If you like your sporty performance with a splash of youthful style, check out wagon-style hatchbacks like the 2017 Nissan Juke and Kia Soul. These models catch eyes with their bold paint jobs and striking design, but they also deliver athletic powertrains and roomy cabins. Which is the crossover for you? Read our comparison guide before you make your final choice.
2017 Nissan Juke vs Kia Soul
Comfort & Style
The Juke's Color Studio lets you select your own exterior and interior trim colors, giving you a unique opportunity to match bold shades of purple and orange or add a splash of crimson to the cabin. And, more than being your specific brand of stylish, the Juke is exceptionally comfortable. With two rows of generous passenger space, it's the perfect road-trip crossover. Sporty drivers will love the Recaro front seats, which offer snug support on high-speed rides.
The Kia Soul provides comfortable seating, which of course keeps passengers happy, even after hours on the road. The automatic climate control works well, too. Set it to your liking, and you'll rarely have to adjust it. However, the Soul's ride is a bit stiffer than the Juke, putting a slight dent in comfort.
Power & Performance
The 2017 Nissan Juke wins this competition, hands down. Firstly, it earns higher fuel economy than the Soul, achieving up to 28 city/32 highway mpg. Secondly, it's got the sporty handling you crave, with the necessary engine power for quick acceleration. In short, the Juke has all the right moves.
In the Kia Soul, you can earn up to 26/31 mpg. For such a boxy car, it feels incredibly capable on twisting roads and around corners. When it comes to speed, the Soul hesitates a little bit straight off the line, but you can put it in Sport mode for a sharper powertrain response.
The Kia Soul is a star among tech buffs and smartphone addicts alike. Kia's Uvo infotainment system is easy to use, with an intuitive touchscreen interface and voice controls for hands-free access. With the upper-trim Exclaim(!) model, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity displays smartphone apps directly on the central touchscreen, so you can use features like Maps and Messages without picking up your phone.
Nissan's infotainment interface is equally easy to figure out. Use it to check traffic or stream music from devices. Unfortunately, the Juke has yet to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But, if you're an iPhone user, you can use the Siri Eyes Free technology to access your phone's sophisticated voice controls.
With the 2017 Nissan Juke, a rearview camera comes standard, maximizing visibility as you pull out of parking spots and into traffic. You can even opt for the 360-degree camera, which provides a top-down look at the Juke for ace parallel parking. This technology includes moving vehicle detection to heighten your awareness.
In the Kia Soul, you'll find all the same standard equipment as in the Juke - including anti-lock disc brakes for strong stopping power. Traction and stability control keep you steady in difficult weather conditions. It doesn't offer a 360-degree camera system, but the navigation system will keep you from getting lost on road trips
Learn More about the Nissan Juke
The 2017 Nissan Juke and Kia Soul are two of the most stylish crossovers on the road. Still, the Juke is our favorite, impressing with its athletic ride and comfy cabin. It's also got the high-tech safety features you need when road conditions are less than ideal. Infotainment options help you stay connected - and you don't even need to take your hands off the wheel. In the stylish Juke, everyone will see you coming, and you can count on a dependable performance far into the future.