Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - GUIDE -

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.

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