicle, against a great rival: the Kia Soul. The Soul consistently rates better than the Renegade in a wide number of categories. But when it comes to ruggedness and versatility, it’s a different story. Keep reading to find out more.

Off-roading: 2019 Jeep Renegade

The 2019 Renegade stands head and shoulders above its crowded class when it comes to off-roading. Any trim level will do, but the real expert is the Renegade Trailhawk. This model comes with a host of off-roading features, including low-range gearing, increased ground clearance, skid plates, and all-terrain tires. When you want to get out of the city, the Renegade is the obvious choice. On the other hand, we’re not even sure the 2019 Kia Soul can off-road. There are rumblings that the 2020 Soul might have a contender, but we’re still a few months out.

2019 Jeep Renegade Off-Roading

Fuel Economy: 2019 Kia Soul

Of course, with more off-roading power, the Renegade has a drawback, however slight. The 2019 Renegade gets 24 city miles and 32 highway miles per gallon. But the Soul fares a bit better, getting 26 city and 31 highway mpg. If you do more highway driving, the Renegade is actually 1 mpg better. But fair’s fair. Taking the combined mpg, the Soul has the Renegade beat by 1 to 2 mpg.

2019 Jeep Renegade Interior

Passenger Space: 2019 Jeep Renegade

If you’re going out into the wilderness, it’s nice to bring a little bit of home with you. That’s why we think you’ll be pleased with the Jeep Renegade. This subcompact SUV has more cabin space than its Kia Soul rival. In front, there’s 41.1 inches of headroom and 41.2 inches of legroom. (It’s got that iconic boxy shape, after all.) In back, there’s almost the same amount of headroom at 40.5 inches and 35.2 inches of legroom. That beats all of the Kia Soul’s numbers, except the rear legroom. In the Soul, the front affords 39.5 inches of headroom and 39.1 of legroom. But there’s an extra 4 inches of legroom in the back of the Soul, but everywhere else the Jeep has the Kia beat.

Towing Capacity: 2019 Jeep Renegade

Here’s another category in which the Jeep Renegade blows the competition out of the water. The Jeep Renegade is slate to tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly configured. Meanwhile, the Kia Soul has a towing capacity in some foreign markets, but here in the USA the manufacturers have not okayed the Soul to tow any load at all. In other words, there is no towing capacity listed for a Kia Soul. Again, we find that in areas that count for outdoorsy folks, the Renegade is the far better choice.

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