8 Alternatives to the 2017 Kia Soul

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2017 Fiat 500X

$19,995 | U.S. News Score: 7.4/10

Going from the funk of a Soul to the spunk of Fiat’s compact crossover isn’t much of a stretch. Both bring a full order of character to a category often known for feeling (and looking) generic.

The Fiat 500X, offering sheet metal reminiscent of the much smaller 500, shares a platform with Jeep’s Renegade. The base 500X supplies a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder connected to (only) a six-speed manual. More often, you’ll see the 500X specced with 2.4-liters of FCA power, connected to the company’s nine-speed automatic and available all-wheel drive.

You won’t find a surplus of room (relative to the Kia Soul) for your low-to-mid-$20K investment, and our research of expert reviews cited a suspected lack of reliability. But you will find an extra helping of flavor. 

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