Kia Soul

Kia Soul 1.6T GDi Sport 5dr DCT 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:

Sport

The Sport model comes with the extra performance of its more powerful turbocharged petrol engine, but you also get added features on top of the ‘3’ trim such as a panoramic glass sunroof, heated front and rear seats, xenon headlights with automatic main beams, lane departure warning, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert.,

Engine:

1.6T GDi

This engine is available only in the top-end Sport trim and with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. With 201bhp not only does it have a lot more zip than the 130bhp 1.6 petrol, but also better low-end grunt for easier progress when you just want to relax using the higher gears only. Don’t think of it as a hot-hatch rival though, because the handling is no better than the standard models, and the occasionally jerky seven-speed auto ‘box can be frustrating. Fuel consumption is pretty poor, too.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH7.5 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

40.9

Urban: 32.5Motorway: 48.7
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

354

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

156

g/km