New Kia Soul continues purchase, priced from £12,600

The brand new Kia Soul went on purchase, priced from £12,600. The 2nd-generation compact crossover, which shares its underpinnings using the Cee’d hatchback, includes two engines and five trim levels at launch.

Kia states the styling from the new Soul draws heavily around the Track’ster concept vehicle, revealed in the Chicago motor show 2 yrs ago. Styling elements incorporate a new central trapezoidal air intake, low-mounted front fog lights and Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille.

The brand new Soul is longer, lower and wider compared to old model, which Kia states has improved the car’s functionality. The Soul includes 354 litres of boot space using its rear seats upright, rising to 1367 litres together folded away.

The leading-wheel-drive Soul includes whether 1.6-litre direct-injection gas with 130bhp and 119lb foot of torque, with CO2 emissions of 158g/km and economy of 41.5mpg or perhaps a 1.6-litre turbodiesel with 126bhp and 192lb foot, with CO2 emissions of 132g/km and economy as high as 56.5mpg.

Gas versions from the Soul can achieve 60mph in 10.6 seconds and also have a top speed of 115mph, while diesels drop to 10.8 seconds and 112mph correspondingly. Diesel versions fitted using the optional 6-speed automatic transmission, though, are slower, reaching 60mph in 11.8 seconds having a top speed of 110mph. Kia states it’s improved the Soul’s quality of ride with new suspension shrubbery and new geometry, in addition to a stiffer chassis.

Five trim levels dubbed Start, Connect, Connect Plus, Mixx and Maxx is going to be obtainable in the United kingdom. Entry-level models include DAB radio, variable power steering, 16-inch steel wheels, colored bumpers, keyless entry, ac, and USB and auxiliary audio connections.

Connect specs adds part-leather trim, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, a reversing camera as well as an armrest. Connect Plus models, meanwhile, have an improved seem system and integrated sat nav.

Greater-spec Soul Mixx models get bigger 18-inch alloy wheels, new exterior trim, Brought lighting and heated front seats, while top-spec Maxx trim adds 18-inch alloys, leather trim, front and back parking sensors along with a breathtaking sunroof.

Prices for that new Soul start at £12,600 to have an entry-level model, rising to £14,800 for any diesel model and as much as £21,550 for any top-spec version. A completely-electric Soul EV version may also be offered at the finish of the year.

Kia intends to make the most of the booming crossover market, citing sales of 380,000 units in The European Union this past year. By 2015, the Korean manufacturer expects that figure to increase to 600,000. The United kingdom has many to experience, with more than one fourth of current crossover sales originating from the united states. Around 5000 units from the new Soul will probably understand to United kingdom showrooms.


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