Kia is now offering its all-new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission on the Soul compact crossover.
Kia has expanded the line-up of its Soul range in South Africa by making the brand’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission available on the range-topping Soul 1.6 CRDi SMART model. Compared with the current 6-speed automatic transmission, the 7-speed DCT is "able to cope with the turbodiesel's higher torque outputs and allows for quicker gear changes while reducing emissions and improving fuel economy", the Korean company claims.
The 7-speed DCT is the first of its kind from Kia and was developed by Kia’s research and development teams at its Korean R&D centre in Namyung. The transmission is purported to offer a sporty feel when in manual mode, while improving the 1.6 CRDi Smart's comfort and smoothness when operating in automatic mode.
Uprated power for Kia Soul 1.6 CRDi SMART
Fitted with the new 7-speed DCT, the Kia Soul 1.6 CRDi SMART offers more power and torque. The power output has increased from 94 kW to 100 kW, while torque has been bumped up from 260 Nm to 300 Nm. As a result, performance figures have improved too — the 1.6 CRDi SMART is claimed to accelerate from 0-100 kph in 11.1 seconds (previously 12.2 seconds) with a top speed of 188 kph (previously 182 kph). Fuel consumption for this model is rated at 5.4L/100km.
Kia Soul price in South Africa
Kia Soul 1.6 CRDi SMART DCT – R399 995
The price includes 5-year/150 000 km warranty, 4-year/90 000 km service plan and 3-year unlimited roadside assistance.