The new 2012 Kia Soul has made a splash in the United States by winning the best compact car accolade in the 2012 Total Cost of Ownership Awards by pricing expert Kelley Blue Book.
In voting for the winner judges took the initial cost of the car and its running costs into account before naming the compact, SUV-styled, five-seat people carrier as the winner of the award.
Not only did the Kia succeed with the Soul winning best affordable compact car, but Kia itself won the accolade of Best Brand in the awards.
The Kia Soul has been on sale in the UK for two years and has picked up a number of awards including a ‘red dot’ design award for its exterior styling.
Its quirky, box-like rear end and jacked-up SUV style is a distinctive look but the car also seats five and comes with five doors.
The new Kia Soul uses a1.6-litre diesel engine that emits CO2 emissions of just 129g/km and returns up to 57.6mpg. This low CO2 figure means the Soul is exempt from VED tax for the first year. The Kia Soul delivers a top speed of 112mph from the diesel engine.
In terms of practicality, the new Kia Soul comes with 800-litres of boot space with the rear seats folded thanks to the squared-off rear end.
Standard features of the Soul also include air conditioning; remote central locking, electric windows and Kia’s award winning seven-year unlimited mileage warranty.
The Kia Soul is on sale now and prices start from just £12,495. Kia vehicles are available from Perry’s Burnley, Preston and Rotherham dealership.