2017 Kia Soul vs. 2017 Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen has been producing the iconic Beetle for decades, and its design is instantly recognizable the world over. But the Kia Soul burst onto the scene about a decade ago with a look that is even more daring, and equally recognizable. Let's see which of these multi-purpose vehicles has the better features and amenities, the 2017 Kia Soul or the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle. The price is nicer for the 2017 Soul already, with an MSRP that is more than $3,000 less than the 2017 Beetle's.

Before you get too enthralled by the 2017 Soul's low starting price, let's touch on a high-octane improvement in the 2017 Kia Soul, which features an all-new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which churns out a throaty 201 horsepower in the Exclaim (!) trim option. This new engine option, along with the 2017 Soul's advantages in interior room, give the "Hamster Box" a huge early lead. The 2017 VW Beetle has room for four, at 85.1 cubic feet, which is absolutely cramped compared to the 2017 Soul's 101 cubic feet for up to five passengers. And the 2017 Soul also has room for up to 61.3 cubic feet of cargo, or more than twice the figure of the 2017 Beetle's 29.9 cubic feet.

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2017 Kia Soul Vs. 2017 VW Beetle
26, 31 Top MPG (city, highway) 24, 33
101 (seats five) Passenger Room (cubic feet) 85.1 (seats four)
61.3 Cargo Room (cubic feet) 29.9
Yes Car and Driver 10Best Trucks and SUVs for 2017? No
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick - 2016? No
10 years or 100,000 miles Warranty Coverage: Limited Powertrain 5 years or 60,000 miles
5 years or 60,000 miles Warranty Coverage: Bumper-to-Bumper 3 years or 36,000 miles

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That's not all there is to the 2017 Kia Soul, as you also have superior warranty parts coverage with the industry's best package: 10 years or 100,000 miles for limited powertrain and five years or 60,000 miles for bumper-to-bumper coverage, which easily tops the 2017 Beetle's five years or 60,000 miles for limited powertrain and three years or 36,000 miles for bumper-to-bumper. And only the 2017 Soul is coming off seven consecutive IIHS Top Safety Picks, through the 2016 model year, which shows the Soul is one of the most impact-resistant vehicles in its class, while the 2017 Beetle is another in a line of Beetles that did not receive this safety distinction.

Whether you like the fun boxy design of the 2017 Kia Soul, or its superior room and fuel savings, it's a slam-dunk win over the 2017 VW Beetle. We carry the Kia Soul with pride at Boucher Kia of Racine, 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 2017 Kia Soul.

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