Kia Soul EV review
The Kia Soul EV is more interesting than the e-Niro, with bold styling, clever technology and a decent range
The Kia Soul EV might be one of the best electric cars you can buy. It’s great to drive, interesting to look at, comfortable and will return up to 280 miles of electric range. It promises to deliver exceptionally low running costs, which should help to offset the expensive finance, which is arguably the Soul EV’s biggest issue.
About the Kia Soul EV
The original Kia Soul EV was one of the first electric cars we saw in the UK, but sales were hampered by a high price, limited range, a charging network in its infancy and general apathy towards EVs. The electric version was sold alongside conventionally powered Souls.
This all-electric model is now the only kind of Soul you can buy. How much does the Kia Soul EV cost? The high price remains – it costs around £35,500, but its 64kWh lithium-ion battery delivers up to 280 miles of range, and plugging it into a 100kW DC charger will replenish the battery to 80% in less than an hour.
The decent range of the Soul EV could well be the deciding factor for customers choosing between the ever-increasing number of compact rivals. Neither the popular Nissan Leaf or Renault Zoe can match the maximum range of the Soul EV, while the Hyundai Ioniq is a capable contender, but is still unable to match the Soul for distance covered on a single charge.
A Volkswagen ID.3 Life Pro Performance version is similarly priced, while you'll save around £5,000 if you opt for the Hyundai Kona Electric, although again neither are able to match the Soul EV for range.
The Soul is great to drive, feeling zippy and agile in the city, yet comfortable and supremely quiet on a motorway. There’s a choice of driving modes, along with regenerative braking, so you could find that you rarely use the brake pedal.
There’s only one trim level: a lavishly equipped Maxx model, which features the likes of 17-inch alloy wheels, a Harman Kardon premium sound system, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, leather seats and full LED headlights.
Only a relatively small boot and expensive finance deals prevent the Kia Soul EV from finishing top of the class in the electric car segment. The Kia e-Niro is more practical, but the Soul EV is more interesting and helps to move the electric car industry to the next level.
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In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Kia Soul EV is more interesting than the e-Niro, with bold styling, clever technology and a decent range
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Kia Soul EV offers rapid acceleration, clever regenerative braking and a comfortable ride
- 3Range, charging and running costsOnce you've negotiated the expensive list price, the Soul EV's low running costs and decent range combine to make this a desirable electric car
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Soul EV features a long list of equipment and an excellent infotainment system
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Soul EV is spacious for passengers, but the boot is smaller than non-electric rivals
- 6Reliability and safetyThe Soul EV benefits from an impressive seven-year warranty, while Kia's Driver Power ranking is impressive