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2016 VW Golf Model Comparison near Pocomoke City, MD

Comparing the 2016 VW Golf vs. the 2016 Kia Soul

When buying a new hatchback, the best thing you can do to make the process easier is to be aware of your options. And since there are so many options for a new hatchback out there, this can seem like a daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be. To help make this process easier, we at Pohanka VW have put together a 2016 VW Golf near Pocomoke City, MD, comparison against one of its competitors, the 2016 Kia Soul, so you can see all the ways the Golf comes out on top.

One of the most important aspects of a new car is how much power awaits under its hood. Both the 2016 VW Golf and the 2016 Kia Soul have a 4-cylinder engine, but only the Golf’s engine is turbocharged. This results in an impressive 170 horsepower1 and 200 lbs.-ft. of torque1. The Soul just can’t compete with only 130 horsepower and 118 lbs.-ft. of torque. The turbocharged engine in the Golf is also more fuel-efficient, providing an EPA-estimated 25/37 city/hwy MPG2. The 4-cylinder engine in the Soul will only give you 24/30 city/hwy MPG3.

Another deciding factor in choosing which option is the better choice is which one will offer you the most features. This 2016 VW Golf comparison near Pocomoke City, MD, proves the Golf comes out on top here too. You’ll drive down Worcester Highway on 18-inch Durban alloy wheels when you’re behind the wheel of the Golf, while the Soul only has 17-inch alloy wheels. The Golf also comes standard with a panoramic sunroof so you can let in a cool breeze from Pocomoke River. The Soul only has a panoramic sunroof available in higher trims, and even then, it’s still only optional. In terms of visibility, both options have fog lights, but only the Golf’s fog lights are corner-illuminating, meaning they direct the light into the direction you’re turning, so you can see more of what lies ahead.

Once you have a seat inside, you’ll continue to see how the 2016 Golf bests the 2016 Soul. You’ll drive in comfort on V-Tex leatherette sports seats, while the Soul has cloth upholstery. You’ll also have more room to stretch out when sitting on these seats, as the Golf has 41.2-inches of front leg room, compared to the 40.9-inches in the Soul. When the weather drops, know that the heated seats and the dual-zone climate control in the Golf will keep you warm, which are both only optional in the Soul.

In terms of technology, the Soul comes with a 4.3-inch touchscreen, while the Golf brings you a 6.5-inch touchscreen. This bigger touchscreen comes standard with navigation, and while top trims of the Soul can also feature navigation, it’s still only an optional upgrade. Push-button start is also standard in the Golf, and again only an option feature in the Soul’s highest trims. Bluetooth® streaming audio comes standard in both the Golf and the Soul, but the Golf pumps out your favorite songs through nine speakers, while the Soul only has six. 

We at Pohanka VW hope that our 2016 VW Golf comparison near Pocomoke City, MD, helped you see all the ways it comes out on top when compared to the 2016 Kia Soul. To see the Volkswagen Golf in action, stop by our new-vehicle showroom to take one for a test drive today.


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1 Performance specifications based on manufacturer's ratings achieved with premium fuel.

2 25 city/37 highway mpg (2016 Golf 1.8T, 5-speed manual transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

3 Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition. 

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