A move to simplify the Soul range has coincided with a number of revisions to the crossover line-up. An uprated 1.6-litre CRDi engine joined the range last year, boasting an extra 8bhp, as well as the introduction of a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. Both manual and automatic derivatives benefited from enhancements to fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, too. But for 2017, the Soul gains revisions to the front and rear bumpers, together with a silver skid plate to enhance its rugged appearance. The tiger nose front grille has been revised, while at the rear the light clusters have been given an updated design. Inside, new infotainment options are available, with our car featuring an eight-inch navigation-equipped touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto offered for the first time. Alongside, thereís new gloss black trim for a more upmarket appearance.
You can read the full report on this Kia Soul in the February 2017 issue of Diesel Car. Order a back issue by clicking here and choosing a single issue.
Hugely spacious. Well equipped. Funky cabin design with good quality materials. Clear dials. Decent pace. Good all-round visibility.
No stop-start functionality, so not as efficient as rivals. Dark, sombre cabin. Ride can get lumpy.