Childre Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan JUKE VS 2014 Kia Soul Near Atlanta, GA

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2014 Nissan JUKE

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2014 Kia Soul

Safety Comparison

The Juke has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Soul doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Juke offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Soul doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Juke and the Soul 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, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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 Nissan Juke is safer than the Kia Soul:

Juke

Soul

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

145

231

Spine Acceleration

76 G’s

79 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

164

255

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

Warranty Comparison

The Juke’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Soul runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 73 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Juke’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Juke third among sub-compact CUVs in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Soul isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 19th in reliability. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 21st.

Engine Comparison

The Juke’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 58 more horsepower (188 vs. 130) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 118) than the Soul’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. The Juke’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 24 more horsepower (188 vs. 164) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 151) than the Soul +/!’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Juke NISMO’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 33 more horsepower (197 vs. 164) and 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 151) than the Soul +/!’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Juke (base engine) is faster than the Soul +/! 2.0 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Juke

Soul

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.5 sec

24.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.6 sec

8.4 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.7 sec

3.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.8 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

85 MPH

Top Speed

123 MPH

117 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Juke FWD Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Soul +/! Eco 2.0 4 cyl. (27 city/32 hwy vs. 24 city/31 hwy). The Juke FWD Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Soul 1.6 4 cyl. (27 city/32 hwy vs. 24 city/30 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Juke’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Soul:

Juke

Soul

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.3 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Juke has larger standard tires than the Soul (215/55R17 vs. 205/60R16).

The Juke’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Soul’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Juke has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Soul.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Juke AWD has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kia Soul has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Juke has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Juke flat and controlled during cornering. The Soul’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Juke SV AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Soul ! pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Juke’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Soul’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Juke, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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