MINI Cooper Countryman vs Kia Soul


One of the best ways to travel around Annapolis, Highland Beach, and Hillsmere Shores is in a subcompact SUV. This way, you can easily navigate through the city streets and into tight parking spaces. If the vehicle has lots of features, then it’ll help make your commutes much more fun.

Two viable options are the 2020 MINI Countryman and the 2020 Kia Soul. We here at MINI of Annapolis are here to help you decide which one is right for your needs in this MINI Cooper Countryman vs. Kia Soul comparison.

To discover everything these vehicles have to offer, keep reading!

MINI Countryman Cargo Space

2020 MINI Countryman vs 2020 Kia Soul: Cargo Amenities

The 2020 MINI Cooper Countryman and 2020 Kia Soul are great vehicles for your everyday travels. After all, they have lots of amenities to help make your drives even more convenient for you.

For example, they both come standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats, making it easy to load larger items inside. However, the rear seats in the Soul don’t fold down flat.

Additionally, the Countryman offers a foot-activated power tailgate. With just the swipe of your foot, the tailgate will automatically open, making it easy to access the cargo area when your hands are full.

The MINI Cooper Countryman also offers a picnic cushion. This is great for impromptu picnics or just stopping to admire the view. Place the plush seat into the boot of the car, where you’ll be comfortable while being a part of the great outdoors.

Unfortunately, you won’t find a power tailgate or picnic cushion in the Kia Soul.

MINI Countryman Interior

Countryman vs Soul: Interior Features

Both the MINI and Kia have lots of features to help make your commutes more enjoyable. They both offer heated front seats, so you can stay cozy on especially cold nights.

Plus, they each come standard with Bluetooth® technology. This way, you can easily stream audio or make phone calls while keeping your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road ahead.

Additionally, the vehicles offer Apple CarPlay™ smartphone integration. Just plug your phone into each car’s USB port and your favorite apps will appear on the display screen. You can then listen to podcasts, send text messages, and more without needing to access your phone.

All your media options will be displayed clearly on the available 8.8-inch touchscreen in the Countryman. The Soul, meanwhile, offers a 7-inch touchscreen. That small difference in numbers would be much more noticeable when you see each screen in person.

MINI Countryman Performance

MINI Countryman vs Kia Soul: Performance Specs

The MINI Cooper Countryman comes standard with a 1.5L TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder engine that delivers 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. If you’re looking for a bit more power, there’s an available 2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder Valvetronic engine that produces 301 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque.

Unfortunately, the Kia Soul isn’t quite as powerful. Its base 2.0L 4-cylinder engine delivers 147 horsepower but only 132 lb-ft of torque. If you wanted to try and match the power behind the available Countryman engine, you’d still fall short. An available 1.6L turbocharged GDI engine offers only 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

Furthermore, the MINI comes standard with front-wheel drive and offers available all-wheel drive. The optional ALL4 system delivers optimum traction, so you can feel confident driving in any weather condition.

Unfortunately, the Kia Soul doesn’t offer all-wheel drive in any of its trim levels.

2020 Countryman vs 2020 Soul: Verdict

There’s no doubt that the 2020 Kia Soul is an impressive automobile. However, the 2020 MINI Cooper Countryman has more features and an all-around better performance.

So, if you want to experience the Countryman for yourself near Annapolis, Highland Beach, or Hillsmere Shores, don’t wait. Schedule a test drive at MINI of Annapolis today!

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