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Kia Soul EV Review 2021

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"Likeable EV with long range"
  • Launched: 2020
  • Small SUV
  • EV

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Quick overview

Pros

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

Cons

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

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£6.7K - £20K
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Overall verdict on Kia Soul EV

"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. Let's see how it fairs in our Kia Soul EV review.


The Kia Soul EV 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 EV's range makes it a realistic proposition for all but the most high-mileage of drivers.


The Soul EV is 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 Kia Soul EV's 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.


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. If you're looking for one of the cheapest electric cars, we think the Kia Soul EV is one of the best you can buy.

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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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Kia Soul EV a good car?

If you're looking for a small electric SUV for the family, then the Kia Soul EV is a solid choice. It does a lot of things well and will be a reliable companion for the family. The styling might not be to everyones taste, while the boot could be bigger.

Phil Hall

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Kia e-Niro vs Kia Soul EV

If you're deciding between either the e-Niro or Soul EV, then it'll likely come down to how each of these cars will fit into your lifestyle. With the slightly bigger boot, we'd favour the e-Niro over the Soul EV, but this boxy compact SUV isn't without its charms.

Russell Campbell

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What is the range of the Kia Soul EV

The Kia Soul EV has a claimed range of up to 280 miles and taking up to 9 hours to charge from a 7.2kW home wall charger.

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