Range-topping Kia Soul trims released

Kia has launched the top-of-the-range Mixx and Maxx trim levels for the popular Soul hatchback.

Priced from £18,150 for the Mixx and £19,950 for the Maxx model, the trims are available to buy at Perrys dealerships now.

Joining the range alongside the previously released Start, Connect and Connect Plus trims, the range-toppers are set apart by 18-inch alloy wheels, a special urban styling pack and LED daytime running lights.

Based on the same chassis as the current Kia Cee’d, the newest Soul is now longer and wider than its predecessor, increasing passenger space, but is also lower on the road and features updated styling.

Second Generation Soul

The latest second-generation Soul, which has received a nomination for the European Car of the Year Awards, is predicted to sell over 600,000 models worldwide by next year.

Unfortunately, fans will have to wait for a while to find out the results of the awards, as the winner won’t be unveiled until next March at the Geneva Motor Show.

However, it’s proven popular among both critics and the public, and even Pope Francis has been spotted out in one during his recent tour of South Korea.

Standard equipment on the Mixx and Maxx models includes a premium Infinity sound system, heated leather upholstery and automatic air conditioning, plus an eight-inch touchscreen.

The Mixx also comes with contrasting body and roof colours with roof-coloured door mirrors and a reversing camera.

Further adding to this, the Maxx includes smart key entry and an engine stop-start button, plus front and rear parking sensors and a panoramic sunroof.

Engine Options

Power options for the new Soul models come courtesy of either as 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6-litre turbodiesel unit.

Linked to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the petrol unit produces 130bhp and can take the Soul to 60mph from a standstill in just over 10 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 115mph.

The diesel, meanwhile, comes with an output of 126bhp and can be specified with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.

Performance is similar to the petrol, but the diesel engine boasts an improvement in fuel economy, delivering 56.5mpg with 132g/km of CO2, compared with the petrol’s figures of 41.5mpg and 158g/km.