A car the shape and size of Kia Soul is a hard thing to improve aesthetically at all because it is a very unique thing and belongs to a niche all its own. So while they continue with the same body as before Kia is relying on a powerful new powertrain to keep the interest in the car strong. The new Soul T-GDI has a turbo engine with 201 horsepower.
Not that Kia Soul buyers are typically horsepower junkies or care about power and performance at all, but giving this car a powerful engine adds to its uniqueness since there is no other car in the market that is small enough so as to be convenient in the city, yet spacious enough that it can double as a minivan, and now powerful enough so that it can sprint from 0 to 60 in 7.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 122 mph.
Also standard on the Kia Soul 1.6 T-GDI is a new seven-speed double-clutch transmission (7DCT) with Normal, Eco and Sport modes, a bolder front bumper and air intake grille design, twin exhaust pipes at the rear, and its own 10-spoke 18-inch aluminium alloy wheel design. What’s more, the car comes with black cloth and leather upholstery paired with orange stitching and a D shaped steering wheel and benefit from Kia’s latest 5.0-, 7.0- or 8.0-inch colour touchscreen infotainment HMI. The new Soul will be launched in the UK in late 2016.