2019 Kia Soul vs. 2019 Mini Countryman Comparison
2019 Kia Soul
Starting Price: $17,430 | Price Yours
Above Average: Distinctive looking, available turbocharged engine and a bunch of high-end features.
Below Average: Driver assist features are only available on one trim, no all-wheel drive option, not particularly agile on the road.
Consensus: The 2019 Kia Soul has a boxy upright design that makes it stand out plus it offers a ton of interior space. It’s a competent daily driver with a great warranty.
2019 Mini Countryman
Starting Price: $21,990 | Price Yours
Above Average: Mini-styling with more space, a retro-themed interior and available all-wheel drive.
Below Average: It’s not as comfortable as other compact-crossover SUVs and the Countryman is pricey. If you’re looking for an offroader, the Countryman isn’t your best bet.
Consensus: The 2019 Mini Countryman is pure Mini in its maximum size.
The 2019 Kia Soul is a welcome entry into the subcompact crossover scene with its upright boxy styling. It comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto but lacks the all-wheel drive offered by the Mini Countryman. It drives very similarly to the competitive set with the optional turbocharged engine, though it’s not as engaging as the Mazda CX-3. The continuously variable transmission leaves something to be desired, however, as it tends to hunt and can be slow to shift. While it claims to seat five people comfortably, the Kia Soul is more suited to just four. Tons of cargo space inside makes it easy to haul things in and the Soul has neat design touches like pulsating speaker lights to make it stand out from the rest of the rather milquetoast pack. We recommend going for the Soul Plus trim which starts at $21,430 and offers more power and options than the base level.
The 2019 Mini Countryman has similarly characteristic styling to the Kia Soul and really stands out on the road. For 2019 the Countryman gets a new paint color (Chill Red) and a bunch of simplified packages. You can also use your smartphone to lock and unlock your car and notify the service department when your car needs to go in for service. The 2019 Countryman is surprisingly agile on the road, in spite of its size. The steering is quick and responsive but we’d go for the larger 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine in the S model over the base 1.5-liter for that added kick in the pants. The second row is surprisingly roomy and comfortable and the split 40/20/40 seat can slide forward and back, recline, tilt and fold. Plus, in true Mini form, you can make your Mini Countryman stand out with unique color combinations and racing stripes.
Both the Kia Soul and the Mini Countryman have very distinctive exterior designs, and ample interior space
Kia Soul Advantages
The Kia Soul gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard on all trims and comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.
Mini Countryman Advantages
Optional AWD and unique styling options that are utterly customizable, plus a comfortable and roomy back seat.
If you’re looking for something that doesn’t look like every other SUV on the road, either one of these vehicles would be a good bet. The Countryman is a bit more premium, even at its base, than the Kia Soul, but our money would go to a Soul. You can get just as much fun out of the boxy ute and pay nearly $5,000 less. Plus, the Soul is really affordable to own and operate over time.
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|2019 Kia Soul||2019 Mini Countryman|
|Engine||1.6-liter I4||1.5-liter turbo I3|
|Horsepower||130 @ 6300 RPM||134 @ 4400 RPM|
|Torque||118 @ 4850 RPM||162 @ 1250 RPM|
|Transmission||Manual, 6-spd||Manual, 6-Spd|
|Fuel Economy||27 mpg (24 city/30 hwy)||28 mpg (24 city/33 hwy)|
|Also Available||2.0-liter I4, 1.6-liter turbo I4, EV, CVT||2.0-liter turbo I4, 8-spd automatic|
|Warranty||5 year/60,000 miles||4 year/ 50,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 stars||n/a|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||101.2 inches||105.1 inches|
|Overall Length||163.0 inches||169.8 inches|
|Width||70.9 inches||78.9 inches|
|Height||63.5 inches||61.3 inches|
|Turning Diameter||34.8 feet||n/a|
|Headroom, Front||39.6 inches||39.9 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||39.5 inches||37.5 inches|
|Legroom, Front||40.9 inches||40.4 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||39.1 inches||37.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||55.5 inches||54.8 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||54.7 inches||54.0 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||101.0 cu. ft.||n/a|
|EPA Cargo Volume||61.3 cu. ft.||17.6 cu. ft.|