The Kia Soul has been completely redesigned, bringing the expected positives of a Kia-built vehicle along with new and improved styling, bringing the line up-to-date with contemporary trends. Kia has improved on previous versions of the Soul, aiming to improve the already-impressive elements of the vehicle. The current version is more comfortable, has more responsive handling, and is stocked with all of the latest developments in modern technology. Five trim levels are available: Start, Connect, Connect Plus, Mixx, and the top-of-the-range Maxx.
The exterior design marks out the Soul as being unmistakably Kia, while the new design features still jump out and create an impression. The angular style is bold and unconventional; the length and width have increased and the body is now slightly lower to the ground, bringing the driver closer to the heart of the journey. An Urban Styling Pack is available, adding stylish gloss black trim to the exterior, and the Maxx also includes a panoramic glass roof and 18" wheels.
The interior has seen as much of a redesign as the exterior, with the dashboard and TFT dials fully revamped. The layout of the instrument panels is clear and easy to follow, allowing for drive information to be easily accessed during the course of a journey. Selected trim levels include touchscreen satellite navigation capabilities, and multimedia systems provide soundtrack to the drive. The boot can hold 354 litres, and underfloor storage solutions are also included.
The two 1.6-litre four-cylinder engines are offered in petrol or diesel models, giving either 126bhp or 131bhp and six-speed manual transmission. The Soul has a top speed of 110mph, and can reach 0-60mph in approximately 10.6 seconds with the GDi diesel. The CRDi diesel, on the other hand, achieves fuel economy of 56.5mpg and carbon output of just 132g/km.
Safety features include ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS), as well as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). These work together with Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) to ensure the driver has the greatest control of the vehicle at all times. Airbags surround the cabin, and ISOFIX fittings are provided for the easy installation of child safety seats.
If you would like more information on the Kia Soul, please contact the friendly team at Kia Castleford who will answer any of your questions and arrange a test drive for you.