2019 Kia Soul vs 2019 Nissan Kicks

Split screen images of the 2019 Kia Soul and the 2019 Nissan Kicks

Since the arrival of the crossover that merged characteristics from sedans and SUVs into one easier-to-maneuver segment with space to comfortably haul passengers and all of their gear, the segment has exploded. With options ranging from compact to full-size and everything in between, it can be hard to navigate for drivers who aren’t sure exactly what they are looking for.

Today, we are going to compare to of the segment’s compact options, the 2019 Kia Soul and the 2019 Nissan Kicks, to see what their lineups have to offer. Most notably, the 2019 Kia Soul lineup offers a smaller starting MSRP of just $16,490 for Base models which could present a significant savings for drivers. The 2019 Kia Soul is also a little roomier than the 2019 Kicks with a larger passenger volume and cargo space area. Keep reading to learn more.

2019 Kia Soul


2019 Nissan Kicks

$16,490 Starting MSRP $18,540
49.5 cubic feet Cargo Space 32.3 cubic feet
Available Apple CarPlay Compatibility Available
101 cubic feet Passenger Volume 94 cubic feet

Powertrain Options and Performance

Both the 2019 Kia Soul and 2019 Nissan Kicks offer a standard 1.6L engine on their base models. However, not only does the 2019 Soul’s 1.6L engine offer more horsepower with a rating of 130 compared to 122 but the 2019 Soul lineup offers two additional engine upgrades on higher trims where there are none on the 2019 Nissan Kicks.

So, drivers of the base 2019 Kia Soul will experience a slightly more powerful response from the accelerator compared to any 2019 Nissan Kicks model and drivers of one of the higher trims on the Soul with experience even more engagement.

The 2019 Soul + trim offers a standard 2.0L four-cylinder GDI engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission system with Sportmatic® rated at a healthy 161 horsepower. Finally, the 2019 Soul ! Trim offers a 1.6L four-cylinder Turbocharged engine paired with a 7-speed Dual-Clutch transmission rated at a spirited 201 horsepower making it the most powerful configuration in the lineup.

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