Kia Soul

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SOUL ELECTRIC HATCHBACK - 150kW First Edition 64kWh 5dr Auto



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The third generation Kia Soul is entirely wedded to battery power. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
SOUL ELECTRIC HATCHBACK
150kW First Edition 64kWh 5dr Auto
ELECTRIC
£28,949.55

Ten Second Review

The Kia Soul now comes only in all-electric form, so it's just as well that this brand's EV technology has hugely improved. To the point where almost anyone ought to be able to consider it. If you've been waiting for the right moment to join the battery-powered automotive revolution, that time may just have arrived.

Background

You might think that the full-electric car market could be pretty much divided into a couple of kinds of contender. There are relatively affordable ones, like the Nissan LEAF, developed steadily to the point where its lithium-ion batteries can offer up to around 180 miles on a good day. Or for around twice the money, buyers can graduate to the more sophisticated battery technology that luxury models use - cars like the Jaguar I-PACE, the Audi e-tron, the Mercedes EQC and various Teslas. With these, a driving range of around 300 miles or more is the norm. That used to be a reasonable EV buying perspective. But in 2018, the Hyundai/Kia conglomerate turned up on the market with three EV models offering the kind of range you'd get in a luxury EV for the kind of price you'd pay for a more affordable one; namely the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Kia e-Niro and the car we look at here, the Kia Soul EV.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Electric Vehicle Data
Battery Charge Type 1 Time (Minutes)
1860
Battery Charge Type 1 kW
2.2
Battery Charge Type 1 Percentage
0-100
Battery Charge Type 2 Time (Minutes)
575
Battery Charge Type 2 kW
7.2
Battery Charge Type 2 Percentage
0-100
Battery Charge Type 3 Time (Minutes)
75
Battery Charge Type 3 kW
50
Battery Charge Type 3 Percentage
0-80
Battery Charge Type 4 Time (Minutes)
54
Battery Charge Type 4 kW
100
Battery Charge Type 4 Percentage
0-80
Coupler/Connector Type
Type 2
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
7
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
100000
Battery Capacity in kWh
64
Battery Leased
False
Battery Type
Lithium-ion
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City
10.9
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
15.7
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City
402
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
280
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
0
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Transmission
AUTO
Gears
1 SPEED
CC
1
General
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
7
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
7
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
100000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
5
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
10
Coin Series
First Edition
Safety Concerns?
False
Generation Mark
2
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
34D
Service Interval Mileage
10000
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
84
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
82
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
59
NCAP Safety Assist %
56
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
4
Badge Power
201
Badge Engine CC
0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
40.3
Engine Power - KW
150
Engine Power - RPM
3800
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
291
Engine Torque - NM
395
Engine Torque - RPM
3600
Engine Power - BHP
201
Engine Power - PS
False
0 to 60 mph (secs)
True
0 to 62 mph (secs)
7.6
Top Speed
104
Tyres
Tyre Size Front
215/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear
215/55 R17
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
17" ALLOY
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Vehicle Dimensions
Wheelbase
2600
Length
4220
Width (including mirrors)
1825
Height
1605
Weight and Capacities
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
315
No. of Seats
5
Max. Loading Weight
423
Minimum Kerbweight
1757
Gross Vehicle Weight
2180
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1339
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Driving Experience

Given that there are now no longer any combustion-engined versions of this Soul, it's just as well that this EV model's WLTP-rated all-electric driving range is quite lengthy - 280 miles. That's thanks to a large 64kWh battery pack that can be recharged to 80% in just an hour and a quarter, providing you've got access to a 50kW DC fast charger. If you haven't, then a 7.2kW home wallbox will re-charge a Soul EV completely in 9 hours 35 minutes (which, to give you some idea, would use around £9 of electricity at current rates). You can eke out range by using these steering wheel paddles that allow you to vary the amount of regenerative braking. And by using the many EV features provided on the centre-dash screen. The powertrain develops 201bhp and like most EVs, this one feels rapid away from rest, making 62mph in 7.6s. The suspension has been carefully worked on to try and deal with the effects of this car's rather prodigious 1,757kg kerb weight. Not enough to make this car feel anything like a satisfying steer through the bends though.

Design and Build

If you happened to like previous versions of the Soul, you'd probably recognise this third generation model, which adds a more modern feel with a front end shaped by narrow lights and a trapezoidal grille. The rear features an LED light strip that wraps almost all the way around the rear screen. It's intended to be distinctive and needs to be to mask the boxy shape which is bigger this time round. This MK3 model measures in at 4,195mm, 55mm more than its predecessor. It's also 1,605mm high and 1,800mm wide and has a 2,600mm wheelbase that's 30mm lengthier than before. That's not enough to enable this Kia to offer more luggage space than its EV cousin, the Kia e-Niro (315-litres as opposed to 451-litres), but the Soul has a nicer cabin and its higher roofline makes the interior seem much airier. There's also plenty of tech, with the latest 10.3-inch version of the brand's centre-dash touchscreen and a head-up display. One particularly nice touch is the provided button that enables you to control heat or chill only the driver's portion of the cabin if you're one-up and need to maximise range.
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