Kia Soul 2018 Philippines Review: Latest Price, Specs, Interior

Jul 03, 2018
Editor's rating 3.0
User's rating 4.0
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Kia Soul 2018 Philippines Review: Introduction
  • 2. Kia Soul 2018 Exterior
  • 3. Kia Soul 2018 Interior
  • 4. Kia Soul 2018 Philippines Review: Engine & Performance
  • 5. Kia Soul 2018 Specs
  • 6. Kia Soul 2018 Philippines Price
The Kia Soul 2018 Philippines stands out from many compact vehicles for certain reasons. Find out in this review by Philkotse.com.

1. Kia Soul 2018 Philippines Review: Introduction

Don’t trust a book by its cover since looks can sometimes be deceiving. This is the case of the Kia Soul. Many Pinoys do not like its boxy body which is not really an ideal appearance for a fast automobile. That said, the Kia Soul 2018 Philippines still has many things to show off, especially what hidden under the sheet metal such as a 1.6-liter CRDi diesel engine, a VGT and 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Anyway, those are enough to make it appealing to lots of Filipino motorists. Now, keep reading our review on the Kia Soul 1.6 SL VGT CRDi DCT trim to give the Soul a chance to change your mind.

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The Kia Soul has many things to show off

Kia Soul Philippines Review

2. Kia Soul 2018 Exterior

For almost ten years, Kia Motors has not carried out any drastic changes on the Soul design because the design has its own appeal to its patrons.

The Kia Soul exterior is quirky, like the Toyota BB. To tell the truth, that design hardly makes people appreciate. If only the car manufacturer of Japan gave it some curves at the rear end, everything would be different. Thankfully, the front fascia is not bad to feast your eyes upon. Besides, its contrasting roof color is great, especially when a white one combined with a blue body paintjob. What a nice touch!

Let’s have a closer look at this subcompact crossover.

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For almost ten years, Kia Motors has not carried out any drastic changes on the Soul design

2018 Kia Soul Philippines Exterior

The Soul exterior is quirky

2018 Kia Soul Philippines Exterior

Kia Soul exterior - side view

2018 Kia Soul Philippines Exterior

If only the car manufacturer of Japan gave it some curves at the rear end, everything would be different

Kia Soul 2018 Philippines Exterior

Body color front bumper

Kia Soul 2018 Philippines Exterior

Black high-gloss rear bumper

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High-mounted stop lamp

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Surface-mounted roof rail

3. Kia Soul 2018 Interior

Getting inside, the Kia Soul interior impresses us with a beautiful dashboard which is full of circles and recalls of the Mini Cooper Countryman. If putting the Soul exterior and other players’ for comparison, the said vehicle will certainly be defeated. However, when it comes to interior design, it is not inferior to any models. Even though there are some plastic, the dash is not cheap-looking. Sadly, the display head unit there, which features USB ports, decent-sounding speakers and steering wheel buttons, is non-colored. Plus, if the company could take away the circular shapes at the center, the dashboard would be more stunning.

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The ingress and egress are improved

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An airy space in both front and rear add to the cabin’s overall comfort

Also being eye-catching in the 2018 Kia Soul interior are yellow stitches scattered throughout the cabin. They’re well matched with the complicated seat design, giving the inside a more refreshing look.

Concerning space, an airy space in both front and rear add to the cabin’s overall comfort. Owing to the boxy shape, a massive amount of headroom is offered for all passengers. However, if you’re a leggy one, you’ll really need some legroom.

The boot space is also so generous that it appears to fit even a small washing machine. Better still, folding the rear seats down and you’ll have the maximum space. Your load and unloading would be more effortless if the truck could be lipless.

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Standard audio system

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Expansive 2nd row roominess

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Auto cruise control

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Flex Steer

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Aux, iPod®, USB connectivity

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Cooling glove box

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ECM mirror

4. Kia Soul 2018 Philippines Review: Engine & Performance

Do you know the boxy-looking Kia Soul 2018 hides the “soul” of a famished wolf who’re ready for a hunt for the night’s dinner? As stated, propelling it is a 1.6-liter CRDi engine producing 136 hp and 300 Nm of torque, a 7-speed DCT and a variable geometric turbocharger (VGT). Could you name a model owing these three? These things help the Soul react instantaneously to each step on the accelerator.

When on the move, it performs like there is no tomorrow. Particularly, do not forget to brace yourself once the turbo kicks in at around 2,000 rpm. On top of that, disc brakes bring the Soul the braking power it needs.

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Propelling the Kia Soul is a 1.6-liter CRDi engine

Despite a cumbersome appearance, the Soul is not a fuel guzzler. In cities, at 15 kmph, it consumes 6.4 km/l of fuel why running on highways at an average speed of 90 kmph, the figure rates 22.2 km/l. With these admirable numbers, you will absolutely not need to shift to Active Eco mode to save up on fuel.

As for the 7-speed DCT, though it works quickly and precisely, its performance at lower speeds is not much appreciated. Sometimes, it shuffles the gear, especially when starting acceleration and slowing down. That is, the DCT takes time to get used to, notably if you used to drive a car equipped a conventional automatic gearbox. Once getting the hang of it, you might not resist this sport utility vehicle.

Handling is magnificent. Thanks to a changeable steering wheel, you can choose your favorite driving modes, including Normal, Sporty and Comfort. When getting around town or even moving on expressways, we highly recommend the Normal model since it is very easy to maneuver. The visibility provided for the driver is good, yet the side mirrors should not have come with that curvy design. Yes, these mirrors partially reduce the overall visibility.

kia soul 2018 philippines on the road

When on the move, it performs like there is no tomorrow

Keep in mind that the Soul is a crossover, so we love its ride comfort. It has a ground clearance that helps itself to overcome most road imperfections without compromising super dampened suspensions and body rolls.

>>> You may also concern: Next-gen Kia Soul 2019 might be an AWD vehicle

5. Kia Soul 2018 Specs

Kia Soul 2018 Philippines specs
Overall
Name Kia Soul 1.6L SL VGT CRDi DCT
Body Type Crossover
Price P1,198,000
Transmission Type Automatic
Engine & Performance
Engine Size 1.6 L
Displacement 1,582 cc
Number of Cylinders 4
Number of Valves 16
Transmission Category 7-speed Dual Clutch Automatic with Shiftlock
Power Train Front-Wheel Drive
Max Output 136 hp @ 4,000 rpm
Max Torque 300 Nm @ 1,750 rpm
Fuel Type Diesel
Fuel Capacity 54 L
Dimensions
Length 4,140 mm
Width 1,800 mm
Height 1,600 mm
Wheelbase 2,570 mm
Turning Circle 10.6 m
Ground Clearance 150 mm
Trunk Capacity 685 L
Number of Doors 5
Number of Seats 5
Features & Technology
Cruise Control No
Front Parking Sensors No
Rear Parking Sensors Yes
Leather Upholstery No
Push Start Button No
Wheel Size 18"
Wheels Metal Type Alloy
Airconditioning System Manual Air Conditioning
Entertainment System Radio/MP3 with 6 speakers
Connectivity Aux, iPod, USB
Navigation Ready No
Keyless Entry No
Roof Rack No
Sunroof No
Electric Adjustable Seats No
Power Steering Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Outlet Yes
Steering Wheel Audio Control Yes
Active Park Assist Yes
Hill Start Assist No
Safety Features
  • Driver's Airbag
  • Front Passenger's Airbag
  • Electronic Brake Distribution
  • ABS
  • Brake Assist
  • Immobilizer
  • Security Alarm
  • Stability Control
  • Electronic Door Locks
  • ISOFIX

 

6. Kia Soul 2018 Philippines Price

In the general run of things, the Kia Soul 2018 Philippines is actually a speed-hungry machine bundled in an odd styling. Despite the outer look, we still find that the model breathes out a lot of youthfulness.

The Kia Soul cost ranges from P995,000 to P1,285,000. As to the mid-range 1.6L SL VGT CRDi DCT, it sets you back P1,198,000, a fairly competitive price when compared to other buddies in subcompact crossover segment. So, if beauty is not in the face is your spirit, try selling your “soul” to this model.

Kia Soul Price Philippines 2018
Model  Price
Kia Soul 1.6L SL VGT CRDi MT P995,000
Kia Soul 1.6L SL VGT CRDi DCT P1,198,000
Kia Soul 1.6L GL VGT CRDi DCT P1,285,000

kia soul 2018 philippines on the road

If beauty is not in the face is your spirit, try selling your “soul” to this model

>>> Find out more in-depth car reviews on most sought-after models in the Philippines on Philkotse.com

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