Long-range electric driving need not cost the earth: the All-New Kia Soul EV is proof!
Kia Motors, South Korea’s second- largest automotive manufacturer is continuing to expand its portfolio of affordable zero-emission battery electric vehicles, with the launch of the All-New Kia Soul EV.
Like the Kia e-Niro pure electric car, the all-new Kia Soul EV SUV has been positioned for ‘affordability’ and ‘value’. Of course, as one would expect, there is much in common between the two pure electric compact crossovers SUVs from Kia.
Both electric SUVs offer an impressive zero-emission driving range: over 280 miles (WLTP) on a single charge and use a 64kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. Both electric vehicles (EVs) compete for the same household wallet!
The Kia Soul EV was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. Unlike the Kia e-Niro, there is only one variant of the Kia Soul EV available in the UK: the Soul EV ‘First Edition’ priced from £34,545 (to include the £3,000 plug-in car grant). The all-new Kia Soul EV is priced similar to the all-electric e-Niro ‘3’ SUV (£34,100).
Keep in mind that the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE SUV starts at £65,195 i.e. nearly double the price of a Soul EV!
The First Edition Soul EV has a high specification, to include, head up display, adaptive smart cruise control (SCC), lane follow assist (LFA), smart entry system, dual full LED headlights, privacy glass, five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery and a Harmon/ Kardon premium sound system.
The All-New Soul EV retains much of the design of the previous generations of the Soul EV. However, there have been improvements in aerodynamics to enhance performance. Of course, there is no tailpipe in the zero-emission SUV!
Similar to the Kia e-Niro compact SUV, the Soul plug-in compact crossover can be charged up to 80% using 100kW DC fast charging. AC charging at 7.2kW will take 9 hours and 35 minutes.
This certainly works well for most individuals and families, as the electric car can be charged overnight at home, ready to take you to school, work or a weekend away the next morning. Also keep in mind the average commute in the UK is 12 miles and unless you expect to travel over 250 miles every day, the green car will not need to be charged every night!
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The Kia Soul EV is just marginally smaller in regards to luggage compartment capacity, in comparison to the e-Niro. However the Soul EV will not disappoint.
With the rear seats folded, the electric SUV has an impressive compartment capacity of 1,339 litres (e-Niro: 1,405 litres). With the rear seats upright, there is still ample room for a family weekend trip, with 315 litres capacity (e-Niro: 451 litres).
In due course, Kia is expected to make available a smaller EV battery option (39.2 kWh), with a range of 172 miles. Perfect for families that do not commute long-distance and need the family SUV for local trips.
The First Edition Soul EV has a 7 year / 100,000 miles warranty to include battery and vehicle. Both the Kia electric SUVs, the Soul EV and e-Niro offer exceptional value to the EV owner. The only real difference is the exterior stying of the electric vehicles!
Battery And Range
- Battery capacity: 64 kWh
- Battery type: lithium-ion
- Range (WLTP): 280 miles (combined)
- Capable of rapid charging: can charge up to 80% in 75 minutes
Power & Performance
- 0-62 mph: 7.6 sec
- Top speed: 104 mph
- Brake horsepower: 201 bhp
- Torque: 395 Nm
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