2018 Kia Soul CRDI 2 1.6 litre diesel semi auto







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Finding a suitable wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) is not as easy as many think. This acquisition may well be a compromise that started with knowing you have to say goodbye to a car you want to travel in for a vehicle you need to travel in. Whether you need a new or a Nearly New WAV on the Motability Scheme, WAV rental, a financed or outright purchase of a new or used WAV, we are here to help you with independent advice on your first or your next WAV.

Kia Soul mid wheelchair user position rear ramp WAV from Southern Mobility Vehicles

Wheelchair user experience

The words exciting and WAV don’t usually go together in our industry but not with the Kia Soul. Quirky is a good word to use for the Kia Soul, and the fact that it is a car too means the suspension is car-like, too, so the ride is good. When onboarding the Soul, you will note the low incline single piece ramp makes entry feel safe and secure. Inside it is surprisingly spacious too in the back, so you won’t feel claustrophobic when onboard despite its apparent small size.

You may think we go on a bit about the size, but it is rare to find a WAV that is an attractive small car with a good space for wheelchair users. It has ample entry headroom, and the internal height is surprisingly good despite its size. Inside, visibility is good on all sides for most wheelchair users, and this big small car will feel bright and airy. It may not be ideal for everyone, but the Soul represents excellent value for money and will never be bland.

 Driver experience

A word of warning, you are going to feel a little spoiled. Stepping into this car, and yes, I did say car and not a van, you will straight away feel like you will be driving something a little different. It is not a hard car to drive, and the cockpit layout is friendly and where it needs to be to make a driver feel comfortable. You won’t be disappointed when you oppress the load pedal either, as the Soul is not shy going forward. We know you aren’t buying this because you want to, and we know it’s a need, but if you decide it might be for you, the Soul will not disappoint.

Equipment levels are good with everything you’d hope for, such as air conditioning, Bluetooth, hill hold, a multi-function steering wheel and a surprisingly good stereo with six speakers. This number of speakers is a rarity in such a small WAV, and it makes a big difference, so if you are into your music, you can stream it as well. It drives well; the engine has plenty of get up and go. If that’s your thing, it’ll prove nippy and agile too.

Passenger experience

The Kia Soul’s front passenger seat is comfy, and as it’s the original manufacturer seat, it is well designed to suit most people, although due to its size, the Soul usually only comes with one rear coach-built seat. Having two rear seats is possible, but most were built with just one as a second would restrict wheelchair access. The rear seat is ample enough with enough legroom. Although long journeys could prove a little challenging, there is always an excellent sound system to enjoy.

SMV loves

We like the Kia Soul, and it feels like it has one too. The Soul is quick, agile and compact and does what it says on the tin. It’s great to look at, comfortable to be in, and it is a car rather than a van which is a bonus. The stereo has a great sound, and its quirky looks, whilst won’t suit all, will make those who do like it smile and that cannot be a bad thing. Equipment levels are ample, and we think it’s a pretty cool way to get around.

SMV says

Why not give Southern Mobility Vehicles a call if this WAV isn’t quite right for you. Whether you are looking for a new Motability WAV, a Nearly New Motability WAV, short term hire, or an outright purchase, we are the WAV dealer to call first. We are here to help; we know how hard it is to be confident you are buying the right mobility vehicle for your needs. We are independent WAV advisors so that you will get the best of all worlds; whatever your wheelchair access needs are, it is only one call to 0800 008 7800

Accessibility Experience
  • A single piece well balanced and easy to use ramp for easy access
  • A low centre of gravity means a more stable ride for most wheelchair users
  • It's a car and not a van plus it looks good and being a car the suspension is kind
  • A third seat in the rear makes this a compact and attractive WAV
  • A gently sloping lowered floor ensures a wheelchair user can benefit from anti submarining
Driver and passenger experience
  • Seat upholstery: leather and leather
  • Automatic air conditioning with one climate control zone
  • Driver seat: individual type, heated, passenger seat: individual type, heated
  • Front electric windows with one-touch on one window, rear electric windows
  • Engine start/stop
  • Leather covered multi-function steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment
  • Vehicle start button
  • Dynamic steering
  • Front and rear wheels: 18 inch two-tone alloy rims ; width: 7.5 inches
  • Four disc brakes including two ventilated discs
  • Turbo-charger
  • Independent strut front suspension with anti-roll bar and coil springs, semi-independent torsion beam rear suspension with coil springs
  • Transmission: 7-speed dual clutch manual sequentional with automatic mode featuring gear lever mounted on the floor
  • Hill holder
  • Speed limiter
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
  • Colour high gloss trim on dashboard, colour high gloss trim on doors, colour high gloss trim on centre console and leather gearknob
  • Centre armrest between front seats
  • Floor console, partial overhead console
  • Chrome/silver roof rails
  • Automatic smart card/key includes keyless entry and keyless start
  • Refrigerated storage compartment in glove compartment
  • Automatic hazard lights
  • Steering wheel mounted remote audio controls
  • Eight JBL speakers including subwoofer
  • Audio system with touch screen and CD player that reads MP3 CDs ; radio receives AM/FM, digital and RDS colour screen
  • 12v power outlet located in cargo section and front section
  • Front reading lights
  • Cup holders for front seats and rear seats
  • Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming
  • Connections for USB (front) and auxiliary audio devices (front)
  • Apps control
  • Text to speech / speech to text
  • Analogue & TFT dashboard
  • Voice activating system includes audio player, includes phone and includes navigation system
  • Navigation via mobile phone
  • Satellite navigation system with colour, 8.0 inch display, touch screen, 3D and voice and traffic information
  • Dual 8.0 inch touch sensitive multi-function display screen(s)
  • Mobile Integrationusing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Front radar-type parking distance sensors, rear radar & camera-type parking distance sensors
  • Halogen low beam halogen high beam headlights with ellipsoidal lenses
  • Headlight controlsystems: dusk sensor and height adjustment
  • Privacy glass on the rear window and on the rear side windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Day time running lights
  • Body colour power door mirrors ; heated with integrated indicator lights
  • Electrically foldable mirrors
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Electronic traction control
  • Drivers airbag, passengers airbag with de-activation switch
  • Stability controlsystem
  • Electronic brake distribution
  • Brake assist system
  • Low tyre pressure indicator with rim mounted sensor
  • Cruise control
  • Particle filter system
  • Ventilation system with air filter
  • Tinted glass
  • LED brake lights, side indicator lights, day time running lights and rear lights
  • Rear/reverse parking guidance display

Please note that some vehicles specification may not match the manufacturer supplied information due to the nature of vehicles being converted for wheelchair accessibility. Please ask us to check anything that is important to you.

Our exclusive and comprehensive Autoguard Nationwide All Mechanical and All Electrical Premium Warranty and Breakdown Assist cover always runs for 3 years and includes:

Full Breakdown Assist to include Roadside Recovery, Onward Travel, Home Start and Accident recovery

Unlimited Number of Warranty Claims on unlimited mileage

Maximum individual claim limit of £2400 including VAT

Breakdown & Recovery 24 Hours a Day/365 Days a Year 

Key WAV component cover Included

Parts and Labour are included

Continental warranty repair cover

A Free Downloadable Autoguard Contract Holder App

Transferable to a New Owner if sold Privately


Our warranty also covers you for - In Car Entertainment Systems, Air Conditioning, Driver Interface Systems, EGR Valves, Catalytic Converter and Fuel Injectors, Misfuelling Cover and Broken or Lost Key Cover 

For new WAVs you will get our exclusive and comprehensive WAV only warranty to run alongside your manufacturer’s warranty

Your Warranty & Rescue booklet

We have partnered with disability insurance specialists, Fish Insurance, who can offer Disability Car Insurance policies specifically to cover disabled drivers, adapted cars, and WAVs.

Options for any driver cover, as well as policies for non-drivers, so you can insure the vehicle in your name and it be driven by yourself, family, friends, or carers

Cover for the repair and replacement of adaptations to your car that you’ve told Fish about

Free courtesy car while your car is being repaired at one of Fish’s approved garages (or up to £700 mobility allowance if a suitable car isn’t available)

If your car is stolen, any settlement will take into account any modifications that you’ve told Fish about

Cover for accidental damage to other people’s property or injury to others up to £20m (and up to £5m per claim)

Lifetime guarantee on repairs. If you maintain the vehicle to the manufacturer’s schedule, any repairs carried out by approved repairers are guaranteed while you own the car

Protection up to £2,500 for wheelchairs or other mobility aids being transported in your car

To get a tailored quote, call 0333 331 3869 and quote code 2487.

As with any policy, limits and exclusions apply. For full details of the cover provided by Fish Insurance, click here.

Southern Mobility Vehicles ltd is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Fish Administration Limited. Fish Insurance is a trading style of Fish Administration Ltd. Fish Administration Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Firm Reference Number 310172. Fish Administration Ltd is registered in England & Wales. Company Registration Number 4214119. Registered Office: Rossington’s Business Park, West Carr Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 7SW. Fish Administration Ltd is part of the PIB Group.

Height 1606mm
Width 1800mm
Length 4140mm
Fuel Consumption
Combined MPG 56.5
Extra Urban MPG 61.4
Urban Cold MPG 51.4
Power (BHP) 134
Maximum Speed (mph) 113
Torque (Nm) 300
Engine and Drivetrain
Cylinders 4
Driven Axle FRONT
Engine Capacity (cc) 1582
Forward Gears 7
Emissions (CO2) 130
Engine Euro Status 6
Seats 3
More information
  • Euro NCAP crash test results: Overall: 4.00, Adult occupant: 75.00, Child occupant: 82.00, Pedestrian: 59.00, Safety assist: 56.00, Version tested: Kia Soul 1.6 diesel EX 5dr HA, Date tested: 10 Dec 2014
  • Power: (from primary fuel) 99 kW , 134 HP EEC @ 4,000 rpm; , 300 Nm @ 1,750 rpm
  • External dimensions: 4,140mm long, 1,800mm wide, 1,606mm high, 143mm ground clearance, 2,570mm wheelbase, 1,560mm front track, 1,573mm rear track, 10,600mm turning circle (kerb to kerb), 163.0 inches long, 70.9 inches wide, 63.2 inches high, 5.6 inch ground clearance, 101.2 inch wheelbase, 61.4 inch front track, 61.9 inch rear track and 34.8 foot turning circle (kerb to kerb)

Please note that some vehicles specification may not match the manufacturer supplied information due to the nature of vehicles being converted for wheelchair accessibility. Please ask us to check anything that is important to you.

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