2018 Kia Soul vs Honda Fit

In the battle of compact hatchbacks, the 2018 Kia Soul and 2018 Honda Fit are at the front of the pack. Both offer modern styling and a lot of versatility, but there are a few key differences that separate these two remarkably similar vehicles.

Drivers in Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg can explore all the similarities and differences between the 2018 Kia Soul and the 2018 Honda Fit with our in-depth comparison. Read more about each vehicle here, and learn where you can go to test drive the winner.


The Honda Fit has been known for its sportiness, but the new model year compromised some of that energy. The 2018 Fit is equipped with a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. There's a continuously variable transmission option as well, but that's about it for variants.

The Kia Soul is equipped with a 1.6L I-4 engine that produces 130 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Other options include a 2.0L I-4 engine that produces 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. There's also a turbocharged 1.6L I-4 engine that produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Not only are all three Soul engine options comparable or more powerful than the Fit, but it also offers enough choices to satisfy any driving style. The turbocharged 1.6L engine is the most powerful and sporty option, of course, but even the less-powerful engines pack enough power for most drivers.

In addition, the 2018 Soul pairs this sporty ride with precise steering, agile handling, and effective braking. The 2018 Fit can't claim any of that, with its weak engine, disconnected steering, and harsh brakes.


The Fit is polished and hides its size well, but its overall silhouette mimics that of an old-fashioned minivan. This is certainly not the hot urban hatchback that it pretends to be, and it lacks any distinguishing details or flair to set it apart. The cluttered, illogical instrument cluster creates a chaotic appearance inside, especially when paired with the tight quarters and haphazard trims and accents. Unfortunately, the effort at ultra-modern just ended up ultra-busy.

Now for the Soul, which achieves the modern urban appeal that hatchback drivers are looking  for. Even the base model offers plenty of flair in its design, and the unique shape is sure to turn some heads. Higher trim levels also offer some interesting touches to the exterior.

Inside, the Kia Soul has a refined and minimalistic design. There are premium materials and race-inspired touches, but the instrument cluster and layout are simple and intuitive.

Test Drive the 2018 Kia Soul at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg

Despite their hatchback designation, the Honda Fit can't compete with the urban appeal and sporty drive of the Kia Soul.

Drivers in Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg can experience the difference by visiting Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg to schedule a test drive of the 2018 Kia Soul. Contact us today!

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Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg

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