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heycar review

      Launch year
      2020
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      EV
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Likeable EV with long range

Best bits

  • Effortless performance
  • Loads of equipment and a seven-year warranty
  • Spacious for passengers

Not so great

  • Expensive compared to a petrol or diesel
  • Small boot
  • Plain interior

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Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The Kia Soul EV is a practical family car with an electric motor that gives you easy performance and a range that’s achingly close to what a petrol or diesel can manage."

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Kia and sister brand Hyundai have form with electric cars. The Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric are two of the most in-demand EVs thanks to their long ranges - up to 282 miles - and relatively affordable price tags.


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 e-Niro, travelling 280 miles from a charge. 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.


Kia's initially offering the Soul EV in one First Edition trim level. This is very well equipped, with the aforementioned navigation system as well as a Harman/Kardon sound system, a seven-inch digital display behind the steering wheel, heated leather seats and a reversing camera amongst its long list of standard equipment.


Priced from around £34,000 after the Government's plug-in car grant, the biggest issue the Kia Soul faces is whether people can justify spending that kind of money on an electric car. But it's not something that's hampered sales of the e-Niro, and when you start to factor fuel savings into monthly payments it starts to make a lot of sense.


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  • All quality checked

Kia Soul

1.6 CRDi 2 5dr

  • 2017
  • 38,258 miles
  • Desira Fiat & MG Diss
  • Norfolk, IP224GS
Price:£9,890
PCP: £177.62/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £177.62, Customer Deposit: £1,483.00, Total Deposit: £1,483.50, Optional Final Payment: £3,825.85, Total Charge For Credit: £1,813.67, Total Amount Payable: £11,703.67, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.1%, Excess Mileage Charge: 14.9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Kia Soul

1.6 GDi 1 5dr

  • 2018
  • 16,114 miles
  • Gravells Kia Hereford
  • Herefordshire, HR40EH
Price:£9,295
PCP: £147.76/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £147.76, Customer Deposit: £1,394.00, Total Deposit: £1,394.25, Optional Final Payment: £4,605.03, Total Charge For Credit: £2,023.64, Total Amount Payable: £11,318.64, Representative APR: 10.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.61%, Excess Mileage Charge: 14.9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Kia Soul EV is right for you?

The Kia Soul EV is right for you if you’re looking for a practical electric car that has a long range and a price that won’t break the bank.

What’s the best Soul EV model/engine to choose?

The Kia Soul EV is only available as one model, but it’s a compelling mixture with a powerful electric motor that delivers plenty of lazy performance in a practical SUV like body.

What other cars are similar to the Kia Soul EV?

Electric cars have exploded in recent months so the Kia Soul EV has competition from the likes of the city-slicking Honda e, the frisky handling MINI Electric and the stylish Peugeot e-2008. There's also popular EVs like the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf.


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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification