2017 Kia Soul Review

Introduction

Cracking the traditional looking compact SUV mould, the Kia Soul has quirky styling that looks like something right out of an anime film. Behind its boxy proportions lies a roomy interior with generous space for passengers. An update in 2016 brought with it improved ride quality and the introduction of a new 1.6-litre petrol engine to join the diesel line-up. If electric vehicles are your thing, then there’s also the Soul EV, which offers a range of up to 132 miles. Regardless of powertrain, the prospect of Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty brings added appeal.

 

Body Style: Compact SUV Seats: 5 MRP from £13,995 - £29,995 

  

Did you know? The Soul EV was the first car to use intelligent air conditioning to heat or cool just the driver’s side to reduce energy consumption.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (6.5/10)

There is more to the Kia Soul than just its somewhat unconventional exterior styling. With interior space maximised it offers good amounts of room for passengers and a wide boot aperture makes getting bulky items in that bit easier. Its economical 1.6-litre diesel engine won’t excite you, but the 1.6-litre petrol with its seven-speed auto might. While it may not be the most obvious choice, it is a fun car that is not only well-finished but is also imbued with plenty of character. If you want a compact SUV that stands out from the crowd, then you’ll love th...