Priced from £12,600
A new second generation version of the Kia Soul is now on sale priced from just £12,600. There is a choice of two efficient engines and five trim levels offered together with dramatic SUV crossover styling, greater space and a higher quality cabin.
The efficient 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol and turbodiesel engines are tuned for effortless driving flexibility. The diesel Soul has CO2 emissions as low as 132g/km and fuel economy as high as 56.5mpg. Kia has already announced that towards the end of this year there will be a fully-electric version of the car launched called the Soul EV which will be the company’s first global commercial EV with zero tailpipe emissions. The three regular trim lines; Start, Connect and Connect Plus will be joined in the summer by the Soul Mixx and Soul Maxx, with even more extrovert styling and higher levels of technology than ever before.
The new Soul provides more passenger and luggage space than the previous model and has new seats that offer increased sideways and thigh support. There is more head and shoulder room for the driver and front passenger, while in the rear of the cabin up to three people enjoy more knee and leg space. The step-in point and hip point are also lower, making it easier to get in and out. The windscreen pillars are further away from the front occupants, and there is a lower centre tunnel to improve arm and elbow space. The interior boasts a more premium look and feel, this has been achieved through the choice of materials; the soft-touch facings on the instrument panel, centre console and door panels; the leather-covered steering wheel rim and gearlever knob (except Soul Start) and the high-gloss black finishings on the fascia panel, steering wheel bezel, door armrests and upper console cover (Soul Connect upwards). In the three upper-grade versions there are front speaker mood lights, while the range-topping Soul Maxx has a TFT instrument cluster and leather upholstery.
New standard features on every Kia Soul are a DAB radio, Flex Steer variable power-assisted steering and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Also fitted to every model are painted bumpers, door handles and side mirror casings, keyless entry, air conditioning, electrically adjustable door mirrors, electric windows all round, steering wheel-mounted controls, USB and AUX ports and six airbags.
The new Soul is covered by a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty covering all labour and parts except those subject to normal wear and tear. The warranty is transferable if the car is sold before the time/mileage limit expires. For retail customers, the new Soul is available with Kia’s Care-3 (three years) and Care-3 Plus (five years) servicing and maintenance packages. These ensure fixed-price, inflation-proof routine care using only Kia factory parts and Kia trained technicians. They are transferable to subsequent owners if the car is sold before they expire.