Have you been searching for a 5-seat SUV that’s versatile and sturdy? If so, you’ve likely come across the Volkswagen Taos and the Kia Soul. These models are perfect for work commutes, family vacations, or spontaneous road trips in, around, and outside Elgin, IL, but which SUV does it better?
Our team at Elgin Volkswagen finds out in the Volkswagen Taos vs. Kia Soul comparison below. Once you’re finished reading, you can take a spin around the block in the decided winner! Let’s dive in.
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Between ordinary work commutes and exciting weekend plans, you’re going to need an SUV that keeps up with you. After all, you’re going to need some added pep in your step for work and for play. Both the VW Taos and the Kia Soul will keep you going and help you cover ground between activities.
When you look under the hood of the VW Taos and the Kia Soul, you’ll find peppy engines ready to jump-start your day. For starters, the VW Taos sports a 1.5-liter engine capable of 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.
In comparison, the Kia Soul’s 2.0-liter engine isn’t quite as energizing with its 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. Although the VW Taos edges out the Soul in this department, you’ll find front-wheel drive on either option—a drivetrain that aids their impressive fuel efficiencies.
However, the VW Taos can be outfitted with optional 4MOTION® all-wheel drive, which promotes a smoother ride quality. Models equipped with this driveline also come with the following drive mode select systems:
While the Kia Soul makes its Drive Mode Select system standard, it goes without a similar Active Control feature, which allows drivers to choose their ideal driving performance profile on specific road conditions, like On-Road Mode or Off-Road Mode, among others. Plus, the Soul can only equip front-wheel drive.
Your time behind the wheel is important, and so is your passengers' time. What better way to have the best experience for both parties than with a spacious cabin and accommodating amenities? Both the VW Taos and the Kia Soul prioritize your comfort and your need for space. Which model can offer the more elevated experience, though?
Whether you choose the VW Taos or the Kia Soul, you and your passengers will be able to sink into comfortable cloth seats. However, if you prefer premium textiles to swathe your seating appointments, the VW Taos can be upgraded with leather seats. Unfortunately, the Kia Soul does not offer similar seating material.
What both SUVs do offer is ample space for your cargo, but which one has more? Let’s explore:
Although the difference is slight, you’ll find more available space in the VW Taos, whether you have all seats occupied or it’s just you and your copilot.
SUVs like the VW Taos and the Kia Soul can lead to all types of adventures. They can also prepare you for all sights unseen with their integrated safety suites! Both SUVs deliver course correction, steering assistance, and braking support so you can get from Point A to Point B with no hiccups in between.
As all-purpose vehicles, the VW Taos and the Kia Soul make it their mission to satisfy every facet of your drive, including your safety. In fact, both SUVs can be equipped with available safety suites: IQ.DRIVE® on the VW Taos and Kia Drive Wise on the Soul. Plus, they feature similar technologies on their rosters:
If you need an extra set of eyes to help with parking, you may prefer the VW Taos thanks to its available Parking Distance Control. This feature utilizes ultrasonic sensors as well as visual and audible warnings to aid you while parking. Plus, it will alert you when you’re within close proximity to a parked car or a static object.
Although the Kia Soul comes with its own impressive roster of safety features, it goes without any parking assistance feature.
If you’re in the market for a capable SUV, the VW Taos and the Kia Soul are two excellent options. However, thanks to its greater capabilities, its roomier interior, and its parking feature, we believe the VW Taos will better suit your needs.
Do you agree? If so, schedule a test drive at Elgin Volkswagen near Elgin, IL, today!
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