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Kia Soul 2 1.6 CRDi: Test Drive

Date: 20 March 2009   |   Author: Tom Webster

... and the Soul won't change
Category: Supermini-MPV
P11D price: £12,320
Key rival: Nissan Note

Reactions towards the Kia Soul's chunky looks have veered from the positive to the appalled.

Either way, Kia has succeeded in making a car that turns heads, something no other supermini-MPV manages to do.

The Soul doesn't suffer from the body roll that might be expected of a taller car with a high ride-height, and the 128PS diesel is strongly competent without being overly nippy.

Meanwhile CO2 of 137g/km is okay, but the range will be greatly enhanced by the expected up-coming sub-120g/km smaller diesel.

Where the Soul lacks compared to its Nissan Note and Renault Modus contemporaries, however, is in the practicality stakes. A few more hidey-holes and storage spaces would not intrude on the cabin much and would help the car's all-round ability.

Kia Soul 2 1.6 CRDi 5dr man
P11D price£12,320
Model price range£10,495-£14,995
Fuel consumption54.3mpg
CO2 (tax) 137g/km/18%
BIK 20/40% per month£37/£74
Service interval12,500mls
Insurancegroup 5
Warranty5yrs/unlimited mls
Boot space (min/max)340/800 litres
Engine size/power1582cc/128PS
Top speed/0-62mph113mph/11.3secs
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VerdictAttractive though the Soul is,
it needs a touch more rationale
o make perfect sense


Attractive though the Soul is, it needs a touch more rationale o make perfect sense