The Kia Soul Inferno is new to the Soul line-up and is priced at £18,695
Billed as the top of the range model the Soul Inferno is powered by a 1.6 CRDi 126 bhp turbo-diesel engine linked to a six-speed manual transmission. It develops 126 bhp at 4,000 rpm and delivers 192 lb/ft torque from 1,900 rpm to 2,750 rpm. Top speed is 112 mph and does 0-60 mph in 10.3 seconds.
CO2 emissions are 129 g/km which puts the Soul Inferno into VED Band D with no-cost Road Fund Licence in year one - and the official combined cycle fuel economy is 57.6 mpg.
The exterior paintwork is Tornado Red with tattoo-style dark red dragon body graphics, rear spoiler, silver roof rails and unique 18-inch ‘Black Petal' alloy wheels. There rear privacy glass along with black bezel projection headlights, LED daytime running lights, black high-gloss door mirrors and bumper inserts.
The red and black colour scheme continues on the inside where full black leather upholstery is contrasted with a red leather gearshift and mood lighting in the doors.
The standard specification includes full leather interior, automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, heated front seats, electric folding and heated mirrors and all-round electric windows. iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, a Radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility, and USB/AUX slots provide the inputs for the external amplifier to power the eight-speaker hi-fi system that includes a boot-mounted subwoofer. A smart key with start/stop button and rear parking sensors provide reassurance.
Soul Inferno receives the same safety measures as the rest of the 2012 Soul range. Electronic stability control (ESC) and anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), vehicle stability management (VSM) and hill-start assist control (HAC) provide a comprehensive level of active safety whilst twin front, side and curtain airbags provide occupants with a reassuring level of passive safety.
The Soul Inferno is rated in insurance group 19 and has service intervals of 12 months or 12,500 miles. The Kia Soul Inferno, as with all new Kia cars comes with a fully-transferable seven year warranty.
The Kia Soul Inferno is now available to order from your local Kia dealer.