Which of These Two 2020 Crossovers Reign Supreme?

2020 FIAT 500L vs. 2020 Kia Soul

2020 FIAT 500L parked with ocean in the background

CAPACITY

Seating

Doors

ENGINE

Liters/Type

Horsepower (hp)

Torque (lb-ft)

TRANSMISSION

Type

DRIVETRAIN

Type

FUEL CONSUMPTION

Estimated Fuel Economy (city / hwy)

STARTING MSRP

Price (USD)

Fiat 500L POP

Fiat 500L POP

CAPACITY

5 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

1.4L 4-Cylinder Gas

160 hp @ 5,500 rpm

184 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

TRANSMISSION

6-Speed Automatic

DRIVETRAIN

Front-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

22/30

STARTING MSRP

$22,500

Kia Soul LX

Kia Soul LX

CAPACITY

5 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

2.0L 4-Cylinder Gas

147 hp @ 6,200 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

TRANSMISSION

6-Speed Manual

DRIVETRAIN

Front-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

25/31

STARTING MSRP

$17,490

Crossovers That Dazzle

The 2020 Fiat 500L and the 2020 Kia Soul are two vehicles helping the crossover class rise in prominence. Drivers love how crossovers balance the perks of Sedans and SUVs to create a unique car breed. The 2020 Fiat 500L provides exterior styling customization in the areas that matter. Once you select a 2020 Fiat 500L body color that suits your preferences, you can contrast or match that color with chrome, black/white, or body-colored mirror caps.

Suppose you’re seeking a crossover with a more sporty feel. In that case, the 2020 Fiat 500L Trekking model contains a more agile aesthetic with tasteful design features like satin silver accents on the fascias and door handles and bol 17-inch aluminum wheels. A liftgate badge and chic tail lamps are two examples of subtle design elements that go a long way in defining the 2020 500L’s overall sense of style.

Style customization continues with the 2020 Fiat 500L’s interior. You’ll be able to select one of four available seating options, so your vehicle’s interior is conducive to your style and comfort preferences. One of the 2020 500L’s best features is the vast interior visibility that’s primarily supported by the available Dual-Pane Power Sunroof. Fiat doesn’t cut corners with the 2020 500L’s cargo space as the crossover vehicle has between 22.4 cubic feet of cargo space that can conveniently expand to 68 cubic feet if you fold down the rear seats.

By comparison, slightly smaller 16-inch Steel Wheels support the 2020 Kia Soul. If you fold the 2020 Kia Soul’s rear seats down to create more cargo space, the vehicle falls almost six inches short of the 2020 Fiat 500L’s cargo volume. Since the 2020 Fiat 500L’s sunroof is the largest in its class, the 2020 Kia Soul falls short again. Let’s unpack the 2020 Fiat 500L’s and 2020 Kia Soul’s performance and fuel efficiency to better understand how these vehicles stack up against each other.

The Battle for the Crossover Performance Crown

Transmissions play an essential role in a person’s decision regarding whether or not they’ll purchase a vehicle. The base 2020 Fiat 500L comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the base 2020 Kia soul model is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. While you can swap out the 2020 Kia Soul’s six-speed manual transmission with a continuously variable automatic transmission, the base offering may persuade drivers to lean toward the 2020 Fiat 500L’s transmission.

When it comes to torque, the 2020 Fiat 500L asserts itself as dominant over the 2020 Kia Soul. The 2020 500L’s 184 lb-ft at 2,500 rpm vs. the 2020 Kia Soul’s 132 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm allows the 2020 Fiat 500L to speak for itself. While the 2020 Kia Soul wins in the fuel efficiency category, it barely beats out the 2020 500L as the highway mpg is one mpg off from being equivalent, and the city mpg is a three-mile differential.

Which Crossover Brings Peace of Mind?

Premier safety comes standard within the 2020 Fiat 500L as essential driving features like a rear backup camera receive an upgrade with an extra-wide angle that allows you to connect with your surroundings on a deeper level. Standard grid line technology within the 2020 Fiat 500L’s backup camera provides you with a firmer grasp of your distance from other vehicles, while the available Parksense® Rear Park Assist System can send in the moment alerts if the car detects moving objects behind you.

Available GPS Navigation within the 2020 500L will provide you with vivid, easy to decipher 3D graphics on a 7-inch screen and voice command capability. Drivers who purchase the 2020 Kia Soul will get the same GPS offerings that the 2020 Fiat 500L contains within a screen that’s identical in size.

With tight competition in the safety and driver-assist features category, we’re going to compare how these vehicles perform in the technology category to gain some more clarity on the competition.

Technology That Keeps You Moving

Both the 2020 Fiat 500L and the 2020 Kia Soul offer Apple Carplay® and Android Auto compatibility so you can display smartphone navigation, play music, and make calls or send messages seamlessly through voice controls or each infotainment center’s touchscreen. There’s no need to borrow or purchase a new auxiliary cord thanks to the 2020 Fiat 500L and 2020 Kia Soul’s Bluetooth® wireless technology that makes connecting your devices a stress-free endeavor.

The 2020 Fiat 500L and the 2020 Kia Soul both have USB connecting/charging ports and available speaker systems to elevate in-car sound, but one key difference between these two models is the fact that SiriusXM® is only available on the 2020 Fiat 500L. Drivers looking to make the most out of their in-car entertainment have to consider if not having access to services like SiriusXM is a dealbreaker.

2020 FIAT 500L interior

Features That Matter

While the competition between the 2020 Fiat 500L and 2020 Kia Soul is tight in certain areas like technology and driver-assist features, it’s not as tight in other areas like design. Fans of crossover vehicles are looking for the best of both worlds with their car. The 2020 Fiat 500L makes the most of its compact yet roomy design by offering more cargo space and better visibility than the 2020 Kia Soul.

Within the category of performance, the 2020 Fiat 500L offers a base model that doesn’t force you to begin with a manual transmission, and its torque easily beats out the 2020 Kia Soul. Superior design and performance make the 2020 Fiat 500L our crossover vehicle recommendation.

Experience Crossover Excellence Today

Don’t wait to drive the perfect crossover SUV. Learn more about the 2020 Fiat 500L by visiting Crown FIAT of Dublin for a test drive. Our staff can walk you through all of the features and opportunities for customization that the 2020 500L offers so you can find the model that’s right for you.