2019 MINI Cooper Countryman vs Kia Soul

Are you in the market for a new ride to take you through the streets of Manhattan, Bronx, and Queens? If so, a subcompact crossover might be the perfect choice. Though small, they can still feature generous interior space while affording the drivability you need to navigate tight city streets. Crossovers are a competitive market, however, so you’ll have your work cut out for you when trying to find the right one for your needs.

Two of the best options are the 2019 MINI Cooper Countryman and the 2019 Kia Soul. Both have a lot to offer, including numerous advanced features and capabilities, but only one can be your next ride. Find out which works best for your needs in our comprehensive MINI Cooper vs. Kia Soul comparison.

MINI Cooper Countryman vs Kia Soul: Performance

One of the most important aspects of any vehicle is the engine, and you’ll find impressive options in both models. The standard Kia Soul comes equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 130 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque. While Kia’s offering is notable, the standard MINI Cooper Countryman features a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder that boasts 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.

Both vehicles can be outfitted with even stronger engines, but the Countryman maintains its superiority. At best, the Soul’s 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder can produce 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The highest-level Countryman, however, features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that offers 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

MINI Cooper Countryman vs Kia Soul: Interior

Inside both vehicles, there’s plenty of room for five passengers to fit comfortably. If you’re looking for a more luxurious drive, however, the MINI Cooper Countryman might be your best bet. Various types of leather are available in the MINI Cooper, while the Kia Soul offers basic cloth and leather options; so, if you’re looking for high quality materials, the Countryman can certainly deliver.

If you’re more interested in carrying cargo than passengers, both vehicles have plenty of cargo space. Optimizing your ride for cargo by putting the seats down is a bit easier in the Countryman, though, as it offers a 40/20/40 split backseat that can also slide, tilt, recline, and fold easier than ever before.

MINI Cooper Countryman vs Kia Soul: Concierge Services

One of the most exciting features of the MINI Cooper Countryman is something that the Kia Soul doesn’t offer at all. This MINI model features an SOS button that will instantly put you in contact with MINI agents who will help you with virtually anything you need. Whether you’re looking for a restaurant, a gas station, or a place to stay, they’ll help you find your way. They can even remotely input these destinations into your onboard navigation system-with your permission, of course.

The technology inside the Soul is certainly advanced, but it can’t quite compete with that level of service. The infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, and the Countryman does as well. Additionally, the Countryman has quite a few standard technology features that the Soul doesn’t, like rain-sensing wipers and Attentiveness Assist.

MINI Cooper Countryman vs Kia Soul: Verdict

While both the 2019 MINI Cooper Countryman and Kia Soul are impressive, the Countryman wins out overall. If you want to learn more about everything this vehicle can offer, head to MINI of Manhattan, your premier Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan MINI dealer. Our friendly team is happy to schedule a test drive for you, so contact us today!

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