More stylish than ever
We took a groundbreaking design and refined it, inside and out. The Kia Soul has stunning SUV like styling and is packed with the latest technology.
(2014) Kia Soul EX 1.6 (5dr 5 seat SUV)
All-new Kia Soul has arrives in NZ late March 2014, boosted by international praise & with a more attractive starting price. The 2nd generation Soul got off to a flying start after recently being awarded a coveted ‘iF Product Design Award’ in Europe for its bold style, inspired by the 2012 Kia Track’ster concept. The starting price is $500 below the previous model, at $29,990 plus on-road costs.
This includes higher equipment levels & for the 1st time, 3 years/or 45,000km free servicing, which is transferable to a subsequent owner during that period. Soul arguably kicked off the compact cross-over segment when it first appeared in 2008 & may well have been ahead of its time, but there is a lot more acceptance of compact SUVs now & the 2nd generation model has much going for it with a choice of 1.6L or 2.0L petrol engines, standard 6-speed automatic, increased passenger & cargo space, more luxuries (including heated & ventilated front seats) & improved road manners. All Soul models have new LED daytime running lights, a recognised hallmark of new Kia vehicles.
Built on an all-new platform (shared with the Cerato/Koup/Procee’d GT), the iconic all-new Soul design is instantly recognisable. The new Soul was created at Kia’s American Design Centre in California, headed by Tom Kearns, Chief Designer, Kia Motors America & overseen by Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer, Kia Motors Corporation. Exterior similarities between Track’ster & new Soul are easy to spot. The large trapezoidal lower air intake is nearly a direct carryover from the concept and the location of the fog lights, down low & pushed to the leading edges, mirror those on the Track’ster.
The ‘back-pack’ tailgate is another design cue lifted from the Track’ster. While none of the exterior body panels are carried over from the original Soul, the upright stance, squared shoulders, wraparound greenhouse, hi-mounted tail lights & theg ride height are all hallmark design elements from the 1st generation model. The new Kia Soul has subtly larger dimensions, being 20mm longer (4140mm), 15mm wider (1800mm), but drops 41mm (down to 1619mm), which makes it easier to get in & out of.
The new dimensions & the extended wheelbase (up 20mm to 2570mm) have improved the vehicle’s practicality, with more space for people & cargo, plus the tailgate opening is now 62mm wider (1005mm), providing easier access to the cargo bay. The new Soul is much stronger than before, with 66% ultra-high strength or high strength steel used in its structure, plus stronger connections along the cowl, upper & lower B-pillars & between the C-pillars. These measures result in a 29% increase in torsional rigidity, benefitting the steering, handling and ride, as well as refinement.
It’s also much quieter, thanks to detailed changes to the suspension & increased use of sound deadening materials & noise isolation technology. The Kia soul gains Flex Steer for the first time, offering three weighted steering modes & it’s standard on all models. The outgoing Soul was available with a 1.6L engine, but a 115kW 2.0L option has been added to the new range, for extra performance. Also, there are two levels of specification, in place of the single model. The EX, available only with the 1.6L engine, features A/C, cruise control, smart key & push-button start, power windows, remote locking with alarm, premium audio with Bluetooth connectivity, rear parking sensors & 17in alloy wheels for $29,990, plus on-road costs.
All models have a low pressure warning system in all tyres. The SX model gets premium upholstery, climate air control, chilled glovebox, power driver’s seat, heated & ventilated front seats, front & rear parking sensors with camera, privacy glass, supervision instrument cluster & 18in alloy wheels for $33,490 plus on-road costs with the 1.6L engine & $35,490 plus on road costs for the 2.0L engine. All Soul models are equipped with a suite of safety features, from electronic stability control & hill start assist, to multi-airbags, along with Kia’s acclaimed 5-year warranty programme that incorporates 24-hour roadside assistance & the all-new free servicing for 3 years or 45,000kms.
|Brakes||Front disc vented, 15in
Rear solid disc, 14in
|Entertainment & Communication||6-speaker audio system
Bluetooth handsfree mobile phone connectivity
AUX input with USB capability
4.3in LCD touch-screen
|Exterior||Door mirror's, heated & folding
Door mirror's with LED turn indicator lights
Body colour front & rear bumpers
Power adjustable door mirror's
|Interior||Steering wheel with leather trim
Gear shift with leather trim
Steering wheel mounted cruise control
Cloth interior trim
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Kia Active ECO mode function
Steering wheel, tilt/telescopic adjustable
Instrument cluster with LCD display
|Lighting||Projector beam headlights
Front fog lights
LED DRL's (daytime running lights)
LED rear tail lights
Auto Light Control with welcome/escort function
|Safety||EBD Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
BAS Brake Assist System
HAC Hill Start Assist Control
ABS Anti-lock Braking System
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Child safety rear door locks
Dual (front to rear) curtain airbags
Seatbelts front, 3-point ELR x2
Dual front airbags
Seatbelts rear, diagonal ELR x3
Active head restraints, front
ESP Electronic Stability Programme
Parking sensors, rear
Dual side airbags
|Engine Name||Kia Gamma MPI 1.6p|
|Engine Description||DOHC with CVVT, multi-point injection|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||54|
|Valves Per Cylinder||4|
|Transmission Type||Automatic with sequential Sportshift|
|Kerb Weight Min||1240|
|Kerb Weight Max||1392|
|Towing Capacity Braked||1100|
|Towing Capacity Unbraked||550|
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