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The best of modern SUVs are efficient, powerful, comfortable, and reliable - but they can sometimes lack a little in character. But if there's one thing the Kia Soul isn't short of, it's personality. Already a favourite with urban drivers thanks to its agility and distinctive looks, the Soul has now been updated for 2022 with a host of new features. Here are the new model's key highlights that you can discover with a test drive from Eastside Kia.
The Kia Soul has a boxy design that sometimes divides opinion, but there's no doubt that many people simply love its straightforward, upright profile that's heavily focused on fun. But while the hatchback's looks are certainly attractive, the main benefit of the design is the way the Soul can handle tight city streets with nimble ease, no matter how heavy the traffic or confined the space.
There are two engine choices available with the 2022 Kia Soul. At the entry level a 2.0L inline-four model is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to power front-wheel drive only. Considering the diminutive size of the Soul, the powertrain is surprisingly hefty, delivering 147 horsepower and 132lb-ft of torque for great urban and highway performance.
But if you're looking for even more, then trading up to the 1.6L turbo option pushes the ponies up to an impressive 201 hp, again feeding front-wheel drive but this time via a smooth seven-speed automatic transmission. The extra horsepower really counts in a hatchback of the Soul's size, greatly boosting acceleration and cruising ability to deliver a smoothly enjoyable drive.
The Soul may be a small car but its cabin is both highly comfortable and surprisingly spacious. The front-row legroom is a generous 104cm, but the rear legroom of 98.5cm is outstanding for a hatchback of this size. Cargo capacity tells a similar story, with a minimum of 685L rising to an impressive 1,759L with the rear seats folded down.
The 2022 Soul's infotainment tech has been generously upgraded compared to previous years, with even the entry-level trim boasting an 8" touchscreen display equipped with smartphone compatibility through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Higher trims push the touchscreen size to a huge 10.3", while optional upgrades include advanced navigation, a wireless charging pad, and a Harman Kardon audio system complete with sub-woofer.
The active safety tech on the Soul is provided by Kia's Drive Wise system, offering a range of features across the trim levels. Key standard and available highlights include:
- Automatic emergency braking with forward collision warnings.
- Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts.
- Driver alertness and focus monitoring.
- Lane departure warnings and lane keeping assist.
- Adaptive cruise control.
Rediscover the joys of city driving with a test drive of the 2022 Kia Soul from Eastside Kia. If you're looking for a subcompact car that combines incredible features with huge personality, you can't afford to miss out on the Soul.