Car of the Year nomination for Kia Soul

The new Kia Soul has received a nomination for this year’s European Car of the Year Awards.

A total of 32 cars have been nominated for the awards, which will be reduced to a shortlist of seven vehicles by December.

Best value car

Back in 2012, the previous version of the Soul crossover snatched the award for the best value car in the 2012 Total Cost of Ownership Awards by pricing expert Kelley Blue Book. The latest Soul model will therefore be keen to match its predecessor.

The all new Soul went on sale earlier this year in April. Available in five trim levels and with two engine variants to choose from, there’s a Soul to suit every driver.

As well as that, an all-new electric version of the Soul is currently in production and will be available to order later in the year.

With a chassis based on the latest Kia Cee’d, the new version of the Soul is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor and also has a more aggressive exterior design than the previous model.

Kia Cee’d Trim Levels

The five trim levels for the new Kia Soul begin with Start, which is only available with a petrol engine, followed by the Connect trim, then Connect Plus, Mixx and Maxx.

Standard equipment found on all new Kia Soul includes a DAB digital radio, Kia’s Flex Steer adjustable power steering and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Other standard features include keyless entry, air conditioning, full electric windows and USB and auxiliary ports.

Moving up the trim levels adds 18-inch alloy wheels, mood lights for the front speakers, as well as privacy glass, a cooled glovebox, leather upholstery and rear parking sensors.

Engine choices for the new Soul come in the form of either a 1.6-litre petrol engine or a turbodiesel version with the same displacement.

The 130bhp petrol option comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and can take the crossover from 0-60mph in just over 10 seconds, going on to a top speed of 115mph.

Meanwhile, the diesel has an output of 126bhp and can be specified with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic ‘box, and delivers similar performance to the petrol. However, it’s a smidgeon more economical, delivering 132g/km of CO2 and 56.5mpg compared to the petrol’s figures of 158g/km and 41.5mpg.

Unfortunately, Kia fans will have to wait for a while to find out the results of the awards. Following the announcement of the shortlist in December, the winner won’t be announced until next March, where the victor will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

In the meantime, the all-new Kia Soul is available to buy, with prices starting from just £12,600.