Kia Soul Road Test (2014)

Kia Soul (Interior View) (2014)
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Kia Soul Review

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Since we first tested the 2009 Kia Soul, the world of funky motoring has changed...

Safety and Security

The second generation Kia Soul has yet to be tested by EuroNCAP and the first model scored a five star rating, adult occupant 87%, child occupant 86%, pedestrian 39% and safety assist 86%. We expect that the new model will exceed these results as it now features a new body shell that is 29 per cent stiffer than that of the previous model.

There are driver and passenger airbags and front side and curtain airbags that run the length of the cabin. The passenger airbag can be deactivated to accommodate a child seat should the need arise.

A seat-belt reminder alert is fitted to all five seats and both front seats have seat-belt pre-tensioners. There are all-round 3-point seatbelts with ISOFIX child seat top tethers and anchor fixings for outside rear seats.

There are also Anti-lock brakes (ABS) supported by Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS). The Soul also features Emergency Stop Signaling which pulses the high-level brake light to warn following drivers of emergency braking.

All new Kia Souls have Electronic Stability Control which helps prevent the risk of skidding and losing control on slippery road surfaces or when cornering too fast. The ESC system is backed up with Vehicle Stability Management, which recognises when the car is being driven on a surface where the grip on one side is less than that on the other.

The Soul features speed sensing drive away locking, door deadlocks and an engine immobiliser.It also includes Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) which prevents the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep uphill gradients. Brake pressure is maintained until the driver touches the accelerator.

Infotainment

The Soul Connect Plus is equipped with an 8” touch-screen with Satellite Navigation and European mapping, an 8-speaker Infinity sound system with external amplifier & sub-woofer plus a DAB tuner. You also get front speaker mood lights, which can be set to your colour preference and they pulse to the beat of the music.

The Satellite Navigation was very clear, it does allow for full post code entry but it did not seem to be able to find all post codes. We liked the fact that then when off digitized roads (we live down a track) you can see where you are in the UK, and it then zooms in when you are on a recognised road.

The sound was punchy and to the point, there is Bluetooth audio, AUX and USB connectivity but you do not get one of those ‘old fashioned’ CD players.  We like the iPod integration, which showed art work, track names, etc. It was easy to use and has the ability to play back DivX video from a memory card.

We would have preferred the USB and AUX connectivity ports to be hidden in the glove compartment or centre console box, as they are on display and it is a bit of a pain taking out your MP3 player every time you leave your car.

Rivals
  • Citroen C4 Cactus
  • Skoda Yeti
  • Nissan Juke
  • Renault Captur
What We Liked
  • Distinctive styling
  • Standard of finish
  • Equipment levels
  • Fun factor
  • Clear informatics screen and easy controls
What We Disliked
  • Overall driving dynamics
  • One shot down window only on driver’s side
  • Fine adjustment on the driver’s seat which is operated by a lever – a rotary dial offers fine control
  • Smallish boot
  • CO2 emissions
Conclusion

Since we first tested the 2009 Kia Soul, the world of funky motoring has changed and the Soul faces fierce competition from the likes of the new Citroen Cactus, Renault Captur and the excellent Skoda Yeti but one thing the Soul does well is entertain – it is a welcoming car and it feels a little special to live with – if only it was a little more dynamic to drive.

5 September 2014 Melanie Carter
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Kia Soul Road Test Data
Model ReviewedKia Soul Connect Plus 1.6 CRDi
  
Body Type5-door Hatchback
ColourInferno Red
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph10.8 Seconds
Top Speed 112 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)132 g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban46.3
Extra Urban64.2
Combined56.5
  
Insurance Group10
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty7 Years / 10,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 05/09/14)£17,500

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