Kia Soul EV Review 2024
Kia Soul EV At A Glance
Kia and sister brand Hyundai have form with electric cars. The Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona Electric are two of the most in-demand EVs thanks to their long ranges (up to 280 miles) and relatively affordable price tags. The Soul EV takes the same approach and offers a city-friendly compact size allied to good road manners when you head further afield. Read on for our full review of the Kia Soul EV.
So confident is Kia that electric cars are the future, the Soul is now sold exclusively as an electric vehicle. It uses the same 204PS electric motor and 64kWh battery pack as the Kia Niro EV, travelling 280 miles from a charge, or you can choose the 39kWh version with a range of 171 miles. While other recent electric cars like the Honda-e and MINI Electric will struggle to cover more than 100 miles between top-ups, the Soul's range makes it a realistic proposition for all but the most high-mileage of drivers.
It's also useable in terms of space. This isn't a small electric city car, it's a family car that could replace a Ford Focus or even a Nissan Qashqai on your driveway. The Soul's boxy dimensions means there's comfortably space for a pair of adults in the rear, although the 315-litre boot is a little disappointing compared to the e-Niro's 451 litres.
While the interior is functional, it's not particularly interesting. There are lots of dark, drab colours and lots of buttons dotted around the dash, although the standard 10.25-inch navigation system is clear and easy to use.
Priced from around £33,000, the biggest issue the Kia Soul faces is whether people can justify spending that kind of money on a small electric car. But it's not something that's hampered sales of the e-Niro or the likes of the Peugeot e-208, and when you start to factor fuel savings into monthly payments it can make a lot of sense.
Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Kia Soul EV review.