Kia Soul vs Peugeot 2008 vs Renault Captur

29 May, 2014 5:00pm

Kia’s new Soul has carried over the original’s angular looks, but has grown – and it’s gunning for the top crossovers

There's plenty of choice in the supermini sector, but if you need more space, and don’t want to move up
to an ordinary compact hatchback, you have a range of alternatives to pick from.

One distinctive option is the Kia Soul. While the first generation was a funky looking SUV-style supermini, the new model is now bigger and aiming to move into the fashionable crossover upmarket. 

For its first test, we’ve lined up two other models that also break from hatchback convention. The Peugeot 2008 is already a road test winner thanks to its tough SUV styling cues, low running costs and decent practicality.

Meanwhile, the quirky Renault Captur delivers the same high-riding stance and decent running costs as its rivals, but also comes with a host of personalisation options.

Kia Soul review

Peugeot 2008 review 

Renault Captur review

Which alternative supermini has the right mix of talents to take victory?

Click the links above to read each review, then read on for our verdict.

Head-to-head

Boot space

The Kia Soul is the tallest and widest car here, and it also has the longest wheelbase, but the extra space is given to the passenger compartment, not the boot. 

It has the smallest capacity here, at 354 litres, while the tailgate opening is narrower and has a higher lip than the Peugeot’s.

These cars get hard load covers that fold up to boost access; the Renault has a more practical hinged cover that rises with the tailgate.

Technology

Connect Plus versions of the Soul come with an eight-inch touchscreen (below) that’s easy to use and has sat-nav with clear graphics. In contrast, the Renault and Peugeot feature systems that take time to familiarise yourself with, and even then aren’t as easy to operate when on the move.

Emissions

The Soul is heavily penalised by the lack of stop-start. Emissions of 132g/km are 37g/km behind the Renault’s, and mean road tax is £130 a year; the Captur is exempt. The Peugeot emits 103g/km, so its road tax costs £20 a year.

Verdict

1st place: Peugeot 2008 

 

The Peugeot 2008 is a great car that should be at the top of any supermini crossover buyer’s shopping list. It’s comfortable and the SUV-style body delivers practicality, while the diesel’s balance of efficiency and pace is hard for either rival here to match.

2nd place: Renault Captur

If you want a supermini with a bit more space, the Renault Captur is a fine choice. Personalisation options help it to stand out, and it has low running costs on its side, but the performance sacrifice you have to make is just too much to live with.

3rd place: Kia Soul

The second-generation Kia Soul is a disappointment. It doesn’t have the funky touches needed to stand out in this class. The looks are awkward and the lack of stop-start is a serious omission that hits running costs and will deter younger buyers.

Peugeot 2008  Renault Captur  Kia Soul
On-the-road price/total as tested £18,045/£19,445 £17,895/£18,840 £17,500/£17,500
Residual value (after 3yrs/30,000) £8,517/47.2% £8,924/49.9% £8,295/47.4%
Depreciation £9,528 £8,971 £9,205
Annual tax liability std/higher rate £592/£1,183 £535/£1,070 £762/£1,524
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles) £1,579/£2,631 £1,599/£2,665 £1,822/£3,037
Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost 20/£234/B/£20 12/£312/A/£0 10/£346/E/£130
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service £16.99p/m (3yr/30k) Free (4yrs/48k) £339 (3yrs/30k)
Length/wheelbase 4,159/2,538mm 4,122/2,606mm 4,140/2,570mm
Height/width 1,556/1,739mm 1,566/1,778mm 1,600/1,800mm
Engine 4cyl in-line/1,560cc 4cyl in-line/1,461cc 4cyl in-line/1,582cc
Peak power  113/3,600 bhp/rpm 89/4,000 bhp/rpm 126/4,000 bhp/rpm
Peak torque  270/1,750 Nm/rpm 220/1,750 Nm/rpm 260/1,900 Nm/rpm
Transmission  6-spd man/fwd 5-spd man/fwd 6-spd man/fwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel 50 litres/space saver 45 litres/£95 54 litres/space saver
Boot capacity (seats up/down)  360/1,172 litres 377/1,235 litres 354/994 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight 1,180/528/1,300kg 1,170/374/900kg 1,383/537/1,300kg
Turning circle 10.4 metres 10.4 metres 10.0 metres
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery 3yrs (60k)/1yr 4yrs (100k)/4yrs  7yrs (unltd)/1yr
Service intervals/UK dealers 20k miles (1yr)/300 18k miles (1yr)/248 20k miles (1yr)/170
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos. 14th/26th* 15th/9th* 7th/10th*
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./points 88/77/72/5 88/79/61/5 N/A
0-60/30-70mph 9.8/10.1 secs 11.8/12.0 secs 10.2/10.7 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th  3.8/5.2 secs 5.1/7.9 secs 4.4/6.8 secs
50-70mph in 5th/6th  7.4/10.2 secs 12.1 secs/N/A 8.8/11.5 secs
Top speed/rpm at 70mph  117mph/1,900rpm 106mph/2,100rpm 112mph/2,100rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph  58.5/41.3/12.1m 51.6/36.2/8.9m 46.4/33.7/10.0m
Noise levels outside/idle/30/70mph 70/47/63/71dB 68/53/63/71dB 71/47/60/68dB
Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range 48.9/10.8/538 miles 46.5/10.2/460 miles 40.8/9.0/485 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined  60.1/78.5/70.6mpg 67.3/83.1/76.4mpg 46.3/64.2/56.5mpg
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined  13.2/17.3/15.5mpl 14.8/18.3/16.8mpl 10.2/14.1/12.4mpl
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket 161/105g/km/17% 163/95g/km/15% 186/132g/km/22%
Airbags/Isofix/park sensors/camera Six/yes/rear/no Six/yes/yes/£350 Six/yes/no/yes
Auto gearbox/stability/cruise control £400/yes/yes £1,000/yes/yes £500/yes/yes
Climate control/leather/heated seats Yes/£750/£150 Yes/no/£250 Yes/no/no
Met paint/panoramic roof/keyless go £495/£400/no £495/no/yes £490/no/no
Sat-nav/USB/DAB radio/Bluetooth £650/yes/yes/yes Yes/yes/no/yes Yes/yes/yes/yes

Disqus - noscript

Does Kia remember the plot with emissions any longer? Their new cars do not seem to be compatible with European rivals in terms of MPG and emissions.
If Renault can slip its similarly sized car under the 100g/km barrier, why doesn't Kia do so too? Even 120g/km (£30 VED) is good for private buyers.

The 2008 is cool :) , than i think the new engine 1.6 Blue HDi 120 bhp is perfect for this great car !

I like the look of the Soul, but I only do a low annual mileage, and don't want the complexity and reliability problems of a modern diesel, so I'm disappointeed that Kia don't offer a decent petrol engine model.

I own a kia and the figures they quote are more realistic to what you get, I don't trust any of the Govt figures but having driven and owned other cars such as Peugeot, Renault and Ford the figures they quote are just way off.

The 1.6 petrol is a good engine but the car is too heavy for it.In Australia we only get 1 engine,a 2 lt petrol,and it goes great.Pity you lot,being so economy obsessed.As Drew commented the stickers aren't real life economy.The better the economy on the sticker the more it will exceed it.Sticker 4.2,real world 7.5 lt/100kms.

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