2021 Kia Soul vs. 2021 Nissan Kicks in Mississauga, ON

Kia Soul vs. Nissan Kicks at 401 Dixie Kia

If you’re going to drive a vehicle, you better make it something fun! Two similar vehicles that put fun at the forefront of their features are the 2021 Kia Soul and the 2021 Nissan Kicks. Be one-of-a-kind on the road in a vehicle that truly represents your personality. Which one is perfect for you? Follow along with our Kia Soul vs. Nissan Kicks comparison below, where we at 401 Dixie Kia have compared both vehicles across their design, performance, safety and more! See how the latest fun-loving Kia and Nissan vehicles measure up!

Exterior Design & Features

Kia Soul Exterior

Truly unlike anything else on the road, the Kia Soul presents a vehicle design that is unapologetically unique and bold. This box style design gives you all the crossover SUV capability, both inside and out, that you desire. Redesigned in 2020, the Soul has an even more prominent front end as it drives through 2021.

Nissan Kicks Exterior

The Nissan Kicks looks like any other of the majority of the modern crossover SUV lineup. It’s been redesigned to stay fresh, maintaining its curved sporty style. The 2021 Kicks is both longer and wider than the Soul, precious space which could have an effect if you’re doing mostly city driving and need the most of the area around you, from parking to maneuvering on tight streets.

Specifications:2021 Kia Soul2021 Nissan Kicks
Length (mm/in)4,195 / 162.54,309 / 169.6
Width (mm/in)1,600 / 63.01,760 / 69.3
Height (mm/in)1,600 / 63.01,609 / 63.3
Wheelbase (mm/in)2,600 / 102.42,620 / 103.1

Interior Design & Features

Kia Soul Interior

Truly unlike anything else on the road, the Kia Soul presents a vehicle design that is unapologetically unique and bold. This box style design gives you all the crossover SUV capability, both inside and out, that you desire. Redesigned in 2020, the Soul has an even more prominent front end as it drives through 2021.

Nissan Kicks Interior

While slightly behind in the driver and passenger space realms, the Kicks has the benefit of a bit more cargo capacity for your gear. The interior of the Kicks is mainly focused around that cargo capacity, and its ability to adapt to your urban or country needs. Enjoy your own sumptuous comfort on its Zero Gravity front, heated seats.

Specifications:2021 Kia Soul2021 Nissan Kicks S
Head Room (without Soul sunroof) (front) (mm/in) 1,013 / 39.91,027 / 40.4
Head Room (without Soul sunroof) (rear) (mm/in)1,003 / 39.5977 / 38.5
Shoulder Room (front) (mm/in)1,410 / 55.51,347 / 53.0
Shoulder Room (rear) (mm/in)1,390 / 54.71,351 / 53.2
Hip Room (front) (mm/in)1,360 / 53.51,294 / 50.9
Hip Room (rear) (mm/in)1,340 / 52.81,247 / 49.1
Leg Room (front) (mm/in)1,044 / 41.11,111 / 43.7
Leg Room (rear) (mm/in)985 / 38.8824 / 32.4
Cargo Capacity (Soul floor lowered) (L/cu-ft)663 / 23.4716 / 25.3

Performance & Capability

Kia Soul Performance

If power is what you want, then the 2021 Soul is the easy winner of the pair. The 2.0L Nu Atkinson engine is the sole standard and available engine across each of its trims, reaching a peppy 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. That’s all connected to an Intelligent Variable Transmission, to keep shifting seamless and precise.

Nissan Kicks Performance

The Kicks can’t match the raw power output of the Soul, but instead focuses that lack of performance on some of its dynamic drive technologies. These include systems like Hill Start Assist and Active Ride Control, which the Soul has its own versions of as well. While loaded with performance safety tech and staying efficient on its lightweight design, the Kicks can’t match the total performance potential of the Soul.

Specifications:2021 Kia Soul2021 Nissan Kicks S
Engine2.0L Nu Atkinson1.6L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder
Horsepower147122
Torque (lb-ft)132114
TransmissionIVTCVT
Fuel Efficiency (combined) (L/100 km)--7.2

Safety

Kia Soul Safety

Safety systems and features are found aplenty in the Soul. Whether it’s the traditional 6 airbags, Blind Spot Detection, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist or Rearview Camera, the Soul brings every modern tech feature you’d need to the forefront for safe driving.

Nissan Kicks Safety

Led by the Nissan Intelligent systems and the Safety Shield 360, advanced safety tech is a mainstay in the Kicks, and across the Nissan lineup. From driver-assist tech to advanced systems covering air bags and traction control, the safety offerings from the Kicks are comprehensive and wide-ranging.

Kia Soul vs. Nissan Kicks Verdict

If you want fun, you’ve come to the right place with either the 2021 Kia Soul across its 4 trim levels, or the 2021 Nissan Kicks across its own 4 trim levels. Only one can be the ultimate choice, though, and it’s where the Kia Soul truly shines. Whereas the biggest draw of the Kicks is the comprehensive Nissan suite of safety tech, it can’t compete with all that the Soul does. From its spacious driver/passenger space to its performance heights to the most noticeable of all, its segment-defining unique style. The Kia Soul is a can’t-miss option for those who love something a bit different out of their vehicle!

 

If you’re looking for a Kia in the Mississauga area, whether a Soul or not, our 401 Dixie Kia dealership has you covered for all of your needs. If you’re a future owner, explore our new and used inventory, and for present owners we have full-fledged service, parts and accessories departments to handle your requests. Contact us, today, and experience a Greater Toronto Area dealership experience like few you’ve ever had in the past.

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