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2015 FIAT 500L vs Kia Soul South Florida

2015 FIAT 500L

vs.

2015 Kia Soul


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Features & Specs

2015 FIAT 500L

2015 Kia Soul

Fuel Type

Premium unleaded (recommended)
Regular unleaded

Horsepower

160 hp @ 5500 rpm
130 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque
184 ft-lbs. @ 2500 rpm
118 ft-lbs. @ 4850 rpm

Transmission

6-speed manual
6-speed manual

2015 FIAT 500L vs 2015 Kia Soul near West Palm Beach, FL

For the 2015 500L, Fiat has replaced the previous automated manual transmission with a traditional six-speed automatic on most models. There's also a new Urbana Trekking trim, a larger optional touchscreen display and revised standard and optional feature content availability. Both the base and plus trim level Kia Soul models are available with the Uvo eServices package, which now includes a rear view camera and telematics features like geofencing, curfew alert and speed alert. There is also a new "Umber" interior package with upgraded leather upholstery.

2015 FIAT 500L Power & Handling

Every 2015 Fiat 500L is front-wheel drive and powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 160 hp and 180 pound-feet of torque. For all but the top trim Lounge model, a 6-speed manual transmission is standard. A 6-speed automated-manual transmission is optional on the Pop trim. On the remaining Easy, Trekking and Urbana Trekking models, the optional transmission is a traditional 6-speed automatic. This automatic is standard on the 500L Lounge.

2015 Kia Soul Power & Handling

The front-wheel-drive 2015 Kia Soul is offered with two different engines. The base Soul gets a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with 130 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, including a hill-start assist function and a 6-speed automatic is optional. The EPA's estimated fuel economy for the base Soul comes in at 26 mpg combined (24 city/30 highway) with either transmission.

2015 FIAT 500L Features & Design

The 500L is 27.7 inches longer and 6 inches wider than the city-sized 500. Fiat points to EPA interior volume as proof that the L is a big car in a small package. It's not a case of all hat, no bistecca, but the 500L isn't quite large. The high roof gives the 500L very good head and shoulder room for all passengers, though it's best for four adults, max.

2015 Kia Soul Features & Design

Inside, the Soul gets a more finished look than its predecessor, with a chunky steering wheel, a gauge cluster that's sportier, and a dash that looks and feels more premium, with soft-touch materials from elbow level on up throughout most of the dash area. Speakers are elevated atop side vents on the dash, and center-stack climate, audio, and infotainment controls are all canted slightly toward the driver. In all, it doesn't just bring this model in line with other Kia interiors, but it makes this interior more convincingly upscale in look and feel.

Conclusions

With its lower torque, the Kia Soul doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the FIAT 500L. The Kia Soul has less horsepower than the FIAT 500L, so it will probably be somewhat slower. Overall, the FIAT 500L is the clear winner between these two cars!

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