Although the Kia Soul EV belongs to the What Car? electric car class, to put it into context, it would fit into our small SUV class if measured on length alone, alongside cars such as the Seat Arona. However, tall people take note: passenger space in the Soul EV is more akin to some family SUVs, such as the Nissan Qashqai.
In the front that means more than enough leg and head room even for those well over the six-feet threshold, and there’s enough width that neither you nor your passenger should feel squished. And there’s loads of storage spaces dotted about, from convenient cup holders and a large tray for your mobile in the centre console to a decent-sized glovebox. The door bins aren’t huge, but will each hold a bottle of water along with other odds and ends.
Rear space is better than you’ll find in an e-Niro, with marginally more leg room and much better head room — two six-footers can sit happily behind two more in the front seats without feeling pained. The seating position is more upright than the e-Niro’s and there’s more under-seat foot room, too. Three adults in the rear will experience some shoulder chafing, but the low central tunnel means the middle passenger has plenty of foot space to play with.
Being an SUV, it’s a shame that the Soul doesn’t offer sliding or reclining rear seats. Its rear seat are split 60/40 rather than the more versatile 40/20/40, too, which limits options when you have passengers and luggage to fit onboard.
The boot is one area of weakness for the Soul EV. At 315 litres it’s smaller than an e-Niro’s and e-Golf’s, and not much bigger than a Ford Fiesta’s. That said, it’s a tall and useable shape, and big enough to easily accommodate a buggy. You get a height-adjustable boot floor, too, which not only creates a separate storage area beneath the main compartment, but also reduces the internal load lip — this is otherwise quite high if you’re lifting a heavy load — and smoothes out the boot floor when the rear seats are folded down.