2017 has been a banner year for Kia vehicles, and for these two in particular: The 2017 Kia Soul and the 2017 Kia Niro. The 2017 Soul saw enhancements to the design of its front grille and received an all-new engine option for its top-line Exclaim (!) trim, while the 2017 Niro made its global debut and is already dazzling drivers with its best-in-class fuel economy.
While both vehicles are multi-purpose / crossover vehicles, the 2017 Kia Soul comes with greater available horsepower and cargo room, with upwards of 201 HP in the Soul's Exclaim trim, thanks to its turbocharged engine. You also have an SUV-like 61.3 cubic feet of cargo room with the 2017 Soul. The 2017 Soul has a fun-seeking boxy design, while the 2017 Niro has a compact and sleek look that is superior to many of the competing - and more sedate - hybrids on the road. And if you're curious about color choices, the Soul has 10 available exterior color options to the Niro's seven.
|2017 Kia Soul||Vs.||2017 Kia Niro|
|26, 31||Top MPG (city, highway)||52, 49|
|130 (Base trim) to 201 (Exclaim trim)||Horsepower||139|
|118 (Base) to 195 (Exclaim)||Torque (lb.-ft.)||195|
|61.3||Cargo Room (cubic feet)||54.5|
|6-speed manual (Base), 6-speed automatic (Plus) & 7-speed dual clutch (Exclaim)||Available Transmissions||Dual-clutch 6-speed automatic with Sportmatic|
|2,884 to 3,232||Curb Weight (pounds)||3,106 to 3,274|
The 2017 Kia Niro is a hybrid crossover with superior fuel economy and increased energy conservation, as well as the reduced tailpipe emissions that hybrid vehicles offer. Take a seat in the 2017 Niro and you get 52 mpg city and 49 mpg highway in its base FE trim, with all of its trim options averaging at least 43 combined MPG, which is best in the hybrid crossover class. The 2017 Niro has fine cargo room as well, with 54.5 cubic feet in back. While both vehicles come with available UVO3 eServices, which gives you access to voice-command navigation and streaming audio, the 2017 Niro maxes out with an eight-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, while the 2017 Soul has six speakers in all trim options.
Both of these are fun, stylish and affordable crossover vehicles, so it depends on what you prefer. The 2017 Soul has more room for passengers and cargo, and also tops out at a higher power level, while the 2017 Niro gets superior fuel economy and has lower emissions, to go along with its added available speakers and features like Regenerative Braking. Look for both of these awesome vehicles at Boucher Kia – we're located at 9601 Washington Avenue in Racine WI, and we also serve the area which includes Milwaukee, West Allis and Kenosha. For more information about the Kia models on our lot, call (262) 725-4041 or come visit us at the dealership so we can set you up with a test drive for the model of your choice.