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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 as well as the best small SUVs, and the engines aren’t particularly economical or efficient.

Kia Soul Hatchback
44 5stars

The Kia Soul is roomy and well equipped. It’s just a shame that the engines aren’t more efficient.

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The full Kia Soul review


There are 10 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:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 GDi Connect Plus 5dr £15,900
What Car? says:4 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
Hatchback EV 81kW 5dr £29,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The petrol Soul’s engine needs to be revved very hard if you want to make swift progress, but given how much cheaper it is to buy than the diesel model, we think it’s a better buy. True, real-world fuel economy is disappointing and CO2 emissions are high compared with those of most rivals, but this isn’t a deal-breaker unless you do lots of miles or are a company car driver.

The cheapest trim is Start, which is available only with the petrol engine and includes 16-inch steel wheels, a DAB radio and air-con. This is worth a look if you’re on a tight budget, and the relatively small wheels make for a smoother ride than you get on the higher-spec versions.

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, though; it adds sat-nav, an eight-inch touch-screen, climate control and a premium sound system, plus it’s still reasonably priced.

Reader test team says:

Kia Soul Hatchback 1.6 CRDi Connect Plus 5dr

I bought a Soul II on impulse as a second car, a run-around for business miles and a relatively cheap throwaway car. My first vehicle is a Mercedes…

James Harvey

5 out of 5 stars
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