Kia introduces the Soul Shaker

Article by Christian A., 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.

So what’s new with Kia? Well, it now has a beltline that rises from the front gently creating a wedge shape around the rear side window. The rear boasts a vertical combination of rear lamps into the body color panel with clear external lenses. Around the bumper of this vehicle is where the crease line from the body and wheel arch extends. The style on the front also matches the rear.

The Soul, Soul+, Soul! and Soul Sport are the available four trims which all have versatile five-door standard features. Aside from that, the Kia Soul also has 15-inch steel wheels fitted with P195/65R15 tires, body-colored bumpers, black door handles and side mirrors and rear wiper/washer. If you opt to upgrade your Kia Soul to Soul+, you will enjoy the added features like privacy glass on the rear side and rear windows, solar glass, power side mirrors, body-color handles and a 16-inch alloy wheels fitted with P205/55RR16 tires. Choosing the enhanced Soul! gives extra features of fog lights, power moonroof and 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with P225/45R18 tires. The last trim, the dynamic Soul sport, has features like a rear spoiler, side sills, unique front and rear fascias, and 18-inch alloy wheels that embody the sporty urban look of Soul.

Spacious, Advanced State-of-the-Art Interior

The Kia Soul has a sophisticated cabin inside. If you want a personal lounge on wheels or a cargo carrier with 14 storage zones, the Soul is a good choice. Aside from its small footprint features, it also has a spacious interior. The passengers will surely feel convenient and comfortable inside your 5-seater vehicle. Also, it has tall doors and an adjustable high-seat that allow the passengers to ingress and egress effortlessly. In addition, there are more options available, some of which improve the interiors with a change in colors, use of fabrics, and audio systems.

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