Kia Soul

kia-soul-2017-motability-carThe Soul is showing that Kia is no longer the boring Korean car maker that it once was, the new breed of exciting Kia cars, spearheaded by the Soul, has done as much for the brand as the 7 year warranty. If you want to make a bold fashion statement the Kia Soul is up there with the Citroen Cactus and Nissan’s Juke  for style but with its high roofline and boxy design it has more room for passengers, particularly in the the rear where the wide opening doors make it a treat, up front the driving position is excellent and there are lots of storage space and seat and steering wheel adjustment. In the boot you find 354 litres of storage space or 1367 if you fold the rear seats to their nearly flat position.

 

Kia Soul Motability car rear

Newly updated for 2017 the Kia Soul is available in trims, 1, 2, 3 and Sport, 1 trim has 16 inch alloys, air conditioning, DAB radio, roof rails, Bluetooth with voice recognition & music streaming, USB & AUX ports, Flex Steer (Normal, Comfort & Sport Modes), all round electric windows and body coloured & electrically adjustable door mirrors. 2 trim adds auto air con, privacy glass, 7 inch touch screen with sat nav, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility, cruise control, rear parking sensors and 17 inch alloys. 3 trim has a Smart Key, leather seats (heated in the front), 8 inch touch screen 18inch alloys and front and rear parking sensors. The Sport has heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, lane departure warning, blind spot protection, auto levelling xenon headlamps, LED front fog lights and a panoramic sunroof.

 

kia-soul-2017-motability-car-sport-dashThere are three 1.6 litre engines, a petrol confusingly badged GDI that produces 130bhp and can propel the Soul to 62 miles per hour in 10.6 seconds and on to 115 miles per hour but the economy is disappointing, returning only 41.5 miles per gallon and hits a low of 33 mpg around town. The six speed manual 134 bhp Diesel fares better with a combined economy of 58.8 miles per gallon now avaialble with a seven speed dual clutch automatic gear box which all but mirrors the Manual car in reaching 60 mph in 10.7 seconds and returning 56.5 miles per gallon. For petrol heads there is the Soul Sport that produces 201 bhp from its turbo charged 1.6 litre petrol unit which can reach 62 mies per hour in 7.5 seconds and on to 122 mph, economy from the 7 speed dual clutch auto is 40.9 miles per gallon.

Summer Best Buy – Kia Soul ‘2’ 1.6 diesel CRDi (134bhp)  Manual  –   £399 Advance Payment (£61.95 wpms) or £999 (£64.80 + £173) as a 7 speed dual clutch auto

Summer Best Buy – Kia Soul Sport 1.6 petrol (201 bhp)  7 speed Dual Clutch Automatic  –   £1499 Advance Payment (£445 wpms)

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