Kia Soul review – Telegraph

28 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Kia Soul review – Telegraph

Kia’s funky new urban supermini made Angus smile.

Have you heard the one the retiree who went out to buy the Porsche always promised himself, but home in a Kia instead? The reason, the Kia spokesperson telling the tale at the of the company’s new Soul crossover runs as follows: When you get to the age of 60 and you can still get into a Porsche. But you always get out again. With our new you sit up nice and high.

So you’ll no problem getting in, or out.

It got a anyway and while the teller’s may have been firmly in Kia is serious about its new model. The may have trotted out the tired old about the Soul being for sporting lifestyles and appealing to the and the young-at-heart, but it at least has something and original to promote.

Designing a dramatic show car is all well, but too often the legislative and the practicalities of production see most of the float away. Not this Peter Schreyer, Kia’s designer, says the Soul be the first Kia where people check the colours, trims and before they check the

There’s plenty to admire. The roofline and the glass tapering the Soul look like a Wars Stormtrooper helmet on Happily, the front face do cute either.

Other features include butch-looking arches well filled by alloy wheels and a distinctive end with boldly defined lights and tailgate lines.

Kia describes the Soul as an urban and makes hopeful comparisons to Qashqai. Like the Sunderland-built there’s a whiff of off-road to the Soul’s looks, but it is front-wheel-drive It feels closer in spirit, and to the Nissan Note and the Skoda

Although Kia has a hybrid version development, when the Soul on sale in March it’ll be on plain old petrol and diesel A 1.4-litre petrol engine eventually join the line-up, but the launches with a 122bhp petrol and a 126bhp 1.6-litre The diesel’s CO2 of 137g/km and 55.4mpg economy hardly threaten the Clubman Cooper D’s and 68.9mpg, although Kia will fuel-saving, CO2 reducing stop/start by mid-2009.

While the turbodiesel has reasonable punch, neither engine match-fit for being laden to the on high days and holidays. In the petrol engine’s initial response feels less perfect, making the car hard to away smoothly in and easy to Happily, the standard five-speed gearbox feels fine and the are good.

There’s enough to the Soul’s handling to inspire in city traffic. Acceptable control and reasonable turn-in to make it fun enough on country even if the steering is numb. stability suffers in strong and a constant drone is heard the top of the windows.

The Soul’s biggest is the ride, at least on those big wheels. On rough roads it enough to make Kia’s pensioner wish they had for the Porsche.

The petrol version is smoother the diesel, and Kia swears comfort further with the 15 or 17 in wheels on offer.

Prices will around £11,000 and rise to Kia plans to offer a cheap model along with a volume seller. In addition, a Collection will offer a of unique models on sale for periods, each featuring exterior and interior treatments and different themes.

While the black interior of our test hardly reflected the vast of optional funkiness that be offered, the small, tricky-to-open cubby and the reasonable size, glove box did feature bright red However with narrow bins and a small boot, solutions are far from revolutionary.

While the split rear can be folded almost flat and the floor lifted to allow to additional stowage, the Soul feel as roomy or as practical as a Note.

The dashboard plastics are far soft but they at least hard-wearing and there is a generous of front and rear space, allows four adults to in comfort.

Kia’s new small car is not but it certainly has character and is easy to

Price/availability: from about (1.6-litre petrol in entry to about £15,000 (1.6 in top trim). On sale March 1,

Engine/transmission: 1,591cc four-cylinder with four valves per 122bhp at 6,300rpm and 115lb ft of at 4,200rpm. 1,582cc four-cylinder with four valves per 126bhp at 4,000rpm, 192lb ft at Five-speed manual gearbox automatic optional with engine), front-wheel drive.

1.6 petrol: top speed 110mph, in 11.0sec, EU Urban fuel 42.8mpg, CO2 emissions 153g/km. 1.6 113mph, 11.3sec, 55.4mpg,

We like: Exterior styling, price, seats, passenger

We don’t like: Lousy comfort, small boot, noise.

Alternatives: Ford from £11,549. MINI from £13,950. Nissan from £10,345. Nissan from £14,349. Skoda from £9,845.

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