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