2020 Kia Soul vs 2019 Nissan Kicks

2020 Kia Soul Warrington PA

Redesigned for 2020, Kia describes the Soul as retaining its distinct design heritage with enhanced roominess and quality. This iconic, all-about-fun Kia comes with a unique musically inspired design theme that integrates a confident and futuristic presence with a young and dynamic character.

In comparison, Nissan describes the Kick as a one-of-a-kind crossover having a big attitude. They also say the Kick demands attention with its dynamic styling and quick performance, which is something the stats disagree with. We found the Kick is designed with many features geared toward the younger crowd, something Kia has been doing for years with the Soul. But let’s look further into these competing models and the options Kia improved upon.

Increased Performance

  • Soul’s 2.0L engine provides more horsepower at 147 hp compared to the Kicks’ only available engine, which provides 125 hp.

Increased Style

  • Soul offers available speaker mood lights to increase interior energy while the Kicks does not offer a similar option for customization.
  • Soul offers an available power sunroof while one is not available with the Kicks.

Available Luxury

  • Soul’s available heated steering wheel is not matched on the Kicks.
  • Soul’s available 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support beats the Kicks’ 6-way manual driver’s seat.

Infotainment Telematics System

  • Soul’s GT-Line 1.6T trim has a Head-Up Display (HUD); Kicks does not offer this.
  • Soul drivers and front passengers can enjoy available wireless phone charging, which is not available in the Kicks.

Soul’s available 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support beats the Kicks’ 6-way manual driver’s seat. The base-level seats are also comfortable with their manual adjustments and no lumbar adjustment. Drivers reported sitting int eh seats for hours without having any discomfort. As for the Kicks, it has short and narrow seat bottoms that lack thigh and upper-back support. With minimal side bolstering, the rear bench is flat and hard, and the seatback is uncomfortable.

2020 Kia Soul


2019 Nissan Kicks

27 / 33 / 30 MPG (city, highway, combined) 31 / 36 / 33
2.0L Inline 4 Engine 1.6L Inline 4
147 hp @ 6200 rpm Horsepower 122 hp @ 6300 rpm
All-wheel drive Drive Type All-wheel drive
5 Seating Capacity 5
23.4 Cargo Capacity (cubic feet) 25.3

The 2020 Kia Soul has a large cargo area that offers more room than other small SUVs, which is perfect for the class. Additionally, the front-seat occupants have a number of compartments to store smaller items. The Kicks' cargo area is 25.3 cubic feet. This is higher than average for its class. You can fold the rear seatbacks opening up more space.

Soul’s 2.0L engine at 147 hp provides more horsepower than the Kicks’ only engine option, which provides 125 hp. The Kia Soul’s acceleration from a dead stop is more than invigorating, dragster like I’d say. No need to put the peddle to the metal to get this model off the line. Also attractive, when driving at slower speeds that acceleration is helpful when passing. At higher speeds, like on the highway, passing needs a little forethought. But even on the highway, the Soul feels more powerful than the Nissan Kick.

EPA estimates for the 2020 Soul averages 27 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined. The Nissan Kick estimates are higher at 31 mpg city, 36 highway, and 33 combined. The smaller Kick engine saves on fuel, but the lower horsepower doesn’t fair well in everyday driving because you may find yourself driving harder to keep up with traffic.

2020 Kia Soul

2019 Nissan Kicks

EX 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

SV 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)



Lots of features for the price

High fuel economy estimates

Roomier than other subcompact crossovers

Larger-than-average cargo capacity

Surprisingly fun to drive

Inexpensive compared to rivals

Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto




Excessive wind and tire noise at freeway speeds

Leisurely acceleration

Clunky response from turbocharged engine's transmission

All-wheel drive isn't available


Missing a few desirable features

Our review concludes the 2020 Kia Soul is a better value than the 2019 Nissan Kick. The Soul provides the cargo area, cool technologies, and horsepower our younger side demands. Kia again pushed the limits and the Soul leads the pack.

If you're searching for Kia dealers in PA and live close to Gateway Kia Warrington near Philadelphia, call us and schedule a test drive with one of our sales associates. They’ll be happy to answer all your questions and help you find a Kia vehicle that best fits for your needs.


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