All New Kia Soul Launches In UK: Starts From £12,600

Today, Kia has unveiled the second-generation Kia Soul for the UK market which comes with a host of improvements including a roomier cabin, revised styling, a new chassis and more standard features. Best of all, the pricing of the second generation Kia Soul starts from £12,600.

First things first, Kia has adopted a number of styling changes for the new Soul. The new model takes a number of elements from the Track’ster concept and hence becomes even more sportier. Proportion wise, the new Soul has a 20 mm longer wheelbase at 2,570 mm, a longer overall length of 1,140 mm, a 15 mm wider body at 1,800 mm, and a 10 mm lowered height at 1,600 mm. At the back of the new Soul is a 354 liter boot that can be enlarged to 994 liters with the rear seats folded down.

Since the new Soul is influenced from the Track’ster concept, the former borrows the front trapezoidal air intake, front foglights and signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille and a floating ‘backpack’ panel for the tailgate from the latter.

The interior too features a number of changes inline with what we saw on the Track’ster concept. The cabin now feels even more premium, thanks to the extensive use of quality materials on the center console, door panels and instrument panel. Other highlights include leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, black finish for the bezel used on the steering wheel, upper console cover and door armrests. Kia has also added front speaker mood lights and TFT instrument cluster on higher Soul models.

All-new Kia Soul (6)

Customers will be able to choose from a 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine and a 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine. The petrol engine puts out 130 hp and peak torque of 161 Nm while returning 41.5 mpg and emitting 158 g/km of CO2 per km. The same offers a top speed of 115 mph and a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 10.6 seconds. The diesel model produces 126 hp and peak torque of 260 Nm while emitting 132 g/km and returning 56.5 mpg. 0 to 60 mph sprint time comes in 10.8 seconds and the car can achieve a top speed of 112 mph. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic unit.

Additions made to the standard features list includes DAB radio, a tire pressure monitoring system and Flex Steer variable power-assisted steering.

The Soul will be available in four trim levels: Soul Connect, Soul Connect Plus, Soul Mixx and the range-topping Soul Maxx.

All New Kia Soul Technical Figures And Pricing

Pricing, Economy & Emissions MPG (Comb.) CO2 VED Ins. Group OTR
Start 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 41.5 158 G 9 £12,600
Connect 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 41.5 158 G 10 £14,800
Connect 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed manual 56.5 132 E 9 £16,400
Connect 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed auto 47.1 158 G 9 £17,900
Connect Plus 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 41.5 158 G 10 £15,900
Connect Plus 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed manual 56.5 132 E 10 £17,500
Connect Plus 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed auto 47.1 158 G 10 £19,000
Mixx 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 38.7 170 H 11 £18,150
Mixx 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed manual 56.5 132 E 10 £19,750
Mixx 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed auto 47.1 158 G 10 £21,250
Maxx 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 38.7 170 H 11 £19,950
Maxx 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed manual 56.5 132 E 11 £21,550
Performance  Power (bhp) Torque (Nm) 0-60 (sec) Top Speed (mph)
Start 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 130 161@6,300rpm 10.6 115
Connect 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 130 161@6,300rpm 10.6 115
Connect 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed manual 126 260@1,900-2,750rpm 10.8 112
Connect 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed auto 126 260@1,900-2,750rpm 11.7 110
Connect Plus 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 130 161@6,300rpm 10.6 115
Connect Plus 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed manual 126 260@1,900-2,750rpm 10.8 112
Connect Plus 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed auto 126 260@1,900-2,750rpm 11.7 110
Mixx 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 130 161@6,300rpm 10.6 115
Mixx 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed manual 126 260@1,900-2,750rpm 10.8 112
Mixx 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed auto 126 260@1,900-2,750rpm 11.7 110
Maxx 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 130 161@6,300rpm 10.6 115
Maxx 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed manual 126 260@1,900-2,750rpm 10.8 112
Dimensions & Weights L/W/H
(mm)
Wheelbase
(mm)
Max Kerb Weight
(min)
Boot vol.
VDA(Litres)
Start 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 4,140/1,800/1,593 2,570 1,446 (1,287) 354 (1,367)
Connect 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 4,140/1,800/1,600 2,570 1,446 (1,287) 354 (1,367)
Connect 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed manual 4,140/1,800/1,600 2,570 1,538 (1,383) 354 (1,367)
Connect 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed auto 4,140/1,800/1,600 2,570 1,557 (1,406) 354 (1,367)
Connect Plus 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 4,140/1,800/1,600 2,570 1,446 (1,287) 354 (1,367)
Connect Plus 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed manual 4,140/1,800/1,600 2,570 1,538 (1,383) 354 (1,367)
Connect Plus 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed auto 4,140/1,800/1,600 2,570 1,557 (1,406) 354 (1,367)
Mixx 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 4,140/1,831/1,606 2,570 1,446 (1,287) 354 (1,367)
Mixx 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed manual 4,140/1,831/1,606 2,570 1,538 (1,383) 354 (1,367)
Mixx 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed auto 4,140/1,831/1,606 2,570 1,557 (1,406) 354 (1,367)
Maxx 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual 4,140/1,831/1,606 2,570 1,446 (1,287) 354 (1,367)
Maxx 1.6 CRDi 126bhp 6-speed manual 4,140/1,831/1,606 2,570 1,538 (1,383) 354 (1,367)

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