2019 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 vs. 2018 Kia Soul EV

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offers optional City Safety, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Soul EV doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Soul EV doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 and the Soul EV have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available front parking sensors.

The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 weighs 659 pounds more than the Kia Soul EV. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Soul EV’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

MINI pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. MINI will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Soul EV.

Engine

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s 1.5 turbo 3 cyl. hybrid produces 112 more horsepower (221 vs. 109) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (284 vs. 210) than the Soul EV’s electric motor.

As tested in Motor Trend the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is faster than the Kia Soul EV:

 

Countryman

Soul EV

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.3 MPH

80.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 278 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The Soul EV’s range is only 111 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 43 minutes for only a 94% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 24 hours.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has larger tires than the Soul EV (225/50R18 vs. 205/60R16).

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Soul EV’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Soul EV.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kia Soul EV has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 flat and controlled during cornering. The Soul EV’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Soul EV’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Soul EV (105.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 handles at .79 G’s, while the Soul EV + pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Soul EV + (27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Passenger Space

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has .3 inches more front headroom and 1.6 inches more rear legroom than the Soul EV.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s rear seats recline. The Soul EV’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waving your foot can open the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, the optional memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Soul EV doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Soul EV can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Soul EV’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Soul EV doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Soul EV doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Soul EV doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To better shield the driver’s vision, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has a standard dual-element sun visor that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Soul EV doesn’t offer a secondary sun visor.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Soul EV offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Soul EV doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 and the Soul EV offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Soul EV doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 offers an optional Active Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Soul EV doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Cooper S E Countryman ALL4’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Soul EV doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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