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Hi All, I bought a 2020 Venue 6 months ago. It was a dealership demo model so I got a great price and very low mileage. Also, it is a fully loaded Ultimate package. I couldn't be happier with this little beauty! I traded in my Kia Soul, which I loved and am not sorry.
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Welcome aboard!

The Kia Soul was my second choice, and I very nearly bought one instead of my 2020 Venue. I'm curious: what would you say are the differences between the two? I'm just wondering what would have happened if I had zigged instead of zagged! Thanks!
Pre-covid, we looked at the Souls -- wanting to replace the 2011 model the wife was currently driving. The new ones drove infinitely better, but had 47 buttons on the steering wheel, and all but the high-end variants had lots of black plastic on the front and rear. Glad we found the Venue. Only complaint with the Venue, compared to the Soul, is the rough, choppy ride.
Pre-covid, we looked at the Souls -- wanting to replace the 2011 model the wife was currently driving. The new ones drove infinitely better, but had 47 buttons on the steering wheel, and all but the high-end variants had lots of black plastic on the front and rear. Glad we found the Venue. Only complaint with the Venue, compared to the Soul, is the rough, choppy ride.
the rough ride was the first thing I noticed and it was only like that on rough roads...I have the Denim Ultimate model and it came with the 17 inch wheels and the Nexen snow and mud tires...I figure the tires and as well, the suspension, is the reason for the stiffer ride and I suspect that if I had a fully loaded car with 4 passengers plus or just a heavy load, that some of the harshness wouldn't be noticed...I think because the Venue is a SUV type of vehicle and with it's size there's a "rock and a hard place" for the ride/suspension that the manufacture had to decide on.

when the time comes when I have to change tires I'll go with the newer all weather tires that can be used year round and I was thinking of going with the same size car type tire...I think that there is a difference between these new type of tires for a car and a vehicle like the Venue [SUV type tire] even though the weigh of a full size car and the Venue is probably the same...I'll have to check this out when the time comes and I'm thinking the passenger tire will give a softer ride then a SUV type of tire...I know the side wall height has a lot to do with the ride quality.

I still remember when I had my Corvette back in 1973 and a person remarked that they would never buy one because they ride like a truck...this person had no idea of how a sports car type of vehicle was made...the Venue is not a sports car but it's build like a SUV which is different than a passenger car. 馃槈
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I think the two cars share the same souls (platform).

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Pre-covid, we looked at the Souls -- wanting to replace the 2011 model the wife was currently driving. The new ones drove infinitely better, but had 47 buttons on the steering wheel, and all but the high-end variants had lots of black plastic on the front and rear. Glad we found the Venue. Only complaint with the Venue, compared to the Soul, is the rough, choppy ride.
Yeah, the rough and loud suspension is a bit off-putting. It's not as bad in temps above 60 (f), but you start getting colder - the bushings get harder, rougher and louder.
Welcome aboard! The Kia Soul was my second choice, and I very nearly bought one instead of my 2020 Venue. I'm curious: what would you say are the differences between the two? I'm just wondering what would have happened if I had zigged instead of zagged! Thanks!
Hi Jake, The Kia Soul is a little larger, but not by much, it is a good, solid and reliable car. I like the smaller size of the Venue. I can fit in smaller parking spots and the drop down floor in the trunk gives me more cargo space than in the Soul. Now that I am driving the Venue, I would have to say, the suspension is better. I don't feel the bumps in the road nearly as much. Though, the Soul is more stable in windy conditions. I find the Venue is easier to blow around. Having said that, the lane assist feature keeps it steady. Also, I find the front seats more comfortable in the Venue. Not sure about the back seats, I would have to ask my dog. 馃榿 I think they are both comparable otherwise. As much as I love the Soul, I will definitely buy another Venue.
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Pre-covid, we looked at the Souls -- wanting to replace the 2011 model the wife was currently driving. The new ones drove infinitely better, but had 47 buttons on the steering wheel, and all but the high-end variants had lots of black plastic on the front and rear. Glad we found the Venue. Only complaint with the Venue, compared to the Soul, is the rough, choppy ride.
Interesting, I found the ride in my 2020 Venue (Ultimate model with all weather tires) to be a much smoother ride than my 2020 Soul. Even my dad commented during his first ride in the Venue that he found the suspension better and smoother. I bought my Venue in October (dealership demo model) and 6 months later I still love it. We didn't have a rough winter, cold-wise, so I didn't notice a difference.
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Thanks for the synopsis! And I do love that drop-down floor in the trunk. I keep it in the high position and stash all my messy stuff out of sight.
The 鈥渞uff ride鈥 is largely in part to the stock 17s and the 55 profile tires imo. I would love to change out the stock wheels with 16 inch allowing for a 60 series profile one day. This would help with the ridgid ride at times in the venue. 鉁岎煆
Thanks for the synopsis! And I do love that drop-down floor in the trunk. I keep it in the high position and stash all my messy stuff out of sight.
You are welcome. LOL I do the same in my trunk!
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