2015 Kia Soul | new car review

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 by
2015 Kia Soul
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  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good
AEDAED 54,900 - 74,900
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 75%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

Having paid a visit to the cosmetic surgeon, the 2015 Soul benefits from upgrades both inside and out.

Pros

* There aren't too many options for people who want something quite as funky as the Soul.
* Extremely affordable for all that the overgrown Korean packs in.

Cons

* Maximum number of airbags in even the top of the line variant, is a measly two!

Looks

The Kia Soul is the brainchild of Mike Torpey and since its unveiling in 2008, it has always stood out due to its outrageous design. The 2015 model receives a minor makeover and the results are quite pleasing. With a new set of eyes that wrap around the sides, eyebrows composed of LED’s, a reworked and slimmer upper grille and a protruding lower mesh grille, the Soul no longer looks revolting – from the front at least. With brake lights that resemble watermelon slices and a hideous black line dividing the boot horizontally, the rear end is still questionable.

2015 Kia Soul front

Feels

The Soul no longer flaunts an interior that is colour coded to the exterior, and that means it can finally be taken a little more seriously. The 2015 Soul welcomes more conservative styling with piano black trim, a neat multimedia screen, and an overload of buttons on the steering wheel. Due to the sloping roof line, head room is slightly compromised in the rear seats, but seating up to 5 people is something the Soul handles rather well.

2015 Kia Soul interior

Engineering

The overgrown Korean hatchback is equipped with Hill-start Assist Control that sustains the brakes for two seconds during the brake-to-accelerator transition to prevent roll-back and slipping when on a steep slope.

2015 Kia Soul side

What’s on offer?

The Kia Soul is available in two flavours. The 1.6 litre engine puts out 122 horsepower and 157 Nm of torque, while being mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. The slightly more exciting 2.0 litre engine found in the top of the line Soul is good for 152 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque, while being mated to the aforementioned 6 speed transmission.

2015 Kia Soul top

Summing it…

With a price tag ranging from AED 54,900 – AED 74,900, the 2015 Kia Soul is likely to be a hit with the younger generation. For those looking for a funky way to navigate the urban landscape, there aren’t many other options out there, apart from the Kia Soul that look quite as cool.

2015 Kia Soul rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Kia Soul 1.6L2015 Kia Soul 2.0L
Engine/ Cylinders1.6 litre / 4 cyl2.0 litre / 4 cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
122 hp @ 6,300 RPM152 hp @ 6,200 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
157 Nm @ 4,850 RPM200 Nm @ 4,700 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic6 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h12.5 secs10.2 secs
Top speed177 km/h186 km/h
PriceAED 54,900 - 73,900AED 68,000 - 74,900

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