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2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Kia Soul

Black 2018 Ford Focus on Desert Road vs White 2018 Kia Soul in a Tunnel at Night

Affordable, athletic and efficient are trademarks of the compact car segment and the 2018 Ford Focus is a fan favorite. With a versatile, attractive design, the Ford Focus will go head to head with competitors and come out on top. Take a closer look at what the Ford Focus brings to the table against a one-of-a-kind competitor in the segment with this in-depth 2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Kia Soul comparison.

When drivers opt for the Ford-brand compact car, they will have a choice of sedan and hatchback body styles that are available in six trim levels – S, SE, SEL, Titanium, the performance-tuned Focus ST Hatchback and the track-ready Focus RS Hatchback. No matter which model or trim level you choose, you will enjoy room for five passengers with 90 cubic feet of passenger space. Highlight features of the 2018 Ford Focus cabin include an 8-inch Ford SYNC® 3 infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, advanced safety technology, premium leather interior and much more.

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2018 Ford Focus VS 2018 Kia Soul
$17,950 Starting Price $16,200
160-Horsepower 2.0-Liter Four-Cylinder Standard Engine 130-Horsepower 1.6-Liter Four-Cylinder
Sedan and Hatchback Body Styles Wagon
13.2 - 23.3 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 24.2 Cubic Feet

What Are the Differences Between the Ford Focus and Kia Soul?

Are you looking for a do-it-all compact car? The Ford Focus will fit the bill in this 2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Kia Soul comparison. Loaded with a wealth of standard features and equipped with an arsenal of power-packed engine options, the Ford Focus promises incredible value at every turn. Entry-level Ford Focus S editions feature 15-inch wheels, keyless entry, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch Ford SYNC® LCD display, Bluetooth, power accessories and Ford MyKey® safety technology.

Versatility is an asset of the Ford Focus that will set it apart from the Kia Soul in this debate. Choose from sedan or hatchback variants that promise an exhilarating and fuel-efficient performance. Ford Focus Sedan variants provide a capable 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space that will expand with 60/40 split-folding rear seats laid flat. When you choose the Ford Focus Hatchback, you will enjoy 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row – compared to 24.2 cubic feet in the Kia Soul.

When it comes to power and performance, the Ford Focus cannot be beat. Kia Soul editions feature a standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder, a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 201-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder exclusive to the top-of-the-line Soul! trim level. Fuel-efficient, turbocharged Kia Soul variants make a lackluster 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Explore the Ford Focus engine options below.

  • 160-Horsepower 2.0-Liter Four-Cylinder – 5-Speed Manual/6-Speed PowerShift Automatic – 25 MPG City/34 MPG Highway
  • 123-Horsepower 1.0-Liter EcoBoost® Three-Cylinder (SE Sedan) - 6-Speed Manual/6-Speed SelectShift® Automatic – 30 MPG City/40 MPG Highway (Manual)
  • 252-Horsepower 2.0-Liter EcoBoost® Four-Cylinder (ST Hatchback) – 6-Speed Manual – 22 MPG City/30 MPG Highway
  • 350-Horsepower 2.3-Liter EcoBoost® Four-Cylinder (RS Hatchback) - 6-Speed Manual – 19 MPG City/26 MPG Highway


Blue 2018 Ford Focus Hatchback in Front of Glass Building
Gray 2018 Ford Focus Sedan on City Street
2018 Ford Focus Steering Wheel and Ford SYNC 3 Touchscreen Display
2018 Ford Focus Front Seat Interior