2019 Kia Soul Vs. 2019 Kia Niro

White 2019 Kia Soul and blue 2019 Kia Niro, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

So you want a subcompact crossover that seats five, provides ample cargo room, a bevy of premium features, a comfortable interior, and an agile, satisfying drive. You also want a great value. Naturally, you come across both the 2019 Kia Soul and 2019 Kia Niro, both of which check all of the aforementioned boxes.

So what’s the difference between these two lovely machines? Is there one? Or should Kia just be making one vehicle and calling it the NiroSoul, or the Kia SoNiro?

The main difference actually lies in the powertrain: the 2019 Kia Soul runs on a naturally-aspirated gas engine while the 2019 Kia Niro is a plug-in hybrid with available electric variations. The 2019 Niro also boasts a bit more cargo space, but brings a higher starting price along with it. Let’s take a closer look to help decide which 2019 Kia crossover is right for you.

2019 Kia Soul


2019 Kia Niro

$16,490 Starting MSRP $23,490
Up to 26 city / 31 highway Fuel Economy (mpg) Up to 52 city / 49 highway
Naturally Aspirated Engine Type Plug-In Hybrid
163 inches Length 171.5 inches
18.8, 49.5 with seat area Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 19.4, 54.5 with seat area
101 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 101 cu. ft.

Benefits of the 2019 Kia Soul

The 2019 Kia Soul is the crossover to go for if you’re looking for a sporty, satisfying drive at an excellent price. You still get incredible cargo space and a generous palette of luxury features and technologies. Furthermore, the shorter length helps with maneuverability in tight spaces. It’s also the one to look at if the electric life isn’t the one for you quite yet.

Benefits of the 2019 Kia Niro

The 2019 Kia Niro is the place to look if you’ve got fuel-economy and the planet on your mind- its incredible fuel-efficiency will save you money in the long term. And you can rest easy knowing you’re not contributing to the destruction of the human race as much as most automobile owners. On top of that, you get an additional five cubic feet of cargo space.

The Choice is Yours

Ultimately, the choice between the 2019 Kia Soul and 2019 Kia Niro is one you must make yourself; no one else can do it for you. In addition to great cargo room, spacious high-end cabins, and satisfying driving experiences, both vehicles come with Kia’s excessively generous warranty.

If you need more help, our team is happy to provide it. Stop by Team Gunther Kia to take a look or try out both vehicles in-person today!