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The Top Gear car review:Kia Soul

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


Better than the original yet just as standout


...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).

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6T GDi Sport 5dr DCT
7.5s 156g/km 40.9 201 £23,410
The cheapest
1.6 GDi Start 5dr
10.6s 153g/km 41.5 130 £12,565
The greenest
EV 5dr Auto
11.0s 0g/km 109 £30,440
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