2020 Nissan Kicks vs 2020 Kia Soul


The small crossover SUV game has long been dominated by the Kia Soul but every model year it seems to pick up more and more competition. New to the game is the 2020 Nissan Kicks and the small crossover SUV we will be using to compare to the 2020 Kia Soul. These two crossovers perfectly define the modern-day entry-level vehicle by being affordable, stylish, tech-savvy, and more, but which one should you choose? We answer that below.


2020 Nissan Kicks

nissan kicks

The 2020 Nissan Kicks is the new kid on the block to give the Kia Soul a run for its money. Replacing the Nissan Juke, the Kicks is Nissan’s new stylish, fuel-efficient small SUV with a great personality and an affordable price. Riding in with an available 8-speaker Bose Personal Plus sound system with head restraint speakers, the Nissan Kicks is instantly a competitor in the crossover SUV entertainment scene. A shorter wheelbase which means a rougher ride at times and a 1.6-liter engine that has enough power to merge but not enough to really get up and go keeps the Kicks from really outshining the competition.

Nissan KicksNissan Kicks Interior

The Nissan Kicks comes in with options for its appearance letting you customize the exterior of your ride with two-tone paint, although not with as many options as you can find on the Kia Soul. Where the Kicks beats the Soul is the trunk space. The back-cargo area is shaped to maximize volume giving you more space instantly without folding down the seats.


2020 Kia Soul

Kia Soul

For 2020 Kia gave the Soul a complete overhaul by redesigning the exterior and interior of their signature crossover. All-new looks inside and out, high tech features, but with the same reliability, all starting at just $17,490. The 2020 Kia Soul maintains its versatility still sporting the distinctive hatchback but brings into play new details that improve drivability and comfort.

Kia Soul InteriorKia Soul Interior

Starting with the redesign, the Kia Soul now comes in a trim level boasting a more racer feel with the GT-Line which comes with the available turbocharged engine mentioned before, unique styling, and an available center exhaust, but the Soul also comes in with a trim giving it a more rugged look with the Soul X-Line. Kia just continues to add to the Soul by giving it more personality and customizability which for a lot of people is extremely important in today’s world. From the ground up the Soul has seen some vast improvements like a longer wheelbase and stiffer chassis which gives it a much better ride than previous years. One feature that is sure to turn a lot of heads is that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now comes standard across all trim levels. Overall the 2020 Kia Soul makes strides across the board and is definitely a smaller size SUV you should have on your list.




2020 Nissan Kicks


2020  Kia Soul


$20,700 MSRP $20,290


122-hp, 1.6-liter Engine 147-hp, 2.0-liter
2-speed CVT w/OD Transmission 2-speed CVT w/OD & auto-manual
122 @ 6,300 rpm Engine Horspower (@ RPM) 147 @ 6,200 rpm
114 @ 4,000 rpm Engine Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 132 @ 4,500 rpm
31 City / 36 Highway / 33 Combined EPA MPG Rating 27 City / 33 Highway / 30 Combined
FWD Drivetrain FWD


Standard Cruise Control Standard
5 Seating 5
Automatic Air Conditioning Manual


AM/FM stereo, seek-scan


AM/FM stereo, seek-scan

7-Inch Display Available Touchscreen 10.5-Inch Display
Not Available Navigation Not Available
Available Apple CarPlay / Android Auto Integration Standard
Standard Bluetooth Standard
6 Speaker Audio System Audio Speakers 6 Speaker Audio System
Standard Aux Port Standard

Safety & Driver Assist

Driver and front passenger Front Airbags Driver and front passenger
Seat-mounted, driver and passenger Side Airbags Seat-mounted, driver and passenger
Curtain 1st and 2nd row Side-Curtain Airbags Curtain 1st and 2nd row
Standard Occupant Sensor Standard
Standard Lane-Departure Warning Standard

What’s The Verdict?

Kia has been leading the way in small crossover SUVs for a while now, but the 2020 Nissan Kicks has arrived to move in on that territory. While the Kia Soul may have more standard features from the get-go, the Nissan Kicks has premium features, like the Bose sound system. Yes, the 2020 Kia Soul is still a powerhouse but if you are looking for a little bit of a higher quality vehicle then it is definitely time to check out the new 2020 Nissan Kicks! –> SHOP NOW

Nissan Kicks Exterior