Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Kia Soul VS 2014 Nissan Juke Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Kia Soul

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2014 Nissan Juke

Safety Comparison

Both the Soul and the Juke have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Kia Soul is safer than the Nissan Juke:

Soul

Juke

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

181

266

Neck Injury Risk

25%

26%

Neck Stress

248 lbs.

351 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

64 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

40/87 lbs.

850/1103 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

42%

73%

Neck Stress

142 lbs.

243 lbs.

Neck Compression

172 lbs.

189 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

197/76 lbs.

554/739 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Kia Soul is safer than the Juke:

Soul

Juke

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

10 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.41/.56

1.64/.57

Tibia forces R/L

1.7/1 kN

1.7/1.7 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Kia Soul is safer than the Nissan Juke:

Soul

Juke

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

97

105

Chest Movement

.8 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

190 G’s

218 G’s

Hip Force

377 lbs.

567 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

727 lbs.

958 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

16 inches

Spine Acceleration

32 G’s

36 G’s

Hip Force

591 lbs.

790 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Soul as a “Top Pick” for 2014. The Juke is not a “Top Pick” for 2014.

Warranty Comparison

The Soul comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Juke’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Soul 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Juke. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Juke ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Soul + offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Juke doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Soul uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Juke requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Soul has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Juke AWD’s standard fuel tank (14.2 vs. 11.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Soul has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Juke FWD’s standard fuel tank (14.2 vs. 13.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Soul stops much shorter than the Juke:

Soul

Juke

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Soul !’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Juke (235/45R18 vs. 225/45R18).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Soul has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Juke’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Soul’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Juke (101.2 inches vs. 99.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Soul is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Juke.

For better maneuverability, the Soul’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Juke’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

For excellent aerodynamics, the Soul has standard flush composite headlights. The Juke has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Soul ! is quieter than the Juke SV AWD:

Soul

Juke

At idle

38 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

77 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

75 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Soul has 14.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Juke (101 vs. 86.7).

The Soul has 1.7 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.8 inches more rear headroom, 7 inches more rear legroom, .9 inches more rear hip room and 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Juke.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Soul has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Juke with its rear seat up (24.2 vs. 10.5 cubic feet). The Soul has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Juke with its rear seat folded (61.3 vs. 35.9 cubic feet).

The Soul’s cargo area is larger than the Juke’s in almost every dimension:

Soul

Juke

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

25”/58.3”

26”/56.5”

Max Width

50”

54”

Min Width

40.5”

38”

Height

31.5”

27”

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Soul has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Juke doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The power windows standard on both the Soul and the Juke have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Soul is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Juke prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Soul’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Juke’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Soul has standard extendable sun visors. The Juke doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Soul’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Juke doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Soul’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Juke’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Soul !’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Juke doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Both the Soul and the Juke offer available heated front seats. The Soul +/! also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Juke.

The Soul +/!’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Juke doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Soul +/!’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Juke doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Soul +/! has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The Juke doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

The Soul +/! has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Juke doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Soul has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Juke doesn’t offer rear vents.

Optional UVO for the Soul allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Juke doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

With optional voice command, the Soul +/! offers the driver hands free control of the radio, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Juke doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Kia Soul will be $2857 to $4264 less than for the Nissan Juke.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Soul first among compact MPVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Juke isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Kia Soul outsold the Nissan Juke by over three to one during the 2014 model year.

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