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Kia Soul review

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Kia Soul
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8 May 2017 08:21 | Last updated: 22 Aug 2018 15:51

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Kia Soul hatchback running costs

Kia prices the Soul aggressively, so it appears jolly good value next to its closest rivals considering the generous specification offered. There are also big discounts available if you are prepared to haggle. The downside of the Soul are its higher than average CO2 emissions and fuel economy, regardless of whether you opt for the diesel or the petrol versions – we averaged just over 30mpg on a 400-mile, mainly motorway trip in the Soul Sport. This makes the Soul more expensive to run next to a Captur, Juke or Vitara for both company car users and private buyers alike.

Servicing costs for the Soul are very similar to the aforementioned rivals, while of those three, only the Suzuki Vitara has considerably better resale values after three years.

Kia Soul hatchback equipment

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.

We’d suggest moving up to the ‘2’ trim, though. This adds niceties including a 7.0in touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, sat-nav with live traffic updates, privacy glass, climate control, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, 17in alloy wheels and cruise control.

‘3’ trim is pretty luxurious with keyless entry and go, heated front seats, leather seat trim, front and rear parking sensors, dual-height boot floor, automatic wipers, 18in alloy wheels and a JBL sound system with a subwoofer along with a larger 8.0in touchscreen. It represents a big jump up in price, though, so we wouldn’t bother unless the above are on your ‘must have’ list.

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.

Finally the Soul EV comes with highlights including lightweight 16in alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres, an 8.0in touchscreen with sat-nav and a charging point locator, climate control, keyless entry, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, privacy glass, and a reversing camera.

Kia Soul

Kia Soul hatchback reliability

A seven-year/ 100,000-mile warranty is testament to Kia’s confidence in the reliability of its cars, and should be a confidence boost to owners, too.

In our most recent reliability survey, as a manufacturer Kia features above Renault in a respectable and solid mid-table position, with Nissan above it and Suzuki showing the best form, one place from the top of all the 37 carmakers listed.

Kia Soul hatchback safety and security

The Soul’s basic safety equipment is fine, with six airbags, hill-start assist, Isofix child-seat mounting points and a tyre-pressure-monitoring system on every version. However, there’s no automatic emergency city braking available, and while lane departure warning, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert are standard on the top-spec Sport model, you cannot add them even as options to the lesser versions. Together with poor pedestrian protection, this is the other reason for the Soul attaining just 4 stars out of five in its Euro NCAP crash test.

An engine immobiliser and deadlocks on the doors are fitted to deter thieves; this helped the Soul achieve Thatcham ratings of four stars out of five for guarding against being stolen, and three stars for resisting being broken in to.

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Verdict

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

  • Well equipped
  • Spacious interior
  • Long warranty
  • Firm ride
  • Noisy engines
  • Some rivals are better to drive
There are 5 trims available for the Soul hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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