Kia Soul

Kia Soul 1.6 GDi 1 5dr Review

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Review

The Soul offers plenty of space and decent driving dynamics. It’s commendable, but some of its rivals do things better

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Trim:

1

Entry-level ‘1’ trim is relatively modestly kitted out, yet still has air-conditioning, 16in alloy wheels, power-folding and electrically adjustable door mirrors, all-round electric windows, a DAB radio and Bluetooth.

Engine:

1.6 GDi

This 130bhp 1.6-litre petrol isn’t turbocharged, so compared to the equivalent turbo petrols offered in the Nissan Juke and the Renault Captur it provides less low-end shove, forcing you to make more gear changes and rev it harder to keep pace with everyday traffic. When you give it some beans however, it does offer decent performance. Relative to the competition it’s not very efficient with higher than average CO2 emissions and lower fuel economy, and is available with a six-speed manual gearbox only.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH10.6 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

43.5

Urban: 33.2Motorway: 52.3
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

354

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

152

g/km