When you’re searching for the perfect middle ground between an SUV and a sedan, crossovers like the Kia Soul and the Hyundai Venue come to mind. Our team at Kirby KIA of Ventura is proud to inform Oxnard, Thousand Oak, and Simi Valley, CA, drivers about the similarities and differences between the 2023 Kia Soul vs. the Hyundai Venue. Below, we explore the features, capabilities, and benefits of both rides so you can get a better idea of how each would fit into your life.
MAX CARGO VOLUME
Just because you’re getting a small model doesn’t mean you don’t want the big power that larger daily drivers are known for. Plus, just because you’re getting an off-road machine doesn’t mean you don’t want great fuel efficiency. It’s a good thing both modes of transportation have you covered, although the Kia Soul exceeds expectations.
Performance-wise, these models have a lot to offer. When it comes to power, the Kia Soul is the clear winner with a standard 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. This engine puts out an impressive 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque.
To compare, the Hyundai Venue only offers 121 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque with its 1.6L 4-cylinder engine.
In terms of fuel efficiency, both models give you a lot to work with, but the Kia Soul still comes out on top. Look at the chart below:
Maximum Fuel Economy
|EPA-estimated 29 city/35 highway MPG*
|EPA-estimated 29 city/33 highway MPG
Not only does the Kia Soul give you more fuel efficiency to have fun with, but it also comes with a 14.3-gallon fuel tank to hold it all, while the Venue only has capacity for 11.9 gallons.
In addition to power, these crossover models also share other features with larger SUVs. For instance, their cabins are still very spacious. This is true whether you’re packing up for a vacation or doing your weekly grocery shopping.
If you want maximum comfort inside your model, you’ll need to drive the Kia Soul. While the Hyundai Venue does share some features with the Kia, like available heated front seats, it doesn’t offer a few key features.
For example, the Kia Soul has an available 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with 2-way power lumbar support and a heated steering wheel, while the Hyundai Venue has neither.
Moreover, the Kia Soul offers much more room for your cargo than the Venue, so you’ll never have to feel cramped with your stuff. Compare their cargo capacities below:
Behind Rear Seats
Behind Front Seats
|24.2 cubic feet
|62.1 cubic feet
|18.7 cubic feet
|31.9 cubic feet
Inside the Kia Soul, you’ll have nearly double the cargo space of the Hyundai Venue.
Whether you’re pulling up a shared playlist for your road trip or counting on the safety technology to help you get from Point A to Point B, having high-tech features in your Kia Soul or Hyundai Venue is a must. Fortunately, both models step up to the challenge.
Overall, the Kia Soul has a lot more to offer in terms of technology than the Hyundai Venue. In the Soul, you can equip it with the following available features:
- 10.25-inch touchscreen display
- Harman Kardon® Premium Audio System
- Speaker lights with multiple ambiance themes
- Wireless smartphone charger
- Head-Up Display
Of the above features, the Venue only offers a wireless charger. The rest of those features won't be found. Plus, the Venue is limited to an 8-inch screen.
Although you’ll get a suite of safety features as standard starting on the base trim of the Venue, the Kia Soul does offer similar available technologies on its base trim and includes them as standard starting on the second trim.
Plus, the Kia Soul gives you the option of adding the available Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go system that automatically slows down and speeds up in response to traffic changes, so you can maintain a set following distance. You won’t find a system like this on the Venue.
Kirby KIA of Ventura invites residents around Oxnard, Thousand Oak, and Simi Valley, CA, to see the 2023 Kia Soul for themselves and experience firsthand all the features mentioned here.
Reach out to our team today to schedule your test drive.
All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Soul Sport for yourself are conveniently available right here online.
*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.