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that's a "6 of one 1/2 dozen of the other" scenario. The 1.6L GDI Gamma engine is also used in the Rio/Accent. The 2.0L Nu engine is used in the Optima in certain regions of the world. Only time will tell, but I've not come across any major problems on either engine. Depends on what you require in an engine and how much you want to pay for that.

jwblue - where are you located and what's the reason for the question?
 

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He's in San Marcos (near San Diego).
A 2.0L should not work as hard and have more torque but it will probably consume more gas. I have not compared the HP of the two engines but usually with a smaller engine the transmission will be shifting more often and the RPMs on the smaller engine will be higher (more noise/more wear).
If it were my dollars I'd buy the 2.0L engine as it is in it's third revision (read as improvements) and has proven itself and smaller engines always seem to be the wrong choice in the end... just not enough HP and sluggish response.

The BIG key to reliability is to do the required maintenance.
That's been proven here on the forums..
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IMO... pick the 2.0L engine... :)

My 2011 2.0L Soul gets a fuel mileage of about 27 to 30 mpg.

I think the 1.6L engine would be a little underpowered for the weight of the Soul.
 

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I think the 1.6L engine would be a little underpowered for the weight of the Soul.
maybe so, but your 2011 2.0L has a 142hp and the new 1.6L has 138 hp - not much of a difference :) It would be interesting to see a side by side comparison of the two engines with regards performance and acceleration.
 

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Yeah but the 2012 2.0L has 164CHP, which translated to roughly 126WHP (yes I tested it on a dyno LOL) through the automatic trans.
 

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with regards mOOse comments on weight, I checked out the stats from KIA Canada's website:

2011 - 1.6 MT: 2624 - 2723; 2012: 2514 - 2689 (auto n/a for 2011)
2011 - 2.0 MT: 2833 - 2963; 2012: 2707 - 2806
2011 - 2.0 AT: 2855 - 2987; 2012: 2777 - 2982

My 2012 2.0L with 164 hp was the same hp as was in my previous vehicle a 2008 Rondo with the 2.4L engine.
 
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