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The Kia Soul turbo is some­thing of a ‘‘nearly’’ car.

It’s nearly pow­er­ful and fast enough to have real warm-hatch char­ac­ter, but it’s not quite there. It’s nearly hi-tech enough to be a halo model for Kia, but it’s not quite there. The de­sign and spec­i­fi­ca­tion are nearly spe­cial enough to make it a genre-buster, but . . . well, you get it.

What the Soul turbo does of­fer is out­stand­ing value for money and pretty de­cent bang for your buck. At $37,990 the turbo is just $2000 more than the Soul Lim­ited 2.0-litre, yet it serves up di­rect­in­jec­tion tech­nol­ogy (GDI in Ki­as­peak), an ex­tra 38kw/73nm and re­places the main­stream model’s con­ven­tional six-speed au­to­matic gear­box with a new seven-speed au­to­mated dual-clutch shifter.

Or put it this way: it’s the

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