Kia Soul 2 Review (2009)

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Kia Soul Review

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Although the Kia Soul has not been tested by EuroNCAP, a computer simulated crash test has shown that the Kia Soul is capable of achieving a five-star EuroNCAP rating.

Safety and Security

Although the Kia Soul has not been tested by EuroNCAP, a computer simulated crash test has shown that the Kia Soul is capable of achieving a five-star EuroNCAP rating.

It is good to see that electronic stability programme (ESP) is standard across the range - ESP intervenes to prevent skids by braking one or more wheels, reducing engine power or both if sensors detect the car may be about to go out of control.

There are six airbags with a passenger airbag cut-off switch are fitted to all versions of the Kia Soul. Anti-whiplash active front headrests are also standard and both front seats have seat-belt pre-tensioners. Chimes warn if the belts are not fastened on occupied seats and the rear has two ISOFIX rear child-seat mounting points with top tether - our Bebe Confort child seat fitted securely into the rear.

Comfort and Refinement

The Kia Soul 2 is fairly well equipped; you get 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, all round electric windows, front fog lamps and Black 'Soul Shine' cloth upholstery as standard.

If you do not think your Kia Soul is personalised then you can add a number of packs - the chrome pack, style pack and dragon pack, plus you can add strips.

For example the style pack includes wheel arch extensions, side sill cappings and a rear tailgate spoiler fitted for £1000.

Infotainment

Our Kia Soul 2 was fitted with a six-speaker integral RDS radio with CD player, MP3 compatibility and USB and AUX with steering wheel remote control. Being a Soul 2 it also included an iPod cable which allows you to control your iPod from the Kia Soul's head unit. We found it a little too tricky to control our iPod and it did not want to easily step through tracks and playlists, maybe it was just'us' but it is far better than just a 3.5mm auxiliary socket and it does charge your iPod.

Audio wise it is perfectly acceptable for a standard fit system.

The Kia Soul Samba and Burner have an upgraded 315-watt sound system which comes complete with a dash-top mounted centre speaker, external power amplifier, a boot-mounted sub-woofer and controllable mood lighting within the front door speakers. These lights can be set up to give static light, auto dimming and brightening at two-second intervals or to pulse in time with the chosen music. They can also be switched off, while the level of LED brightness is adjustable.

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Kia Soul Road Test Data
Model ReviewedKia Soul 2
  
Body TypeHatchback
ColourCocktail Orange - Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph11 seconds
Top Speed 110 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban35.8 mpg
Extra Urban49.6 mpg
Combined43.5 mpg
  
Insurance Group5
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty5 years / Unlimited miles
Price (when tested on the 06/07/09) £11,495

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