Why be ordinary? With its fresh, funky and original design, the Kia Soul defies convention to help you stand out from the crowd. What’s more, the Kia Soul is surprisingly spacious and practical which makes it the perfect match for your family.
The sporty and tough-looking Kia Soul maintains its “bulldog” proportions through its upright stance, square shoulders and distinctive bumper flares. Measuring 4,140mm long, by 1,800mm wide and 1,600mm, the Soul appears more squat, sporty and purposeful.
There are benefits for practicality, too: the tailgate opening is 62mm wider and provides access to a four per cent larger boot – 354 litres with the rear seats upright, With the rears seats folded the luggage capacity is 994 litres to the cargo cover and a maximum of 1,367 litres up to the roof level.
There is also a more premium look and feel to the interior. 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 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.
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.
|Combined Fuel Consumption|
mpg / (l100)km
|Combined CO2 Mass Emissions|
|Max Engine Power |
(BHP at RPM)
|Petrol 1.6||43.5 (6.5) (16" & 17" wheels)||152 (16" & 17" wheels)||130/6300||6|
|Petrol 1.6||40.9 (6.9) (18" wheels)||156 (18" wheels)||201/6000||7|
|Diesel 1.6||58.8 (4.8) (17" & 18" wheels)||127 (17" & 18" wheels)||134/4000||6|
|Diesel 1.6||56.5 (5.0) (17" & 18" wheels)||130 (17" & 18" wheels)||134/4000||7|
The Soul’s fun-to-drive handling characteristics are bolstered by improved ride quality to cope with deteriorating roads. New suspension bushing, a suspension insulator at the front and revised suspension geometry at the rear have improved both comfort and quietness. All of this has been aided by the greater rigidity of the new Soul thanks to a considerable increase in the use of high-tensile steel in the construction. The Soul uses Kia’s Motor Driven Power Steering system, now with the adoption of Flex Steer, the variable-assistance function which allows drivers to adjust the degree of assistance provided according to preference and where the car is being driven.
For parking or manoeuvring in narrow town streets the Comfort setting offers increased assistance, while for highway driving at speed the Sport mode reduces the amount of help to maximise feedback and stability. There is also a Normal setting that is suited to most everyday driving conditions.
Both engines adopt direct fuel injection to ensure they use only as much fuel as they need at any time. Direct injection, with turbocharging in the case of the U2 diesel engine, also helps to boost low-speed response and driveability.
The wide range of technologies further enhance the appeal of the Soul. Across the range, the Kia Soul features significant upgrades in equipment and technology compared with the previous model. Standard features on every Soul are a DAB radio, Flex Steer variable power-assisted steering and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
with buyers able to choose from Kia’s latest 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.0-inch colour touchscreen infotainment HMI (human-machine interface). The HMI systems provide smartphone-style touchscreen control over the audio-visual navigation system, and is available with Apple CarPlay (for iPhone 5 or newer) and Android Auto™ (for Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer) for full smartphone integration.
The HMI systems also house a rear-view parking camera, and a new USB port has been added to the rear of the cabin, allowing back-seat passengers to charge mobile devices on the move. The front passenger seat is also now available with eight-way power adjustment, and drivers can benefit from new rain-sensing windscreen wipers and, in models equipped with 7DCT, the new Drive Mode Selector.
Safety is also improved in the Soul with the adoption of Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) for the first time, giving drivers better all-round visibility on motorways and during low-speed parking manoeuvres.
|Soul '1'||Soul '2'||Soul '3'||Soul 'Sport'|
Additional to 'Soul 1'
Additional to 'Soul 2'
Additional to 'Soul 3'
KIA SOUL COLOURS
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