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Kia Soul EV review - Interior, design and technology

The Soul EV features a long list of equipment and an excellent infotainment system.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.0 out of 5

  • Impressive range
  • Clever tech
  • Good to drive
  • The e-Niro is more practical
  • Expensive finance
  • Divisive styling

The Kia Soul EV uses the same powertrain as the e-Niro, but the two cars couldn’t be more different to look at. While the e-Niro is sombre and conventional, the Soul EV is bold and daring.

It’s arguably less dramatic than its predecessor, but its boxy dimensions and slimline dual full LED headlights give the Soul EV a unique look. The LED rear combination lights are similarly striking, while 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and front solar glass are fitted as standard.

Inside, the Soul EV is more upmarket than before, with switchgear that’s easy to use and the high driving position favoured by SUV drivers. Some of the plastics feel a little low-rent, but the key touch points leave a good impression. Heated leather seats, a heated steering wheel, eight-way electric adjustment for the driver’s seat and air-conditioning come as standard.  

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment 

First Edition is the single trim offered in the UK. It features a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, a head-up display, 10-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports and a wireless smartphone charger. 

The infotainment display is sharp and easy to read, while the sat-nav responds quickly to inputs. It’s not quite up to the standards of the system in the BMW i3, but it’s up there with some of the best systems.

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