2011 Kia
Soul
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

9.8

starting from

$30,990

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Cruise control
Standard
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Power mirrors
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2011 Kia Soul

9.0

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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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Tiguan SE 4Motion; not available on the Soul
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's power seats; not available on the Soul
Entertainment System 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's satellite radio
  • The Tiguan SE 4Motion has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 4
Cost 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Gets around 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg vs 19 mpg
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • The Tiguan SE 4Motion's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The Tiguan SE 4Motion's Turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Turbocharger vs None
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
Safety Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • The Tiguan SE 4Motion has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Practicality 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have lots of cupholders
  • Very cramped front seats
  • Very limited highway range
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.0 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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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 Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's power seats; not available on the Soul
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Tiguan SE 4Motion; not available on the Soul
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Entertainment System

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Number of speakers 4 vs 8 The Tiguan SE 4Motion has an OK number of speakers, while the Soul has very few
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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 Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's 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

Cost

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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MSRP $13,995 vs $30,990 The Soul has a great price and the Tiguan SE 4Motion is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 26 mpg vs 19 mpg The Soul has great city mileage and the Tiguan SE 4Motion is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Tiguan SE 4Motion's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 3 year The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Tiguan SE 4Motion's warranty is very limited

Performance

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Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Tiguan SE 4Motion's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The Tiguan SE 4Motion's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 21.0 lb/hp vs 18.2 lb/hp The Tiguan SE 4Motion has OK performance while the Soul gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Tiguan SE 4Motion has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.4 ft vs 39.4 ft The Soul can make tight turns, and the Tiguan SE 4Motion is comparable to most other vehicles

Safety Features

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Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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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 5 OK number of airbags
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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 Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 394 miles vs 420 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 53.4 ft3 vs 56.1 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.1 ft3 vs 51.0 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Soul 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Tiguan SE 4Motion
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Standard Need to carry bulky cargo? The Tiguan SE 4Motion's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Soul cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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0-60 mph 9.8 seconds vs 7.7 seconds The Tiguan SE 4Motion's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Soul is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs 137 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 17.6 s @ 79 mph vs 16.7 s @ 86 mph The Tiguan SE 4Motion's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Soul 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 114 mph vs 128 mph The Tiguan SE 4Motion's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Soul is just OK

Crash Test Ratings

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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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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