Kia will launch the all-new 2012 Soul from 3rd October and the price is as low as £12 495. The model will come with revised 1.6-litre engines and the introduction of a six-speed gearbox on all models improve performance while lowering fuel consumption, emissions and running costs.

The engine range includes two 1.6-litre engines.

The first is a direct-injection (GDi) petrol with 138BHP. It returns 44.1 mpg on combined cycle and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 10 seconds. The emissions are just 149g/km, which saves owners £35 a year compared with the previous model.

The second is a 1.6-litre CRDi with 126BHP, which is capable of doing 57.6mpg and emissions of just 129 g/km of CO2. 0 to 100 km/h in 10.3 seconds, which is 0.6 seconds faster than previous version.

Soul comes as standard with electronic stability control (ESC) and anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD).  ESC intervenes to prevent skids by braking one or more wheels, reducing engine power or both if sensors detect the car may be in danger of going out of control.  EBD, meanwhile, automatically ensures that stopping power is directed to the four wheels in such a way as to ensure the car is brought to a halt in the shortest possible distance.

2012 Kia Soul

Kia Soul – Performance and Economy figures

Version Power (bhp) Torque (lb/ft) Top Speed (mph) 0-60 mph Combined mpg CO2 (g/km)
1.6 GDi 138 @ 6300 rpm 122 @ 4850 rpm 112 10.0 44.1 149
1.6 CRDi 126 @ 4000 rpm 192 @ 1900-2750 rpm 112 10.3 57.6 129
1.6-litre CRDi auto 126 @ 4000 rpm 192 @ 1900-2750 rpm 110 11.3 47.9 155

Kia Soul – Pricing

Version Price – On the Road
1.6 GDi 1 £12,495
1.6 GDi 2 £13,595
1.6 CRDi 2 £14,695
1.6 CRDi 2 auto £15,795
1.6 GDi Hunter £15,095
1.6 CRDi Hunter £16,195
1.6 CRDi Hunter auto £17,295
1.6 GDi Quantum £15,595
1.6 CRDi Quantum £16,695
1.6 CRDi Quantum auto £17,795

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Source: KIA