Kia gains new Soul for 2011

Set to arrive on 4 January, the Soul Searcher features a metallic green paintwork set off with chrome front grille, door handles and roof rails.

Each model in the range has its own exterior styling, and the Soul Searcher boasts black bezel headlights, front and rear mud flaps and 18" silver alloy wheels.

Inside, the green paintwork contrasts with the cream and brown leather upholstery and heated front seats for extra comfort. The dash is decked out in cream and black and the driver is able to tilt the steering wheel and access the sound system through steering wheel audio controls.

Extra equipment inside includes an eight-speaker sound system with external amplifier, air conditioning and Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.

Outside, the Soul Searcher gets a similar equipment upgrade to include front fog lights, reverse parking sensors, electric folding mirrors and privacy glass.

As with the Burner, Shaker, Tempest and Echo ‘Originals’, all released in 2010, the Soul Searcher borrows an engine from the standard Kia Soul range.

In this case, the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel is available with the choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox.

The car also comes with Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control, options sure to appeal to people looking for a compact car with the features and performance of a larger SUV.

The other ‘Originals’, all designed with their own ‘personality’ are Kia’s equivalent of special edition models decked out in styles not available with the standard Kia range, however all of them come with Kia’s seven year warranty.

The special edition Kia Soul Searcher is available from 4 January 2011 and prices start at £16,965 for the manual version and £18,025 for the automatic, taking into account the new 20 per cent rate of tax.