The Kia Soul has another set of special-edition duds to wear in the
UK. This time it's called the Soul Echo, latest in the Soul Originals
line, following such others as the Tempest, Burner, Samba and Shaker.
The Echo is offered in Clear White or Quartz Black Metallic, with
stripes and accents that make them mirror images; e.g., the white
Echo gets black alloys, the black Echo gets white alloys. Interior
kit has been upgraded to black leather throughout, along with a
beefier audio system; Bluetooth and iPod compatibility; and reversing
sensors, in addition to a few other electro-gizmo add-ons. It's priced
at £13,995 on the road.
A little further down the food chain are Domino editions of the Kia
Picanto and Rio. Both superminis are bathed in white or black domino
paint jobs and add a few options such as air conditioning. The
Picanto Domino goes for £7,995 OTR , the Rio Domino for £9,295 OTR.
Two new black and white themed special editions
* Domino: new to Picanto and Rio extra equipment with savings of
up to £400
Echo: new luxurious addition to the Soul 'Originals' line-up
* On sale now
Kia has introduced two new special editions 'Domino' and 'Echo'
that both play on classic black and white colour schemes and are now
on sale across the UK Kia dealer network. Domino, available on the
Picanto and Rio superminis, offers additional equipment for less
whilst the Echo, available on the Soul urban crossover, comes with an
array of luxury features more usually associated with larger
Picanto Domino & Rio Domino
The Domino special edition is available on Kia's two practical and
stylish five-door superminis Picanto and Rio. Picanto Domino is
available with a 1.1-litre petrol engine, with either a manual or
automatic transmission; Rio Domino is available with a 1.4-litre
petrol or 1.5-litre CRDi diesel engine.
Both Domino models are available in white or optional black metallic.
Their body-coloured bumpers, mirrors and door handles can be offset
with an optional contrasting black or white 'domino effect' stripe.
Front fog lights complement the stylish 14-inch alloy wheels (Rio)
and 14-inch wheel trims (Picanto) whilst additional reassurance is
provided from Electronic Stability Control, which is now fitted as
standard across all Picanto and Rio versions.
Inside, both models benefit from air-conditioning, iPod connectivity,
remote central locking and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and
gear-knob. Rio Domino adds rear electric windows to the list of
As with every new Kia a seven year warranty comes as standard
Picanto Domino is priced from £7,995 OTR and Rio Domino is priced
from £9,295 OTR. These prices represent savings of £400 and £350
respectively over the '2' versions upon which they are based.
Kia's stylish urban crossover, Soul, has had a dose of luxury added
with the arrival of the new Soul Echo. Echo is the latest bold
addition to the Soul 'Originals' line-up a collection of
distinctive versions each with their own distinct personality
following on from other 'Originals' such as the Burner, Shaker and
Echo is available in a choice of two striking colours Clear White or
Quartz Black metallic and both come with contrasting features that
make them the mirror image of each other. The white Echo features
stylish black 18-inch alloy wheels, black high-gloss door mirrors and
a corresponding black sports stripe. The black Echo features white
18" alloy wheels, white high-gloss door mirrors and a sports
stripe in white.
Soul Echo is laden with luxurious features usually associated with
more expensive machinery. Inside, a full black leather interior and
high-gloss black dashboard fascia continue the external monochrome
look whilst an uprated sound system (with subwoofer), Bluetooth and
iPod connectivity and reversing sensors ensure the Echo has plenty to
keep everyone on board satisfied at all times. Air conditioning and
privacy glass keep passengers and their belongings cool and shielded
from prying eyes.
On the move, Soul Echo is powered by a choice of 1.6-litre petrol or
1.6-litre CRDi diesel engines and its occupants are protected by a
host of safety features including six airbags, Electronic Stability
Control (ESC), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Traction
Control (TC) and a five-star Euro NCAP rating. The Soul Echo is
available from just £13,995 OTR.
Soul Echo also benefits from some minor revisions being made to the
entire Soul line-up: A trip computer, Emergency Stop Signal (which
flashes the hazard warning lights under heavy braking), 'pull' style
exterior door handles and illuminated electric window buttons are now
standard on all Soul versions. Bluetooth connectivity is standard from
the '2' version and above. Finally, Soul Shaker, previously only
available in Vanilla, is now available in Chocolate Brown metallic
and comes with fully colour-coded bumpers.
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