The new Soul is visually not that different from the model it replaces. The main styling elements, like its upright stance, squared shoulders, high-mounted tail lights and SUV ride height, have been retained. Think of it as a styling evolution, rather than a brand-new design. This time, however, customers will have the option of choosing the colour of the roof.
The biggest technical change for the new Soul is the adoption of an all-new platform, based on that of the latest Kia cee’d. Kia claims greatly improved ride and handling compared with the outgoing model, as well as more mature and refined on-road behaviour.
The new Soul is also bigger in every direction. Leg-, head- and shoulder room are increased for all passengers, while the cargo area is increased by 4% to 354 litres (plus additional under-floor storage) with the rear seats upright. Buyers will be able to choose between the latest versions of Kia’s 1.6-litre GDi petrol and CRDi diesel engines, as well as six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Both engines are carried over from the outgoing model and feature improved efficiency with lower emissions.
The all-new 2014 Kia Soul will go on sale across Europe early next year, while the South African released date is yet to be confirmed.