Kia Soul EV review - Reliability and safety
An impressive seven-year warranty, but the Soul EV hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP
An electric car should be more reliable than a car with a petrol or diesel engine, not least because there are fewer moving parts. Tyres and brakes are likely to be the most expensive consumables.
In our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, Kia finished in an impressive 2nd place out of 30 manufacturers. Customers were impressed by levels of practicality, strong reliability and well-designed cabins across the range.
Although the Soul EV hasn’t been tested by safety experts Euro NCAP, the car gets an impressive array of driver aids and safety kit as standard. The list includes forward collision-avoidance assist, lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot detection with rear-cross traffic alert, high beam assist, multiple airbags and ISOFIX points in the back.
The Soul EV is covered by the same seven-year/100,000-mile warranty enjoyed by the rest of the Kia range.
The Soul EV requires a service every year or 10,000 miles, whichever comes sooner.
Kia offers a number of different service plans for the Soul EV. For cars up to a year old, the most expensive plan covers the first five services during the first 60 months or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. It costs £760, but MOTs can be added to the plan for £35 each. A three-service plan costs £530, while a two-service plan will set you back £240.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe 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
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsLow running costs and a 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 safety - currently readingAn impressive seven-year warranty, but the Soul EV hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP