Are you in the market for a new ride to take you through the streets of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, New York? 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 2020 MINI Cooper Countryman and the 2020 Kia Soul. Both have a lot to offer, including numerous advanced features and capabilities, but only one can be your next ride. To help you find out which works best for your needs, we here at MINI of Manhattan have created this comprehensive MINI Cooper Countryman vs. Kia Soul comparison.

Keep reading to get started!

Mini Countryman Engine Specs

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 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. While the Kia offering is notable, the standard MINI Cooper Countryman features a 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-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 model’s 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder can produce 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The highest-level Countryman, however, features a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with Valvetronic direct injection that offers 301 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque.

Mini Countryman Interior

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 back seat that can also slide, tilt, recline, and fold easier than ever before.

Mini Countryman

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 the Countryman level of service.

MINI Cooper Countryman vs Kia Soul: Verdict

While both the 2020 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 Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, NY, MINI dealer. Our friendly team is happy to schedule a test drive for you, so contact us today!

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