Kia has given the Soul small hatch a light tweak for the 2017 model year, building on the Soul’s SUV-inspired styling - but more crucially bringing the price down by over $2000.
The single-variant Soul now starts from $24,990 driveaway, down from its previous $26,990 plus on-roads starting price; Kia has also trimmed the price of single-tone metallic paint to $520, down from $620.
A pair of two tone paint options is also available non-metallic Clear White with a Red roof ($390) and metallic Inferno Red and Black ($910).
Kia Australia’s CEO Damien Meredith reaffirmed the Soul’s ongoing place in the Australian line-up in a statement.
“Even the best can do with a helping hand from time to time, and for Soul the 2017 adjustments are just that, a bit of a boost for what is an excellent vehicle,” Mr Meredith said.
“The Soul certainly deserves greater recognition than it has enjoyed and with the preferred SUV-like seating position, a willing 2.0-litre engine, a 6-speed automatic and clever interior space we believe it has a strong future in Australia.”
Inside the Soul features minor changes to the centre stack, new seat trim and door trim inserts, a faux-metal steering wheel trim, and a new 5.0-inch colour display audio sytem.
Under the bonnet the Soul carries over the same 113kW/191Nm naturally aspirated 2.0 litre four cylinder petrol engine as before, paired with a six-speed automatic and driving the front wheels.
Kia has also introduced Drive Mode Select, in place of the previous FlexSteer system, which now adjusts the engine mapping along with the steering weight.
Outside the Soul gets updated styling thanks to a new grille and front bumper, new fog lights, and reflectors, and a new alloy wheel design.
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