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KIA Soul (2008–2014)

Last updated 27 February 2017

Oddball looks mean it stands out. Plenty of room especially in the back. Very comfortable seats. Excellent chain cam 1.6 diesel and petrol engines. Option of diesel automatic.
No sportscar to drive. CO2 emissions could be lower. Baffling array of different versions and special editions.
Updated 3 January 2015 tells us that KIA Motors America has recalled 95,000 2010-13 Soul crossovers because a headliner plate might become detached if a curtain air bag deploys.

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My fault, I know. I video tested the Kia Soul without knowing exactly which model it was. So, though a phone call to Kia elicited the information it was a Soul 2 diesel at £12,495, in fact it turned out to be a Soul Shaker diesel at a slightly stiffer £13,495.

Still good value for money though. Especially compared with what that will buy from Ford or Honda, assuming no discounts.

You might regard the Soul as being perversely styled. It's as if it's different for the sake of being different. A bit like the peculiar box-like Far East Market Hondas, the Nissan Cube and the Daihatsu Materia. There's no logical justification for the way it looks or why you should buy it. Yet that's in its favour. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised. I was.

KIA Soul 2009 Road Test and Video

Owners' reviews

A lot of car for your money - build quality and dealership service is poor!
A fun, unusual, practical and great value car.
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Buy new from £13,540
Contract hire from £141.58 per month

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