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Despite an all-new overhaul, the Soul still isn't quite there. Utilitarian style gone too far?

Good stuff

Better than the original yet just as standout

Bad stuff

...But is it standout in a good way? Not quite a bargain either


What is it?

Funny looking thing, the original Kia Soul. Like a Land Rover Defender crossed with a mini people carrier. It never really caught on over here, but Americans loved it and bought loads of them. An all-new one was launched in 2014. And it looks… um, rather like the old one. Moving on....?

Well, hold on. It does at least look sleeker than the old one. Body detailing is neater and the lower roofline takes away the old tip-over top-heavy look. That’s all relative, of course. Really, the child who’s drawn it has simply got handier with the felt tips (and found some vivid new colours).

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What's the verdict?

New Soul puts practicality to the fore, but in other areas less progress has been made.

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