If you’re looking for something that blends coolness with practicality then the Kia Soul is perfect for you. With big interior proportions, the Soul is a boxy SUV at the lower end of the price bracket, competing with the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, and Suzuki Vitara.
The Soul comes equipped with a range of petrol and diesel engine options, as well as a quiet electric option. The brake pads and clutch are positive and responsive, while the reactive gearstick has received plenty of positive reviews for its sharpness, meaning that driving such a large car is relatively painless.
As you may expect for such a large vehicle, the driving position is supreme. The driver’s seat and the steering wheel also come with a great deal of adjustment to help you find your preferred position. This is a big advantage over the Juke, where drivers have reported struggles.
Infotainment options are also good, even on the lowest trim levels. Each comes with a small LED display, Bluetooth, and a DAB radio. The interior doesn’t match with the “cheap and cheerful” look that you may expect of a car at this price range. In fact, it outperforms both the Juke and Captur.
If you’re looking for lots of rear legroom and space however, then it may be worth keeping in mind that this is one area where the Soul struggles a little against its rivals. You do have room however for adults in the back, and the boot size is average for the class.
The Soul itself may be cheap for the class, but be prepared for running costs that are above average. CO2 emissions are higher than most other makes and models however, and fuel economy isn’t fantastic.
Kia’s seven-year / 100,000 mile warranty comes as standard with the Soul. It also has six airbags, hill start assist, and a tyre-pressure-monitoring system on every version. The Soul gained a respectable, but not class leading four stars from Euro NCAP’s safety ratings system.
If you’re looking for a cheap SUV, make sure the Kia Soul is on your shortlist.