Kia introduces the Soul Shaker

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 28, 2013

The Kia Soul ‘Shaker’ makes a comeback to the Soul Originals range at the top of the newly modified Soul range with a starting price of £15,295 on-the road. The other models in the original lineup include Soul ‘Quantum’ and Soul ‘Inferno’. The Soul ‘Shaker’ is positioned in the Soul line-up higher than the ‘2’ specification version and has the same advanced features as the other models in the Soul Originals range.

Some of these are iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control (only for diesel version) and air conditioning. In addition, LED daytime running lights, LED rear combination lamps and high mounted brake lights are included in this list too. The interior features steering wheel mounted controls while both the steering wheel and gearshift have leather trimming.

The ‘Shaker’ is sure to stand out with a Vanilla Shake coloured bodywork but for no additional cost, it is also offered in Quartz Black metallic. The ‘Shaker’ gets a more purposeful stance from its stunning multi-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels.

The interior also gets the same design-focused appearance with premium cloth upholstery that uses a new one-of-a-kind ‘Houndstooth’ design. These go very well with its remarkable beige interior surfaces. The ‘Shaker’ also gets an electric tilt-and-slide sunroof as well as a rear view mirror that could automatically dim and comes with an integrated colour reversing camera. It was in 2009 that the Soul Originals arrived in the market. It was created like how a fashion collection would be made. It received numerous updates with distinctive styles and personalities.

The Soul ‘Shaker’ is equipped with a 1.6 CRDi 126bhp turbo-diesel engine and is coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. It’s capable of delivering 126bhp at 4,000rpm and 192lb/ft torque from 1,900rpm to 2,750rpm. It can continue on to reach a top speed of 112mph while going from zero to 60mph can be achieved in 10.3 seconds.

It emits 129g/km of CO2, placing this model in VED Band D. It is capable of returning 57.6mpg on the official combined cycle. On the other hand, the 1.6 GDi petrol engine offers 138bhp at 6,300rpm and 122lb/ft torque at 4,850rpm. It is capable of getting to a top speed of 112mph and can accelerate from zero to 60mph in exactly 10 seconds. The Soul ‘Shaker’ is priced from £15,295 for the 1.6 GDi version. The diesel is priced at £16,690 and is also available as an automatic for £17,795.  As with all new Kias, the Soul ‘Shaker’ comes with a fully-transferable seven year warranty.

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