It's been with us for more than a year now, but those considering a purchase can rest easy: the stylish little Korean (a finalist for the World Car Design of the Year awards) now carries a 5-Star ANCAP crash safety rating.
The 5-Star rating is specific to the upgraded 2011 Soul, which benefits from the addition of electronic stability control, seatbelt reminders for all five seats and an anchor-point pretensioner for the driver's seat.
Other new standard features for the Soul include a trip computer, folding key, metallic finish on the instrument panel and a new more ergonomic door handle.
The updated Soul and the announcement of its 5-Star ANCAP rating comes as good news for Kia, which recently announced a voluntary recall on a number of Sorento Platinum and Soul3 cars due to faulty wiring.
The 2011 update sees the Soul range pared down to two models, the Soul and Soul+.
The Soul+ features 16-inch alloys, front fog lamps, roof rails, telescopic steering (new), steering wheel mounted audio controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, driver's seat height adjustment and windshield sunband. The diesel Soul+ also scores cruise control and catalytic particulate filter on the automatics.
The new top specification model keeps many of the features of the discontinued Soul3 but maintains a $23,190 price for the manual 1.6 litre petrol, and $26,690 for the 1.6 litre diesel.
The optional automatic gearbox is a $2000 premium.
Pricing for the entry Soul remains unchanged, starting at $20,990 for the manual version and $22,990 for the automatic.
Note: prices are RRP