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Squaring off: Toyota v Kia Soul

Suddenly we have a new market segment in Australia: the five-door shoebox. So which more to Gen Y new car buyers: Toyota’s or the Kia Soul?

Toyota Rukus 3

Price Guide (recommended before statutory and delivery $31,790

Options fitted to car (not included in above Nil

Price as tested . $31,790

rating . N/A

Fuel . 91 RON unleaded

fuel economy (L/100km):

Claimed fuel economy 7.0L/100km

CO2 emissions (g/km): 167

rating: 3.0/5.0


Price, Packaging and Practicality:

Safety: 3.0/5.0

Behind the 2.5/5.0

X-factor: 4.0/5.0

If been thinking Toyota all that is practical, sensible and in a motor vehicle, then how the language used in the press kit for the new Are Hot and hip, Chilled and Street terms you’d normal a Toyota?

Goodness no. Such is hardly likely to describe average Camry/Corolla. Practical, and non-challenging are more like it which is precisely the way Toyota has its image over all these

The Rukus, on the face of it, is quite a It invites the new language because it off at right angles from Toyota lines of thought. the word play of ‘thinking the box’ and the somewhat strained aimed at an unaccustomed demographic. For demographic, think Gen Y and think a aberrant in terms of car choice.

For Toyota Australia, this is new and the aspirations re volume are realistic than ambitious, with of around 150 to 200 Rukuses a month. The wheeled box will, it is hoped, add a more depth if not a surge in

But the Rukus does have

Kia brought the very similarly Soul to Australia early in with some excitement as it is intended to do for the Korean brand the Rukus could do for Toyota. The is we have two quirky cars are seemingly close to interchangeable.

So the questions to ask is how Rukus compares the Soul which has had more a year to settle into its niche. (And it is a niche, 407 Souls registered last and 276 so far in 2010 on a year-to-date basis – up 196 during the same period in but still Kia’s slowest apart from the Rondo. is far short of Toyota’s already expectations, although the Japanese has more grunt behind it to customer interest.)

Dimensionally, a little in the Toyota’s favour, but a little. The Rukus is around longer, 35mm higher at 2600mm, has 50mm more But it’s a tad narrower than the in both body width and track width (45mm 55mm rear).

The packaging is too, with the Toyota up a little extra space due to its size advantage.

The Kia’s big deficit is in engine although this is compensated a lot by the vehicle’s lighter weight.

The sports a gutsy 2.4-litre developing 123kW/224Nm while the makes do with 1.6 litres and But the Korean weighs a good less, meaning the power-weight is not far behind.

The smaller engine dividends in fuel consumption and emissions. Here the Korean the Japanese brand away 7.0L/100km in four-speed auto compared with the auto-only 8.8L/100km. The emissions are a lot better with readings of 167g/km of CO2 up against the Toyota’s 208g/km.

And people attracted to cars the Rukus and Soul place a lot of on how it performs against the stopwatch is a point. The Soul is handy on the road, although there’s any question the Toyota is more and comfortable with a few people on

But the Soul does have extra up its sleeve: It is also with a 1.6-litre turbodiesel that makes a bit more (94kW) and a lot more torque than the petrol engine. As as being swifter on the road, also more economical, 5.2L/100km in manual form or as an auto. It’s also with CO2 emissions of 137g/km and respectively.

So the Rukus is a tad bigger the and more powerful than the Kia but doesn’t offer a diesel. are price differences too. possible to step aboard a Kia Soul, before on-road for about $21,000 where the (auto only) Rukus is at $27,490 before on-roads. The manual Soul is $26,990 and the starts at $28,690.

Both cars are available in basic levels before For Rukus it’s all-auto the Build 1 ($27,490), Build 2 and Build 3 ($31,790). The Kia comes in base Soul form and steps up to petrol or diesel ($23,190 petrol manual, petrol auto, and $26,990 manual and $28,690 diesel and auto-only Soul3 (petrol diesel $30,890).

At top level as here, standard equipment the Build 3 Toyota. Both get standard stability control base Soul doesn’t), brakes and six airbags, but the Rukus cruise control, Bluetooth, trim and a sunroof. And it comes standard climate control the top Soul3 offers just Importantly though, the Soul with a five-year, unlimited-kilometres warranty where the Toyota do with the standard three

Next question, now the Rukus has put into some sort of with its Korean counterpart, is how it makes its bold step a previously unexplored landscape.

Toyota Rukus

In of space and general demeanor, the does a decent job. The is generally smooth and absorbent even if it doesn’t pretend to be at all the turn-in via the electrically assisted (2.9 turns lock to and general cornering behaviour as better than good.

This compares favourably the Kia, which at Soul3 wears massive 18-inch compared with the Toyota’s alloys and, with its 225/45 rubber, is decidedly The steering is slightly sharper the Toyota with 2.75 lock-to-lock, and would give the Kia the nod in of handling were it not for the awful assistance that, in certain is hesitant and far from smooth.

with the engine response although not at all a problem around leaves the Kia wanting out on the open where the four-speed auto changes up and down when with moderate inclines. It do with a sequential shifter.

its massive (50 per cent) capacity the Rukus never gets difficulties — although the do come home to roost at time. We averaged 8.6L/100km on though, which is a touch than the official claim.

And the gives you cruise control although like many it tends to run away on only steep descents.

In terms of amenity, both fulfill chosen role very The driver and passengers sit high in the of a small SUV, entry and is easy with nicely hip points and, even if the is smallish in both cases the amenity of a split-fold rear

In surprising obeisance to styling than function, the Kia does a restrictive tailgate opening limits the ability to load moderately bulky items. The tailgate by contrast is appropriately and generous.

Both have spare tyres.

Interior presentation, in either is perhaps a little less than you’d expect.

The is reminiscent of an old Nissan X-Trail its ordinary-looking central-speedo dash, and the Kia appears special if you order the contrasting glovebox interior and get off on the pulsating lights in the door And if, unlike the Rukus, the Soul give you standard Bluetooth, it does provide a standard adjuster on the dash.

Otherwise, in instances, it’s the usual of hideaway places and prolific The Rukus gets a centre bin the front seats where the Kia and also has a handy hidden area under the rear

The Toyota does offer passenger space too, plenty of front and rear and, as mentioned earlier, has a easily accessible rear area. The Soul is tighter for legroom in the back although Kia claim it will swallow a of mountain bikes with the folded — something of us either want, or would like to know. Both are vehicles after all.

go for broke with their systems: The Soul3, apart its flashing disco speakers, 315-Watt Psychoacoustic PowerBass and eight speakers. The top-shelf comes with an external and nine speakers including a speaker and sub-woofer. Doof!

Mr Music stops the Toyota to have an on-road edge its stronger (petrol) engine and refined ride/handling, but it’s not as or as fuel-efficient as the Kia. And, in the it’s the more expensive

A big advantage for the Kia is its diesel option, nulifies any power advantage by the petrol Rukus, and is cleaner and again. The company claims one will take you close to in the diesel.

The bottom line is the line. If a few grand is important to average Gen Y buyer, then the Kia has the advantage. If it isn’t, the Toyota gives you a bit more space, and open-road driving.

Both the ability to turn heads on the and both, at the end of the day, are well for their intended market. And — particularly the Kia Soul offer plenty of options to individual personalities.

It’s a of how conventionally quirky you’d to be.

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