2019 Kia Soul vs 2019 Nissan Versa

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

When it comes time to choose a new vehicle, many practical drivers forgo the added space of a crossover or SUV in favor of a budget-friendly and gas-sipping sedan model like the compact 2019 Nissan Versa. However, rushing into a sedan purchase could be shortsighted when other compact crossovers like the 2019 Kia Soul provide more room for passengers and cargo without sacrificing on nimble handling or an affordable price.

We compared the 2019 Kia Soul lineup to the 2019 Nissan Versa lineup to show that the 2019 Soul could be a valid alternative for sedan shoppers looking to zip through city streets without breaking the bank.

2019 Kia Soul


2019 Nissan Versa

$16,490 Starting MSRP $12,360
24/30 Fuel Economy 27/36
5 Seating Capacity 5
49.5 cubic feet Cargo Space 14.9 cubic feet

Car vs Crossover: Which Option is Best for You?

As you can see from the specs above, while the 2019 Kia Soul lineup does have a larger starting MSRP and lower fuel scores than that of the 2019 Nissan Versa, the differences are slight, especially when considering the over 30 cubic feet of extra space available in the 2019 Soul in back for cargo. Even with a larger cost up front, the 2019 Kia Soul, like the 2019 Versa, represents an affordable option when compared with other sedans or compact crossovers available in the market.

Both the 2019 Kia Soul and 2019 Nissan Versa come standard with a 1.6L DOHC engine, though the powertrain package on the 2019 Soul pumps out 130 horsepower compared to the 109 horsepower generated by the 2019 Versa’s powertrain. So, when it comes time to pass a slow driver on the highway the 2019 Soul may give you a little extra zip.

The 2019 Soul also may provide more nimble handling than 2019 Versa shoppers expect. The compact crossover is actually over 10 inches shorter in length than the 2019 Versa meaning it may be easier to fit into tight spaces or parallel park in the city. Of course, the 2019 Soul’s extra space comes from somewhere and the crossover is wider and higher than the 2019 Versa sedan.

Vehicle shoppers interested in learning more about the 2019 Kia Soul can find the current lineup available for test drive and purchase at the Moritz Kia dealership in Fort Worth. Browse our online inventory pages to see which models are currently in stock or connect with one of our team members via the pop-up form below.