Kia Soul EV Review

Kia Soul EV Review

The KIA Soul was a segment-blurring crossover launched in 2010 as a trendy car for youths and the young at heart.

The 2019 Kia Soul EV pushes the portfolio further with its handsome exterior, ample interior room, and long range.

But is the KIA Soul just about looks or is it also a practical EV?

In a nutshell, yes! it has a good size boot, as well as comfortable seats and great on-board technology.

 KIA Soul EV

KIA Soul EV

 Wheel Design

Wheel Design

As you would expect, the electric version has a few different design elements, primarily the front grill, not really being a grill. Which does give the car a more friendly, sleek look.

As well as wheels geared towards efficiency just like the BMW i3 does! But KIA have even went to the extent to add white inserts to the wheels to give them that edgy, modern look!

On the outside, the Kia Soul EV is based on the third generation Soul. It looks like it has ditched its bomber jacket for a business suit.

It differentiates itself from the petrol-powered Soul with a covered front grille housing the Type 1 and Chademo charging ports and distinct front bumpers. In the profile, the Soul EV has a straight line running across the length of its roof. The window-line seems to extend past the rear door, curve upward and run parallel to the roofline.

It’s a bold design which doesn’t feel like a job left halfway done.

While it feels more upmarket than before, the Soul’s interior hasn’t seen as extensive a redesign as the exterior. The steering wheel is similar to the previous generation Soul which is not a bad thing at all.

Behind it sits a new digital driver’s display. Kia hasn’t made any effort to reduce the number of buttons to make the Soul seem futuristic, again being a good thing. The result is a sensibly laid out dashboard which wouldn’t confuse even older people who buy this Kia.

Just before we get onto the all important interior and infotainment, here the technical information you need to know.

PowerTorque0-62 mphTop SpeedBattery Capacity
108 BHP / 81 kW210 lb ft / 285 nm11 Sec90 mph30 Kwh

You get a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio, voice control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In the sole fully-loaded variant, the screen is paired with a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system an optional extra on the BMW i3. Climate controls are conventional buttons, which makes it easy to use as you’re driving along. The gear selector is a rotary dial on the centre console. It does also have two 12V ports available.

The Kia Soul EV has heated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. But most of the fun is limited to the front seats. Step into the rear seat and you’ll instantly miss an armrest. Adjustable headrests are your best bet for comfort. Note that the middle passenger also gets an adjustable headrest. Leg, knee, shoulder, and headroom is good and should be adequate for most passengers.

Although the boot is small that expected (around 300L), it makes up for it with some underfloor storage enough for the charging cable, puncture repair kit, towing eye and a little more. 

With the seats down the luggage compartment grows to a very good 1340L, arround 200L more than the Hyundai Kona!

PowerTorque0-62 mphTop SpeedBattery Capacity
108 BHP / 81 kW210 lb ft / 285 nm11 Sec90 mph30 Kwh

 

So overall, considering KIA off an industry leading 7-Year / 100,000 mile warranty, makes this car a great contender!

Especially with a good range and well designed interior, the Kia soul is defiantly worth taking a look at!

 KIA 7 Year Warranty

KIA 7 Year Warranty