What Car? says...

If you're shopping for a car, you'll know that quite a few models these days give you a choice of having it with a conventional engine or as an electric car – and it was the Kia Soul EV that started all that.

When Kia released the second-generation version of the SUV, it was available with a choice of petrol, diesel or battery power to make it appeal to the widest possible range of drivers. A true trendsetter never stands still, though, and this latest Soul has ditched fossil fuels altogether to concentrate on electric power alone.

So is this third-generation Kia Soul EV as good as the best rivals? Well, it's certainly faces some strong competition. There are electric SUVs including the Hyundai Kona Electric and the MG ZS EV plus popular electrics such as the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe

Read on through this review to find out how the Soul EV compares with those cars and other in all the important areas, including performance, range, practicality and costs.

When you've decided which model is the one for you, you can find the lowest price by searching our free What Car? New Car Deals pages. It's a good place to track down the best new electric SUV deals.


  • How far the Soul will go between charges depends on which version you go for. The entry-level Urban version comes with a 34kWh battery and will cover 170 miles while the Explore version has a larger 64kWh battery that’s officially good for 280 miles. Read more here

  • As is always the case, the Soul with the smaller battery – the Urban – charges the fastest. It takes 6hrs 10min on a 7.2kW home wall box, while the Explore’s larger battery takes 9hrs 35min. On a 50kW fast charger, the Urban will take 57mins and the Explore 1hr 15 mins. Read more here

  • We don’t have specific data for the Soul because it didn’t feature in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey. Kia as a brand performed well though, claiming seventh position out of 32 manufacturers included. Read more here

  • No. While the Soul used to be available with either a traditional engine, a hybrid system or electric power, it's now electric-only. Read more here

  • The main difference is that the Urban comes with a 34kWh battery while the Explore has a 64kWh one. On top of that, Explore comes with more standard equipment, including heated seats and steering wheel, upgraded infotainment and more safety kit. Read more here

  • The Soul's closest rivals are the Hyundai Kona Electric and MG ZS EV but you might also want to consider the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe or Kia Niro EV. Read more here