New 280-mile per charge Kia Soul EV available from £33,795

The new Kia Soul EV is exclusively electric, and could be a serious competitor in an increasingly busy market

Simon Ostler
Aug 2, 2019

Now only available as an electric vehicle (EV) in European markets, the new Soul EV will sit beneath the e-Niro in the Kia range, although it makes the most of the same 64kWh battery, with a quoted range of 280-miles from a single charge.

Its Type 2 charging port means an 80% charge can be achieved in an hour and 15 minutes at a 50kW Rapid Charging Station, with a full charge taking nine hours and 35 minutes. 

As yet, there are no performance figures to speak of, but we expect it will go somewhere close to the e-Niro’s 7.9 second 0-62mph benchmark.

The new Kia Soul is available to order now for £37,295, or £33,795 with the Plug-in Car Grant applied, while the first deliveries are expected in early 2020. 

With numbers like that, the new Soul EV is placed into direct competition with the Hyundai Kona and Nissan Leaf, but it remains to be seen whether this new car has got the soul to match those giants of the EV sector.

Truly green credentials

With the new Soul EV, Kia have not simply cut emissions from the exhaust. It has also taken steps to ensure it’s carbon footprint is reduced across the entire process from manufacture to delivery. 

The decision to go exclusively electric has meant that internal combustion engines will no longer be imported to Europe. 

Alongside that, Kia intends to get an exact idea of demand prior to placing orders, so as to limit transported supply. 

The new Kia Soul EV is recognisable, but unquestionably new. 

Now in its third generation, the Soul EV retains the unique and popular styling from previous models but adds a futuristic feel to what has become a very desirable urban SUV.

On the outside, the Soul EV has received minor updates on the front and rear bumpers in its new guise as a stand alone EV - the grille and exhaust have gone – and it’s also gained LED headlights and futuristic 17-inch alloy wheels.

Two-tone paint is available as standard with a choice of three colour schemes: blue and black, white and red, or black and red - their actual names are much more exotic.

New Kia Soul Interior 

At a glance, the Soul EV’s interior is basic, with copious amounts of plastic. But it’s usable nonetheless, with plenty of equipment on-board. 

The Soul EV will only be available in a single ‘First Edition’ specification at launch, and features a head-up display, wireless smartphone charging, and a 10.25-inch LCD widescreen integrated into the dashboard - this also functions as a reversing camera - along with a second 7-inch screen for the instrument cluster. 

Kia’s own software, which can be controlled via your smartphone, will also provide live updates on weather and traffic and help to locate compatible charging stations.

There’s also leather upholstery throughout, with heated front seats and steering wheel. The driver’s seat is also adjustable in eight ways.

It also features DAB radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard with a 10-speaker sound system along with climate control, a range of cutting-edge safety tech.

What about that seven year warranty?

The new Soul EV is of course covered by Kia’s revered seven-year warranty, which comes with a range of options for servicing and repairs, but with a new and improved option of including the first seven services with that coverage.

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