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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”.