The Kia Soul brought a new attitude to the compact segment when it was introduced way back in 2010.
Now seven years on, the Kia’s wedgy, stylish body continues to define a distinct look, eclipsing the Soul against the array of popular urban-type small vehicles.
Over the years the Kia Soul has seen a number of styling and mechanical changes, including the cancelation of the diesel-powered version.
While Australia is also yet to see the all-electric version of the Soul – an offering that has been on offer in South Korea for some time now.
Today, Kia Soul buyers don’t have too many options in front of them when it comes to configuring their new car.
There’s just the one engine on offer – a 2.0 litre petrol unit that returns 112kW/192Nm.
There’s also just the single transmission – a six-speed auto.
And, staying with that simplistic theme, there’s only one spec-level – Si.
Though there is the option of a two-tone paint job!
On the road, the Soul moves along respectably well, and perhaps better than you might expect. Handling remains friendly, though the ride can be a bit firm at times.
Overall, the Soul is still an easy car to pilot through the traffic and park in cramped places.
Some may disagree; however, I think it’s still a good looking little thing.
The cabin isn’t as radical as the external styling, unless smart functionality is a radical concept!
You’ll find big and easy to use buttons and knobs, cheery gauges, and cheeky dashes of pizzazz.
While standard features are generous-enough, including tilt and reach steering adjust, six-speaker stereo, height-adjustable driver’s seat, rear parking sensors/reverse camera, auto headlights and Bluetooth.
Storage area are plentiful though and the gauges are easy to read on the go.
You’ll also enjoy the high roofline in the Soul if you’re on the taller side, while the back seat is fine for two adults or three kids.
That rear seat folds down to open up a quit generous cargo space.
The Kia Soul isn’t the freshest car in the segment and it misses out on some important equipment, especially at just under $25,000.
The adaptability of the wagon-type body and the unique and fun styling are positives, as is the Kia seven-year warranty, capped price servicing etc.
A decent car for the young (and young at heart), the Kia Soul was designed to be a city car and it remains a good enough offering for those who like the model’s unquestioned individuality.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Kia Soul
- Engine: 2.0 litre petrol producing 113kW/191Nm
- Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
- Safety: Not tested
- Warranty: Seven years
- Origin: South Korea
- Price: from $24,990