Review: Kia Soul EV

The all-electric Kia Soul EV comes with a lithium-ion polymer battery that provides an impressive EPA-estimated range of 179 km on a full charge.3 Tap the accelerator and tap into the near-silent thrust of the 109-hp electric motor that produces 210 lb.-ft. of instant torque. Two charging ports are located behind a sliding door in the front grille. Its flat design and location beneath the floor means there’s minimal battery intrusion into the cabin. This helps Soul EV provide plenty of interior space, while also contributing to its low centre of gravity and agile handling.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Soul EV
  • First available: April 2018
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 11.2s
  • Range: 111 miles 178 km
  • Price: $33,950
    Price: €29'277
    Price: £26'195

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • Battery model: Lithium Ion Polymer
    • Battery capacity: 75 Ah
    • Battery Power: 90 kWh
    • Battery Range: 178 km
    • Electric drive unit:
      Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous


  • Charge time

    • Type of charger: On-board charger (OBC) 6.6 kW, standard DC Fast Charging
    • Fast charge time: 80% = 23 minutes (480V)
    • Full charge time: 5 Hour 10 Min = (120V or 240V)


Innovation & Self-driving

Cold weather will make you appreciate the heated steering wheel and heated front seats. But the centrepiece of your electronic theatre is the comprehensive infotainment system. It not only displays the battery’s charge status, it also directs you to the next charging station, and lets you adjust the climate control and select your soundtrack. The convenient integrated navigation system has a vivid 8-inch multimedia interface. Call-up a destination, find a point of interest, locate charge stations or type in an address on the touch screen and Soul EV will guide you there. An available sonar system in the front and rear bumpers gives audible and visual warnings if it detects certain objects close to your vehicle when you’re parking .

Please also read our published Electric Car reviews of other makes and models.

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