Kia bares new soul

Kia's new Soul.
Kia's new Soul.

WHAT’S wrong with Australian buyers?

Kia’s funky Soul has been a hit in various markets, particularly in the US, but here, the spacious vehicle has flown under the radar.

So the just-arrived new models have undergone some cosmetic changes, plus updated technology, to earn more than a second look from prospective buyers.

Pricing on the 2017 Soul has been sharpened to $24,990 drive away, down from $26,990 plus on road costs.

The car has SUV-like seating, a perky 2.0-litre engine, a 6-speed automatic and flexible interior space.

Outside, the new models have a modernised grille, bumper, air intake, foglights and reflectors and wheels.