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.
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The Kia Soul is roomy and well equipped, but other small SUVs are better to drive and cheaper to own.
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There are 9 Kia Soul versions available
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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.