Kia Soul gets re-energised
Kia’s breakthrough Soul has lifted the bar yet again with the arrival of a refreshed and re-energised range for 2012. At the heart of the new model range is the all-new 2.0-litre MPI petrol engine from the Nu family of fourcylinder engines. The new Nu brings a sparkling 122kw and 200Nm to the table and takes to three the engine choices for the 2012 Soul range.
The 2.0-litre Nu joins the carryover 1.6-litre 4-cylinder Gamma petrol engine which benefits from the addition of dual CVVT for an additional 4kw of power, now 95kw and 157Nm. The third engine in the range is the proven 1.6-litre CRDI diesel with 94kw and 260Nm.
Both the 1.6 petrol and diesel engines are available coupled to six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes replacing the five-speed manual and four-speed automatics from the superceded model. The 2.0 petrol engine comes standard with the six-speed automatic.
Soul is available in two trim levels, the Soul with 1.6-litre MPI petrol engine, 37 cm steel wheels, 195/65 R15 rubber, six airbags, MDPS steering with rake and reach adjustable wheel, stability control with vehicle stability management and Hillstart Assist Control, six-function trip computer, six-speaker audio, seatbelt reminders, streaming Bluetooth and keyless entry with folding key.
The Soul+ gains the 2.0-litre petrol engine or 1.6-diesel over the entry-level model as well as 45 cm alloys 225/45 R18 rubber, front fog lamps, luggage cover, roof rails and driver’s seat height adjustment.