Honda Fit Vs. Kia Soul

By Justin Cupler | July 23rd, 2019

Small hatchbacks like the 2019 Honda Fit and 2020 Kia Soul offer great interior roominess with small footprints and equally small price tags. Though they share some attributes, each is tuned for specific buyer types in the Rochester area. Find out which is best for you below. 

Exterior

The Honda Fit went through its last redesign back in 2015, but it is still very modern looking for an aging hatchback, especially in a slow-changing segment. It features a traditional wedge shape with a forward-leaning rear hatch, wraparound headlights, vertical taillights, and a rising character line with the sides. Opt for the Sport trim, and the Fit gains a ground-effects, black alloy wheels, and more to set it apart. 

The Kia Soul is all-new in 2020, but it retains its boxy, toaster-on-wheels design that made it so popular among younger buyers. The big changes in 2020 are its slim headlights, new grille, and updated taillights. It is also larger than before. Like the Fit, the 2020 Soul has distinct-looking trim levels, including the sportier GT-Line models with their red accents and X-Line with its black body cladding. Each trim also has exclusive wheels to add some extra distinction. 

In terms of size, the 2019 Kia Soul sits in a unique slot between the hatchback and crossover segments, so it is significantly larger than the Fit in every measurable. 

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Fit 2020 Kia Soul Difference
Length 161.4 inches 165.2 inches -3.8 inches
Width 67 inches 70.9 inches -3.9 inches
Height 60 inches 63 inches -3 inches
Wheelbase 99.6 inches 102.4 inches -2.8 inches
Ground Clearance
6.7 inches
Curb weight 2,522 to 2,648 pounds 2,802 to 3,036 pounds -280 to -388 pounds

 

Advantage: Kia Soul

  • Larger body offers more interior room
  • Bold appearance
  • Latest design
  • Lots of distinction within the lineup

Advantage: 2019 Honda Fit

  • Smaller and easier to handle
  • More traditional hatchback look
  • Distinct Sport trim level

Interior

The 2019 Honda Fit has a surprisingly upscale look for being an entry-level subcompact hatchback in its higher trims. Its available features include a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen, satin-metallic trimming, and a more premium design. Move to the Sport trim, and you get exclusive contrast stitching and more. 

The 2020 Kia Soul also features an upscale-looking interior with its circular designs in its base trim and lighted speaker grilles, D-shaped steering wheel, leather upholstery, contrast stitching, a Harman/Karman audio system, and 10.25-inch touchscreen in its higher trim levels.

Inside, the 2019 Honda Fit is surprisingly roomy with more front headroom and legroom and an extra half-inch of rear legroom. It is also equally impressive with up to 52.7 cubes of max cargo space, but it cannot hold up to the Soul in most areas, especially cargo room. 

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Fit 2020 Kia Soul Difference
Front headroom 39.5 inches 39.4 inches +0.1 inches
Front legroom 41.4 inches 41.1 inches +0.3 inches
Front shoulder room 54.8 inches 55.5 inches -0.7 inches
Front hip room 51.5 inches
Rear headroom 37.5 inches 39.5 inches -2 inches
Rear legroom 39.3 inches 38.8 inches +0.5 inches
Rear shoulder room 52.6 inches 54.7 inches -2.1 inches
Rear hip room 45.1 inches
Cargo room (behind rear seat) 16.6 cubic feet 18.7 cubic feet -2.1 cubic feet
Cargo room (with  rear seat folded) 52.7 cubic feet 62.1 cubic feet -9.4 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2020 Kia Soul

  • Roomier cabin
  • Massive 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • Unique speaker lighting
  • Surprisingly upscale cabin

Advantage: 2019 Honda Fit

  • Sharp contrast stitching on Sport trim
  • Tons of room for such a small car
  • Roomier front seats
  • Lots of value

Performance

The 2019 Honda Fit and 2020 Kia Soul fit the compact hatchback performance mold in their base trims. The Fit comes with a 1.5-liter that cranks out up to 130 horsepower for an 8.4-second 0-to-60 time. The Soul’s standard 2.0-liter bangs out 147 horses and zips it to 60 mph in eight seconds. 

The Kia Soul sets itself apart with its optional 1.6-liter turbocharged four-pot that pumps out 201 horsepower and pairs with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This results in a surprisingly quick 6.5-second 0-to-60 time that makes it a great option for performance enthusiasts. And with its sport-tuned suspension, the 2020 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo trim handles the corners very well. 

2019 Honda Fit 2020 Kia Soul Difference
Standard engine 1.5-liter 4-cyl 2.0-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 128 to 130 hp at 6,600 rpm 147 hp at 6,200 rpm -19 to -17 hp
Torque 113 to 114 lb-ft at 4,600 rpm 132 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm -19 to -17 lb-ft
Standard transmission 6-spd manual 6-spd manual
Optional transmission CVT CVT
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 8.4 seconds 8 seconds +0.4 seconds
MPG City 29 to 33 mpg 25 to 29 mpg +4 to +8 mpg
MPG Highway 36  to 40 mpg 31 to 35 mpg +1 to +9 mpg
MPG Combined 31 to 36 mpg 27 to 31 mpg +0 to +9 mpg
Optional engine
1.6-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower
201 hp at 6,000 rpm -73 to -71 hp
Torque
195 lb-ft at 1,500 to 4,500 rpm -82 to -81 lb-ft
Standard transmission
7-spd dual-clutch
Optional transmission
Driveline
FWD
0-60 time
6.5 seconds +1.9 seconds
MPG City
27 mpg +2 to +6 mpg
MPG Highway
32 mpg +4 to +8 mpg
MPG Combined
29 mpg +2 to +7 mpg

 

Advantage: 2020 Kia Soul

  • Quicker to 60 mph in base trim
  • Surprisingly quick turbo model
  • Respectable fuel economy

Advantage: 2019 Honda Fit

  • Superior fuel economy
  • Zippy Sport trim

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Honda Fit comes in four trim levels — LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L — and their starting prices range from $16,190 to $20,520.

 

There are six trim levels in the 2019 Kia Soul lineup: X, S, GT-Line, X-Line, EX, and GT-Line Turbo. Their starting prices range from $17,490 to $27,490. 

2019 Honda Fit Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $16,190

  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Eco Assist System
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electronic power steering
  • Front disc rear drum brakes
  • 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps 
  • Daytime running lights
  • Two-speed intermittent windshield wipers
  • Body-color power side-view mirrors
  • Roof-mounted antenna
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Multireflector headlights with automatic on/off
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • LED brake lights
  • Intermittent rear wipers
  • Body-color door handles
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows with auto up/down driver’s window
  • Power door locks
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • 12-volt power outlet in front and center console
  • Cargo area light
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • 60/40 split-folding Magic Seat
  • Four-speaker 160-watt audio system
  • 5-inch color LCD screen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • 1-amp USB audio interface in front console
  • Exterior temperature indicator
  • Multi-angle rearview camera

 

Sport: $17,500

  • Six-speed automatic or manual transmission
  • All LX features, plus
  • 16-inch black alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Front underbody spoiler
  • Rear diffuser with orange accents
  • Side underbody spoilers
  • Chrome exhaust finisher
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter 
  • 1.5-amp USB port in the front console
  • Six-speaker 180-watt audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • Pandora Radio
  • SMS text messaging

 

EX: $18,160

  • Six-speed automatic or manual transmission
  • All LX features, plus
  • 16-inch machine-finish alloy wheels with black inserts
  • Fog lights
  • Power moonroof
  • Keyless unlock with walk-away auto-lock
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Keyless ignition
  • Sliding sunvisors
  • Cargo-area tie-down anchors
  • Floor mats
  • 1.5-amp USB port in the front center console
  • Six-speaker, 180-watt audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • Pandora Radio
  • SMS text messaging function
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Forward-collision warning 
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Blind-spot camera

 

EX-L: $20,520

  • Six-speed automatic or manual transmission
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • ECON button
  • Paddle shifters
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather seating
  • Heated front seats

2020 Kia Soul Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $17,490

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Electronic power steering
  • 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
  • Multifocus reflector headlights with automatic on/off
  • Positioning lights
  • LED high-mounted stoplight
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Power mirrors
  • Black front grille
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Body-color exterior accents
  • Black side sills
  • Black beltline moldings
  • Black mirrors with power operation
  • Gloss-black A-pillars
  • Matte-black fender garnish with “SOUL” emblem
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Outside temperature display
  • Digital clock
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Matte-silver inside door handle
  • Deluxe upper door trim
  • Cargo net hooks
  • Door scuff plates
  • Woven and knit cloth seating
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • Soft-touch dash and upper door panels
  • Matte-silver front speaker grilles, air-vent bezels, and door handles
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Polyurethane gear shifter
  • Manual single-zone climate control
  • 7-inch color touchscreen
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/MP3 audio system
  • Android Auto 
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • USB ports
  • Shark-fin antenna
  • Two 12-volt power outlet in center fascia
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Power windows
  • With one-touch driver’s side auto-down
  • Brake assist
  • Hill-start assist
  • Rearview camera

 

S: $20,290

  • All LX features, plus
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Drive Mode Select
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Front center armrest
  • Premium tricot seat trim
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Driver-attention warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-change assist

 

GT-Line: $20,290

  • All LX features, plus
  • 18-inch GT-Line-exclusive wheels
  • Hot-stamping front grille
  • Unique front and rear bumpers
  • Unique side sills with red accents
  • Silver rear skid plates
  • Integrated fog lights
  • GT-Line tailgate badge
  • High-gloss-black mirrors
  • Dual USB charging ports in the center console
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Drive Mode Select
  • Front center armrest
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area
  • Premium tricot cloth seating
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob
  • D-shaped steering wheel
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Driver attention warning
  • Remote keyless entry

 

X-Line: $21,490

  • All LX features, plus
  • Unique 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Rugged body kit
  • Fender cladding
  • Roof rails
  • Silver mirrors
  • Fog lights
  • Cruise control
  • Front center armrest
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped gear shifter
  • Drive Mode Select
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-change assist
  • Remote keyless entry

 

EX: $22,590

  • All S features, plus
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Hot-stamping-type grille
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • Projector-beam headlights
  • Fog lights
  • LED positioning lights
  • UVO Link infotainment system
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • Premium navigation system
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM/HD Radio audio system
  • Dual center-console USB charging ports
  • Wireless smartphone charger
  • Smart key with push-button start
  • Automatic climate control
  • Folding rear armrest
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dual-level cargo board
  • Cargo cover
  • 12-volt power outlet in cargo area
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats

 

GT-Line Turbo: $27,490

  • All GT-Line features, plus
  • 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Chrome-tipped center exhaust
  • High-gloss-black, heated mirrors
  • Mirror-integrated LED turn signals
  • LED headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED positioning lights
  • LED taillights
  • Power sunroof
  • UVO Link infotainment system
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • Premium navigation
  • Harman/Kardon audio system with subwoofer, center speaker, and amplifier
  • Speaker lights with themes
  • Smart key with push-button start
  • Automatic climate control
  • LED interior lighting
  • Dual-level cargo board
  • Cargo cover
  • SOFINO leatherette seating with cloth trim
  • Red interior color pack
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Piano Black bezels 
  • Wireless charger
  • Head-up display
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Adaptive cruise control

Who Should Buy the 2020 Kia Soul?

Need more storage space and are willing to pay a little extra to get it? The 2020 Kia Soul offers just that, but you will have to accept the fact you’ll get a lot of stares. Also, performance lovers will appreciate the surprisingly quick Soul GT-Line Turbo.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Fit?

The 2019 Honda Fit offers a great value with plenty of features at a great price and a roomy cabin. This makes it a great option for a college student heading off the school or a young family. 

 

Ready to see what the 2019 Honda Fit can offer you and your family? Swing by Garber Honda serving the Rochester, Henrietta, and Pittsford areas today for a test drive. Whether you need a commuter car to get you to work in Rochester or you need a car to head off to school in Pittsford, the 2019 Fit can deliver with style. Can’t make it to our showroom today? Navigate to our online inventory page to see all our in-stock 2019 Fit models, choose one that suits your needs, and schedule a future test drive.   

 

*Disclaimer: 29 city / 36 highway / 31 combined MPG rating for LX, Sport and EX 6MT trims. 33 city / 40 highway / 36 combined MPG rating for LX CVT trim 31 city / 36 highway / 33 combined MPG rating for Sport CVT, EX CVT and EX-L trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

**Disclaimer: MSRP does not include destination handling fees.