• Jul 10, 2010
Kia's UK Soul Echo, Picanto and Rio special editions – Click above for high-res image gallery

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. Follow the jump fo Kia's press release, and view the cars' metallic monochrome goodness in the high-res gallery below.



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BLACK AND WHITE CHANGES TO THE KIA LINE-UP
  • 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 vehicles.

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 standard equipment.

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.

Soul Echo
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 Samba.

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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      • 4 Years Ago
      There has been so many special Soul Editions - I guess they are doing really great back there. Here in the States, the sales numbers were #1 Among Box Cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shouldn't it be YUK special edition?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boring.... Kia should really get rid of the old Rio line-up & change the mediocre interior design of the soul. otherwise Kia seems to be doing alright.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am a huge fan of the Soul and came close to purchasing an Alien Exclaim but I wanted to wait to see if/when they change the interior, I liked it, I just thought it could be better. Now that the new Sportage is coming out I might have a hard time finding a reason to buy the Soul, although I do think it's adorable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I totally forgot to mention that I wanted more power and the 5-speed auto might bump up the MPG's, and I did not know they changed a few things. I love the houndstooth fabric I hope they don't change that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was just gonna say, this edition PARTICULARLY makes me want to use the word "adorable." This car is just perfectly executed from a design standpoint. I wish it had the newer 2.0L and at least a 5-speed auto, but I imagine we'll see that within the next few years.

        BTW, they did slightly upgrade several interior pieces halfway through the 2010 model year.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The houndstooth fabric is great, isn't it? But yeah, they added some chrome trim to a few surfaces, some glossy black trim to a few others, and (I believe) added padded surfaces around the door/seatbelt areas since people were complaining about scratches.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More power, another gear, and AWD ( but not holding my breath on the last one).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think Kia's model range here in the UK is really strong - OK they're not the most exciting cars but the Cee'd is a very strong Focus competitor, the Soul is really funky and the Sorento is a very capable 4X4 for a great price. The warranty is excellent as well.