2019 Kia Soul vs 2019 Chevrolet Trax

Red 2019 Kia Soul and Blue 2019 Chevrolet Trax

Car shoppers in the market for a sporty compact crossover may be wondering where to start their search. The Kia brand offers a number of affordable and reliable options that get you where you need to go, every time. The 2019 Kia Soul is the perfect compact crossover for every lifestyle, whether you’re driving to class or heading on a road trip. With an affordable price tag of only $16,490, drivers have the option of three performance-ready trims – Base, +, and ! – and 11 showstopping colors.

Choosing the right mix of options in the Kia Soul may seem like a big feat but with top-of-the-line features in every trim, there’s no bad option when it comes to picking a 2019 Soul model. This comparison from Performance Kia is here to break down how the 2019 Kia Soul compares the 2019 Chevrolet Trax, which starts at $21,300.

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2019 Kia Soul vs 2019 Chevrolet Trax
1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine Standard Engine 1.4-liter Turbo ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine
5 passengers Seating Capacity 5 passengers
61.3 cubic feet Maximum Cargo Space 48.4 cubic feet
3 trims - Base, +, ! Trims Options 3 trims - LS, LT, Premier

What are the differences between the 2019 Kia Soul and 2019 Chevrolet Trax?

Powered by a 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine, the 2019 Kia Soul Base offers 130 horsepower at 6,300 rpm with 118 pounds-foot of torque. Drivers looking to upgrade to the elite Soul ! will find a 1.6-liter DOHC 16-vale I-4 engine with a Turbocharger that pushes out 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with 195 pounds-foot of torque. The Kia Soul features both manual and automatic transmission offerings among its lineup. The Base model is a standard 6-speed manual transmission with an available electronically-controlled 6-speed automatic transmission upgrade. The + model comes standard with the electronically-controlled 6-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic® mode and the ! model is equipped with an elite 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission with Sportmatic®. The 2019 Chevrolet Trax does not offer drivers the same versatility under the hood with its 1.4-liter Turbo ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine as the 2019 Kia Soul offers.

The 2019 Kia Soul provides drivers with a spacious 61.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, making room for all of the cargo for a weekend getaway. Space is lacking in the 2019 Chevrolet Trax, providing drivers with only 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded. The versatility of the Kia Soul’s engine options, transmission options, cargo area, trims, and more make this vehicle rank at the top among the available compact crossovers.


Rear view of red 2019 Kia Soul
Seating in 2019 Kia Soul
Interior view of seating in 2019 Chevrolet Trax
Rear view of silver 2019 Chevrolet Trax