The compact urban crossover car is available in five trim levels and with two engines to choose. All versions of the five-door Soul use a front-wheel drive powertrain. An electric version of the new Soul will be available to order later this year.
Using a chassis based on the latest Kia Cee’d, the new Soul is a longer, lower and wider car than its predecessor. It also delivers a more aggressive exterior design and improved interior quality.
Like its predecessor the new Kia Soul offers the choice of either a 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine or a 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel.
The petrol engine in the Soul is mated with a six-speed manual gearbox and delivers 130bhp. It returns CO2 emissions of 158g/km plus a combined fuel economy of 41.5mpg.
The Soul’s petrol unit also gives the crossover a zero to 60mph sprint time of 10.6 seconds and a top speed of 115mph.
Meanwhile the turbodiesel delivers 126bhp and can be linked with either the standard six-speed manual gearbox or a more expensive six-speed automatic gearbox.
With the manual gearbox the new Kia Soul turbodiesel emits just 132g/km and returns 56.5mpg combined. With the automatic transmission these figures change to 158g/km and 47.1mpg.
Using the manual gearbox the new diesel-powered Kia Soul is not just more efficient but also quicker, covering the zero to 60mph sprint in 10.8 seconds. With the automatic gearbox this time increases to 11.7 seconds.
The five trim levels for the new Kia Soul begin with ‘Start’ which is only available with the petrol engine. Following this is the ‘Connect’ trim, then ‘Connect Plus’, ‘Mixx’ and ‘Maxx’.
Standard equipment found on all new Kia Soul models is more then found compared to its predecessor. The new standard kit includes a DAB radio, adjustable power steering known as ‘Flex Steer’ and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Other standard features include keyless entry, air conditioning, full electric windows and USB and auxiliary ports.
Move on up to the Kia Connect and the crossover also features 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, door mirror heaters, cruise control, Bluetooth and a reversing camera.
The mid-range Connect Plus trim adds a premium sound system onboard as well satellite navigation integrated within the DAB radio and front speaker mood lights.
The new Kia Soul Mixx introduces bigger 18-inch alloy wheels as well as a contrasting colour roof and door mirror casings, high-gloss black bumpers and chrome exterior door handles. It also adds privacy and solar glass, a cooled glovebox, heated front seats and a luggage floor undertray.
Range-topping Kia Soul Maxx models include leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors and an engine start/stop button.
Both Mixx and Maxx trim Kia Soul models also have the urban styling pack which consists of front, side and rear skirts and a wheel-arch decoration.