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Kia unveils special Soul Searcher

Most expensive Soul yet at more than £18k

Kia Soul Searcher

New Kia Soul Searcher tops Soul range

Kia has launched another special edition Soul as part of its Soul Originals series; this one is called the Soul Searcher, and it comes with lime green paintwork.

Beyond the startling paint, the Kia Soul Searcher is also fitted with a host of standard equipment making it the most luxurious example of this unusual compact family car yet. And it is also the most expensive. 

Kia Soul Searcher: individual inside and out

The Kia Soul Searcher also features unique cream and brown leather upholstery, complimented by a cream and black two-tone dashboard. Further interior luxury features include dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, Bluetooth, iPod connection and an eight-speaker stereo. Cruise control and steering-wheel mounted audio controls are also included.

A chrome grille and chrome door handles combine with black headlight bezels, roof rails, mudguards, privacy glass and silver 18-inch alloy wheels to complete the exterior.

Read our guide to the best car features and ones to avoid

Kia Soul Searcher interior

Interior colour may not be to all tastes

Diesel power

The Kia Soul Searcher is powered by a 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine available with either the standard five-speed manual gearbox or an optional upgrade to a four-speed automatic. 

The engine produces 126bhp, enabling it to reach 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds and continue on to a top speed of 113mph. Fuel economy is a claimed 54.3mpg combined with 137g/km CO2 (all figures for the manual gearbox).

Standard safety equipment includes six airbags and stability control. The Soul has a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating.

Read more about Euro NCAP results and the latest cars to be tested

Luxury spec = luxury price tag

The Kia Soul Searcher goes on sale 4 January 2011.

Prices start at £16,965 for the manual and £18,025 for the automatic – including 20% VAT. This makes it the most expensive Kia Soul on sale. 

The Searcher joins the regular Soul range alongside other the Soul Originals named Tempest, Shaker, Echo and Burner. Like other models, it is covered by Kia’s seven-year / 100,000-mile warranty.

Read our review of the Kia Soul

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