Kia Soul

3/5
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Verdict

The Kia Soul sits in the very large compact SUV segment and therefore it has plenty of competition that are currently outselling it. The Soul has unique stylings and is boxy in appearance, which means that it would be a more likely contender with the likes of the Skoda Yeti and the Jeep Renegade. However, the curvier competition is huge too with competition from the Nissan Juke, the Renault Captur, the Mazda CX-3, the Opel Mokka, the Fiat 500x, and much more. This segment is really growing and it’s a hard one for less familiar cars like the Soul to truly contend in.

Performance

The Soul is available to the Irish market with just one trim and one engine. It is powered by a 1.6 litre diesel engine that offers 128 PS and a maximum torque of 260Nm at between 1,900 and 2,750rpm. We’re told that it will bring you from 0-100km/h in 11.3 seconds and it is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Ride & Handling

This car is fun to drive - that feeling may come from its unique styling. Apart from that it handles well enough. You would expect a vehicle with its dimensions to roll a lot on corners, but surprisingly it doesn’t. The steering is light and is slightly vague. Ride suffers as you drive over bumps and ramps too.

Refinement

Put the foot down in the 1.6 litre diesel and you will be all too aware that the engine is there. It can be noisy when pushed, but take things easy with it and the engine is refined and quite. Road noise is not terrible, but the boxiness of the vehicle and the large wing mirrors do tend to pick up wind noise that seeps into the cabin.

Quality & Reliability

The interior of the Soul is funky and spacious. Typical of Kia the plastics within the cockpit and around the vehicle do not feel cheap and they are presented in a nice way. The infotainment is easy to use and navigate around too. The car benefits from Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard. Another nice touch is that the radio has DAB and the car has parking sensors. The ride height is just what one would want from a compact SUV and this coupled with the large windscreen means that the Soul offers a commanding view of the road. The seats are comfortable and both passenger and driver will enjoy what’s on offer.

Safety & Security

One of the best things that Kia offers is a seven year warranty, it’s amazing how much peace of mind something like this can offer. However, like with any warranty it must be read properly and owners must stick to the agreement.

The Kia Soul scored four stars in the Euro NCAP. It received a score of 72% for adult occupancy and a very good 82% for child occupancy. What really stopped the Soul from achieving the full five stars was its low scoring for pedestrian protection (59%) and safety assistance systems (56%). What the Soul does offer is 6 airbags surrounding the interior of the car, Vehicle Stability Management and Hill-Start Assist Control.

Space & Practicality

The Kia Soul offer plenty of space. Head and leg room is not an issue in any part of the vehicle. The front area is especially spacious. Four adults would fit in here easily. Five could fit, but the middle seat would be too narrow to offer good comfort. The boot area is nicely laid out, but it doesn’t offer anything beyond what the competition has.

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Key Facts

Make

Kia

Model
Soul
Variant
1.6 EX Diesel
Trim
EX
Car Category
Compact Crossover
First Launched
2014
Engine (L)
1.6
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV
Price New
€24,495
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
L/100km Combined
5.0
Average km/L
20
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
1080
Fuel Tank Range
54 km
Cost of filling a tank
€1316.52
Average Cost Per 200 km
€12.19
CO2 emmissions
128 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
128 bhp
Max Power kW
95
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1582
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
177 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
12.2 s
L/100km Urban
6.10 L
L/100km Extra Urban
4.40 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
SUV
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
354 L

Warranty

All Components
7 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
7 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
5 Year paint warranty
Mileage
150000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assist

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
4

Dimensions

Boot capacity
354 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
215/55 R17 mm
Tyre size back
215/55 R17 mm
Length
4140 mm
Width
1800 mm
Height
1618 mm
Wheel Base
2570 mm
Front Track (mm)
1618
Kerb weight
1308 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1920
Turning circle (m)
10.6

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
128 bhp
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  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 354 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 128 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.2 s
  • New Price €24,495