NEW FOR 2011:

– Four-wheel disc brakes, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control standard on all models
– New Luxury trim line
– Standard illuminated front power window buttons, instant/average fuel economy on trip computer and monotube shock absorbers
– Redesigned automatic gear shifter and instrument cluster
– Outside door handles changed from flip-up to grip type
– Speaker mood lighting changed to multi-coloured
– Exterior colour: Blue Stone added (1.6L, 2u and 4u)

An all-new model for 2010, the Kia Soul undergoes several changes for 2011. Four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control are added to the 1.6L model, making these features standard on all models. New illuminated power window buttons, an improved trip computer and revised instrument cluster improve the interior, the exterior door handles are changed, and monotube shock absorbers improve ride quality.

A new Luxury trim line adds body-coloured bumpers, rear-view camera, automatic climate control, Smart Key with pushbutton start, leather upholstery and a centre console armrest.

The Soul is available with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder that comes strictly with a five-speed manual transmission, or with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder with five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission. The 1.6-litre comes in a single trim line, with available air conditioning. The 2.0-litre comes as the 2u, 4u, 4u Retro, 4u Burner, 4u SX and 4u SX Luxury. The Luxury comes only with the four-speed automatic.

Features on the 1.6-litre include 15-inch steel wheels, heated power mirrors, body-colour exterior door handles, front and rear mud guards, heated black cloth seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, tilt steering column, external temperature gauge, power locks, CD/MP3 stereo with four speakers, auxiliary input and wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth connectivity, power windows with express driver’s down, rear cargo under-floor storage tray, anti-whiplash active front head restraints, variable intermittent wipers, and rear washer/wiper. Air conditioning can be added as an option for $1,000.

The 2u adds 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, roof rails, fender-integrated turn signals, privacy glass, “Soul” pattern seat inserts, driver’s seat height adjustment, keyless entry, dash-mounted tweeter speakers, cruise control, three 12-volt power outlets, and cargo net. The optional automatic transmission also includes a driver’s seat armrest.

The 4u adds 18-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, power sunroof, fog lamps, chrome exterior door handles, leather-wrapped wheel, metallic interior accents, premium audio with subwoofer, door-mounted LED mood speakers, and Sirius satellite radio.

The 4u Luxury adds automatic climate control, body-colour bumpers, rear-view camera, Smart Key with pushbutton start, leather upholstery and centre console armrest.

The 4u Retro builds on the 4u and adds hounds-tooth pattern seat inserts, and two-tone black and beige dash and door trim.

The 4u Burner builds on the 4u and adds rear spoiler, front and rear “Burner” style bumpers, “Eyeline” front turn signals, red seat inserts, and two-tone red and black dash and door trim.

The 4u SX adds premium headlight bulbs, front and rear high-gloss bumper trim, body kit, black cloth seats, metallic pedals and back-up camera.

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