2020 Kia Soul vs 2019 Nissan Kicks

If you are looking for a fun and sporty compact crossover, then you have no doubt considered the Kia Soul. Lucky for you, the Kia Soul just received a huge update and it’s here with more modern styling, better features, and more practicality than ever before. How does it compare to another relatively new model with the Nissan Kicks? Let’s find out as we look at both in our 2020 Kia Soul vs 2019 Nissan Kicks comparison.

Of course, if you would like to try a 2020 Kia Soul for yourself in the Puyallup area, then you can always come down to Kia of Puyallup. See what new Kia Soul models we have in stock right now by clicking the link below or continue reading and learn why the Kia may be the best option for you.

2020 Kia Soul vs 2019 Nissan Kicks

2020 Kia Soul


2019 Nissan Kicks

$17,490 Base MSRP $18,540
201 Maximum Horsepower 125
Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Available
Available Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available

Which compact crossover is better: Soul or Kicks?

The first thing you will notice when cross shopping these two models is that the Soul is more affordable. We are not talking about just a few dollars here either. Instead, the starting MSRP is almost $1,000 less on the Soul.

It could be easy to assume that this price difference was made possible by cutting features, but that is simply not the case. First, let’s take a look under the hood. The Kicks gives you a 125-horsepower engine no matter which trim you choose or what options you select. The Soul goes way above that. The base Soul starts you out with 147 horsepower, but the top trim upgrades that even further with a 201-horsepower turbocharged engine.

Kia didn’t cut corners on power, but what about features? You’ll find they didn’t cut corners there either. The Kia Soul gives you both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on every trim level of the 2020 Soul. These features let you interface directly with supported smartphones for the ultimate in communication and music integration. These features are available on the Kicks, but you have to pay more for them.

One feature that isn’t available on the Kicks at all is an adaptive cruise control system. With such a system, your Soul can speed up or slow down with the pace of traffic making highway driving simpler than ever before.