Nov­elty and value 1 3

The Advertiser - Motoring - - FIVE THINGS -

The sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Soul ar­rived in Aus­tralian show­rooms in 2014 priced from about $28,990 drive-away, 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.

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”.

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