2015 Jeep Renegade vs. 2015 Kia Soul

2015 Jeep Renegade VS 2015 Kia Soul

Jeep is synonymous with off-roading. Throughout its more than 70-year history, it has produced rough-and-tumble vehicles that have carried passengers through war and over mountains. Yet even with the strength and agility that Jeep has offered, not everyone has fallen in love with its utilitarian appearance.

Jeep responded by offering the Renegade, which has the power of a Wrangler but has a more polished appearance.

One of the Jeep Renegade’s primary competitors is the Kia Soul, which has a unique style all its own. Here’s more information about how the 2015 Jeep Renegade compares to the 2015 Kia Soul to help you make a choice between the two:

Exterior and Interior Style

2015 Jeep Renegage in mud
Both the 2015 Jeep Renegade and the 2015 Kia Soul immediately stand out for their design, and they appeal to a very particular aesthetic. Their designs are similar, but the Kia Soul’s is a bit more extreme.

The 2015 Kia Soul has a very boxy look with defined angles. The back end looks like a cube on wheels, and the edges are only slightly softer on the front end. The windshield slopes forward at a sharp angle, and the front end slopes down over a meaty bumper.

The Soul is wide and tall and cuts an impressive figure on the road. However, its profile is too overpowering for some.

The 2015 Jeep Renegade is similar, but it has softer edges. Critics of the Renegade think it looks like a toy version of the Wrangler, but fans love the unique spin on this new Jeep. Think of the classic Wrangler and imagine it with more rounded angles and you’ll have a better idea of what the Renegade looks like.

Grooves around the front and rear fascia provide some interesting accents, as does the contrasting stripe along the undercarriage. It also has the iconic seven-slot grille of the classic Jeep.

The interior of the Kia Soul has an additional 11 cubic square feet of cargo space over the Jeep Renegade, but the cabins of both are quite roomy. The Jeep Renegade offers several inches more passenger space around the head, shoulders, knees, legs and more.

The additional space is made possible by the larger overall length and width of the Renegade.

Both vehicles have gorgeous interior styling and high-quality materials. The Jeep Renegade also includes interesting body-color accents throughout the cabin, creating nice visual contrast.

Power and Handling

Any discussion of a crossover will inevitably focus on what it has to offer under the hood — especially when a Jeep enters the conversation. The Jeep Renegade has a slightly smaller engine than the Kia Soul, but not surprisingly, the Jeep wins out in power.

The 2015 Jeep Renegade has a 1.4-liter engine that puts out 160 horsepower and 184 pounds per feet of torque. It is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2015 Kia Soul has a 1.6-liter engine that gets only 130 horsepower and 118 pounds per feet of torque, and it is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

2015 Kia Soul

Both have a four-wheel drive system, but the Renegade is better able to amble over all kinds of terrain thanks to the extra power its engine offers. However, the Soul delivers more towing capacity at 3,500 pounds — compared with the Renegade’s 2,000 pounds.

The Renegade delivers slightly better fuel efficiency even while offering greater engine power. It gets 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, or a combined rating of 27 mpg. The Soul also gets 24 mpg in the city but 30 mpg on the highway, and its combined rating is 26 mpg.

The numbers might not seem that far askew, but the difference can add up over time. Even a small improvement on the fuel efficiency can help you save a lot of money over the life of the vehicle.

Technology and Safety

2015 Kia Soul Tech
Crossovers aren’t limited to their off-roading prowess or their ability to pull another vehicle out of the mud. A lot of people choose them as family vehicles or for professional use.

Technology and safety features are important considerations, and both the Renegade and the Soul offer them in spades.

The Renegade allows you to enjoy the same freedom that the open-air Wranglers offered. You can remove two panels on the roof to create an open top to feel the wind in your hair as you drive down the coast or even through town.

It comes standard with leather upholstery, keyless entry and push-button start, and an infotainment system with either a 5- or 6.5-inch touch screen. You can even get heated mirrors.

In contrast, the Kia Soul comes with only cloth upholstery, and keyless entry and push-button start are optional, not standard. However, it does include features like heated seats, a heated steering wheel and ventilated seats.

It also includes an LED display for its infotainment system and features like Bluetooth capability and Pandora radio.

Some of the safety features on the Jeep Renegade include a rearview camera, rear-traffic alert, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring.

A rearview camera is optional on the Soul, but it does include standard safety features like anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, hill start assist, and active front head restraints. Both models include a full menu of airbags for total protection.

Overall, the Jeep Renegade offers more features than the Soul, but both crossovers offer plenty of technology to create an enjoyable ride.

Pricing

Both the 2015 Jeep Renegade and the 2015 Kia Soul are quite affordably priced. The starting price for the 2015 Jeep Renegade is $17,995, which is a bit more than the starting price for the 2015 Kia Soul of $15,190.

The slight price bump is more than worth it for all that the Renegade offers over the Soul. When stretched out into monthly payments, the price difference is negligible even though the Renegade offers so much more value. When looked at that way, the Renegade actually ends up being a price savings.