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2019 Kia Soul vs 2019 Nissan Kicks

The Soul may be the most recognizable Kia on the road, with its squared-off styling, commanding presence, and memorable advertising. (Remember the hamsters?) You could almost call it the "soul" of Kia Motors. At Eastside Kia, we're delighted to sell the 2019 Kia Soulin Calgary. We believe the Soul is much more than just distinctive styling. We think it stacks up against the competition in every area. Read this 2019 Kia Soul comparison to learn how it stacks up against the 2019 Nissan Kicks.

2019 Soul - The Basics

The 2019 Kia Soul is the ultimate refinement of the second-generation Soul. It's a compact crossover SUV that punches way above its weight in style, versatility, interior space, and driving fun. Engine choices include 130 hp, 161 hp, and 201 hp options. A 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick (as well as being awarded 5 stars for safety by the US NHTSA), the Soul delivers outstanding value for a base price of just $20,095. We believe you'd be hard-pressed to find a better car for the money, and when you throw in the Soul's distinctive style, it becomes truly one of a kind.

How it Compares to the Nissan Kicks

One of the Soul's newest competitors is the 2019 Nissan Kicks, a model introduced in North America last year. The Soul and Kicks are of similar size, and both emphasize style and value. Like the Soul, the Kicks is visually distinctive due to its "floating roof" design created by a contrasting colour roof held up by blacked-out pillars. The Kicks has a lower base price, but its price quickly rises when you step up to the next trim level. As a result of that, the Soul compares favourably in terms of value.

For this comparison, we'll compare the base model Kia Soul to the mid-grade trim level of the Nissan Kicks, the SR model. We'll see how even the base Soul out-delivers a higher priced trim level of the Kicks. We'll start with the basics:

2019 Kia Soul LX (base model) Feature 2019 Nissan Kicks SR (mid-level model)
$20,095 Starting Price $23,098
130 Horsepower 122
118 Torque (lb.-ft.) 114
2861 Passenger Volume 2659

As you can see, the Soul holds a number of advantages despite its low price point. Its strengths continue on the feature list:  [tbody]

2019 Kia Soul LX (base model) Feature 2019 Nissan Kicks SR (mid-level model)
Yes Speed-sensitive Steering  None
Four-wheel disc Brakes Font disc/rear drum
54 Fuel Tank (L) 41
P205/60HR16 BSW AS tires Tires P205/55HR17 BSW AS tires
 6-speed automatic  Transmission  2-speed CVT

When it comes to the warranty, the Soul pulls way ahead, reflection Kia's confidence in the reliability and durability of its vehicles:

2019 Kia Soul LX  Warranty 2019 Nissan Kicks SR 
60 Basic Months  36
100,000 Basic Distance (km) 60,000
60 Roadside Assistance Months 36

Higher trim levels of the Soul offer even more advantages, such as a pulse-quickening 201 horsepower engine. By comparison, the Kicks tops out at 122 horses. Add in safety features like an optional Autonomous Emergency Braking System and luxury touches like an available Harman Kardon premium audio system, and the Soul stands out as an extraordinary value.