Nissan and Kia make reliable vehicles that have served people well over the years. They are easy on the pocket and not that hard to maintain too. This makes these brands very popular amongst the commoner. Their offerings in the subcompact car market have always been popular but across a dilemma. When buying a car, many people will come across the Nissan Kicks vs. Kia Soul argument. One needs to look on a model-by-model basis and see which option would be the best for them.
No family SUV would be complete without several standard safety features. The Kicks has automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, high-beam assistance, and automatic rear braking. You can also take advantage of a rearview monitor, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. You'll have to pay extra if you want a Soul featuring lane-departure assistance, rear cross-traffic monitoring, and collision avoidance assistance. While the Kicks and Soul will let you know when your tires aren't safe to drive on, only the Kicks' tire pressure monitor keeps track of tire inflation, ensuring that you don't overinflate the tires.
With the Kicks, you can take advantage of speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering that makes it easier to park, gives you more control when driving at highway speeds, and delivers an excellent road feel. Unfortunately, the Soul does not offer variable-assist power steering. The Soul's 34.8-foot turning diameter is larger than the Kicks' 34.1-foot turning diameter, making the Soul more challenging to maneuver.
The Nissan Kicks might be limited to a single engine, but it does the job. It has a better mileage rating than the Soul and has active safety features. Emergency braking, blind-spot warning, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on the Kicks. To get the same features on the Kia Soul, you will have to shell out at least $3k more than the base price.
Both the Kicks and Soul maximize utility with foldable seating, armrest storage, and five-passenger capacities. At the same time, both have an impressive cargo volume; the Kicks inches slightly past the Soul in legroom and headroom. Though the differences are slight, they all add up, making the Kicks a more comfortable ride for its additional space. The Soul features a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging on certain trims, and a roomy cabin. The Kicks also feature automatic climate control, heated mirrors, and a steering wheel on higher trims.
While the Kicks and the Soul seat five people, the Nissan gives you more cargo space. The Kicks' cargo hold measures 25.3 cubic feet compared to the Soul's 24.2-cubic-foot cargo hold. As you can see, the 2022 Nissan Kicks gives you so much more than the 2022 Kia Soul. Test drive the Kicks today.
The 2022 Nissan Kicks has two-row seating and tons of tech features to keep everyone entertained and connected while on the road. You can use the large, user-friendly 8-inch touch-screen display that boasts Apple CarPlay® Integration. Access your favorite apps, play your saved music playlist, and perform myriad other functions with ultimate ease.
2022 Nissan Kicks vs. 2022 Kia Soul: Which is better?
Both vehicles are a good choice for anyone searching for a budget-friendly subcompact SUV. However, the Kicks outshines the Soul regarding safety, price, fuel economy, and cargo space. The Kicks is among U.S. News & World Report’s safest vehicles, with a 9.4/10 rating. The Soul, while reliable, has a lower safety rating of 8.8/10. On top of this, the Kicks is roomier head-to-toe. So, whether you need it for a daily commute or weekend road trips, the ride will be much more comfortable. Lastly, the Kicks beats out the Soul in fuel economy by six additional MPG city and five extra MPG highway. Even with the turbocharged engine on upgraded Soul trims, the Kicks still beats it out with an additional 4 MPG both city and highway. For these reasons, we’d vote that the better buy is the 2022 Nissan Kicks.
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