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Kia Soul EV review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Kia Soul EV 2021 front tracking
  • Kia Soul EV 2021 rear cornering
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD front seats
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Kia Soul EV 2021 front right tracking
  • Kia Soul EV 2021 right tracking
  • Kia Soul EV 2021 rear tracking
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD front detail
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD instruments detail
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD front seats detail
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD boot detail
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD boot seats folded
  • Kia Soul EV 2021 front tracking
  • Kia Soul EV 2021 rear cornering
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD front seats
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Kia Soul EV 2021 front right tracking
  • Kia Soul EV 2021 right tracking
  • Kia Soul EV 2021 rear tracking
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD front detail
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD instruments detail
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD front seats detail
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD boot detail
  • Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD boot seats folded
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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.

Kia Soul EV 2020 RHD infotainment

Overview

If you’re considering an electric car, the Soul EV is definitely one to add to your list. Some may find the ride a touch firm, but it has strong performance, an impressively long range and comes very well equipped. Just bear in mind that, while its compact size will be a boon for many, it does cause the boot to be on the small side.

  • Good driving position
  • Impressive driving range
  • Long equipment list
  • Relatively small boot
  • Fidgety ride
  • Rear seats could be more flexible
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Target Price from £34,995
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