Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Kia Soul EV is a more expensive cash purchase than almost all its rivals, including the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia e-Niro and Nissan Leaf. That said, the Soul EV only comes in one trim level and is well equipped as standard. If you spec up those rivals to the same level, the cost difference evens out.
Like any electric car, you’ll benefit from zero-rate Vehicle Excise Duty and free entry to the London Congestion Charge zone, plus – in many boroughs – free parking too.
There’s no Euro NCAP safety rating yet, but Kia has equipped the Soul EV with plenty of active safety aids, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance and blind-spot monitoring.
The Soul EV does not feature in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey but Kia as a brand claimed ninth place out of 30 manufacturers. That puts it above Volkswagen (20th) and Nissan (joint 27th) but below Hyundai, which finished in joint third place with Suzuki.
The even better news is that every Kia comes with a class-leading seven-year or 100,000 mile warranty.