BASE MODELS Kia SoulScion xb 1.6L 4-cyl Engine 122hp @ 6300rpm 5 speed manual transmission A major option is Air conditioning for another $1000 4 wheel ABS disc brakes Independent front suspension and semi rear suspension 4 wheel ABS disc brakes 2.4L 4-cyl Engine 158hp @ 6000rpm Independent front suspension and torsion beam rear 5 speed manual transmission A major option is 17’’ alloy wheels.
The base model for the Kia Soul costs $15,995. The base model for the Scion xb costs $15850. The Kia Soul’s fuel economy is 26mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway. The Scion xb’s fuel economy is 22mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway. The Kia Soul is available in 10 different colours. The Scion xb is available in 8 colours. Some other major options include: DVD headrests ($1275), Plug-in navigation ($950), and a rear spoiler ($423). Some other major options include: A Body kit ($995), Power Sunroof ($700), and an upgraded audio package ($500).
Mid Trim 2.0L 4cyl Engine 142hp@ 6000rpm 5 Speed Manual Transmission Includes everything from the base plus: Air conditioning, 16’’ alloy wheels, keyless entry, power windows and doors, and cruise control. 4 Wheel ABS Disc Brakes A Major option is a 4 Speed automatic transmission. 2.4L 4cyl Engine 158hp@ 6000rpm 5 speed Manual Transmission 4 wheel ABS Disc Brakes Includes everything from the base plus: Cruise control, Air conditioning, Pioneer speaker system, and power doors/windows/mirrors. 2 major options are: a 4 speed automatic transmission and a TRD sport muffler.
The mid trim model for the Kia Soul costs $18595. Some other major options are: Rear spoiler ($295), center console ($253.49), SUV tent ($378.49), and a side skirt package (498.49). The Kia Soul’s fuel economy is 26mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway. The Scion xb’s fuel economy is 22mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway. The mid trim Scion xb costs $18320 Some other options are: Fog lights, carbon fiber window trim, XM satellite radio, sport pedals, and a performance air filter.
Fully Loaded (High End) 2.0L 4cyl Engine 142hp @ 6000rpm 2.4L 4cyl Engine 158hp @ 6000rpm 4 Speed automatic transmission5 speed manual transmission 4 wheel ABS disc brakes Includes everything from the mid model plus: Sport tuned suspension, power tilt/slide sunroof, Premium audio system, and satellite radio. Includes everything from the mid model plus: Pioneer premium speakers, front grille update, turn signal mirrors, sport pedals/shifter, and Satellite radio.
The high end model for the Kia Soul costs $20595 The high end model for the Scion xb costs $19270 The Scion xb’s fuel economy is 22mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway. The Kia Soul’s fuel economy is 26mpg in the city 31mpg on the highway. Some other major options are: Body coloured bumpers, backup camera, automatic climate control, leather interior, and a push button start. Some other major options are: leather interior, 19” TRD 5 spoke alloy wheels, Alpine premium audio upgrade, remote start, Scion upgraded security, and Bluetooth system.
The Kia soul received five-star ratings by the NHTSA in frontal driver, frontal passenger and driver side-impact crash tests. Crash Test Rating It also received a 4-star rating in side rear passenger and rollover rating. Kia Soul Safety and Crash Tests - MSN Autos The Scion xb received five-star ratings by the NHTSA for front and rear passengers in a side impact crash. It also received a 4-star rating for rollover resistance and both driver and passengers in a frontal impact crash.
Time.com The most exciting cars of 2010 Kelley Blue Book Top 10 coolest cars under $18000 Red Dot Award: Product Design honourable mention AWARDS The Kia Soul is built in South Korea. On many online car websites the Kia Soul is most of the time rated 4/5 or even 5/5 by the people. thecarconnection.com gives the Kia soul an 8.4/10. auto123.com experts rated the Soul 75%/100%. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick The Scion xb is built in Japan. On many online car websites, the Scion xb is most of the time rated4/5 or even 5/5 by the people. thecarconnection.com gives the Scion xb a 7.6/10. auto123.com experts rated the xb a 74%/100%. AWARDS Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick Edmunds.com Top 10 cars for kids in car seats Top 10 least expensive hatchbacks and wagons Kelley Blue Book Top 10 coolest cars under $18000
Based not only on opinion but on what I have researched, I would choose the Kia over the Scion. I believe the Soul looks a lot better and it also tested a lot safer. I would say that the better car, the safer car. The safer car is the Kia. When I read the reviews, it seemed like a lot of people said that it is a fun, easy car to drive. It has a lot of space even though it doesn’t appear to. The only downfall is that every model comes with the 5 speed manual transmission. The 4 speed automatic is an option for extra money. So if you can’t drive stick and you want a Soul, then you might be paying an extra 1000 dollars. thecarconnection.com says the bottom line is: “The 2010 Kia Soul outsmarts fun urban wagons like the Scion xb and Nissan Cube with uniquely kicky styling, more room, and an easygoing attitude. I believe what they said and that is why I could choose the Kia Soul.