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Review: Kia Soul

April 17, 2015

It’s time for another review – and in the Car Loan Warehouse spotlight today is the new Kia Soul. With its impressive build and bold styling, this motor has plenty to offer. In today’s Kia Soul review, we’ll take a look at this hot hatch and find out how it fares alongside other class-leading crossovers. And if you’re looking to get your hands on this practical runner, we can help you with finance too. Let’s dive in.

KIA Soul

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Design

In terms of design, 2014’s new Kia Soul comes with more space than ever before. It’s boxier shape means it has more interior space available than cars like the Nissan Juke and can easily seat two adults or three children in the rear – making it an ideal companion for family days out. Comfort is also a priority in this Kia and the height and reach-adjustable steering wheel should make finding a comfortable driving position easy. This practical crossover comes well-equipped and its style makeover makes it much more of a looker than previous models.

Performance & Handling

Although performance may not be on your list of priorities for a practical family car, it’s worth noting the stats – and in this case, the Kia Soul’s power depends on the model you choose. The 1.6 litre petrol engine returns 41.5mpg and reaches 0-60mph in 10.6 secs – which, admittedly, isn’t as impressive as its competitors. CO2 emissions for this spec range from 158-170g/km, meaning a steep road tax bill of anything from £180-£205 a year. The Kia Soul diesel fares a little better, with fuel economy of 56.5mpg and road CO2 emissions of 132g/km,  making road tax £130 a year. Most Kia Soul reviews focus on its high running costs, but there are ways to lower your outgoings. Although it hitches up the initial price tag, the eco-friendly EV model is the most efficient in the range and claims a range of 132 miles on a full charge.

Features

Climb inside the car and the Kia Soul comes with high quality materials to give the interior a more upmarket feel. All models in the range are generously equipped, with the entry-level Start model coming with a USB and MP3 connections, as well as DAB digital radio. The Connect Plus is a popular choice, supplementing the entry-level equipment with an eight-inch touchscreen. Shell out for the top of the range model and, while the initial price may seem expensive, the Soul EV is worth its price tag. Equipment includes automatic air-con, an 8 inch touchscreen Sat Nav, heated front seats and a reversing camera – and this spec makes you eligible for the government’s £5k EV grant.

Kia Soul Finance

Kia Soul White

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When it comes to affordability, prices for the Kia Soul start from £12,800 for the entry-level spec and rise to £29,995 for the high-end EV model. If you fancy getting your hands on a Kia Soul but can’t find the funds for the one you want, the Car Loan Warehouse can help. Our flexible range of Kia Soul finance options mean you could drive away in your new Kia without worrying about the price tag. Still not made your mind up? Head over to our online car finance calculator for an instant estimate today.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.