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Kia Soul (2009)

by Barry Green,reviewed December 2009

Shaped and sized a little like a mini SUV, Kia’s Gen Y enticement – the Soul – has a (relatively) roomy interior to go with its extensive wardrobe of styling features and accessories.
A week each with two of three variants – Soul2 and top of range Soul3 – showed the 1.6-litre diesel example with five-speed, manual gearbox to be a better drive than is 1.6-litre, petrol, four-speed, auto sibling.

The former’s substantially better torque improves driveability appreciably, as well as fuel consumption. But perhaps that’s missing the point – maybe the target market might be more interested in making a style statement, in which case either Soul wouldn’t disappoint.
Kia Soul 2009


Roomy, individualism


Notchy gearchange, hard plastics

Key features

16” alloys; immobiliser; power windows and mirrors; MP3-compatible CD player; six speakers with power bass, auxiliary and USB inputs; airconditioning, choice of 11 exterior colours


Six airbags, ESC, TC, ABS, EBD, BA, active front headrests

Car Details

Vehicle make Kia
Vehicle model Soul
Vehicle type Small Under $35,000
Year 2009
Price when new $26,690 (Soul2 diesel manual) MLP
Current price range $ - $

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Engine 1.6-litre, 4-cyl., 16-valve, diesel

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.