Kia e-Niro vs Kia Soul EV: verdict

The Kia e-Niro is a former What Car? Car of the Year and remains an excellent choice if you're looking to go electric. But is the same brand's new Soul EV even better?...

Kia e-Niro vs Kia Soul EV

Our verdict

The Soul EV is a welcome addition to the electric car class. It combines strong performance with a long range, comes very well equipped and is practical. But as the old Formula 1 adage goes, the first person you have to beat is your team-mate, and unfortunately for the Soul, it's ultimately outclassed by the slightly older e-Niro. 

Not only is the e-Niro just as quick and usable, but it's also better to drive and more comfortable. Add in a lower PCP rate, stronger resale values and similar equipment levels, and the e-Niro remains the best electric family SUV on sale.

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1st – Kia e-Niro

Kia e-Niro front cornering

For More agile; cheaper to finance and run; long range
Against Pricier than it was; 26-week wait for delivery

What Car? rating 5 out of 5 stars

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1st – Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV front cornering

For You can have one in eight weeks; almost as good as e-Niro...
Against ...but not quite; looks expensive on a PCP deal

What Car? rating 4 out of 5 stars

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See the latest Kia Soul EV offers >>


Specifications: Kia e-Niro 64kWh 4

  • Engine - Electric motor
  • List price - £37,995*
  • Target Price - £37,995*
  • Target PCP - £442**
  • Battery size - 64kWh
  • Peak power - 201bhp
  • Peak torque - 291lb ft
  • Gearbox - Single-speed automatic
  • 0-62mph - 7.5sec
  • Top speed - 104mph
  • Official range - 282 miles (WLTP)
  • Real Range - 253 miles
  • Cost of full charge - £10.19
  • Electricity cost per mile - £0.040
  • Electricity cost per 12k miles - £480
  • CO2 emissions - 0g/km

Specifications: Kia Soul EV 64kWh First Edition

  • Engine - Electric motor
  • List price - £37,295*
  • Target Price - £37,295*
  • Target PCP - £547**
  • Battery size - 64kWh
  • Peak power - 201bhp
  • Peak torque - 291lb ft
  • Gearbox - Single-speed automatic
  • 0-62mph - 7.9sec
  • Top speed - 103mph
  • Official range - 280 miles (WLTP)
  • Real Range - tbc
  • Cost of full charge - tbc
  • Electricity cost per mile - tbc
  • Electricity cost per 12k miles - tbc
  • CO2 emissions - 0g/km

*Before £3000 government grant
**Based on 36 months with a £4000 deposit and 10,000-mile annual limit


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