SOUL

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The 2017 Kia Soul

  • THE 2017 KIA SOUL

Short story 

  • Slimmed-down seven-model line-up with new trim grades
  • New Sport model caps range; other models now badged 1, 2 and 3
  • Urban Styling Pack becomes standard on grades 1, 2 and 3
  • Sport has unique look plus new 201bhp 1.6 T-GDi engine
  • Improved connectivity systems and a refreshed interior
  • Lower CO2 and fuel consumption with some models
  • Soul Sport introduces new advanced driver assistance systems 

Soul –, Kia's fresh, funky, bold and original small crossover – gains a whole lot more urban attitude with a package of styling, powertrain, connectivity and equipment revisions for the 2017 Model Year. 

Heading the range is a new Sport model powered by a 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection) engine driving through a seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) automatic transmission. With bespoke exterior and interior styling, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, larger brakes, the latest connectivity, navigation and multimedia systems and advanced driver assistance aids as part of an exclusive equipment package, the new Sport model captures the essence of what Soul is all about.   

There are new trim lines for other models in the range, now badged 1, 2 and 3 to bring them into line with every other car in the Kia portfolio. These models are powered by either a 130bhp 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine or a 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel.    

The model range has been trimmed to seven versions. There are new headlights, new wheels, refreshed interiors and additional equipment, including the full connectivity package in all but the entry-level grade. 

All versions of the Soul are front-wheel-drive five-door crossovers – Kia research has shown that while buyers desire the appearance, semi-elevated driving position and perceived safety advantages of a 4x4, they do not want the higher fuel consumption and taxation that four-wheel drive entails. 

Soul full: the new 201bhp Sport model

The 2017 Soul range is headed by the most powerful model in the car's eight-year history. The 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi engine from the cee'd GT range gives the Soul Sport the ability to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 7.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 122mph. Yet this hot hatch performance does not incur high running costs: combined fuel economy is almost 41mpg, while CO2 emissions are a highly respectable 156g/km.    

The engine drives through a 7-DCT seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox featuring Drive Mode Select. This allows the driver to choose between three operating parameters – Sport for greater performance, Eco to minimise fuel consumption and Normal. Switching is via a steering wheel-mounted button. 

Soul Sport has a bespoke appearance, with red highlights above the skid plate beneath the front bumper and along the sides, a rear bumper with diffuser section and twin exhaust tailpipes, xenon headlights and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels. It is available in Quartz Black, Titanium Silver and the new Wild Orange metallic paint finishes.

 The black leather interior features orange stitching on the seats, gearlever, armrest and the dedicated D-shaped steering wheel, which has a high-gloss black bezel. 

Soul Sport uniquely comes with Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist systems, and has the full connectivity package of Kia Conected Services with TomTom and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. This is also fitted to grades 2 and 3.   

A simplified range with new trim grades and a more exciting look

The 2017 Soul range falls into line with other Kia models in offering trim grades badged 1, 2 and 3. This has the effect of reducing the total number of variants from 14 to seven, simplifying the choice for buyers. Grade 1 is powered by the 1.6 GDi engine, grade 2 offers the GDi and 1.6 CRDi engines – the latter with manual or 7-DCT transmission – while grade 3 is powered solely by the diesel in manual and 7-DCT guise. Fuel economy is up to 58.8mpg, while emissions with the diesel are as low as 127g/km. 

All three mainstream trim grades incorporate a new look featuring the former Urban Styling Pack which is now offered as standard – but even this has been revised and improved. As a result, there is a cohesive range appearance from grade 1 all the way to the new Sport. 

The addition of the Urban Styling Pack brings a new lower front grille and foglights section with bright silver trims around the foglamps, which is echoed on the side sill trim, replacing the former chrome garnish. Roof rails are now standard and there are new 16-inch (grade 1), 17-inch (grade 2) and 18-inch (grade 3) alloy wheels. Multi-focus reflector headlamps continue to feature on grade 1, while grades 2 and 3 have new projection headlamps with black interior bezels.

 Grades 1 and 2 have black cloth seats with grey stitching and headlining, while in grade 3 the upholstery is black leather with grey stitching and headlining.       

Styling changes reinforce links to Track'ster concept

The Soul is heavily based on the Kia Track'ster concept from the 2012 Chicago Auto Show – same upright stance, square shoulders and distinctive bumper flares – and the latest styling revisions reinforce that visual link. It is evident in the large trapezoidal lower air intake at the front, the location of the front foglights – low and pushed to the outer edges – the shaping of Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille and the floating body-colour ‘backpack’ panel set into the tailgate. 

Further evidence is to be found in the wraparound greenhouse – with privacy and solar glass on grades 2 and above – and the high-mounted stacked tail lamps. A great deal of effort has gone into giving the car a premium look and feel to go with its inherent sportiness, through detailing like the LED indicators in the mirror housings of some models, the headlights with LED daytime running lamps and LED rear lamps from grade 2 and chromed exterior door handles on grades 3 and Sport. 

At just 4,140mm long, the Soul is compact enough to nip through city traffic and tuck into tight urban parking spaces, and with a height from just 1,593mm it appears squat, sporty and purposeful. Yet it provides generous passenger and luggage space with a low hip point, making it easier to get in and out, and windscreen pillars pulled away from the front occupants to improve visibility. There are benefits for practicality, too: the tailgate opening is wide and provides access to a boot of 354 litres with the rear seats upright, or 1,994 with them flat. 

Themes from the Track’ster concept car are also to be found in the interior, especially in its use of circular patterns. The ideas were inspired by the ripples which spread outwards when drops of water land on the still surface of a pond.

 The design team put a lot of effort into instilling a premium look and feel to the interior. This has been achieved through the choice of materials, the soft-touch facings on the instrument panel, centre console and door panels, the leather-covered steering wheel rim and gearlever knob on all but Soul 1 and the high-gloss black finishings on the fascia panel from grade 2. In Soul 3 and Soul Sport there are front speaker mood lights plus a TFT supervision cluster and leather upholstery. 

Occupants will also find the cabin is quiet thanks to liberal use of expansion foam in the body cavities. A reinforced isolation pad in the cargo area and polyurethane-layered carpet also contribute to the low levels of interior noise. 

Direct injection boosts driveability and efficiency

All three engines are direct-injection units which spray a fine mist of fuel directly into the cylinders through a high-pressure injection system. This ensures the engine uses only as much fuel as it needs for the load being put on it. The result is highly efficient combustion with excellent performance. Direct injection, with turbocharging in the case of the U2 diesel engine and the T-GDi, also helps to boost low-speed response and driveability.

The 1.6-litre CRDi engine was designed and engineered at Kia's European Technical Centre at Russelsheim, just outside Frankfurt, and is made at the company’s manufacturing facility at Žilina, in Slovakia.  It develops 134bhp and 260Nm of torque, and 300Nm with the 7-DCT transmission. Acceleration from 0-60mph is achieved in 10.8 seconds with the six-speed manual gearbox, while the top speed is 112mph. The figures with the seven-speed DCT gearbox are 10.7 seconds and 113mph. 

Manual versions have combined fuel consumption of 58.8mpg with CO2 emissions lowered to 127g/km, while the figures for the DCT have been improved to 56.5mpg and 130g/km. 

Kia's 1.6-litre GDi (Gasoline Direct injection) Gamma petrol engine develops 130bhp at 6,300rpm and 161Nm of torque at 4,850rpm. The GDi-engined Soul accelerates from 0-60mph in 10.6 seconds and has a top speed of 115mph. Average fuel consumption has been improved to 43.5mpg, with CO2 emissions now down to 152g/m. 

And now the Soul range offers the excitement of a 201bhp T-GDi  engine in the Sport model. It develops its 201bhp at 6,000rpm, but what really gives the Sport its instantaneous response and rapid acceleration is the 265Nm of torque available without interruption from only 1,500rpm to 4,500rpm. 

The Sport may be the performance model of the Soul range, but it also contributes towards Kia’s goal of improving fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions thanks to its small 1.6-litre capacity, direct injection and exhaust-driven turbocharging. The combined fuel consumption is 40.9mpg, while CO2 emissions are 156g/km. 

The Soul continues to use Kia’s Motor Driven Power Steering system with Flex Steer, the variable-assistance function which allows drivers to adjust the degree of assistance provided according to preference and where the car is being driven. It is standared except on Soul Sport. For parking or manoeuvring in narrow town streets the Comfort setting offers increased assistance, while for highway driving at speed the Sport mode reduces the amount of assistance to maximise feedback and stability. There is also a Normal setting that is suited to most everyday driving conditions. 

More equipment, more technology

The 2017 Soul offers full connectivity with upgraded navigation and multimedia services on grades 2 and above. Kia Connected Services with TomTom is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay once the system has been paired with a smartphone. There is a 7-inch or 8-inch display and 3D maps with SD upgrades 

Kia Connected Services with TomTom allows the driver to make phone calls, send and receive text messages and access music apps or audio books using Google Now or Siri voice commands, minimising distraction on the move. On grades 3 and Sport the multimedia system includes a JBL sound system with external amplifier and subwoofer. There is a 5-inch screen linked to a multimedia system including Bluetooth and a DAB radio in Soul 1.

 Standard features include USB and AUX ports, Flex Steer variable power-assisted steering and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) with manual transmission. Also fitted to every model are body-colour bumpers, door handles and side mirror casings, a high-gloss black grille with chrome surround, keyless entry, air conditioning, all-round electric windows, electrically adjustable door mirrors, steering wheel-mounted controls, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, a luggage area cover, hooks and light, a trip computer and the refreshed Urban Styling Pack (from grades 1 to 3) with roof rails. 

Grade 2 adds a 7-inch screen linked to Kia Connected Services with TomTom and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 17-inch instead of 16-inch alloy wheels, heated door mirrors with high-gloss black casings, automatic light control, high-gloss black interior trim details and satin chrome interior door handles, a leather-covered steering wheel and gearshifter, cruise control with a speed limiter, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, projection headlamps, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and automatic air conditioning. 

Grade 3 supplements this with 18-inch alloys, chrome exterior door handles, front and rear parking sensors, a cooled glovebox, leather seats (front two heated), a luggage underfloor tray and boot power outlet, a portable LED luggage light, a TFT supervision cluster, an engine start/stop button, aeroblade windscreen wipers, mood lighting around the front door speakers, the JBL eight-speaker audio system, an 8-inch navigation screen and rain-sensing front wipers.  

 Finally, the unique specification of the Sport model introduces 18-inch alloy wheels and larger (320mm) front disc brakes, a twin exhaust system, an electric tilting and sliding sunroof, LED front foglights, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist, red exterior embellishments, orange interior stitching, heated outer rear seats, 10-way driver's seat adjustment and eight-way passenger seat adjustment and a heated D-shaped steering wheel. 

Warranty and Servicing

In common with all Kias, the Soul has a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty covering all labour and parts except those subject to normal wear and tear. The warranty is transferable if the car is sold before the time/mileage limit expires.

 UK Soul line-up:

 

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Comb. mpg

CO2 g/km

Soul 1 1.6 GDi

130

161

10.6

115

43.5

152

Soul 2 1.6 GDi

130

161

10.6

115

43.5

152

Soul 2 1.6 CRDi

134

260

10.8

112

58.8

127

Soul 2 1.6 CRDi 7-DCT

134

300

10.7

113

58.8

127

Soul 3 1.6 CRDi

134

260

10.8

112

56.5

130

Soul 3 1.6 CRDi 7-DCT

134

300

10.7

113

56.5

130

Soul Sport 1.6 T-GDi

201

265

7.5

122

40.9

156

 

Ends

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2.         WALK-AROUND                                                                                                      

A quick guide to the 2017 Soul

Exterior

  • Former Urban Styling Pack becomes standard on all models (expect Sport)
  • Exclusive styling for all-new Sport model
  • New headlamps: multi-focus reflector on grade 1, projection with black bezels on grades 2 and 3 and Xenon on Sport
  • New 16-inch, 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels
  • New Wild Orange metallic paint option
  • Design cues taken from Track’ster concept car of 2012
  • Five-door, five-seat, front-wheel drive compact urban crossover
  • Premium look through LED indicators in mirror housings, LED daytime running lamps, LED rear lamps and chromed exterior door handles (depending on version)

 

Interior

  • New seat trims – black cloth on grades 1 and 2, black leather with grey stitiching on grade 3 and black leather with orange stitching on Sport
  • D-shaped leather steering wheel with orange stitching on Sport
  • 10-way power driver's seat and 8-way power passenger's seat in Sport
  • Three-setting Drive Mode Select with 7-DCT gearbox, giving choice of Normal, Eco or Sport settings
  • Spacious interior for five within compact overall dimensions
  • Minimum boot capacity 354 litres (all seats upright), rising to 1,994 litres in two-seat mode
  • Stiff body shell enhances safety, handling and refinement
  • Slim A-pillars  pulled away from driver to improve visibility
  • Expansion foam in body cavities, insulation pad in cargo area and polyurethane-layered carpet boost refinement
  • Low step-in and hip points for easier access and sportier driving position
  • Premium look and feel through choice of materials and soft-touch facings
  • DAB radio as standard
  • Eight-speaker JBL audio with external amplifier and subwoofer in grades 3 and Sport
  • Kia Connected Services with TomTom from grade 2 upwards. Supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist standard in Sport

 

Technical

  • New Sport model powered by 201bhp T-GDi engine driving through seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) auto gearbox
  • Improved economy and emissions of 56.5mpg and 130g/km for the 7-DCT diesel, and 43.5mpg and 152g/km for the GDi versions
  • Platform based on that of the Kia cee’d
  • Triple-mode Flex Steer standard with manual transmission

 

3    THE DESIGN STORY                                                                                        

      Urban Styling Pack now standard plus a new bespoke Sport model 

In 2008 the original Soul launched Kia on a new design-led strategy to which the entire model range now conforms. Kias are now lauded throughout the industry for their crisp, clean lines, precision fit and finish and the quality of materials and workmanship. They have a clear family look without the ‘small, medium and large’ sameness found with some brands. 

The Soul started all that. Fresh, funky, original and bold, it demonstrated that Kia could design and engineer cars which were out of the ordinary, without losing its focus on practicality and value for money. The Soul went on to become the top seller in its segment in America and China and created the compact SUV crossover sector in its homeland, Korea. 

Since then the compact SUV crossover sector has grown hugely in importance, and is set to become even more significant. Many buyers are downsizing from larger, less fuel-efficient SUVs. Others are trading up from conventional compact cars. And all say they want a car that stands out from the crowd: an urban crossover SUV that does not have the fuel consumption, emissions, taxation, cost and weight disadvantages of a typical SUV. It is against that background that Kia designers began work on the second-generation Soul. 

They had the ideal point from which to start with the Track’ster concept from the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Kia is renowned for turning the design cues of its concept cars into production reality, and the new Soul design team, led by Tom Kearns, Chief Designer at the company’s California studios, adopted as many elements of the Track’ster concept as is feasible for a production car. The result was a sportier, tougher-looking Soul which maintained what Kearns calls the “bulldog” proportions of the Track’ster, but also with a much more premium look. 

Exterior

Those links to the Track'ster are reinforced by the changes to the 2017 model, which now adopts as standard a refreshed version of the Urban Styling Pack that was previously an option. And there's more. Topping the new range is the Soul Sport with an even more sportily aggressive look to live up to the promise of its 201bhp T-GDi engine. 

The changes put the Soul at the heart of the growing small SUV market. The revised Urban Styling Pack introduces a newly designed lower front grille incorporating foglights with silver trims on grades 1 to 3. The bumpers and radiator grille are in high-gloss black, while the silver trim around the foglights is echoed in the underscore line on the side sills, replacing the former chrome accents. Grade 1 has multi-focus reflector front lamps, while grades 2 and 3 have new projection light units, now with a black bezel. 

There are also new rear bumpers which, like those at the front, have a bright silver underscore line with gives the impression of a skid plate. There are new 16-inch (grade 1), 17-inch (grade 2) or 18-inch (grade 3) alloy wheels, and bright silver roof rails become standard. 

The Soul Sport has a unique front bumper with a skid plate, red trim stripe and unique foglights. The red stripe is continued along the side sills. There are new-style xenon front headlamp units. The rear bumper design is also unique to the Soul Sport and includes a diffuser section, twin exhaust tailpipes the reflector units.  The Soul Sport has dedicated 18-inch alloy wheels.  

These changes serve to emphasise even more strongly the link to the Track’ster concept. The large trapezoidal lower front air intake is almost a direct carry-over from the concept car, while the location of the front foglights – low and pushed to the outer edges – mirror those on the Track’ster. Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille is also close in style to that on the Track’ster. Then there is the wraparound greenhouse – with privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate from grade 2 – and high-mounted stacked tail lamps The floating body-colour ‘backpack’ panel set into the tailgate also originated with the Track’ster.

 

The designers are especially proud of the pronounced ‘backpack’ shape of the tailgate, with its seamlessly integrated tail lamp units. Along with the reclined roof and sturdy C-pillars, these help to give the Soul a tough, robust appearance. It was an extremely challenging part of the car to get right, but well worth the long hours of effort. 

 

A great deal of effort went into giving the car a premium look through detailing like the LED daytime running lamps and LED rear lamps from grade 2 and the chromed exterior door handles on the Soul 3 and Soul Sport.

 

The Soul's platform is based on that of the Kia cee’d. With an upright stance and square shoulders, the Soul delivers outstanding passenger and luggage space despite being just 4,140mm long. There is a wide stance – overall width is 1,800mm – while the height of 1,593mm to 1,606mm, depending on wheel and tyre choice, makes the car appear squat, sporty and purposeful. There are benefits for practicality, too: the tailgate opening is wide and gives access to a boot which provides 354 litres of cargo space with the rear seats upright, plus additional storage space beneath the floor. The maximum luggage capacity is 994 litres. 

Thanks to the use of ultra-high-strength or high-strength steel for two-thirds of the body, the A-pillars are unusually slim for better forward visibility, without affecting torsional rigidity adversely. 

Interior

Themes from the Track’ster concept car are also to be found in the interior. Tom Kearns and his California design team deliberately played up the circular patterns which were used so emphatically in the Track’ster. The ideas were inspired by the ripples which spread outwards when drops of water land on the still surface of a pond. 

The expressive circular theme is seen in Kia’s familiar deeply recessed instrument gauges, but is also to be found on the sculpted door panels which house the power window switches and locks. The centre console features a round gear lever in manual models and, on Soul 3 and Soul Sport, an engine stop/start button. 

The front door-mounted speakers and high-mounted “floating’ tweeters – with red mood lighting utilising LED technology to create a ripple effect on Soul 3 and Soul Sport – maintain the circular patterns found throughout the cabin. The steering wheel-mounted audio controls are located in Soul-exclusive circular groupings along the lower spokes. The outer air vents sit on the top of the fascia and incorporate the defrosters and audio tweeters in one stylish unit, emphasising that music is once again one of the core characteristics of the Soul.  

Soul 1 and Soul 2 have a six-speaker audio system, while for Soul 3 and Soul Sport this is upgraded to an eight-speaker JBL premium sound system with external amplifier and subwoofer. A DAB radio is standard. From Soul 2 upwards there is now full connectivity via a 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen. This provides access to Kia Conected Services with TomTom after being paired with a smartphone via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and includes navigation and a reversing camera. A 5-inch screen incorporating Bluetooth features on Soul 1.

With an increasing number of Soul buyers now relying on smartphones or MP3 players for their in-car music, Kia decided to fit a DAB Radio with USB and AUX ports. 

The design team put a lot of effort into instilling a more premium look and feel to the interior through the choice of materials and the amount of storage space. There are soft-touch facings on the instrument panel, centre console and door panels; the steering wheel rim and gearlever knob are leather-covered in all but the Soul 1; high-gloss black finishings adorn the fascia panel on Soul 2 upwards; the front speakers on Soul 3 and Soul Sport have mood lights; and both have a TFT supervision cluster and full leather trim. 

Soul 1 and 2 have black woven cloth upholstery with grey stitching and headlining, Soul 3 has black leather upholstery with grey stitching and upholstery and there is an exclusive black leather interior with orange stitching for Soul Sport. This range-topping model also has a D-shaped steering wheel with orange stitching, 10-way power driver's seat adjustment and 8-way power passenger's seat adjustment.   

 

4          RANGE FINDER                                                                                    

 New trim designations capped by the exciting Sport grade

The arrival of the 2017 Soul with the range-topping Sport version has given Kia an opportunity to rebadge other models to bring them into line with the rest of the portfolio. There are now just four trim versions of Soul, badged 1, 2, 3 and Sport.

The major addition to standard equipment is the new connectivity system from grade 2 upwards, with its enlarged 7-inch or 8-inch navigation and multimedia touchscreens. The 7-inch screen is fitted to grade 2, while grades 3 and Sport have the 8-inch screen.

Kia Connected Services with TomTom provides 3D maps with SD upgrades and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Once the system is paired with a smartphone that is internet-enabled and has hotspot turned on, drivers are able to access live information streaming beyond that provided by the navigation system thanks to TMC (Traffic Messaging Channel). Hands-free phone calls, messaging, music apps and audio books can be dialled up via Siri or Google Now voice commands, and the system is able to deliver live traffic updates, speed camera locations, weather reports and even local point of interest information.

Standard features include a DAB radio with Bluetooth and USB and AUX ports, Flex Steer variable power-assisted steering (except DCT) and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Also fitted to every model are body-colour bumpers, door handles and side mirror casings, a high-gloss black grille with chrome surround, keyless entry, air conditioning, all-round electric windows, electrically adjustable door mirrors, steering wheel-mounted controls, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, a luggage area cover, hooks and light, a trip computer and the refreshed Urban Styling Pack (not on Sport) with roof rails.

Grade 2 adds 17-inch instead of 16-inch alloy wheels, heated door mirrors with high-gloss black casings, automatic light control, high-gloss black interior trim details and satin chrome interior door handles, a leather-covered steering wheel and gearshifter, cruise control with a speed limiter, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, projection headlamps, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and automatic air conditioning.

Grade 3 supplements this with 18-inch alloys, chrome exterior door handles, front and rear parking sensors, a cooled glovebox, leather seats (front two heated), a luggage underfloor tray and boot power outlet, a portable LED luggage light, a TFT supervision cluster, an engine start/stop button, aeroblade windscreen wipers, mood lighting around the front door speakers, the JBL eight-speaker audio system, an 8-inch navigation screen and rain-sensing front wipers.  

Finally, the unique specification of the Sport model introduces 18-inch alloy wheels and larger (320mm) front disc brakes, a twin exhaust system, an electric tilting and sliding sunroof, LED front foglights, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist, red exterior embellishments, orange interior stitching, heated outer rear seats, 10-way driver's seat adjustment and eight-way passenger seat adjustment and a heated D-shaped steering wheel.

 

Range

'1'

'2'

'3'

'Sport'

EXTERIOR FEATURES & LIGHTING

 

 

 

 

16" Alloy wheels (205/60R)

-

-

-

17" Alloy wheels (215/55R)

-

-

-

18" Alloy wheels E Type (235/45R)

-

-

-

18" Alloy wheels F type (235/45R)

-

-

-

Black High Gloss & Chrome Radiator Grille

S

S

S

S

Body Coloured Door Handles

-

-

Chrome Door Handles

-

-

Body Coloured Door Mirrors with Matt Black Lower Housing

-

Body Coloured Door Mirrors with High-Gloss Black Lower Housing

-

-

-

Roof Coloured Door Mirrors

-

Only with two-tone paint

Only with two-tone paint

-

Black High Gloss Bumpers

-

Black High Gloss Bumpers with Red Line (front) & Silver Skid Plates (front & rear)

-

-

-

Twin exhaust system

-

-

-

Urban Styling Pack (in black high gloss with silver trim)

-

Black Side Sills

-

Black Side Sills with Red Line

-

-

-

Black High Gloss A Pillars

S

S

S

S

Tinted Glass

S

S

S

S

Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

-

Panoramic Sunroof power tilting and sliding

-

-

-

Multi Focus Reflector Headlights

-

-

-

Projection Headlights

-

-

Automatic Light Control

-

Manual Headlight Levelling Device

-

Auto Headlight Levelling Device

-

-

-

Rear Fog Light

S

S

S

S

Front Fog Lights

-

LED Front Fog Lights

-

-

-

Daytime Running Lights

-

-

-

LED Daytime Running Lights

-

Xenon headlights

-

-

-

Headlight Washer & Low Washer Fluid Warning

-

-

-

High Beam Assist (HBA)

-

-

-

Rear Combination Lights

-

-

-

LED Rear Combination Lights

-

High-mounted Brake Light

-

-

-

LED High-mounted Brake Light

-

Speed Variable Front Wipers

S

S

S

S

Aero-blade type windshield wiper

-

-

Rain sensing front wipers

-

-

Rear Wiper/Washer

S

S

S

S

Electrically Adjustable Door Mirrors

S

S

S

S

Heated Door Mirrors

-

Electrically Folding Door Mirrors with LED Indicator Lights

S

S

S

S

Black High Gloss Door Mirrors

-

-

Roof Rails

S

S

S

S

Standard Paint

S

S

S

S

Premium Paint

OPT

OPT

OPT

Two-tone Paint

-

OPT

OPT

-

INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

 

 

 

 

Black Woven Upholstery with Grey Stitching

-

-

Black Leather Upholstery with Grey Stitching*

-

-

-

Black Leather Upholstery with Orange Stitching*

-

-

-

Manual Driver Seat Height Adjuster

-

Driver & Front Passenger Seats Electric Adjustment (10 way)

-

-

-

Heated Front Seats

-

-

Heated Outer Rear Seats

-

-

-

Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel Adjustment

S

S

S

S

Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel

-

D-Cut Steering Wheel with Perforated Leather trim

-

-

-

Heated Steering Wheel

-

-

-

Leather Trimmed Gearshift

-

Centre Armrest Storage Box

S

S

S

S

Rear Centre Armrest with cupholders

-

-

Faux Leather Door Armrest

-

Black High Gloss Centre Fascia

-

Silver Finish Interior Door Handles

-

-

-

Satin Chrome Finish Interior Door Handles

-

Air Conditioning

-

-

-

Automatic Air Conditioning

-

All-round Electric Windows (with Driver's Auto Down Function)

-

-

All-round Electric Windows (with Driver&Passenger Auto Down Function)

-

-

Day & Night Rear-view Mirror

-

-

Auto-dimming Rear-view Mirror

-

-

Sunvisors with Sliding Extensions & Vanity Mirrors with Illumination

S

S

S

S

Cruise Control

-

Speed Limiter

-

Remote Central Door Locking with Fold-away Key

-

-

Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry System

-

-

STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

 

 

 

 

60:40 Split Folding 2nd Row Seats

S

S

S

S

Front Console 12v Power Socket

S

S

S

S

Front Passenger Seatback Pocket

S

S

S

S

Front & Rear Door Map Pockets

S

S

S

S

Glovebox with Illumination

S

S

S

S

Centre Console Cupholders

S

S

S

S

Glovebox - Cooling Function

-

-

Front Cabin Map Lights (Bulb Type)

-

Front Cabin Map Lights (LED Type)

-

-

-

Centre Cabin Lights (Bulb Type)

-

LED Side Cabin Lights

-

-

-

Ignition Keyhole Illumination

-

-

Temporary Spare Wheel

-

TMK (Temporary Mobility Kit)

-

-

-

Luggage Area Light (Bulb Type)

-

-

Portable LED Luggage Light

-

-

Luggage Area Load Cover

S

S

S

S

Luggage Net Hooks

S

S

S

S

Luggage Under-floor Tray

-

-

Luggage 12v Power Outlet

-

-

AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

6 Speaker System

-

-

8 Speaker JBL® Premium Sound System with External Amplifier and Subwoofer

-

-

Front Speaker Mood Lights

-

-

DAB/RDS Radio with MP3 Compatibility

S

S

S

S

4.2" TFT Premium Vision Instrument Cluster

-

-

7" LCD Touchscreen Navigation with Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)

-

-

-

8" LCD Touchscreen Navigation with Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)

-

-

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto via Connectity***

-

Reversing Camera System (In Centre Fascia Screen)

-

USB & AUX Ports for Connection of an Audio Media Device (iPod / Memory Stick)

S

S

S

S

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

S

S

S

S

Bluetooth® with Voice Recognition & Music Streaming***

S

S

S

S

Rear Parking Sensors **

-

Front Parking Sensors **

-

-

-

Trip Computer (Distance to Empty, Fuel Consumption, Average Speed, Trip Mileage & Journey Time Elapsed)

S

S

S

S

Seatbelt Reminder Warning

S

S

S

S

External Temperature Display

S

S

S

S

Lane Departure Warning System

-

-

-

Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert

-

-

-

ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

 

 

 

ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist System (BAS)

S

S

S

S

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

S

S

S

S

Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)

S

S

S

S

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

S

S

S

S

Emergency Stop Signalling

S

S

S

S

Flex Steer (Normal, Comfort and Sport Modes)

Manual only

Manual only

-

Drive Mode Select (Sport, Normal, Eco)

-

DCT only

DCT only

PASSIVE SAFETY

 

 

 

 

Twin Front Airbags

S

S

S

S

Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch

S

S

S

S

Twin Side Airbags (front)

S

S

S

S

Twin Curtain Airbags

S

S

S

S

All-round Height Adjustable Head Rests

S

S

S

S

ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings (Outer Rear Seats only)

S

S

S

S

All-round 3-point Seatbelts

S

S

S

S

Front Seatbelt Pre-tensioners & Load Limiters

S

S

S

S

Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts

S

S

S

S

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

S

S

S

S

SECURITY

 

 

 

 

Engine Immobiliser

S

S

S

S

Door Deadlocks

S

S

S

S

Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking (dealer-activated feature)

S

S

S

S

Locking Wheel Nuts

S

S

S

S

Visible Vehicle Identification No. (VIN)

S

S

S

S

 

*Some parts of the leather upholstery contain faux leather

**Parking Sensors may not match exterior body colour

***Check with your dealer for mobile phone compatibility

5          THE TECHNICAL STORY                                                                           

201bhp T-GDi Sport heads a three-engine line-up

 

The headline act in the 2017 Soul line-up is the new Sport version powered by the 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection) engine from the cee'd GT range. With a 0-60mph time of 7.5 seconds and a 122mph top speed, this exciting addition gives the Soul performance to match its urban tearaway looks   

 

The Soul is also offered with a choice of two 1.6-litre direct-injection engines – the Gamma GDi petrol unit and the U2 CRDi turbodiesel – providing the optimum combination of flexible performance and outstanding refinement. The fuel economy of most models has been  improved and there are also CO2 reductions with some versions. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard with Soul 1, 2 and 3, but the diesel is also offered with the alternative of a compact and light seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (7-DCT) transmission which is standard in Soul Sport.

 

The suspension is again based on the tried-and-tested combination of MacPherson struts at the front and a coupled torsion beam axle at the rear, while the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) is boosted by the addition of Flex Steer (on manuals), which allows the driver to vary the level of power assistance according to preference and where the car is being driven. This is deleted for the Soul Sport performance model.

 

T-GDi – turbocharging and direct injection

The T-GDi engine develops its 201bhp at 6,000rpm, but what really gives the Soul Sport instantaneous response and rapid acceleration is the 265Nm of torque, available without interruption from only 1,500rpm to 4,500rpm. This ensures supreme flexibility and immediacy, with negligible throttle lag once the driver presses the accelerator pedal. 

 

Driving through the 7-DCT gearbox with an ideal spread of ratios, it delivers scintillating off-the-line performance, with 0-60mph achievable in 7.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 122mph. Nevertheless, the Soul Sport remains an everyday car, with the emphasis on usability and civility in all conditions rather than track-day performance.

 

The T-GDi also contributes towards Kia’s goal of improving fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions by 25 per cent thanks to its combination of small engine capacity (1,591cc), direct fuel injection and exhaust-driven turbocharging. The combined fuel consumption is 40.9mpg, while CO2 emissions are just 156g/km.

 

So that the engine can deliver a characterful sound, there are specifically tuned intake and exhaust systems. The twin exhaust system adds to the sporty tones coming from the tailpipes, aided by a simplified main exhaust muffler.

 

CRDi and GDi – two direct routes to strong performance with high efficiency

The 1.6-litre CRDi and GDi engines have been specifically chosen and tailored for European versions of the Soul.

 

Both are direct-injection units which spray a fine mist of fuel directly into the cylinders through a high-pressure injection system in minutely precise quantities with millisecond timing, rather than being pre-mixed with air. This ensures the engine uses only as much fuel as it needs for the load being put on it at any given moment. The result is efficient combustion with excellent performance. Direct injection, with turbocharging in the case of the U2 diesel engine, also helps to boost low-speed response and driveability.  

 

The 1.6-litre CRDi engine develops 134bhp at 4,000rpm and 260Nm of torque from 1,500rpm until 3,000rpm, ensuring open-road performance similar to that of the petrol Soul and excellent flexibility. With the 7-DCT gearbox, maximum torque rises to 300Nm, available from 1,750 to 2,500rpm. Acceleration from 0-60mph is achieved in 10.8 seconds with the six-speed manual gearboxwhile the top speed is 112mph. The figures with the 7-DCT gearbox are 10.7 seconds and 113mph.

 

Manual versions have combined fuel consumption of 58.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 127g/km, while the figures for the 7-DCT are 56.5mpg and 130g/km – an improvement of 2.2mpg and 5g/km.

 

The Soul is also available with Kia’s 1.6-litre GDi (Gasoline Direct injection) Gamma petrol engine. GDi makes it possible to raise power and torque levels while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This 1,591cc unit, with an aluminium block and cylinder head and a steel oil pan, was Kia’s first GDi engine. For the Soul it develops 130bhp at 6,300rpm and 161Nm of torque at 4,850rpm.

 

It is a 16-valve twin-cam unit with variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust valves. It also features a roller-type chain system and a heat-treated block and injectors.

 

With the GDi engine the Soul accelerates from 0-60mph in 10.6 seconds and has a top speed of 115mph. Average fuel consumption has been improved by 2mpg to 43.5mpg, with CO2 emissions down by 6g/km to 152g/m.

 

Transmissions

A six-speed transmission is standard with Soul 1, 2 and 3, while a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox (7-DCT) is fitted to the Soul Sport and offered as an option with CRDi models. All gearboxes offer a wide spread of ratios with a long final drive ratio to help bring down fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

 

Both are compact and lightweight. The manuals feature modular shift-control systems, which improve operation by reducing the number of parts and therefore the tolerances during assembly. There is a skirt-type reverse gear selection collar.

 

Kia’s dual-clutch automatic transmission is one of the few in-house seven-speed DCT gearboxes in the global auto industry. It is a dry double clutch system to keep weight to a minimum and reduce the friction losses through viscosity which occur in wet double-clutch systems.

 

In normal operation the 7DCT transmission changes gear automatically, with no need for intervention from the driver. The advantage of a dual-clutch arrangement is that the next gear is always primed ready for selection, minimising torque losses during changes and improving smoothness and efficiency. One clutch operates gears 1, 2, 4 and 5 and the other is responsible for gears 3, 6 and 7 plus reverse. There is a Manual mode, accessed by sliding the lever to the left when in the Drive position. The driver is then able to up- or downchange at will. The 7-DCT transmission also features Drive Mode Select via a button on the steering wheel. This allows the driver to choose between Sport, Eco and Normal operating modes, for sharper performance or greater economy.  

 

The layout and gear train have been designed for light weight and compact size, while low-friction bearings and low-viscosity oil reduce friction, promoting greater efficiency, lowering reaction times and reducing noise.

 

 

Tuned for driver satisfaction and passenger comfort

Soul has alert, fun-to-drive handling characteristics matched by its ability to cope with the challenges of deteriorating roads in many parts of the UK.

 

Finally, the rear wheels, which are mounted to a coupled torsion beam axle, are almost perpendicular to the body as a result of the choice of damper lever ratio. The lever ratio is an important factor in determining ride comfort: the general rule is that the closer the ratio is to 1, the more absorbent the ride. Tubular beams and large lower arm bushing also boost comfort.

 

All of this has been aided by the rigidity of the Soul's body structure, something which has been achieved without adversely affecting weight through extensive use of ultra-high-strength steel.

 

All versions of the Soul have Kia’s Motor Driven Power Steering system, now with the adoption of Flex Steer on all manual transmissions. Flex Steer is a variable-assistance function which allows drivers to adjust the degree of assistance provided according to preference and where the car is being driven. For parking or manoeuvring in narrow town streets, the Comfort setting offers increased assistance, while for highway driving at speed the Sport mode reduces the amount of help to maximise feedback and stability. There is also a Normal setting. Changes are made via a button on the steering wheel, and the driver’s last chosen setting is always maintained until manually altered, even after switching off the engine.

 

The new Soul has ventilated front brake discs of 280mm or 300mm in diameter, depending on wheel and tyre size, and solid 262mm rear discs. There are 320mm front discs on Soul Sport. Anti-lock Braking (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS) are standard helping drivers to safely brake and steer at the same time in an emergency, and to ensure stopping effort is apportioned in the most effective way and that the car stops in the shortest possible distance, regardless of the force applied to the pedal.

 

Anything for a quiet life: the Soul’s NVH counter-measures

Substantial effort has gone into ensuring that the Soul is also an extremely refined car. In addition to the suspension work which has minimised the transmission of road noise into the cabin, detailed tuning of the engines, shaping of the aerodynamics and fitting sound-deadening materials have reduced the amount of cabin noise while curtailing vibration.

 

All versions have expansion foam in the A- and B-pillars, A-pillar garnish and special hood and cowl structures to curb wind noise, while the front edge of the roof, the sculpting of the rear combination lamps, underbody wheel deflectors, engine and centre floor under-covers and a front bumper lip reduce noise while lowering the drag co-efficient to 0.34, which in turn also benefits fuel consumption and emissions. Polyurethane-layered carpets and an insulation pad in the cargo area also help to muffle sound and make the cabin a quieter place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6          THE SAFETY STORY                                                                      

Tough new body and cutting-edge driver aids for maximum protection

 

The Soul comes as standard with a comprehensive set of active and passive safety features, including new cutting-edge driver assistance systems for Soul Sport, housed in a tough body shell. Kia engineers introduced an innovative Engineering Sample Inspection Report (ESIR) during the development of the car to rigorously check the performance and durability of prototype parts with the aim of improving the quality of mass-production casting dies.

 

The body of a car is the suit of armour that protects driver and passengers in the event of an accident. The stronger it is, the greater the protection it affords. But strength usually comes at the expense of weight, which impairs performance, agility and fuel consumption. And strength on its own is not the answer: unless the body can absorb impact forces, occupants can be injured by the shock waves caused by a collision.

 

Kia engineers have reconciled all these conflicts of interest. Weight has been kept in check thanks to extensive use of ultra-high-strength (35.2 per cent) and high-strength steels in critical areas, making the body of the Soul one of the safest in its class. The B-pillars, which are critical in helping protect occupants in side impacts, include sections which are made of steel 2.5 times stronger than that which qualifies as ultra-high-strength. Ultra-high-strength steel has also allowed Kia to make the A-pillars narrower and lighter, improving driver visibility without reducing the protection they offer.  

 

To overcome the inherent rigidity problems posed by the taller, boxier body of an SUV crossover, ring-shaped horizontal and vertical structures are incorporated, with reinforcements where they are inter-connected. These significantly increase both torsional and transverse bending rigidity, to the benefit of handling as well as collision safety. The key areas for improved torsional rigidity were the connection between the cowl and the damper housings, the area where the B-pillar meets the centre roof rail, the joints between the B-pillars and seat cross-members, the side reinforcements on the C- and D-pillars, the lower C-pillars and the joints between the back panel and sides. Structural adhesive has been applied to the side sills in the areas of the door openings.

 

All versions of the Soul are fitted with driver and front passenger airbags and front side and curtain airbags – which run the length of the cabin. The passenger airbag can be deactivated. A seat-belt reminder alert is fitted to all five seats. Both front seats have belt pre-tensioners.

 

Electronic aids to make accidents avoidable

The easiest accident to survive is the one that never happens. With that in mind, the Soul is delivered with a comprehensive array of electronic assistance features to help drivers brake or steer away from trouble in an emergency.

 

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) allow the driver to steer even when braking hard without risk of destabilising the car, and are supported by Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), which apportions the stopping effort to the wheels which can make most use of it, and Brake Assist (BAS), which measures the speed with which the driver hits the brake pedal to ensure maximum retardation, regardless of the force applied to the pedal. Emergency Stop Signaling flashes the high-level brake light to warn following drivers of what is happening.

 

Electronic Stability Control is also standard. This uses the ABS system to selectively brake wheels, sometimes accompanied by a reduction in engine torque, if slippery road conditions or over-exuberant driving threaten to send the car out of control. ESC is accompanied in the Soul by Vehicle Stability Management, which stabilises the car when accelerating or braking on a surface where the grip on one side is less than that on the other.

 

The Soul also includes Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep uphill gradients. Brake pressure is maintained until the driver touches the accelerator.

 

Soul Sport also comes with a Blind Spot Detection system, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist. Sensors in the rear bumper detect other vehicles in the area behind and to the sides of the Soul that might not be seen in the door mirrors. If the Soul driver attempts to pull out into the path of an obscured vehicle, a warning symbol lights up in the appropriate side mirror. It then flashes and an audible warning is issued if the driver fails to take corrective action. The same sensors detect moving objects if the Soul driver is about to reverse from a parking space or driveway into their path. Warning symbols appear in the door mirrors and on the dash, and an audible alert is issued.

High Beam Assist switches the headlights between dipped and main beam automatically so that the Soul driver always has maximum visibility without blinding the drivers of oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead.

 

7          RUNNING COSTS                                                                                                  

           Everything possible to minimise ownership bills

 

One thing that never changes at Kia is the focus on keeping operating costs to a minimum, even with the new Soul Sport performance model. Fuel efficiency, repairability and ease of maintenance and repair are at the heart of everything the company does, and it is all backed up by the best after-sales care in the business – a seven-year or 100,000-mile no-quibble warranty on all but routine wear and tear items, transferable to subsequent owners if the car is sold before the age or mileage limit has been reached.

 

With its highly efficient direct-injection engines, the Soul keeps fuel bills and taxation costs low for both private and fleet owners, while the tough body has been designed with ease of repair in mind to minimise insurance costs. Benefit-in-kind taxation and Vehicle Excise Duty both fall by one band with the CRDi 7-DCT models as a result of reductions in fuel consumption and CO2, while the GDi engine is now 2mpg more fuel efficient to reduce running costs.

 

Servicing is required every 10,000 miles (petrol) or 20,000 miles (diesel) or twelve months, whichever occurs soonest. Retail customers are able to benefit from Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus packages that help owners to inflation-proof routine maintenance costs.

 

 

Fuel consumption (mpg) and CO2 (g/km)

 

Engine

Urban

Ex Urban

Combined

CO2

1.6 GDi  

33.2

52.3

43.5

152

1.6 T-GDi

32.5

48.7

40.9

156

1.6 CRDi

49.5

65.7

58.8

127

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT

51.3

61.4

56.5

130

 

 

Benefit-in-kind taxation rates and VED Band (2016-17)

 

Description

Tax rate

VED Band

1.6 GDi

27%

G

1.6 T-GDi

28%

G

1.6 CRDi

25%

D

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT

26%

D

 

 

Insurance groups

 

Engine

(1-50)

Soul 1.6 GDi 1

10

Soul 1.6 GDi 2

11

Soul 1.6 CRDi 2

11

Soul 1.6 CRDi 7-DCT 2

11

Soul 1.6 CRDi 3

11

Soul 1.6 CRDi 7-DCT 3

11

Soul 1.6 T-GDi Sport

21

 

Servicing

10,000 miles or every 12 months (turbo petrol - Sport)

20,000 miles or every 12 months (petrol)

20,000 miles or every 12 months (diesel)

 

Care-3 and Care-3 Plus – Kia’s service packages for retail customers – are available and offer fixed-cost and inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work is carried out by trained technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils.

 

Both packages cover the car, not the owner, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.  If a vehicle with a Care-3 package is sold on then the next owner may upgrade to the five-year service package.  The cost of the first MoT test can also be included.

 

Warranty and support

Seven-year / 100,000-mile manufacturer warranty
Twelve-year anti-perforation warranty
Five-year paintwork warranty
One-year Europe-wide roadside assistance through KIAssist

 

 

8          MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                     

Built in the refurbished Gwangju plant 

The Soul is built at Kia’s Gwangju plant in Korea. Gwangu was fully refurbished to accommodate the Soul in 2008 and is capable of manufacturing 135,000 versions of the car a year. The Soul is also built in China at the rate of around 40,000 a year for the Chinese domestic market. The 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine is manufactured at Žilina in Slovakia and shipped to Korea for installation in the Soul. 

The Gwangju plant has been in operation since 1998, when Kia was acquired by parent company Hyundai. The 2008 upgrade was to ensure even higher production quality and greater flexibility. 

Gwangju also produces K-series trucks, buses and military vehicles – most of which have never seen European soil in any shape or form – as well as the Sportage for markets outside Europe: European Sportages are built at Kia's world-class Žilina factory in Slovakia, alongside the Venga and the cee'd family.

 

Gwangju employs 7,000 workers and has an annual capacity of 420,000 vehicles.  Knock-down (CKD) vehicles are also made there for assembly outside Korea.  It is a highly efficient plant that has facilities to match any in the world.  It is also a strategic export base for Kia, and as with all Kia factories, great efforts have been made in recent years to reduce its environmental impact.

 

The plant has adopted zero-landfill scrap disposal, increased robotisation in its painting facilities and gone over to totally soluble paints, introduced a separate waste collection system to minimise wastage and even added solar heating for its hot water, all with the aim of reducing energy consumption and its CO2 output.

 

Kia has made reducing the amount of raw materials being fed into the production process a major priority in every production facility around the globe.  The last few years have seen significant progress in reducing waste, increasing recycling and developing cleaner production processes.

 

Exhaust pollutants from Gwangju have also decreased dramatically and new technology is playing a significant part in environmental improvement.  Typical cast melting furnaces produce large amounts of dust and contained within this is a high proportion of zinc.  The captured dust is treated and the zinc extracted before being re-used within the production process.

 

In another area of Gwangju, a direct-fired steam air-conditioning system has been introduced.  Unlike conventional systems that need fuel to supply heat after converting to steam, these systems transfer heat directly from the fuel/heat reservoirs within the plant to indoor rooms. This system has proven to be remarkably efficient and annually saves around 107 tonnes of CO2 .

 

The green landscape around each facility is an important part of each plant make-up.  One ongoing programme is based on a number of ecology gardens which are filled with trees and plants resistant and sensitive to environmental changes in air pollution.  The Gwangju plant is no different, with more than 88,300m2 of green areas and 98,100 trees.  Almost 15 per cent of the factory plot is given over to green areas.  This has the added benefits of providing a more comfortable environment for the staff and local population and offsetting some of the CO2 output from the facility. 

The overall effect of the many green initiatives – reducing the use of raw materials, recycling and reducing waste – has resulted in Gwangju being officially recognised as an eco-friendly worksite by the Korean Ministry of the Environment.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Things we think you'll want to know          

  1. What design elements of the Track'ster were you determined to keep?
  2. Early on the designers decided they had to keep the unique profile and the wrap-around windscreen glass which makes the Soul look as if it is wearing    sunglasses. The large trapezoidal lower front air intake, the location of the front foglights – low and pushed to the outer edges, the high-mounted stacked tail lamps      and the floating body-colour ‘backpack’ panel in the tailgate were also highly desirable carry-over items for the design team. And inside, the circular patterns which were  used so emphatically in the Track’ster, and the front door-mounted speakers with red   mood lighting were high up the must-have list.

 

  1. Which part of the design are you most proud of?
  2. The completeness of the design is the main thing, but if we had to pick one element it would be the backpack-shaped tailgate and the seamlessly integrated combination lamps. It was challenging to achieve, but well worth the effort.

 

  1. Did you consider all-wheel-drive versions?
  2. No. While one or two competitors do offer all-wheel drive, on a compact SUV sales of such models are very small. All-wheel drive adds weight, cost and manufacturing complexity and buyers have told us that while they want the Soul to look like an SUV and to offer the elevated driving position of one, they do not want the increased buying and ownership costs that four-wheel drive brings.

 

Q         Why are there no versions with your ISG stop-start system?

  1. Because the savings to UK customers through lower taxation and fuel consumption would not be sufficient to compensate for the premium we would have to charge for fitting ISG.

 

Q         Why have you made the Urban Styling pack standard?

  1. Because potential buyers said they wanted it and a significant number of current owners ordered high grade cars with this feature included, so it makes sense to include it as a standard part of the car.

 

Q         Do you see much of a market for the Soul Sport?

  1. It will not be a major seller, but the GT versions of other models in the Kia range have boosted the company's image and profile and have been extremely well received, so we wanted a halo model for the Soul.

 

 

Kia Soul 2017

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

All the fact and figures                                                  

 1.6 GDi 

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 Cc

 1,591

 Bore / stroke

 Mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp (Kw)

 130 (97) @ 6,300rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 161 (119) @ 4,850 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 11:1

 Engine details

 

 Continuously variable valve timing; direct injection

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Clutch type

 

 Single dry-plate with diaphragm spring

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.045

 1.370

 1.036

 0.893

 0.774

 3.700

 4.400

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Independent with MacPherson strut, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Coupled torsion-beam axle, trailing arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 280mm x 26mm ventilated front discs and 262mm x 10mm solid rear discs with ABS and EBD

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion with motor-driven electronic assistance

 Wheels

 6.5 J x 16

 7.0 J x 17

 

 Tyres

 205/60

 215/55

 

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 Mm

 2,570

 Overall l/w/h (wheel)

 

 Mm

 4,140/1,800/1,593 (16”)

 4,140/1,800/1,600 (17”)

 Kerb weight (min)

 Kg

 1,417 (1,275)

 Tow weights – braked/unbraked

 Kg

 1,300 / 550

 Boot capacity (min/max)

 litres

 354 / 994

 Turning circle

 M

 10.6

 Tank capacity

 litres

 54

 

 

Performance and fuel consumption

Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 10.6

 Maximum speed

 mph

 115

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 Mpg

 33.2 / 52.3 / 43.5

 

 CO2

 g/km

 152

 

 

1.6 CRDi 

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 Cc

 1,582

 Bore / stroke

 Mm

 77.2 x 84.5

 Power output

 bhp (Kw)

 134 (94) @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 manual 260 (192) @ 1,500 - 3,000rpm

 7-DCT 300 (222) @ 1,750 - 2,500rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 17.3:1

 Engine details

 

 Common rail direct injection, DPF

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed auto DCT

 Clutch type

 

 Single dry-plate with

 Diaphragm spring

 Double wet clutch

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

7th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.615

 1.962

 1.189

 0.844

 0.702

 0.596

 n/a

 3.583

 4.188

3.786

2.261

1.957

1.023

0.778

0.837

0.681

5.074

(1-2, 4-5) 4.429

(3, 6-7, Reverse) 3.263

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Independent with MacPherson strut, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Coupled torsion-beam axle, trailing arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 280mm x 26mm ventilated front discs and 262mm x 10mm solid rear discs with ABS and EBD

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion with motor-driven electronic assistance

 Wheels

 7.0 J x 17

 7.0 J x 18

 

 Tyres

 215/55

 235/45

 

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 Mm

 2,570

 Overall l/w/h (wheel)

 Mm

 4,140/1,800/1,600 (17”)

 4,140/1,831/1,606 (18”)

 Kerb weight (min)

 Kg

 1,582 (1,390)

 1,567 (1,425)

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 Kg

 1,300 / 550

 1,300 / 550

 Boot capacity (VDA)

 Litres

 354 / 994

 Turning circle

 M

 10.0

 Tank capacity

 Litres

 54

 

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six speed manual

 Seven-speed auto DCT

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 Seconds

 10.8

 10.7

 Maximum speed

 mph

 112

 113

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 Mpg

 49.5 / 65.7 / 58.8

 51.3 / 61.4 / 56.5

 CO2

 g/km

 127

 130

 

  1.6 T-GDi

 

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 Cc

 1,591

 Bore / stroke

 Mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp (Kw)

 201 (97) @ 6,000rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 265 (196) @ 1,500 - 4,500 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 11:1

 Engine details

 

 Continuously variable valve timing; direct injection; exhaust-driven turbocharging

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Seven-speed double-clutch automatic

 Clutch type

 

 Double dry clutch

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7 th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.929

 2.318

 2.043

 1.070

 0.822

 0.884

 0.721

 5.304

 (1-2) (4-5) 4.643

 (3, 6-7, Rev) 3.421

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Independent with MacPherson strut, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Coupled torsion-beam axle, trailing arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 320mm x 28mm ventilated front discs and 262mm x 10mm solid rear discs with ABS and EBD

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion with motor-driven electronic assistance

 Wheels

 7.0 J x 18

 

 Tyres

 235/45

 

 Spare wheel

 Tyre repair kit

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 Mm

 2,570

 Overall l/w/h (wheel)

 Mm

4,140/1,831/1,606 (18”)

 Kerb weight (min)

 Kg

 1,364

 Tow weights – braked/unbraked

 Kg

 1,100 / 550

 Boot capacity (min/max)

 Litres

 354 / 994

 Turning circle

 M

 10.6

 Tank capacity

 Litres

 54

 

 

Performance and fuel consumption

Acceleration 0-60 mph

 Seconds

 7.5

 Maximum speed

 mph

 122

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 Mpg

 32.5 / 48.7 / 40.9

 

 CO2

 g/km

 156

 

GENERAL

The 2017 Kia Soul

  • THE 2017 KIA SOUL

Short story 

  • Slimmed-down seven-model line-up with new trim grades
  • New Sport model caps range; other models now badged 1, 2 and 3
  • Urban Styling Pack becomes standard on grades 1, 2 and 3
  • Sport has unique look plus new 201bhp 1.6 T-GDi engine
  • Improved connectivity systems and a refreshed interior
  • Lower CO2 and fuel consumption with some models
  • Soul Sport introduces new advanced driver assistance systems 

Soul –, Kia's fresh, funky, bold and original small crossover – gains a whole lot more urban attitude with a package of styling, powertrain, connectivity and equipment revisions for the 2017 Model Year. 

Heading the range is a new Sport model powered by a 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection) engine driving through a seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) automatic transmission. With bespoke exterior and interior styling, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, larger brakes, the latest connectivity, navigation and multimedia systems and advanced driver assistance aids as part of an exclusive equipment package, the new Sport model captures the essence of what Soul is all about.   

There are new trim lines for other models in the range, now badged 1, 2 and 3 to bring them into line with every other car in the Kia portfolio. These models are powered by either a 130bhp 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine or a 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel.    

The model range has been trimmed to seven versions. There are new headlights, new wheels, refreshed interiors and additional equipment, including the full connectivity package in all but the entry-level grade. 

All versions of the Soul are front-wheel-drive five-door crossovers – Kia research has shown that while buyers desire the appearance, semi-elevated driving position and perceived safety advantages of a 4x4, they do not want the higher fuel consumption and taxation that four-wheel drive entails. 

Soul full: the new 201bhp Sport model

The 2017 Soul range is headed by the most powerful model in the car's eight-year history. The 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi engine from the cee'd GT range gives the Soul Sport the ability to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 7.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 122mph. Yet this hot hatch performance does not incur high running costs: combined fuel economy is almost 41mpg, while CO2 emissions are a highly respectable 156g/km.    

The engine drives through a 7-DCT seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox featuring Drive Mode Select. This allows the driver to choose between three operating parameters – Sport for greater performance, Eco to minimise fuel consumption and Normal. Switching is via a steering wheel-mounted button. 

Soul Sport has a bespoke appearance, with red highlights above the skid plate beneath the front bumper and along the sides, a rear bumper with diffuser section and twin exhaust tailpipes, xenon headlights and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels. It is available in Quartz Black, Titanium Silver and the new Wild Orange metallic paint finishes.

 The black leather interior features orange stitching on the seats, gearlever, armrest and the dedicated D-shaped steering wheel, which has a high-gloss black bezel. 

Soul Sport uniquely comes with Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist systems, and has the full connectivity package of Kia Conected Services with TomTom and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. This is also fitted to grades 2 and 3.   

A simplified range with new trim grades and a more exciting look

The 2017 Soul range falls into line with other Kia models in offering trim grades badged 1, 2 and 3. This has the effect of reducing the total number of variants from 14 to seven, simplifying the choice for buyers. Grade 1 is powered by the 1.6 GDi engine, grade 2 offers the GDi and 1.6 CRDi engines – the latter with manual or 7-DCT transmission – while grade 3 is powered solely by the diesel in manual and 7-DCT guise. Fuel economy is up to 58.8mpg, while emissions with the diesel are as low as 127g/km. 

All three mainstream trim grades incorporate a new look featuring the former Urban Styling Pack which is now offered as standard – but even this has been revised and improved. As a result, there is a cohesive range appearance from grade 1 all the way to the new Sport. 

The addition of the Urban Styling Pack brings a new lower front grille and foglights section with bright silver trims around the foglamps, which is echoed on the side sill trim, replacing the former chrome garnish. Roof rails are now standard and there are new 16-inch (grade 1), 17-inch (grade 2) and 18-inch (grade 3) alloy wheels. Multi-focus reflector headlamps continue to feature on grade 1, while grades 2 and 3 have new projection headlamps with black interior bezels.

 Grades 1 and 2 have black cloth seats with grey stitching and headlining, while in grade 3 the upholstery is black leather with grey stitching and headlining.       

Styling changes reinforce links to Track'ster concept

The Soul is heavily based on the Kia Track'ster concept from the 2012 Chicago Auto Show – same upright stance, square shoulders and distinctive bumper flares – and the latest styling revisions reinforce that visual link. It is evident in the large trapezoidal lower air intake at the front, the location of the front foglights – low and pushed to the outer edges – the shaping of Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille and the floating body-colour ‘backpack’ panel set into the tailgate. 

Further evidence is to be found in the wraparound greenhouse – with privacy and solar glass on grades 2 and above – and the high-mounted stacked tail lamps. A great deal of effort has gone into giving the car a premium look and feel to go with its inherent sportiness, through detailing like the LED indicators in the mirror housings of some models, the headlights with LED daytime running lamps and LED rear lamps from grade 2 and chromed exterior door handles on grades 3 and Sport. 

At just 4,140mm long, the Soul is compact enough to nip through city traffic and tuck into tight urban parking spaces, and with a height from just 1,593mm it appears squat, sporty and purposeful. Yet it provides generous passenger and luggage space with a low hip point, making it easier to get in and out, and windscreen pillars pulled away from the front occupants to improve visibility. There are benefits for practicality, too: the tailgate opening is wide and provides access to a boot of 354 litres with the rear seats upright, or 1,994 with them flat. 

Themes from the Track’ster concept car are also to be found in the interior, especially in its use of circular patterns. The ideas were inspired by the ripples which spread outwards when drops of water land on the still surface of a pond.

 The design team put a lot of effort into instilling a premium look and feel to the interior. This has been achieved through the choice of materials, the soft-touch facings on the instrument panel, centre console and door panels, the leather-covered steering wheel rim and gearlever knob on all but Soul 1 and the high-gloss black finishings on the fascia panel from grade 2. In Soul 3 and Soul Sport there are front speaker mood lights plus a TFT supervision cluster and leather upholstery. 

Occupants will also find the cabin is quiet thanks to liberal use of expansion foam in the body cavities. A reinforced isolation pad in the cargo area and polyurethane-layered carpet also contribute to the low levels of interior noise. 

Direct injection boosts driveability and efficiency

All three engines are direct-injection units which spray a fine mist of fuel directly into the cylinders through a high-pressure injection system. This ensures the engine uses only as much fuel as it needs for the load being put on it. The result is highly efficient combustion with excellent performance. Direct injection, with turbocharging in the case of the U2 diesel engine and the T-GDi, also helps to boost low-speed response and driveability.

The 1.6-litre CRDi engine was designed and engineered at Kia's European Technical Centre at Russelsheim, just outside Frankfurt, and is made at the company’s manufacturing facility at Žilina, in Slovakia.  It develops 134bhp and 260Nm of torque, and 300Nm with the 7-DCT transmission. Acceleration from 0-60mph is achieved in 10.8 seconds with the six-speed manual gearbox, while the top speed is 112mph. The figures with the seven-speed DCT gearbox are 10.7 seconds and 113mph. 

Manual versions have combined fuel consumption of 58.8mpg with CO2 emissions lowered to 127g/km, while the figures for the DCT have been improved to 56.5mpg and 130g/km. 

Kia's 1.6-litre GDi (Gasoline Direct injection) Gamma petrol engine develops 130bhp at 6,300rpm and 161Nm of torque at 4,850rpm. The GDi-engined Soul accelerates from 0-60mph in 10.6 seconds and has a top speed of 115mph. Average fuel consumption has been improved to 43.5mpg, with CO2 emissions now down to 152g/m. 

And now the Soul range offers the excitement of a 201bhp T-GDi  engine in the Sport model. It develops its 201bhp at 6,000rpm, but what really gives the Sport its instantaneous response and rapid acceleration is the 265Nm of torque available without interruption from only 1,500rpm to 4,500rpm. 

The Sport may be the performance model of the Soul range, but it also contributes towards Kia’s goal of improving fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions thanks to its small 1.6-litre capacity, direct injection and exhaust-driven turbocharging. The combined fuel consumption is 40.9mpg, while CO2 emissions are 156g/km. 

The Soul continues to use Kia’s Motor Driven Power Steering system with Flex Steer, the variable-assistance function which allows drivers to adjust the degree of assistance provided according to preference and where the car is being driven. It is standared except on Soul Sport. For parking or manoeuvring in narrow town streets the Comfort setting offers increased assistance, while for highway driving at speed the Sport mode reduces the amount of assistance to maximise feedback and stability. There is also a Normal setting that is suited to most everyday driving conditions. 

More equipment, more technology

The 2017 Soul offers full connectivity with upgraded navigation and multimedia services on grades 2 and above. Kia Connected Services with TomTom is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay once the system has been paired with a smartphone. There is a 7-inch or 8-inch display and 3D maps with SD upgrades 

Kia Connected Services with TomTom allows the driver to make phone calls, send and receive text messages and access music apps or audio books using Google Now or Siri voice commands, minimising distraction on the move. On grades 3 and Sport the multimedia system includes a JBL sound system with external amplifier and subwoofer. There is a 5-inch screen linked to a multimedia system including Bluetooth and a DAB radio in Soul 1.

 Standard features include USB and AUX ports, Flex Steer variable power-assisted steering and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) with manual transmission. Also fitted to every model are body-colour bumpers, door handles and side mirror casings, a high-gloss black grille with chrome surround, keyless entry, air conditioning, all-round electric windows, electrically adjustable door mirrors, steering wheel-mounted controls, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, a luggage area cover, hooks and light, a trip computer and the refreshed Urban Styling Pack (from grades 1 to 3) with roof rails. 

Grade 2 adds a 7-inch screen linked to Kia Connected Services with TomTom and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 17-inch instead of 16-inch alloy wheels, heated door mirrors with high-gloss black casings, automatic light control, high-gloss black interior trim details and satin chrome interior door handles, a leather-covered steering wheel and gearshifter, cruise control with a speed limiter, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, projection headlamps, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and automatic air conditioning. 

Grade 3 supplements this with 18-inch alloys, chrome exterior door handles, front and rear parking sensors, a cooled glovebox, leather seats (front two heated), a luggage underfloor tray and boot power outlet, a portable LED luggage light, a TFT supervision cluster, an engine start/stop button, aeroblade windscreen wipers, mood lighting around the front door speakers, the JBL eight-speaker audio system, an 8-inch navigation screen and rain-sensing front wipers.  

 Finally, the unique specification of the Sport model introduces 18-inch alloy wheels and larger (320mm) front disc brakes, a twin exhaust system, an electric tilting and sliding sunroof, LED front foglights, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist, red exterior embellishments, orange interior stitching, heated outer rear seats, 10-way driver's seat adjustment and eight-way passenger seat adjustment and a heated D-shaped steering wheel. 

Warranty and Servicing

In common with all Kias, the Soul has a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty covering all labour and parts except those subject to normal wear and tear. The warranty is transferable if the car is sold before the time/mileage limit expires.

 UK Soul line-up:

 

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Comb. mpg

CO2 g/km

Soul 1 1.6 GDi

130

161

10.6

115

43.5

152

Soul 2 1.6 GDi

130

161

10.6

115

43.5

152

Soul 2 1.6 CRDi

134

260

10.8

112

58.8

127

Soul 2 1.6 CRDi 7-DCT

134

300

10.7

113

58.8

127

Soul 3 1.6 CRDi

134

260

10.8

112

56.5

130

Soul 3 1.6 CRDi 7-DCT

134

300

10.7

113

56.5

130

Soul Sport 1.6 T-GDi

201

265

7.5

122

40.9

156

 

Ends

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2.         WALK-AROUND                                                                                                      

A quick guide to the 2017 Soul

Exterior

  • Former Urban Styling Pack becomes standard on all models (expect Sport)
  • Exclusive styling for all-new Sport model
  • New headlamps: multi-focus reflector on grade 1, projection with black bezels on grades 2 and 3 and Xenon on Sport
  • New 16-inch, 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels
  • New Wild Orange metallic paint option
  • Design cues taken from Track’ster concept car of 2012
  • Five-door, five-seat, front-wheel drive compact urban crossover
  • Premium look through LED indicators in mirror housings, LED daytime running lamps, LED rear lamps and chromed exterior door handles (depending on version)

 

Interior

  • New seat trims – black cloth on grades 1 and 2, black leather with grey stitiching on grade 3 and black leather with orange stitching on Sport
  • D-shaped leather steering wheel with orange stitching on Sport
  • 10-way power driver's seat and 8-way power passenger's seat in Sport
  • Three-setting Drive Mode Select with 7-DCT gearbox, giving choice of Normal, Eco or Sport settings
  • Spacious interior for five within compact overall dimensions
  • Minimum boot capacity 354 litres (all seats upright), rising to 1,994 litres in two-seat mode
  • Stiff body shell enhances safety, handling and refinement
  • Slim A-pillars  pulled away from driver to improve visibility
  • Expansion foam in body cavities, insulation pad in cargo area and polyurethane-layered carpet boost refinement
  • Low step-in and hip points for easier access and sportier driving position
  • Premium look and feel through choice of materials and soft-touch facings
  • DAB radio as standard
  • Eight-speaker JBL audio with external amplifier and subwoofer in grades 3 and Sport
  • Kia Connected Services with TomTom from grade 2 upwards. Supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist standard in Sport

 

Technical

  • New Sport model powered by 201bhp T-GDi engine driving through seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) auto gearbox
  • Improved economy and emissions of 56.5mpg and 130g/km for the 7-DCT diesel, and 43.5mpg and 152g/km for the GDi versions
  • Platform based on that of the Kia cee’d
  • Triple-mode Flex Steer standard with manual transmission

 

3    THE DESIGN STORY                                                                                        

      Urban Styling Pack now standard plus a new bespoke Sport model 

In 2008 the original Soul launched Kia on a new design-led strategy to which the entire model range now conforms. Kias are now lauded throughout the industry for their crisp, clean lines, precision fit and finish and the quality of materials and workmanship. They have a clear family look without the ‘small, medium and large’ sameness found with some brands. 

The Soul started all that. Fresh, funky, original and bold, it demonstrated that Kia could design and engineer cars which were out of the ordinary, without losing its focus on practicality and value for money. The Soul went on to become the top seller in its segment in America and China and created the compact SUV crossover sector in its homeland, Korea. 

Since then the compact SUV crossover sector has grown hugely in importance, and is set to become even more significant. Many buyers are downsizing from larger, less fuel-efficient SUVs. Others are trading up from conventional compact cars. And all say they want a car that stands out from the crowd: an urban crossover SUV that does not have the fuel consumption, emissions, taxation, cost and weight disadvantages of a typical SUV. It is against that background that Kia designers began work on the second-generation Soul. 

They had the ideal point from which to start with the Track’ster concept from the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Kia is renowned for turning the design cues of its concept cars into production reality, and the new Soul design team, led by Tom Kearns, Chief Designer at the company’s California studios, adopted as many elements of the Track’ster concept as is feasible for a production car. The result was a sportier, tougher-looking Soul which maintained what Kearns calls the “bulldog” proportions of the Track’ster, but also with a much more premium look. 

Exterior

Those links to the Track'ster are reinforced by the changes to the 2017 model, which now adopts as standard a refreshed version of the Urban Styling Pack that was previously an option. And there's more. Topping the new range is the Soul Sport with an even more sportily aggressive look to live up to the promise of its 201bhp T-GDi engine. 

The changes put the Soul at the heart of the growing small SUV market. The revised Urban Styling Pack introduces a newly designed lower front grille incorporating foglights with silver trims on grades 1 to 3. The bumpers and radiator grille are in high-gloss black, while the silver trim around the foglights is echoed in the underscore line on the side sills, replacing the former chrome accents. Grade 1 has multi-focus reflector front lamps, while grades 2 and 3 have new projection light units, now with a black bezel. 

There are also new rear bumpers which, like those at the front, have a bright silver underscore line with gives the impression of a skid plate. There are new 16-inch (grade 1), 17-inch (grade 2) or 18-inch (grade 3) alloy wheels, and bright silver roof rails become standard. 

The Soul Sport has a unique front bumper with a skid plate, red trim stripe and unique foglights. The red stripe is continued along the side sills. There are new-style xenon front headlamp units. The rear bumper design is also unique to the Soul Sport and includes a diffuser section, twin exhaust tailpipes the reflector units.  The Soul Sport has dedicated 18-inch alloy wheels.  

These changes serve to emphasise even more strongly the link to the Track’ster concept. The large trapezoidal lower front air intake is almost a direct carry-over from the concept car, while the location of the front foglights – low and pushed to the outer edges – mirror those on the Track’ster. Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille is also close in style to that on the Track’ster. Then there is the wraparound greenhouse – with privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate from grade 2 – and high-mounted stacked tail lamps The floating body-colour ‘backpack’ panel set into the tailgate also originated with the Track’ster.

 

The designers are especially proud of the pronounced ‘backpack’ shape of the tailgate, with its seamlessly integrated tail lamp units. Along with the reclined roof and sturdy C-pillars, these help to give the Soul a tough, robust appearance. It was an extremely challenging part of the car to get right, but well worth the long hours of effort. 

 

A great deal of effort went into giving the car a premium look through detailing like the LED daytime running lamps and LED rear lamps from grade 2 and the chromed exterior door handles on the Soul 3 and Soul Sport.

 

The Soul's platform is based on that of the Kia cee’d. With an upright stance and square shoulders, the Soul delivers outstanding passenger and luggage space despite being just 4,140mm long. There is a wide stance – overall width is 1,800mm – while the height of 1,593mm to 1,606mm, depending on wheel and tyre choice, makes the car appear squat, sporty and purposeful. There are benefits for practicality, too: the tailgate opening is wide and gives access to a boot which provides 354 litres of cargo space with the rear seats upright, plus additional storage space beneath the floor. The maximum luggage capacity is 994 litres. 

Thanks to the use of ultra-high-strength or high-strength steel for two-thirds of the body, the A-pillars are unusually slim for better forward visibility, without affecting torsional rigidity adversely. 

Interior

Themes from the Track’ster concept car are also to be found in the interior. Tom Kearns and his California design team deliberately played up the circular patterns which were used so emphatically in the Track’ster. The ideas were inspired by the ripples which spread outwards when drops of water land on the still surface of a pond. 

The expressive circular theme is seen in Kia’s familiar deeply recessed instrument gauges, but is also to be found on the sculpted door panels which house the power window switches and locks. The centre console features a round gear lever in manual models and, on Soul 3 and Soul Sport, an engine stop/start button. 

The front door-mounted speakers and high-mounted “floating’ tweeters – with red mood lighting utilising LED technology to create a ripple effect on Soul 3 and Soul Sport – maintain the circular patterns found throughout the cabin. The steering wheel-mounted audio controls are located in Soul-exclusive circular groupings along the lower spokes. The outer air vents sit on the top of the fascia and incorporate the defrosters and audio tweeters in one stylish unit, emphasising that music is once again one of the core characteristics of the Soul.  

Soul 1 and Soul 2 have a six-speaker audio system, while for Soul 3 and Soul Sport this is upgraded to an eight-speaker JBL premium sound system with external amplifier and subwoofer. A DAB radio is standard. From Soul 2 upwards there is now full connectivity via a 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen. This provides access to Kia Conected Services with TomTom after being paired with a smartphone via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and includes navigation and a reversing camera. A 5-inch screen incorporating Bluetooth features on Soul 1.

With an increasing number of Soul buyers now relying on smartphones or MP3 players for their in-car music, Kia decided to fit a DAB Radio with USB and AUX ports. 

The design team put a lot of effort into instilling a more premium look and feel to the interior through the choice of materials and the amount of storage space. There are soft-touch facings on the instrument panel, centre console and door panels; the steering wheel rim and gearlever knob are leather-covered in all but the Soul 1; high-gloss black finishings adorn the fascia panel on Soul 2 upwards; the front speakers on Soul 3 and Soul Sport have mood lights; and both have a TFT supervision cluster and full leather trim. 

Soul 1 and 2 have black woven cloth upholstery with grey stitching and headlining, Soul 3 has black leather upholstery with grey stitching and upholstery and there is an exclusive black leather interior with orange stitching for Soul Sport. This range-topping model also has a D-shaped steering wheel with orange stitching, 10-way power driver's seat adjustment and 8-way power passenger's seat adjustment.   

 

4          RANGE FINDER                                                                                    

 New trim designations capped by the exciting Sport grade

The arrival of the 2017 Soul with the range-topping Sport version has given Kia an opportunity to rebadge other models to bring them into line with the rest of the portfolio. There are now just four trim versions of Soul, badged 1, 2, 3 and Sport.

The major addition to standard equipment is the new connectivity system from grade 2 upwards, with its enlarged 7-inch or 8-inch navigation and multimedia touchscreens. The 7-inch screen is fitted to grade 2, while grades 3 and Sport have the 8-inch screen.

Kia Connected Services with TomTom provides 3D maps with SD upgrades and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Once the system is paired with a smartphone that is internet-enabled and has hotspot turned on, drivers are able to access live information streaming beyond that provided by the navigation system thanks to TMC (Traffic Messaging Channel). Hands-free phone calls, messaging, music apps and audio books can be dialled up via Siri or Google Now voice commands, and the system is able to deliver live traffic updates, speed camera locations, weather reports and even local point of interest information.

Standard features include a DAB radio with Bluetooth and USB and AUX ports, Flex Steer variable power-assisted steering (except DCT) and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Also fitted to every model are body-colour bumpers, door handles and side mirror casings, a high-gloss black grille with chrome surround, keyless entry, air conditioning, all-round electric windows, electrically adjustable door mirrors, steering wheel-mounted controls, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, a luggage area cover, hooks and light, a trip computer and the refreshed Urban Styling Pack (not on Sport) with roof rails.

Grade 2 adds 17-inch instead of 16-inch alloy wheels, heated door mirrors with high-gloss black casings, automatic light control, high-gloss black interior trim details and satin chrome interior door handles, a leather-covered steering wheel and gearshifter, cruise control with a speed limiter, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, projection headlamps, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and automatic air conditioning.

Grade 3 supplements this with 18-inch alloys, chrome exterior door handles, front and rear parking sensors, a cooled glovebox, leather seats (front two heated), a luggage underfloor tray and boot power outlet, a portable LED luggage light, a TFT supervision cluster, an engine start/stop button, aeroblade windscreen wipers, mood lighting around the front door speakers, the JBL eight-speaker audio system, an 8-inch navigation screen and rain-sensing front wipers.  

Finally, the unique specification of the Sport model introduces 18-inch alloy wheels and larger (320mm) front disc brakes, a twin exhaust system, an electric tilting and sliding sunroof, LED front foglights, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist, red exterior embellishments, orange interior stitching, heated outer rear seats, 10-way driver's seat adjustment and eight-way passenger seat adjustment and a heated D-shaped steering wheel.

 

Range

'1'

'2'

'3'

'Sport'

EXTERIOR FEATURES & LIGHTING

 

 

 

 

16" Alloy wheels (205/60R)

-

-

-

17" Alloy wheels (215/55R)

-

-

-

18" Alloy wheels E Type (235/45R)

-

-

-

18" Alloy wheels F type (235/45R)

-

-

-

Black High Gloss & Chrome Radiator Grille

S

S

S

S

Body Coloured Door Handles

-

-

Chrome Door Handles

-

-

Body Coloured Door Mirrors with Matt Black Lower Housing

-

Body Coloured Door Mirrors with High-Gloss Black Lower Housing

-

-

-

Roof Coloured Door Mirrors

-

Only with two-tone paint

Only with two-tone paint

-

Black High Gloss Bumpers

-

Black High Gloss Bumpers with Red Line (front) & Silver Skid Plates (front & rear)

-

-

-

Twin exhaust system

-

-

-

Urban Styling Pack (in black high gloss with silver trim)

-

Black Side Sills

-

Black Side Sills with Red Line

-

-

-

Black High Gloss A Pillars

S

S

S

S

Tinted Glass

S

S

S

S

Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

-

Panoramic Sunroof power tilting and sliding

-

-

-

Multi Focus Reflector Headlights

-

-

-

Projection Headlights

-

-

Automatic Light Control

-

Manual Headlight Levelling Device

-

Auto Headlight Levelling Device

-

-

-

Rear Fog Light

S

S

S

S

Front Fog Lights

-

LED Front Fog Lights

-

-

-

Daytime Running Lights

-

-

-

LED Daytime Running Lights

-

Xenon headlights

-

-

-

Headlight Washer & Low Washer Fluid Warning

-

-

-

High Beam Assist (HBA)

-

-

-

Rear Combination Lights

-

-

-

LED Rear Combination Lights

-

High-mounted Brake Light

-

-

-

LED High-mounted Brake Light

-

Speed Variable Front Wipers

S

S

S

S

Aero-blade type windshield wiper

-

-

Rain sensing front wipers

-

-

Rear Wiper/Washer

S

S

S

S

Electrically Adjustable Door Mirrors

S

S

S

S

Heated Door Mirrors

-

Electrically Folding Door Mirrors with LED Indicator Lights

S

S

S

S

Black High Gloss Door Mirrors

-

-

Roof Rails

S

S

S

S

Standard Paint

S

S

S

S

Premium Paint

OPT

OPT

OPT

Two-tone Paint

-

OPT

OPT

-

INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

 

 

 

 

Black Woven Upholstery with Grey Stitching

-

-

Black Leather Upholstery with Grey Stitching*

-

-

-

Black Leather Upholstery with Orange Stitching*

-

-

-

Manual Driver Seat Height Adjuster

-

Driver & Front Passenger Seats Electric Adjustment (10 way)

-

-

-

Heated Front Seats

-

-

Heated Outer Rear Seats

-

-

-

Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel Adjustment

S

S

S

S

Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel

-

D-Cut Steering Wheel with Perforated Leather trim

-

-

-

Heated Steering Wheel

-

-

-

Leather Trimmed Gearshift

-

Centre Armrest Storage Box

S

S

S

S

Rear Centre Armrest with cupholders

-

-

Faux Leather Door Armrest

-

Black High Gloss Centre Fascia

-

Silver Finish Interior Door Handles

-

-

-

Satin Chrome Finish Interior Door Handles

-

Air Conditioning

-

-

-

Automatic Air Conditioning

-

All-round Electric Windows (with Driver's Auto Down Function)

-

-

All-round Electric Windows (with Driver&Passenger Auto Down Function)

-

-

Day & Night Rear-view Mirror

-

-

Auto-dimming Rear-view Mirror

-

-

Sunvisors with Sliding Extensions & Vanity Mirrors with Illumination

S

S

S

S

Cruise Control

-

Speed Limiter

-

Remote Central Door Locking with Fold-away Key

-

-

Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry System

-

-

STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

 

 

 

 

60:40 Split Folding 2nd Row Seats

S

S

S

S

Front Console 12v Power Socket

S

S

S

S

Front Passenger Seatback Pocket

S

S

S

S

Front & Rear Door Map Pockets

S

S

S

S

Glovebox with Illumination

S

S

S

S

Centre Console Cupholders

S

S

S

S

Glovebox - Cooling Function

-

-

Front Cabin Map Lights (Bulb Type)

-

Front Cabin Map Lights (LED Type)

-

-

-

Centre Cabin Lights (Bulb Type)

-

LED Side Cabin Lights

-

-

-

Ignition Keyhole Illumination

-

-

Temporary Spare Wheel

-

TMK (Temporary Mobility Kit)

-

-

-

Luggage Area Light (Bulb Type)

-

-

Portable LED Luggage Light

-

-

Luggage Area Load Cover

S

S

S

S

Luggage Net Hooks

S

S

S

S

Luggage Under-floor Tray

-

-

Luggage 12v Power Outlet

-

-

AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

6 Speaker System

-

-

8 Speaker JBL® Premium Sound System with External Amplifier and Subwoofer

-

-

Front Speaker Mood Lights

-

-

DAB/RDS Radio with MP3 Compatibility

S

S

S

S

4.2" TFT Premium Vision Instrument Cluster

-

-

7" LCD Touchscreen Navigation with Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)

-

-

-

8" LCD Touchscreen Navigation with Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)

-

-

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto via Connectity***

-

Reversing Camera System (In Centre Fascia Screen)

-

USB & AUX Ports for Connection of an Audio Media Device (iPod / Memory Stick)

S

S

S

S

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

S

S

S

S

Bluetooth® with Voice Recognition & Music Streaming***

S

S

S

S

Rear Parking Sensors **

-

Front Parking Sensors **

-

-

-

Trip Computer (Distance to Empty, Fuel Consumption, Average Speed, Trip Mileage & Journey Time Elapsed)

S

S

S

S

Seatbelt Reminder Warning

S

S

S

S

External Temperature Display

S

S

S

S

Lane Departure Warning System

-

-

-

Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert

-

-

-

ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

 

 

 

ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist System (BAS)

S

S

S

S

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

S

S

S

S

Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)

S

S

S

S

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

S

S

S

S

Emergency Stop Signalling

S

S

S

S

Flex Steer (Normal, Comfort and Sport Modes)

Manual only

Manual only

-

Drive Mode Select (Sport, Normal, Eco)

-

DCT only

DCT only

PASSIVE SAFETY

 

 

 

 

Twin Front Airbags

S

S

S

S

Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch

S

S

S

S

Twin Side Airbags (front)

S

S

S

S

Twin Curtain Airbags

S

S

S

S

All-round Height Adjustable Head Rests

S

S

S

S

ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings (Outer Rear Seats only)

S

S

S

S

All-round 3-point Seatbelts

S

S

S

S

Front Seatbelt Pre-tensioners & Load Limiters

S

S

S

S

Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts

S

S

S

S

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

S

S

S

S

SECURITY

 

 

 

 

Engine Immobiliser

S

S

S

S

Door Deadlocks

S

S

S

S

Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking (dealer-activated feature)

S

S

S

S

Locking Wheel Nuts

S

S

S

S

Visible Vehicle Identification No. (VIN)

S

S

S

S

 

*Some parts of the leather upholstery contain faux leather

**Parking Sensors may not match exterior body colour

***Check with your dealer for mobile phone compatibility

5          THE TECHNICAL STORY                                                                           

201bhp T-GDi Sport heads a three-engine line-up

 

The headline act in the 2017 Soul line-up is the new Sport version powered by the 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection) engine from the cee'd GT range. With a 0-60mph time of 7.5 seconds and a 122mph top speed, this exciting addition gives the Soul performance to match its urban tearaway looks   

 

The Soul is also offered with a choice of two 1.6-litre direct-injection engines – the Gamma GDi petrol unit and the U2 CRDi turbodiesel – providing the optimum combination of flexible performance and outstanding refinement. The fuel economy of most models has been  improved and there are also CO2 reductions with some versions. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard with Soul 1, 2 and 3, but the diesel is also offered with the alternative of a compact and light seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (7-DCT) transmission which is standard in Soul Sport.

 

The suspension is again based on the tried-and-tested combination of MacPherson struts at the front and a coupled torsion beam axle at the rear, while the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) is boosted by the addition of Flex Steer (on manuals), which allows the driver to vary the level of power assistance according to preference and where the car is being driven. This is deleted for the Soul Sport performance model.

 

T-GDi – turbocharging and direct injection

The T-GDi engine develops its 201bhp at 6,000rpm, but what really gives the Soul Sport instantaneous response and rapid acceleration is the 265Nm of torque, available without interruption from only 1,500rpm to 4,500rpm. This ensures supreme flexibility and immediacy, with negligible throttle lag once the driver presses the accelerator pedal. 

 

Driving through the 7-DCT gearbox with an ideal spread of ratios, it delivers scintillating off-the-line performance, with 0-60mph achievable in 7.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 122mph. Nevertheless, the Soul Sport remains an everyday car, with the emphasis on usability and civility in all conditions rather than track-day performance.

 

The T-GDi also contributes towards Kia’s goal of improving fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions by 25 per cent thanks to its combination of small engine capacity (1,591cc), direct fuel injection and exhaust-driven turbocharging. The combined fuel consumption is 40.9mpg, while CO2 emissions are just 156g/km.

 

So that the engine can deliver a characterful sound, there are specifically tuned intake and exhaust systems. The twin exhaust system adds to the sporty tones coming from the tailpipes, aided by a simplified main exhaust muffler.

 

CRDi and GDi – two direct routes to strong performance with high efficiency

The 1.6-litre CRDi and GDi engines have been specifically chosen and tailored for European versions of the Soul.

 

Both are direct-injection units which spray a fine mist of fuel directly into the cylinders through a high-pressure injection system in minutely precise quantities with millisecond timing, rather than being pre-mixed with air. This ensures the engine uses only as much fuel as it needs for the load being put on it at any given moment. The result is efficient combustion with excellent performance. Direct injection, with turbocharging in the case of the U2 diesel engine, also helps to boost low-speed response and driveability.  

 

The 1.6-litre CRDi engine develops 134bhp at 4,000rpm and 260Nm of torque from 1,500rpm until 3,000rpm, ensuring open-road performance similar to that of the petrol Soul and excellent flexibility. With the 7-DCT gearbox, maximum torque rises to 300Nm, available from 1,750 to 2,500rpm. Acceleration from 0-60mph is achieved in 10.8 seconds with the six-speed manual gearboxwhile the top speed is 112mph. The figures with the 7-DCT gearbox are 10.7 seconds and 113mph.

 

Manual versions have combined fuel consumption of 58.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 127g/km, while the figures for the 7-DCT are 56.5mpg and 130g/km – an improvement of 2.2mpg and 5g/km.

 

The Soul is also available with Kia’s 1.6-litre GDi (Gasoline Direct injection) Gamma petrol engine. GDi makes it possible to raise power and torque levels while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This 1,591cc unit, with an aluminium block and cylinder head and a steel oil pan, was Kia’s first GDi engine. For the Soul it develops 130bhp at 6,300rpm and 161Nm of torque at 4,850rpm.

 

It is a 16-valve twin-cam unit with variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust valves. It also features a roller-type chain system and a heat-treated block and injectors.

 

With the GDi engine the Soul accelerates from 0-60mph in 10.6 seconds and has a top speed of 115mph. Average fuel consumption has been improved by 2mpg to 43.5mpg, with CO2 emissions down by 6g/km to 152g/m.

 

Transmissions

A six-speed transmission is standard with Soul 1, 2 and 3, while a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox (7-DCT) is fitted to the Soul Sport and offered as an option with CRDi models. All gearboxes offer a wide spread of ratios with a long final drive ratio to help bring down fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

 

Both are compact and lightweight. The manuals feature modular shift-control systems, which improve operation by reducing the number of parts and therefore the tolerances during assembly. There is a skirt-type reverse gear selection collar.

 

Kia’s dual-clutch automatic transmission is one of the few in-house seven-speed DCT gearboxes in the global auto industry. It is a dry double clutch system to keep weight to a minimum and reduce the friction losses through viscosity which occur in wet double-clutch systems.

 

In normal operation the 7DCT transmission changes gear automatically, with no need for intervention from the driver. The advantage of a dual-clutch arrangement is that the next gear is always primed ready for selection, minimising torque losses during changes and improving smoothness and efficiency. One clutch operates gears 1, 2, 4 and 5 and the other is responsible for gears 3, 6 and 7 plus reverse. There is a Manual mode, accessed by sliding the lever to the left when in the Drive position. The driver is then able to up- or downchange at will. The 7-DCT transmission also features Drive Mode Select via a button on the steering wheel. This allows the driver to choose between Sport, Eco and Normal operating modes, for sharper performance or greater economy.  

 

The layout and gear train have been designed for light weight and compact size, while low-friction bearings and low-viscosity oil reduce friction, promoting greater efficiency, lowering reaction times and reducing noise.

 

 

Tuned for driver satisfaction and passenger comfort

Soul has alert, fun-to-drive handling characteristics matched by its ability to cope with the challenges of deteriorating roads in many parts of the UK.

 

Finally, the rear wheels, which are mounted to a coupled torsion beam axle, are almost perpendicular to the body as a result of the choice of damper lever ratio. The lever ratio is an important factor in determining ride comfort: the general rule is that the closer the ratio is to 1, the more absorbent the ride. Tubular beams and large lower arm bushing also boost comfort.

 

All of this has been aided by the rigidity of the Soul's body structure, something which has been achieved without adversely affecting weight through extensive use of ultra-high-strength steel.

 

All versions of the Soul have Kia’s Motor Driven Power Steering system, now with the adoption of Flex Steer on all manual transmissions. Flex Steer is a variable-assistance function which allows drivers to adjust the degree of assistance provided according to preference and where the car is being driven. For parking or manoeuvring in narrow town streets, the Comfort setting offers increased assistance, while for highway driving at speed the Sport mode reduces the amount of help to maximise feedback and stability. There is also a Normal setting. Changes are made via a button on the steering wheel, and the driver’s last chosen setting is always maintained until manually altered, even after switching off the engine.

 

The new Soul has ventilated front brake discs of 280mm or 300mm in diameter, depending on wheel and tyre size, and solid 262mm rear discs. There are 320mm front discs on Soul Sport. Anti-lock Braking (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS) are standard helping drivers to safely brake and steer at the same time in an emergency, and to ensure stopping effort is apportioned in the most effective way and that the car stops in the shortest possible distance, regardless of the force applied to the pedal.

 

Anything for a quiet life: the Soul’s NVH counter-measures

Substantial effort has gone into ensuring that the Soul is also an extremely refined car. In addition to the suspension work which has minimised the transmission of road noise into the cabin, detailed tuning of the engines, shaping of the aerodynamics and fitting sound-deadening materials have reduced the amount of cabin noise while curtailing vibration.

 

All versions have expansion foam in the A- and B-pillars, A-pillar garnish and special hood and cowl structures to curb wind noise, while the front edge of the roof, the sculpting of the rear combination lamps, underbody wheel deflectors, engine and centre floor under-covers and a front bumper lip reduce noise while lowering the drag co-efficient to 0.34, which in turn also benefits fuel consumption and emissions. Polyurethane-layered carpets and an insulation pad in the cargo area also help to muffle sound and make the cabin a quieter place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6          THE SAFETY STORY                                                                      

Tough new body and cutting-edge driver aids for maximum protection

 

The Soul comes as standard with a comprehensive set of active and passive safety features, including new cutting-edge driver assistance systems for Soul Sport, housed in a tough body shell. Kia engineers introduced an innovative Engineering Sample Inspection Report (ESIR) during the development of the car to rigorously check the performance and durability of prototype parts with the aim of improving the quality of mass-production casting dies.

 

The body of a car is the suit of armour that protects driver and passengers in the event of an accident. The stronger it is, the greater the protection it affords. But strength usually comes at the expense of weight, which impairs performance, agility and fuel consumption. And strength on its own is not the answer: unless the body can absorb impact forces, occupants can be injured by the shock waves caused by a collision.

 

Kia engineers have reconciled all these conflicts of interest. Weight has been kept in check thanks to extensive use of ultra-high-strength (35.2 per cent) and high-strength steels in critical areas, making the body of the Soul one of the safest in its class. The B-pillars, which are critical in helping protect occupants in side impacts, include sections which are made of steel 2.5 times stronger than that which qualifies as ultra-high-strength. Ultra-high-strength steel has also allowed Kia to make the A-pillars narrower and lighter, improving driver visibility without reducing the protection they offer.  

 

To overcome the inherent rigidity problems posed by the taller, boxier body of an SUV crossover, ring-shaped horizontal and vertical structures are incorporated, with reinforcements where they are inter-connected. These significantly increase both torsional and transverse bending rigidity, to the benefit of handling as well as collision safety. The key areas for improved torsional rigidity were the connection between the cowl and the damper housings, the area where the B-pillar meets the centre roof rail, the joints between the B-pillars and seat cross-members, the side reinforcements on the C- and D-pillars, the lower C-pillars and the joints between the back panel and sides. Structural adhesive has been applied to the side sills in the areas of the door openings.

 

All versions of the Soul are fitted with driver and front passenger airbags and front side and curtain airbags – which run the length of the cabin. The passenger airbag can be deactivated. A seat-belt reminder alert is fitted to all five seats. Both front seats have belt pre-tensioners.

 

Electronic aids to make accidents avoidable

The easiest accident to survive is the one that never happens. With that in mind, the Soul is delivered with a comprehensive array of electronic assistance features to help drivers brake or steer away from trouble in an emergency.

 

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) allow the driver to steer even when braking hard without risk of destabilising the car, and are supported by Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), which apportions the stopping effort to the wheels which can make most use of it, and Brake Assist (BAS), which measures the speed with which the driver hits the brake pedal to ensure maximum retardation, regardless of the force applied to the pedal. Emergency Stop Signaling flashes the high-level brake light to warn following drivers of what is happening.

 

Electronic Stability Control is also standard. This uses the ABS system to selectively brake wheels, sometimes accompanied by a reduction in engine torque, if slippery road conditions or over-exuberant driving threaten to send the car out of control. ESC is accompanied in the Soul by Vehicle Stability Management, which stabilises the car when accelerating or braking on a surface where the grip on one side is less than that on the other.

 

The Soul also includes Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep uphill gradients. Brake pressure is maintained until the driver touches the accelerator.

 

Soul Sport also comes with a Blind Spot Detection system, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist. Sensors in the rear bumper detect other vehicles in the area behind and to the sides of the Soul that might not be seen in the door mirrors. If the Soul driver attempts to pull out into the path of an obscured vehicle, a warning symbol lights up in the appropriate side mirror. It then flashes and an audible warning is issued if the driver fails to take corrective action. The same sensors detect moving objects if the Soul driver is about to reverse from a parking space or driveway into their path. Warning symbols appear in the door mirrors and on the dash, and an audible alert is issued.

High Beam Assist switches the headlights between dipped and main beam automatically so that the Soul driver always has maximum visibility without blinding the drivers of oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead.

 

7          RUNNING COSTS                                                                                                  

           Everything possible to minimise ownership bills

 

One thing that never changes at Kia is the focus on keeping operating costs to a minimum, even with the new Soul Sport performance model. Fuel efficiency, repairability and ease of maintenance and repair are at the heart of everything the company does, and it is all backed up by the best after-sales care in the business – a seven-year or 100,000-mile no-quibble warranty on all but routine wear and tear items, transferable to subsequent owners if the car is sold before the age or mileage limit has been reached.

 

With its highly efficient direct-injection engines, the Soul keeps fuel bills and taxation costs low for both private and fleet owners, while the tough body has been designed with ease of repair in mind to minimise insurance costs. Benefit-in-kind taxation and Vehicle Excise Duty both fall by one band with the CRDi 7-DCT models as a result of reductions in fuel consumption and CO2, while the GDi engine is now 2mpg more fuel efficient to reduce running costs.

 

Servicing is required every 10,000 miles (petrol) or 20,000 miles (diesel) or twelve months, whichever occurs soonest. Retail customers are able to benefit from Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus packages that help owners to inflation-proof routine maintenance costs.

 

 

Fuel consumption (mpg) and CO2 (g/km)

 

Engine

Urban

Ex Urban

Combined

CO2

1.6 GDi  

33.2

52.3

43.5

152

1.6 T-GDi

32.5

48.7

40.9

156

1.6 CRDi

49.5

65.7

58.8

127

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT

51.3

61.4

56.5

130

 

 

Benefit-in-kind taxation rates and VED Band (2016-17)

 

Description

Tax rate

VED Band

1.6 GDi

27%

G

1.6 T-GDi

28%

G

1.6 CRDi

25%

D

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT

26%

D

 

 

Insurance groups

 

Engine

(1-50)

Soul 1.6 GDi 1

10

Soul 1.6 GDi 2

11

Soul 1.6 CRDi 2

11

Soul 1.6 CRDi 7-DCT 2

11

Soul 1.6 CRDi 3

11

Soul 1.6 CRDi 7-DCT 3

11

Soul 1.6 T-GDi Sport

21

 

Servicing

10,000 miles or every 12 months (turbo petrol - Sport)

20,000 miles or every 12 months (petrol)

20,000 miles or every 12 months (diesel)

 

Care-3 and Care-3 Plus – Kia’s service packages for retail customers – are available and offer fixed-cost and inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work is carried out by trained technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils.

 

Both packages cover the car, not the owner, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.  If a vehicle with a Care-3 package is sold on then the next owner may upgrade to the five-year service package.  The cost of the first MoT test can also be included.

 

Warranty and support

Seven-year / 100,000-mile manufacturer warranty
Twelve-year anti-perforation warranty
Five-year paintwork warranty
One-year Europe-wide roadside assistance through KIAssist

 

 

8          MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                     

Built in the refurbished Gwangju plant 

The Soul is built at Kia’s Gwangju plant in Korea. Gwangu was fully refurbished to accommodate the Soul in 2008 and is capable of manufacturing 135,000 versions of the car a year. The Soul is also built in China at the rate of around 40,000 a year for the Chinese domestic market. The 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine is manufactured at Žilina in Slovakia and shipped to Korea for installation in the Soul. 

The Gwangju plant has been in operation since 1998, when Kia was acquired by parent company Hyundai. The 2008 upgrade was to ensure even higher production quality and greater flexibility. 

Gwangju also produces K-series trucks, buses and military vehicles – most of which have never seen European soil in any shape or form – as well as the Sportage for markets outside Europe: European Sportages are built at Kia's world-class Žilina factory in Slovakia, alongside the Venga and the cee'd family.

 

Gwangju employs 7,000 workers and has an annual capacity of 420,000 vehicles.  Knock-down (CKD) vehicles are also made there for assembly outside Korea.  It is a highly efficient plant that has facilities to match any in the world.  It is also a strategic export base for Kia, and as with all Kia factories, great efforts have been made in recent years to reduce its environmental impact.

 

The plant has adopted zero-landfill scrap disposal, increased robotisation in its painting facilities and gone over to totally soluble paints, introduced a separate waste collection system to minimise wastage and even added solar heating for its hot water, all with the aim of reducing energy consumption and its CO2 output.

 

Kia has made reducing the amount of raw materials being fed into the production process a major priority in every production facility around the globe.  The last few years have seen significant progress in reducing waste, increasing recycling and developing cleaner production processes.

 

Exhaust pollutants from Gwangju have also decreased dramatically and new technology is playing a significant part in environmental improvement.  Typical cast melting furnaces produce large amounts of dust and contained within this is a high proportion of zinc.  The captured dust is treated and the zinc extracted before being re-used within the production process.

 

In another area of Gwangju, a direct-fired steam air-conditioning system has been introduced.  Unlike conventional systems that need fuel to supply heat after converting to steam, these systems transfer heat directly from the fuel/heat reservoirs within the plant to indoor rooms. This system has proven to be remarkably efficient and annually saves around 107 tonnes of CO2 .

 

The green landscape around each facility is an important part of each plant make-up.  One ongoing programme is based on a number of ecology gardens which are filled with trees and plants resistant and sensitive to environmental changes in air pollution.  The Gwangju plant is no different, with more than 88,300m2 of green areas and 98,100 trees.  Almost 15 per cent of the factory plot is given over to green areas.  This has the added benefits of providing a more comfortable environment for the staff and local population and offsetting some of the CO2 output from the facility. 

The overall effect of the many green initiatives – reducing the use of raw materials, recycling and reducing waste – has resulted in Gwangju being officially recognised as an eco-friendly worksite by the Korean Ministry of the Environment.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Things we think you'll want to know          

  1. What design elements of the Track'ster were you determined to keep?
  2. Early on the designers decided they had to keep the unique profile and the wrap-around windscreen glass which makes the Soul look as if it is wearing    sunglasses. The large trapezoidal lower front air intake, the location of the front foglights – low and pushed to the outer edges, the high-mounted stacked tail lamps      and the floating body-colour ‘backpack’ panel in the tailgate were also highly desirable carry-over items for the design team. And inside, the circular patterns which were  used so emphatically in the Track’ster, and the front door-mounted speakers with red   mood lighting were high up the must-have list.

 

  1. Which part of the design are you most proud of?
  2. The completeness of the design is the main thing, but if we had to pick one element it would be the backpack-shaped tailgate and the seamlessly integrated combination lamps. It was challenging to achieve, but well worth the effort.

 

  1. Did you consider all-wheel-drive versions?
  2. No. While one or two competitors do offer all-wheel drive, on a compact SUV sales of such models are very small. All-wheel drive adds weight, cost and manufacturing complexity and buyers have told us that while they want the Soul to look like an SUV and to offer the elevated driving position of one, they do not want the increased buying and ownership costs that four-wheel drive brings.

 

Q         Why are there no versions with your ISG stop-start system?

  1. Because the savings to UK customers through lower taxation and fuel consumption would not be sufficient to compensate for the premium we would have to charge for fitting ISG.

 

Q         Why have you made the Urban Styling pack standard?

  1. Because potential buyers said they wanted it and a significant number of current owners ordered high grade cars with this feature included, so it makes sense to include it as a standard part of the car.

 

Q         Do you see much of a market for the Soul Sport?

  1. It will not be a major seller, but the GT versions of other models in the Kia range have boosted the company's image and profile and have been extremely well received, so we wanted a halo model for the Soul.

 

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Kia Soul 2017

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

All the fact and figures                                                  

 1.6 GDi 

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 Cc

 1,591

 Bore / stroke

 Mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp (Kw)

 130 (97) @ 6,300rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 161 (119) @ 4,850 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 11:1

 Engine details

 

 Continuously variable valve timing; direct injection

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Clutch type

 

 Single dry-plate with diaphragm spring

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.045

 1.370

 1.036

 0.893

 0.774

 3.700

 4.400

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Independent with MacPherson strut, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Coupled torsion-beam axle, trailing arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 280mm x 26mm ventilated front discs and 262mm x 10mm solid rear discs with ABS and EBD

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion with motor-driven electronic assistance

 Wheels

 6.5 J x 16

 7.0 J x 17

 

 Tyres

 205/60

 215/55

 

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 Mm

 2,570

 Overall l/w/h (wheel)

 

 Mm

 4,140/1,800/1,593 (16”)

 4,140/1,800/1,600 (17”)

 Kerb weight (min)

 Kg

 1,417 (1,275)

 Tow weights – braked/unbraked

 Kg

 1,300 / 550

 Boot capacity (min/max)

 litres

 354 / 994

 Turning circle

 M

 10.6

 Tank capacity

 litres

 54

 

 

Performance and fuel consumption

Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 10.6

 Maximum speed

 mph

 115

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 Mpg

 33.2 / 52.3 / 43.5

 

 CO2

 g/km

 152

 

 

1.6 CRDi 

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 Cc

 1,582

 Bore / stroke

 Mm

 77.2 x 84.5

 Power output

 bhp (Kw)

 134 (94) @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 manual 260 (192) @ 1,500 - 3,000rpm

 7-DCT 300 (222) @ 1,750 - 2,500rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 17.3:1

 Engine details

 

 Common rail direct injection, DPF

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed auto DCT

 Clutch type

 

 Single dry-plate with

 Diaphragm spring

 Double wet clutch

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

7th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.615

 1.962

 1.189

 0.844

 0.702

 0.596

 n/a

 3.583

 4.188

3.786

2.261

1.957

1.023

0.778

0.837

0.681

5.074

(1-2, 4-5) 4.429

(3, 6-7, Reverse) 3.263

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Independent with MacPherson strut, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Coupled torsion-beam axle, trailing arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 280mm x 26mm ventilated front discs and 262mm x 10mm solid rear discs with ABS and EBD

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion with motor-driven electronic assistance

 Wheels

 7.0 J x 17

 7.0 J x 18

 

 Tyres

 215/55

 235/45

 

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 Mm

 2,570

 Overall l/w/h (wheel)

 Mm

 4,140/1,800/1,600 (17”)

 4,140/1,831/1,606 (18”)

 Kerb weight (min)

 Kg

 1,582 (1,390)

 1,567 (1,425)

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 Kg

 1,300 / 550

 1,300 / 550

 Boot capacity (VDA)

 Litres

 354 / 994

 Turning circle

 M

 10.0

 Tank capacity

 Litres

 54

 

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six speed manual

 Seven-speed auto DCT

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 Seconds

 10.8

 10.7

 Maximum speed

 mph

 112

 113

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 Mpg

 49.5 / 65.7 / 58.8

 51.3 / 61.4 / 56.5

 CO2

 g/km

 127

 130

 

  1.6 T-GDi

 

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 Cc

 1,591

 Bore / stroke

 Mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp (Kw)

 201 (97) @ 6,000rpm

 Torque output

 Nm (lb/ft)

 265 (196) @ 1,500 - 4,500 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 11:1

 Engine details

 

 Continuously variable valve timing; direct injection; exhaust-driven turbocharging

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Seven-speed double-clutch automatic

 Clutch type

 

 Double dry clutch

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7 th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.929

 2.318

 2.043

 1.070

 0.822

 0.884

 0.721

 5.304

 (1-2) (4-5) 4.643

 (3, 6-7, Rev) 3.421

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Independent with MacPherson strut, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Coupled torsion-beam axle, trailing arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 320mm x 28mm ventilated front discs and 262mm x 10mm solid rear discs with ABS and EBD

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion with motor-driven electronic assistance

 Wheels

 7.0 J x 18

 

 Tyres

 235/45

 

 Spare wheel

 Tyre repair kit

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 Mm

 2,570

 Overall l/w/h (wheel)

 Mm

4,140/1,831/1,606 (18”)

 Kerb weight (min)

 Kg

 1,364

 Tow weights – braked/unbraked

 Kg

 1,100 / 550

 Boot capacity (min/max)

 Litres

 354 / 994

 Turning circle

 M

 10.6

 Tank capacity

 Litres

 54

 

 

Performance and fuel consumption

Acceleration 0-60 mph

 Seconds

 7.5

 Maximum speed

 mph

 122

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 Mpg

 32.5 / 48.7 / 40.9

 

 CO2

 g/km

 156

 



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