Novelty and value
1The arrived Kia price second-generationin has Australian sharpened the Soul showroomsabout $28,990in 2014 drive-away,priced from putting it largely out of reach of the younger buyers it’s aimed at. But late last year, Kia trimmed the price to a more reasonable $24,990 drive-away. That’s a lot of car for the money but still not as sharp as when it limboed closer to $20,000 in the previous generation. That’s the price of progress.
2airbags, sensors,flick key),It’s The fullyrear remoteSoul airconditioningview loaded comes entry camera with (with andsix anda an factory-backed industry-leading warranty. seven-yearThe only blots on an otherwise impressive equipment list are: no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, no digital speedo and the driver’s power window is auto down only (most new cars have auto up as well). Most Kias have full-size spares but not this one — there’s a skinny space-saver.
3Quality has improved The price is higher than the previous model’s discount days but the quality has stepped up a notch. The seat cushioning and fabrics feel durable, and the presentation of the instruments is clear and classy. The doors close with a reassuring “thwack”.
4Soul heart comfortableis It As racing.not drivesa city meantand Instead, runabout,OK safe.to getit The feelsthe the powervague at steering freeway can speedsfeel a but touch most of the time the Soul feels secure on the road. The brake pedal travel is a touch too long for my liking but I soon got used to it. The 2.0-litre petrol engine is not super frugal but nor is it a gas guzzler. It’s perky enough, without making a racket.
5I love the look “Box cars” are still a relative novelty in Australia. I have no idea why. Their roomy layout is much more practical than regular hatchbacks and they look cool. Kia has blacked out the roof on certain colour combinations with the recent price adjustment, to give it a touch more flair. Consider a Soul if you want a roomy small car that stands out from the crowd. Just don’t pay $1 more than the $24,990 drive-away price. Metallic adds $550. You may be able to haggle on this.