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Subtly enhanced Kia Soul priced


First unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September last year, Kia Motors South Africa has now released pricing details of its refreshed Soul range.

While mostly subtle, exterior differences consists of redesigned front and rear bumpers, revised headlights and grille, relocated LED daytime running lights, new rear fog-lamps and taillight clusters, metallic effect rear skidplate and a new alloy wheel design for the entry-level Start.

Interior changes are more minimal with the Start receiving unique cloth upholstery, while the mid-range Street and flagship Smart retain their black leather with contrasting stitching. New gloss black and metallic inserts complete the transformation.

Model-wise, the biggest highlight sees the availability of a diesel engine on the Start for the first time, with the 1.6-litre oil burner still producing 94 kW and 260 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual is the only gearbox offered with noteworthy standard items consisting of a six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth and USB, reverse camera, electric windows all around, heated electric mirrors, leather wrapped steering wheel, six airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX mounting points.

Elsewhere, the Start can also be have with a normally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine developing 91 kW and 152 Nm linked to either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto 'box, while the manual only Street can be specified with either the aforementioned diesel or a 2.0-litre petrol with 116 kW and 192 Nm.

At the top of the range, the Smart mirrors the Street in terms of engine choices, but with a bump in power and torque for the diesel from 94 kW to 100 kW, and from 260 Nm to 300 Nm respectively. A seven-speed dual-cutch gearbox is standard with the petrol offering a six-speed torque converter automatic only.

A five year / unlimited km warranty and four year / 90 000 km service plan are standard on all model.


Soul 1.6 Start R309 995
Soul 1.6 Start AT R322 995
Soul 1.6 CRDI Start R329 995
Soul 2.0 Street R347 995
Soul 1.6 CRDI Street R376 995
Soul 2.0 Smart AT R391 995
Soul 1.6 CRDI Smart DCT R431 995


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