Kia Soul EV first drive review

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Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV first drive

What is it?

The bold, funky of the second-generation Kia Soul don’t too far from its predecessor, and this version shares the new-for-2014 basic dimensions.

Kia ‘s new is Kia ’s first global electric following the Ray EV, which has been cruising around Korea for years.

This latest has adopted the same platform as the Kia It is wider and longer than the Soul, with a 20mm wheelbase at 2570mm, as well as a 29 per stiffer body shell and suspension geometry.


The platform was designed to accept packs under the rear which means that of the second-generation Soul’s 354-litre space has been sacrificed for the EV It does, however, bring a penalty in the region of 200kg.

is it like?

The key visual differences the standard Soul and its electric include: subtle aerodynamic different lights, a revised and grille and low-rolling-resistance 16in

In the grille are two charging points, one for standard and rapid charging. a standard household electricity Kia estimates a full charge take about five a rapid charge can replenish a battery to 80 per cent capacity in 25

The Soul EV prototype we drove was disguised, but offered some as to the design and ambience of the new car. It has cleaner exterior styling its predecessor and a more upmarket albeit one that is more to the standard Soul than the Renault Zoe or Nissan Leaf.

It has dials and gauges, and there are neat energy-saving touches, as the option to turn off the climate to empty passenger seats to power. Forward visibility is improved thanks to slimmer

The technical specification of the definitive Kia Soul EV is still being out. Kia chiefs say they are three battery providers, regardless of which one is selected, the is aiming for a range of 124 miles on a charge in optimum conditions: to Nissan ’s claim for the Leaf and than the Ford Focus EV.

Also up for discussion is whether the will be offered through a scheme, similar to Renault and or sold with the vehicles This will have a on the final price that the EV can be sold at.

The Soul EV moves away from a standstill, and the linear power delivery and light steering make it an tool for driving in built-up

Kia estimates that the Soul EV cover 0-62mph in less 12 seconds and go on to a top speed of 90mph. It less at home on faster where a lack of positive feel is evident and there’s aggressive deceleration upon lift off.

Although the system charges the battery, it the Soul EV doesn’t cruise its own momentum particularly effectively.

many EVs, the Soul a sound to warn pedestrians. to the chime of a distant ice cream it is emitted at speeds below and when the Soul EV is reversing.

Kia Soul EV

On the of this prototype drive, the EV rides comfortably, absorbing imperfections well, but feels a ponderous during faster

Should I buy one?

You’ll to wait for a year, with electric Soul destined to about six months after the powered versions.

The Kia Soul EV come to Britain in very numbers at a price in the region of before any government grant is

Even if the Soul EV won’t be a seller here, it is a positive window for Kia’s broadening

Kia Soul EV

Price £25,000 Top speed 90mph (est); 12sec (est); Range 124 (est); Weight 1550kg CO2 0g/km (tailpipe); Motor electric motor, 27 kWh lithium-ion pack; Power 109bhp; 210 lb ft; Gearbox single-speed

By Matt Burt

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