At Naidex 2016 we caught sight of a fantastic wheelchair accessible vehicle which has rear-entry wheelchair accessibility and is favourably priced at under £15000.
Made by KIA, the Soul is a wheelchair accessible car that seems to offer a great deal while retaining an affordable price tag. Kia have won am improved reputation over the past few years and overcome any reputations that they may have had for poor reliability and bad build quality. Now, the Kia Soul really is the ideal car to have undergone a subtle conversion process to make to wheelchair friendly.
Described as a sleek and compact car, it manages to house 3 people including the wheelchair user and provides simple rear access via a very long and very wide wheelchair access ramp.
The company involved in the conversion process have perfected their processes and acted swiftly on the feedback from wheelchair users and now produce the perfect solution. The built in wheelchair ramp is a whopping 32" wide, making it big enough to take even the widest of bariatric wheelchairs with ease. The ramp is also spring assisted making it easier to deploy and retract via the rear door. The wheelchair ramp has also been improved by applying a new coating that both prolongs its working life but also provides additional grip.
The perfect car for your wheelchair
When it comes to docking the wheelchair, there is a choice of 3 methods including the Standard 4-Point Q’Straint Wheelchair Securement System or Q’Straint Retractable Straps or Premium EZ Lock Docking System.
Providing rear access to the vehicle means there are more options for parking as extra side room is no longer needed for ramp deployment. The clever flat floor design and minimal ramp angle make for an effortless entry and exit. The door opening height is a massive 55" meaning that even the tallest of wheelchair users should have plenty of room. If not, then the makers will offer a headliner conversion which will provide some extra head height.
From a safety point of view, the wheelchair user has almost as much protection as an F1 driver thanks to the reverse roll cage steel design and a continuous weld technique, which adds an additional layer of safety in the event of crash.
Whether you are a carer, part of a small family or live alone the Kia Soul Wheelchair adapted vehicle really is worth considering. It has excellent economy and delivers brilliant fuel consumption, giving it the best MPG accessible vehicle conversion on the UK market.
All in all this is a fantastic vehicle and represents great value. So if you are looking for a very wheelchair friendly vehicle don’t miss this one ! For more wheelchair friendly car information please see here.