2019 Nissan Kicks vs. 2019 Kia Soul

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Kicks SR has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Soul only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Kicks and the Soul have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Kicks’ 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Soul runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 40 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Kicks has a 120-amp alternator. The Soul’s standard 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Kicks gets better fuel mileage than the Soul:

 

 

 

MPG

Kicks

 

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

31 city/36 hwy

Soul

 

Manual

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

 

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

 

 

+ 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

 

 

! 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

Transmission

The Nissan Kicks comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Soul.

The Kicks has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Soul doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

The Kicks has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Soul doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Kicks has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Soul; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The Kicks has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Kicks flat and controlled during cornering. The Soul’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Kicks’ wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the Soul (103.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Kicks SR handles at .83 G’s, while the Soul + pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Soul’s (34.1 feet vs. 34.8 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 550 pounds less than the Kia Soul.

Passenger Space

The Kicks has 1.1 inches more front headroom and 2.8 inches more front legroom than the Soul.

The front step up height for the Kicks is 1.5 inches lower than the Soul (15.4” vs. 16.9”). The Kicks’ rear step up height is .9 inches lower than the Soul’s (15.8” vs. 16.7”).

Cargo Capacity

The Kicks has a much larger cargo volume than the Soul with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 24.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Kicks’ front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Soul’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Soul +/!’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

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