2017 Hyundai Veloster vs. 2017 Kia Soul

If you are interested in buying a coupe, the most popular options right now include the Hyundai Veloster and the Kia Soul. Since buying a car is a major investment, it’s usually important to do your research to ensure that you get what’s best for you. When comparing these two, it’s very easy to see why the Kia Soul is inferior to the Hyundai Veloster in more ways than one, making the Hyundai the vehicle to buy.

Design & Style

The Kia Soul’s external design is not inspiring; it has a boxy shape which doesn’t seem aerodynamic, and the front also looks odd especially with the choice of headlamps present. The interior of the Kia does not inspire much confidence either. Though it’s bigger than the Hyundai Veloster, it feels more cramped. The dashboard has too many buttons, and is essentially too clustered. Materials used to make parts of the car such as the seats and the headliner all feel cheap.

The Hyundai Veloster, on the other hand, has a chic design which makes it the ideal runabout vehicle. Despite the fact that it looks smaller than the Kia, the Hyundai Veloster is more practical in terms of storage. The use of high quality materials in the interior also gives it a premium feel as well.

Technology & Safety

The Kia Soul and the Hyundai Veloster have some features common to each other. These include multiple airbags, antilock braking systems, traction control and air conditioning. However, the difference between the Kia and the Hyundai is that in the Hyundai, all these features are more technologically advanced. For instance, the better traction control system in the Hyundai means that it handles much better compared to the Kia.

Some of the other safety features and amenities available in the Hyundai Veloster include climate control, lane departure assist, rearview parking camera, smart traction control and more.


The Kia Soul has a front-wheel-drive drivetrain, with a 2-liter engine generating 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. The fact that it’s taller than the Hyundai Veloster makes it more of a handful to handle, especially at high speeds and around corners.

The Hyundai Veloster is a front wheel drive car, with a 1.6 liter inline-4 engine. It produces 132 horsepower at 6300 rpm, and a maximum torque of 120 lb-ft at 4850 rpm. This, combined with the vehicles light weight, makes it nippy and easy to handle. It also gives it excellent emissions figures as well.

The Bottom Line

The Kia Soul has a growing following in many parts of the world, but the Hyundai Veloster is far ahead in terms of quality, reliability and technology. When you buy the Hyundai Veloster, you would be sure that you would be getting a lot more compared to anyone buying the Kia Soul, even if it had all the options added.

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Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA
39.918676 -75.331753
Springfield Hyundai 39.918676, -75.331753.