Kia Soul Review (2014)

Kia Soul (Rear Side View) (2014)
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Kia Soul Review

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The Soul has a roomy and airy interior, with plenty of space for most people...

Driving

We found the six-speed gearbox easy to use but the lack of overall driving dynamics let the Soul down. There is noticeable body roll but if you are not looking for a hot hatch then we are sure you will be perfectly happy.  The ride quality seems a lot better than the previous model and it is comfortable and compliant over most road surfaces. The Connect Plus model rides on 17” alloy wheels, with 18” wheels available on the top specification cars.

All new Kia Soul models now feature Flex Steer variable-assistance power steering which is controlled via a button on the steering wheel, with three options available; comfort, normal and sport, we preferred to keep the Soul in sport mode and whilst it doesn’t really improve the steering feedback, it does feel a bit better weighted.

What's It Like to Live With

Getting in and out of the Soul is a fairly easy affair with a relatively low sill height, although some might find the seat height a plus or minus point – you need to try it for yourself.

Once inside there is good all-round vision and you can see all four corners fine with a commanding view of the road ahead, as you sit a little higher than a normal car. The driver’s seat is height adjustable and the steering wheel is adjustable for rake and reach. We don't like the lever recline on the driver’s seat as it is difficult to get fine adjustment.

The Connect Plus model has a very clear reversing camera, one of the best we have seen but you do not get front or rear parking sensors, which would have been helpful.

The Soul has a roomy and airy interior, with plenty of space for most people, it is bigger inside than its predecessor and there is plenty of storage available. There is mono air conditioning, variable speed wipers, auto on lights and cruise control.

The boot has a high lip and there is nothing clever about the rear seats, so do not expect them to slide and they do not fold flat. Long loads are a little difficult to accommodate as you cannot fold the front seat down and the dashboard is very deep, so the foot well cannot be used to accommodate the end of wood plank from the DIY store. There is a skinny spare tyre under the boot floor. The load carrying statistics are 354 litres with the seats up and 1,367 litres with them down.

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