MINI Cooper vs Kia Soul

2023 MINI Cooper
2023 MINI Cooper
$27,400MSRP
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2023 Kia Soul
2023 Kia Soul
$19,890MSRP
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2023 MINI Cooper
$27,400MSRP
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2023 Kia Soul
$19,890MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$27,400

MSRP

$19,890

Average price

$16,850

Average price

$13,521

Listings

4938

Listings

9280
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

6.3 out of 10

Expert reviews

7.7 out of 10
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Powerful engine
  • Manual transmission available
Cons
  • Not much cargo space
  • Poor value for money
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Spacious
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Fairly pedestrian performance
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Advanced safety features are not standard

Reviews Summary

You either join the MINI camp or shake your head “no.” There has never been a middle ground with a MINI. That’s the point—to drive a fun-looking, fun-to-drive small car that’s unlike anything else in the neighborhood. For 2023, the MINI Cooper offers a limited-run Resolute Edition and a few new paint colors. We tested a two-door Hardtop John Cooper Works (JCW) while participating in a rally with more than 700 MINI owners. Maybe next time you’ll join them with your new MINI.

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Reviews Summary

The Kia Soul demonstrates that good ideas mean nothing without good execution. Launched for the 2010 model year, the Soul instantly drew attention with its distinctive boxy styling, but unlike the similarly-styled Honda Element and Scion xB, the Soul has managed to stick around.

That’s because the Soul has style and substance in equal measure. It’s both a practical car and a good value, just one that happens to be more interesting to look at than most other vehicles sharing those traits. Now in its third generation, the Soul is an excellent compromise between car and crossover, boasting the tidy proportions of the former and the upright driving position of the latter. So it makes sense to cross-shop it against both small hatchbacks and the gaggle of tiny crossovers that have hit the market since the Soul first appeared.

The current-generation Kia Soul was introduced for the 2020 model year and gets a number of notable updates for 2023, including more standard driver-assist features, small styling tweaks, and a revised lineup of trim levels including base LX, S, EX, and GT-Line models; the X-Line and Turbo variants have been discontinued. We drove a Kia Soul GT-Line for this review.

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

1.5L 134 hp I3

Engine

2.0L 147 hp I4

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

FWD

Seating Capacity

4

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

134 hp @ 4500 rpm

Horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

MPG City

29

MPG City

28

MPG Highway

38

MPG Highway

33
2023 MINI Cooper
2023 MINI Cooper
$27,400MSRP
Overview
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2023 Kia Soul
2023 Kia Soul
$19,890MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2023 MINI Cooper
$27,400MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2023 Kia Soul
$19,890MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$27,400
$19,890
Average price
$16,850
$13,521
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.6
4.5
Expert reviews

6.3 out of 10

Read full review

7.7 out of 10

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Pros & cons
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Powerful engine
  • Manual transmission available
Cons
  • Not much cargo space
  • Poor value for money
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Spacious
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Fairly pedestrian performance
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
Summary

You either join the MINI camp or shake your head “no.” There has never been a middle ground with a MINI. That’s the point—to drive a fun-looking, fun-to-drive small car that’s unlike anything else in the neighborhood. For 2023, the MINI Cooper offers a limited-run Resolute Edition and a few new paint colors. We tested a two-door Hardtop John Cooper Works (JCW) while participating in a rally with more than 700 MINI owners. Maybe next time you’ll join them with your new MINI.

Search for a MINI Cooper on CarGurus

The Kia Soul demonstrates that good ideas mean nothing without good execution. Launched for the 2010 model year, the Soul instantly drew attention with its distinctive boxy styling, but unlike the similarly-styled Honda Element and Scion xB, the Soul has managed to stick around.

That’s because the Soul has style and substance in equal measure. It’s both a practical car and a good value, just one that happens to be more interesting to look at than most other vehicles sharing those traits. Now in its third generation, the Soul is an excellent compromise between car and crossover, boasting the tidy proportions of the former and the upright driving position of the latter. So it makes sense to cross-shop it against both small hatchbacks and the gaggle of tiny crossovers that have hit the market since the Soul first appeared.

The current-generation Kia Soul was introduced for the 2020 model year and gets a number of notable updates for 2023, including more standard driver-assist features, small styling tweaks, and a revised lineup of trim levels including base LX, S, EX, and GT-Line models; the X-Line and Turbo variants have been discontinued. We drove a Kia Soul GT-Line for this review.

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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
1.5L 134 hp I3
2.0L 147 hp I4
Drive Train
FWD
FWD
Seating Capacity
4
5
Horsepower
134 hp @ 4500 rpm
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
MPG City
29
28
MPG Highway
38
33
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