When you’re looking for a reliable compact vehicle for your commutes around Hamilton, Madison, and Smyrna, New York, it’s important to do an ample amount of research, so you can be sure you’re test driving models that meet all your performance, safety, and technology needs. Two popular vehicles you may be considering are the Jeep Renegade and the Kia Soul, but which is going to be the right choice for you?

Here at University CDJR, we wanted to make the research process as simple as possible for our drivers, which is why we created this handy breakdown of the 2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2020 Kia Soul. Now, let’s see how these two models stack up against one another!

Jeep Renegade vs Kia Soul Hamilton NY Jeep Renegade vs Kia Soul Performance and Engine Specs

To get started, we’ll head right under the hood of both these vehicles and check out what powers them. Both models offer two different available engine options for you to choose from.

The Jeep Renegade comes equipped with a standard 2.4L Tigershark® engine, which puts out 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Over in the Kia Soul, the standard 2.0L In-line 4-Cylinder engine only produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque capability.

When it comes to available engine options, the Renegade model’s available 1.3L 4-Cylinder Direct Injection Turbo engine delivers 210 lb-ft of torque, while the Soul once again falls short. Its available 1.6L In-line 4-cylinder w/ Turbocharger engine only delivers 195 lb-ft of torque capability.

Jeep Renegade vs Kia Soul Hamilton NY Jeep Renegade vs Kia Soul Traction and Stability Control

The Jeep Renegade comes standard with a front-wheel drive system, but if you’re in need of advanced traction and stability control, there are two different available all-wheel drive 4×4 systems. The available Jeep Active Drive 4×4 system helps with a variety of road and trail conditions, and the available Jeep Active Drive Low system delivers a 21:1 crawl ratio, making it perfect for off-roading.

The Renegade also offers an available Selec-Terrain® Traction Management system, which allows you to toggle between, Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud, and Rock modes, depending on which type of terrain you’re traveling over.

In the Kia Soul, there is no all-wheel drive system even offered, so you’ll just get the standard front-wheel drive system.

Jeep Renegade vs Kia Soul Hamilton NY Jeep Renegade vs Kia Soul Interior Cabin Space

Now, we’ll head right inside and take a look at the interior cabin space. While both these vehicles do fit five riders, just how much room will everyone get?

2020 Jeep Renegade


2020 Kia Soul

41.1 in.

Front Headroom

39.4 in.

40.5 in.

Rear Headroom

39.5 in.

41.2 in.

Front Legroom

41.1 in.

The Verdict: 2020 Jeep Renegade vs Kia Soul

While both these vehicles may be a good choice for your commutes around the Hamilton, Madison, and Smyrna, NY, areas, it’s clear that the Jeep Renegade outperforms the Kia Soul in crucial categories like performance and interior cabin space.

Here at University CDJR, we’re dedicated to helping you every step of the way through your car-buying journey. For more information or to schedule your next Jeep Renegade test drive, call or stop by today!

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