2014 Kia Soul returns with more space, DAB digital radio as standard and ‘dramatic styling’.
The mobile toaster that is the Kia Soul is back and better than ever. Kia has just revealed full details of the second-generation compact crossover, which is now on sale in the UK. Prices start from £12,600.
The new Kia Soul comes with a choice of a 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol and a 1.6-litre turbodiesel. CO2 emissions and fuel economy for the latter are said to be 132g/km and 56.5mpg, respectively. 0 to 62mph takes both engines a bit less than 11 seconds.
Kia has given the new Soul a 20mm longer wheelbase compared with its predecessor. It is also 15mm wider, 10mm lower and the tailgate is 62mm wider, making it easier to access the now 4 per cent larger 354-litre boot.
Although still pretty boxy, the new Soul is meant to have styling more akin to the Track’ster concept car, including a restyled kidney grille and a large lower air-intake. The hope was to make it look sportier and tougher.
Five trim levels are available: Soul Start, Soul Connect, Soul Connect Plus, Soul Mixx and Soul Maxx. Standard equipment on all models includes a DAB digital radio, Flex Steer power-assisted variable steering, painted bumpers, air-conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, electric windows, steering wheel controls and tyre pressure monitor.
Soul Connect adds 17-inch alloys, front fog lamps, door mirror heaters, cruise control, Bluetooth, reversing camera, leather gearshift and steering wheel, door armrest, storage box between the front seats and a high-gloss black central fascia.
Soul Connect Plus adds a better sound system, sat nav and front speaker mood lights. Soul Mixx ups the alloy wheels to 18-inch and adds LED rear lamps, privacy and solar glass, cooled glovebox, heated front seats and an ‘urban styling pack’ comprised front, side and rear skirts.
The daddy of the range is the Soul Maxx, which has leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, smart-entry key and start/stop button ignition.
All Souls are covered by Kia’s seven-year/100,000 mile warranty for peace of mind. Three and five-year care servicing and maintenance packages are available for a few extra quid.
The bottom of the range Start 1.6GDi 130hp 6-speed manual starts from £12,600, rising to £21,550 for the Maxx 1.6CRDi 126bhp 6-speed manual.
An all-electric version known as the Soul EV will arrive at the end of 2014. A price for this particular model is still yet to be confirmed.