2015 KIA SOUL 1.6CRDi STREET
Is the Kia Soul a crossover, or is it simply a compact hatch? It could be argued either way, but there is no denying that it is an excellent vehicle overall. The Soul has modern and funky styling, is surprisingly spacious, and is fun to drive, too. You can buy the Soul with a 1.6-litre or a 2.0-litre petrol powerplant, but these aren’t the engines to opt for. Fuel consumption is quite high (more than 9.0 litres per 100km), and while performance figures are respectable, these engines don’t feel terribly happy when pushed. Instead, you should opt for the 1.6 CRDi oilburner, which delivers 94kW of power and 260Nm of power, all while using only 6.3 litres of fuel per 100km. This particular example is a well-specced 1.6 CRDi Street model with a full service history from the franchise and only 18 500km on the clock. At R219 800, the Soul is not the cheapest option, nor is it the most frugal, but few vehicles in the segment can beat it as a package.
THE GOOD: Practical. Nice styling.
THE BAD: Pricey.