To the Soul, Kia has added a new 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 201bhp, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Drivers can switch between normal, eco, and sport modes, which adjusts the steering depending on preference and driving conditions.
With this new engine, which has been available in the Ceed and Pro Ceed GT models, the updated Soul can now achieve 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds, and a top speed of 122mph, with claimed CO2 emissions of 156g/km.
To distinguish itself from the rest of the range, the faster Soul has a new front bumper and grille, with two exhaust pipes, some colour detailing, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
On the interior, the Soul is fitted with cloth and leather upholstery with orange stitching, along with some other orange highlights. There’s the option to go with either a 5.0-, 7.0-, or 8.0-inch touchscreen system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a USB port in the rear seats, parking camera, fully adjustable front passenger seat, blind spot detection, and rear cross traffic alert available.
The rest of the Soul range also has new front and rear bumpers, along with an updated grille, new fog lights and reflectors. On the interior there’s new gloss black detail on the dashboard.
The updated Soul will be on sale in the UK later in 2016.