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Kia Soul

The independent definitive Kia Soul video review

KIA AIMS TO SELL ITS SOUL (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

Kia's still got Soul. The second generation version of this compact SUV has been usefully upgraded. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 74

Kia has rejuvenated its second generation Soul compact SUV with a welcome package of changes. These include a smarter look and extra media connectivity, but the main improvement lies in the addition of a potent 1.6-litre petrol turbo T-GDI model at the top of the range. As before, the line-up also includes an all-electric EV version. In short, if you want a small car with a bit of attitude, it's well worth a look.

Backgroundword count: 137

Kia is certainly giving customers looking for a small Crossover or compact SUV plenty of choice. If you want a green-minded car of this kind, the Korean brand's Niro hybrid hatch offers plenty of technology for your cash. But then you could argue that Kia was already offering that in the form of its only slightly smaller Soul compact SUV. The Soul is a little hatch that's been available for some time now in all-electric EV form, but most customers buy it with conventional petrol or diesel opower. To keep these people happy, Kia has revised the second generation version of this model with smarter looks, fresh safety features and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto media connectivity. At the top of the range, the brand has also added in its latest T-GDI petrol turbo engine technology too.

Driving Experienceword count: 244

This MK2 model Soul offers a much more involving drive than its first generation predecessor did, a modified version of the cee'd chassis having improved ride and handling. The front subframe utilises four bushings to improve refinement and reduce harshness. The shock absorbers on the torsion bar rear suspension have been turned vertically and lengthened, allowing for more suspension travel and improved ride comfort. There's also better stability, balance and steering feel. Do these things really matter on a small SUV? Yes, they do. A well-damped ride and slick steering give the car an immediate impression of quality. All these things are as they were when we first saw this car in 2014 - as are the mainstream 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines, a 130bhp petrol unit and a 134bhp CRDi diesel alternative, these powerplants supplied with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. As part of the facelift changes, Kia has added in a more powerful T-GDI powerplant at the top of the range, also 1.6-litres in size but here boasting turbocharging that boosts power up to 201bhp - probably about as fast as you'd probably want to go in any kind of Soul. With this variant, you have to have the brand's latest seven-speed '7DCT' double-clutch auto transmission. The other Soul option is the full-electric 'EV' model which is powered by a 81.4 kilowatt battery that puts out the equivalent of 109bhp and will go for around 80 miles between charges.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-60 mph (s):

10.6

11.8

Combined mpg:

38.7

56.5

CO2 (g/km):

132

Extra urban mpg:

44.8

64.2

Height (mm):

1600

1606

Insurance group:

9

11

... and 8 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category:

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
80%
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