New spy pictures of a development Soul reveal its facelift features; more range expected from EV model

A development version of the Kia Soul has been photographed during testing, offering a glimpse of what the model will look like when it’s facelifted in 2017.

Although the car pictured is largely under cover, new headlights, redesigned air intakes and new tail-lights are just about visible.

The model’s overall shape remains unchanged, but a heavily disguised cabin suggests more significant updates are being applied inside.

The current Kia Soul offers crossover buyers a quirky alternative to the likes of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. It’s available with petrol or diesel 1.6-litre four-cylinder engines, as well as in full-electric guise.

Details are yet to be released, but the facelift is expected to retain these drivetrains. However, advances in electric technology should help to extend the all-electric Soul EV’s claimed 132-mile range.

Our Verdict

Kia Soul
The Soul rivals the likes of the Vauxhall Mokka and Skoda Yeti

Kia adds refinement and maturity to its funky crossover without leaching out the charm. Still flawed dynamically

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