2011 Kia
Soul
vs. 2012 Fiat
500 Pop

2012 Fiat 500 Pop

9.6

Winner

Fiat 500 Pop

starting from

$16,000

Reasons to buy the Fiat 500 Pop

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Power mirrors
Standard
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More airbags
6
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Cruise control
Standard
2011 Kia Soul

9.2

Runner-up

Kia Soul

starting from

$13,995
"Feels nimble and well-planted in high-speed turns."
edmunds.com | talking about the Soul's performance
"A cinch to maneuver around tight city confines in relative comfort."
edmunds.com | talking about the Soul's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Soul

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Ample cargo space
53.4 ft3
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Spacious back seats
49.2 ft3
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Average-sized front seats
54.1 ft3
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Winner: 500 Pop
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the 500 Pop; not available on the Soul
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • Room for more than 5.5x more stuff, 53.4 ft3 vs 9.5 ft3
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 20% more room, 54.1 ft3 vs 45.3 ft3
  • Room for 1 more person, 5 vs 4
Entertainment System 9.3 vs 10.0
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Winner: 500 Pop
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  • Like your tunes? In the 500 Pop, you can upgrade to satellite radio
  • The 500 Pop has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.5
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Soul ; optional upgrade on the 500 Pop
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 5 year vs 4 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 10,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • The Soul 's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 21.0 lb/hp vs 23.4 lb/hp
  • More than 20% more powerful, 122 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 101 HP @ 6,500 RPM
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.2 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the 500 Pop; not available on the Soul
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Practicality

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Soul has the usual number of seats, while the 500 Pop has very few
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Highway driving range 394 miles vs 399 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 53.4 ft3 vs 9.5 ft3 The Soul has lots of cargo room, but the 500 Pop has very little
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front seats 54.1 ft3 vs 45.3 ft3 The Soul has average-sized front seats, while the 500 Pop is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 5 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the 500 Pop, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 4 vs 6 The 500 Pop has a good number of airbags, but the Soul does not (missing Rear Curtain, Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Soul ; optional upgrade on the 500 Pop
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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MSRP $13,995 vs $16,000 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 26 mpg vs 30 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Soul in particular is extraordinary
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 4 year Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but Soul in particular is extraordinary

Performance

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 101 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 21.0 lb/hp vs 23.4 lb/hp Both Soul and 500 Pop are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.4 ft vs 30.6 ft The 500 Pop can make tight turns, and the Soul is comparable to most other vehicles

Road Tests

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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0-60 mph 9.8 seconds vs 9.7 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs 131 ft The 500 Pop's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Soul is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.6 s @ 79 mph vs 17.2 s @ 78 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.85 g
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Top speed 114 mph vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Kia Soul 2011 Nissan cube Soul vs cube
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2011 Kia Soul 2011 Honda Element EX Soul vs Element EX
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Scion xD Soul vs xD
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 Honda Fit 500 Pop vs Fit
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 MINI Cooper 500 Pop vs Cooper
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle 500 Pop vs New Beetle
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 Toyota Yaris 500 Pop vs Yaris
2012 Fiat 500 Lounge 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman 500 Lounge vs Cooper Countryman

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Justin (9:49 PM, September 08, 2014)
so much bad info and wrong specs on this site
 
Zaghloul (11:36 PM, May 29, 2014)
Soul is definitely better. You made it less than Fiat 500 by giving it 5.5 vs 10 to the Fiat for one reason: it does not have a keyless entry. Please!