2011 Kia
Soul Sport
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Tiguan S

2011 Kia Soul Sport

10.0

starting from

$19,190
"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 Sport

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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 highway fuel efficiency
30 mpg
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Folding rear seats
Standard
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan S

8.7

starting from

$25,640

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Tiguan S

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Average number of gears
6
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Average number of airbags
5
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OK performance
17.2 lb/hp
Luxury Features 8.2 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Soul Sport Winner: Soul Sport
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  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Soul Sport
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Soul Sport Winner: Soul Sport
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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 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 24 mpg vs 20 mpg
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers roof rails
  • Very cramped front seats
  • Very limited highway range
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 8.7 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Volkswagen
Tiguan S
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan S
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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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 Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Soul Sport

Cost

Volkswagen
Tiguan S
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan S
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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MSRP $25,640 vs $19,190 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 24 mpg The Soul Sport has great city mileage and the Tiguan S is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Soul Sport's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Tiguan S's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Soul Sport's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Tiguan S's warranty is very limited

Road Tests

Volkswagen
Tiguan S
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan S
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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0-60 mph 7.7 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.7 s @ 86 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 128 mph vs Unknown

Safety Features

Volkswagen
Tiguan S
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan S
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 4 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

Crash Test Ratings

Volkswagen
Tiguan S
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan S
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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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 Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

Performance

Volkswagen
Tiguan S
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan S
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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Horsepower 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM vs 142 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 4 The Tiguan S has an OK number of gears, while the Soul Sport has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The Tiguan S's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Tiguan S's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.2 lb/hp vs 19.9 lb/hp The Tiguan S has OK performance while the Soul Sport gives sluggish performance
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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 39.4 ft vs 34.4 ft The Soul Sport can make tight turns, and the Tiguan S is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

Volkswagen
Tiguan S
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan S
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 420 miles vs 381 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 56.1 ft3 vs 53.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.0 ft3 vs 54.1 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Soul Sport's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Tiguan S
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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 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Volkswagen
Tiguan S
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan S
2011 Kia Soul Sport Kia
Soul Sport
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Number of speakers 8 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

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