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The 2016 Ford Fiesta vs. the 2016 Kia Soul

new ford fiesta racing against a 2016 kia soul down kellogg ave in Wichita

What are you looking for when you get behind the wheel of a compact car? Fun? Economy? Handling? Amenities? Whatever you're after, the 2016 Ford Fiesta has got it in spades, leaving the 2016 Kia Soul lagging behind.

With better fuel efficiency, more power, and a wider range of options and amenities than the competition, it's no wonder that Kelley Blue Book named the 2016 Ford Fiesta one of their 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000, and that it was one of only 48 vehicles to be named a Consumers Digest Best Buy for 2016. By comparison, the 2016 Kia Soul has been praised for its handling, but reviewers and drivers have complained that it feels underpowered, especially compared to the Fiesta. Advantage: Ford Fiesta.

Vehicle Power and Handling

When it comes to horsepower and torque, the 2016 Kia Soul just cannot keep up with the 2016 Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta boasts 197 horsepower to the Soul's 164, and when it comes to torque the difference is even greater, with the Fiesta generating 50 more lb-ft of torque than the Soul. Even better, all that extra power doesn't come at a premium for your pocket book or your gas tank. In fact, the 2016 Ford Fiesta gets better gas mileage than the 2016 Kia Soul, with a standard EPA-estimated 37 highway miles-per-gallon to the Soul's 31. Pick up the optional 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine and the Fiesta's fuel economy increases to a massive 43 miles-per-gallon on the highway—that's better than some hybrids!

Along with engine options for any lifestyle, the 2016 Ford Fiesta also boasts a range of available driver assist technology that makes handling a breeze and driving a blast! From electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) to AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, and from Torque Vectoring Control to SelectShift capability on the available PowerShift 6-speed transmission, the Ford Fiesta has something for everyone. Advantage: Ford Fiesta.

Vehicle Design and Features

Besides owning the road when it comes to performance, fun, and handling, the 2016 Ford Fiesta also has all the design features and amenities that leave the competition in the dust. In addition to a smoother, sleeker design than the boxy Kia Soul, the 2016 Ford Fiesta also boasts heated front seats and a rear parking aid that come standard. While you can get heated front seats in the 2016 Kia Soul, you'll pay a premium for them, and the Soul can't match the Fiesta's parking assist options at all!

Available as a sedan or a hatchback to accommodate any lifestyle, the 2016 Ford Fiesta also has a high performance ST trim package option that gives you a whole lot of power and handling coupled with a whole lot of style, including a sport-tuned suspension, a unique high-mounted rear spoiler, a center airfoil and rear diffuser, Torque Vectoring Control, and lots more! Advantage: Ford Fiesta.

Our Conclusions: The Ford Fiesta is the Better Car

Whatever you want when you get behind the wheel of a compact, there's a 2016 Ford Fiesta to meet your needs. Looking for fuel economy? The available 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine gets a whopping 43 miles-per-gallon on the highway! Want a surprising amount of power for a compact? The 1.6 liter EcoBoost in the 2016 Ford Fiesta ST generates 197 horsepower and 202 lb-ft of torque, combined with Torque Vectoring Control and understeer cornering control for some of the best handling on the road! Just want a fun car that's got style to spare? The 2016 Ford Fiesta is still the car for you!

Of course, you don't have to take our word for it. Kelley Blue Book named the 2016 Ford Fiesta one of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 while Consumers Digest called it a Best Buy for 2016. Maybe that's because the 2016 Ford Fiesta offers more than style, handling, power, and economy. It also offers plenty of options to meet any lifestyle.

Choose between sedan and hatchback styles, a range of engine options including 5-speed and 6-speed transmissions, and a variety of trim packages with a whole host of available features and amenities, including electric power-assisted steering, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, Torque Vectoring Control, SelectShift capability, voice-activated SYNC 3 standard on both the Titanium and ST packages and available on the SE, rear view camera and Reverse Sensing System, European-inspired suspension, and much more!

Ready to get on the road in a new Ford Fiesta today? Rusty Eck Ford in Wichita can hook you up! Or if you'd rather just stop by our lot and see what new Ford cars and trucks are available at your Wichita Ford dealerships, we're always happy to help you find the new Ford of your dreams!