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Driving

Price (on the road)

Β£14,525-Β£30,495

Target Price (cash)

Β£14,149-Β£23,405

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Company car buyer

KIA SOUL Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 2 5dr

Way too pricey for a Soul. If you must have one, save yourself some money and go for the 1.6 petrol version in 1 trim.

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Private car buyer

KIA SOUL Hatchback 1.6 GDi 2 5dr

A decent choice if you must have a Soul, but we’d recommend saving yourself a few quid and making do with the 1 model.

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Contract Hire Leasing Rates

Β£176.63-Β£330.18/month

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Engines

Auto
The instant hit of torque from its electric motor is great for zooming away first from the lights, but from about 50mph you notice its performance starting to wane, although it’ll still cruise happily at 70mph on the motorway. Very quiet and relaxing to drive thanks to no noisy combustion engine up front, and has a realistic range of around 70 miles.
1.6 CRDi
This diesel has the option of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox, but we’d stick with the manual version because the auto is rather unresponsive. The engine offers decent low-end shove and overall performance is adequate, but it’s rather grumbly and unrefined, and also not very efficient compared to the diesel engines in rivals such as the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke.
1.6T GDi DCT
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 β€˜box can be frustrating. Fuel consumption is pretty poor, too.
Our pick
.6 GDi 1
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.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

40.9-58.8 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

0-156 g/km

VED Tax band

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Boot capacity

How much space is there?

994 litres

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