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For The Soul has a spacious, classy-feeling cabin. It’s also well equipped and competitively priced.

Against It doesn’t ride or handle as well as many rivals, and the engines aren’t particularly economical or efficient.

Kia Soul Hatchback
33 5stars

The Kia Soul is roomy and well equipped, but other small SUVs are better to drive and cheaper to own.

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The full Kia Soul review


There are 9 Kia Soul versions available

Hatchback 1.6 GDi Start 5dr £12,600
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 GDi Connect 5dr £14,800
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 GDi Connect Plus 5dr £15,900
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CRDi Connect 5dr £16,400
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CRDi Connect Plus 5dr £17,500
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 GDi Mixx 5dr £18,150
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CRDi Mixx 5dr £19,750
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 GDi Maxx 5dr £19,950
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CRDi Maxx 5dr £21,550
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Soul’s 1.6-litre petrol engine has to be revved very hard in the lower gears if you want to make swift progress, so we’d go for the gutsier diesel. This is punchy from low revs, so you don’t have to change gear as often. Even when you do, though, the light clutch and precise gearshift mean this isn't a chore.

The cheapest model is Start, which is available with the petrol engine only and includes 16-inch steel wheels, a DAB radio and air-conditioning, but also has a more plasticky-looking dashboard than the other trims. Connect models add 17-inch alloy wheels, a 4.3-inch colour screen, a reversing camera and Bluetooth.

Connect Plus is the one to go for, because it adds sat-nav and an eight-inch touch-screen, climate control and a premium sound system.

The two higher-end trims are called Mixx and Maxx. These are well equipped, but are best avoided because their higher prices put them up against much better rivals.

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Kia Soul Hatchback

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