Kia Soul EV 2019 LHD rear seats

Kia Soul EV review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£37,295
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The truth is we don’t yet know how much the Soul EV will cost, but the indications are that it will be around £30,000 (after the £3500 government grant). For cash buyers that means it should be cheaper than the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric, and will cost you roughly the same as a Nissan Leaf.

Like any electric car, you’ll benefit from zero-rate Vehicle Excise Duty and free entrance to the London Congestion Charge zone, plus – in many boroughs – free parking, too. Charging the battery will cost you a lot less than refilling a regular car with petrol or diesel, and, from a 7.2kW home wall box, will take just over six hours to go from zero to 100 per cent. You can also charge from 20 to 80 per cent in a little over 40 minutes at a service station equipped with a 100kW DCC fast charger.

Being an electric car means low benefit-in-kind company car tax compared to an equivalent-priced petrol or diesel. Don’t forget, though, that a small, efficient petrol engine in a car with a much lower P11D value might cost you less in tax if that’s you’re key reason for thinking about going electric.

As far as we understand there will be only one trim offered. This should come with all the bells and whistles, including heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel and adaptive cruise control, plus all the infotainment features and the convenience aids with mentioned previously, such as parking sensors, a rear-view camera and LED headlights.

There’s no EuroNCAP rating yet, but Kia has laced the Soul EV with plenty of active safety aids, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane keeping assist and blind spot monitoring.

Naturally, we haven’t got any reliability data on a car that’s not even on sale, but we can tell you that Kia as a manufacturer not only offers a class-leading seven-year warranty, but also came fourth out of 31 manufacturers in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey.

Kia Soul EV 2019 LHD infotainment
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Verdict

It’s hard to be definitive with so little confirmed information for prices or equipment, or even which of the two battery ranges will be sold in the UK. However, if they bring us the bigger range model for a sensible price, the Kia Soul EV has enough strengths to run our current 2019 Car of the Year pretty close.

  • Good driving position
  • Impressive potential battery range
  • Potentially impressive equipment list
  • Relatively small boot
  • Overly sharp steering
  • Lots of details still to be confirmed