Which used Kia Soul hatchback should I buy?
In 2012, the Kia Soul got a few detail design changes – you can tell the difference because the later model gained daytime running lights in the indicator units beneath the headlights – but more crucially, there were tweaks to the petrol engine to make it more powerful, and a whole new diesel engine which was more efficient and a little smoother. A new six-speed manual gearbox replaced the old five-speed, too, which helped with acceleration and engine noise.
Consequently, we’d have to recommend one of these models, if your budget can stretch that far, but whichever era of Soul you choose, we reckon the diesel is the best bet thanks to its vastly better running costs. For the same reason, a manual version makes far more sense than an automatic.