When we compare the Kia Niro EV's and the Kia Soul's specifications and ratings, the Kia Niro EV has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. The Kia Soul has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and resale value. Based on this comparison of the Kia Niro EV's and the Kia Soul's specifications and ratings, the Kia Soul is a better car than the Kia Niro EV.
Kia Niro EV vs. Kia Soul Pricing
A used 2023 Kia Niro EV ranges from $31,710 to $46,850 while a used 2023 Kia Soul is priced between $19,996 to $27,119. For a new model, the Kia Niro EV's price is between $37,343 and $47,960, with the Kia Soul priced between $21,034 and $27,764.
Kia Niro EV vs. Kia Soul Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Kia Niro EV loses 56.8 percent of its value and the Kia Soul loses 35.9 percent of its value. This means the Kia Soul retains 20.9 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Kia Niro EV.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Kia Niro EV’s base engine makes 201 horsepower, and the Kia Soul base engine makes 147 horsepower. The Niro EV is rated to deliver an average of 126 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), with a highway range of 253 miles. The Soul is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 472 miles.This gives the Kia Niro EV the advantage in fuel efficiency and the Kia Soul the advantage in maximum range. The Niro EV uses electricity, and the Soul uses regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Kia Niro EV, a electric SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room and rear shoulder room. The Kia Soul, a subcompact car, has the advantage in the areas of rear head room, rear leg room and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Kia Niro EV has higher safety ratings than the Kia Soul, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.14 out of 5 Stars.