2015 Kia Soul EV Earns “Best New City Car” Award In Canada

DEC 17 2014 BY MARK KANE 20

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV was named “Best New City Car” at the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Canadian Car of the Year Awards.

“The Soul EV faced tough competition throughout AJAC’s week-long comprehensive testing period, known as TestFest, which occurred in October in Niagara Falls, Ontario.”

The South Korean electric car still has a chance to get the overall Car of the Year title, which will be awarded on February 12th 2015, at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto

Maria Soklis, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kia Canada Inc. stated:

“Kia Canada is elated with the category win of the all-new 2015 Kia Soul EV during AJAC’s comprehensive testing program in its respective category. This recognition is a testament to Kia’s ongoing commitment to provide environmentally friendly automotive solutions to consumers without compromising on design or comfort.”

Here is set of videos on awards and tests:

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20 Comments on "2015 Kia Soul EV Earns “Best New City Car” Award In Canada"

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What other electric cars what it up against? Most of the city BEVs are not available in Canada. And what is considered “new”?

BravelilToaster

What I want to know, is where did this brand new category “New city car” come from. It sounds like it was invented purely for the Kia Soul EV, unless the Smart car or the Toyota Yaris was winning this category before EVs came along.

Tesla Fan

Kia LOL

Joshua Burstyn

Don’t laugh, they’re cheap to buy, cheap to maintain, cheap to insure and the Soul EV has the second longest range of any current mass production BEV.

Ours arrives tomorrow to meet up with our ‘S. 🙂

The Soul (ICE) is already a top seller, so the Soul EV could easly follow to become a top selling EV in Canada.

The only unknown is will volume of production mean wide availability for the Soul EV?

BravelilToaster

What I found interesting is that Kia appears to be doing more and better advertising for the Soul EV than Nissan is doing for the Leaf. I’ve noticed signage plastered all over the Kia dealership in Coquitlam announcing the new EV, but the best way I found dealerships selling the Leaf when we bought ours was through Craigslist.

Waiting

The Soul EV IS an intriguing little car. I like the fact that it has a greater range, BUT it is still a City car. After owning over 35 cars in my life, I want the last ones I own to be BEV’s. That means I have to have a BEV that can get me anywhere I want to go on a road trip without substantial recharging delays. Right now, that sums up to a Tesla. If Tesla is going to attempt to put a $35k car on the street with a range of 200 miles, then why the heck can Kia and others do the same thing?

JRMW

we can’t compare what Tesla MIGHT do in the future with the cars that do exist now.

BravelilToaster

Because *right now* the batteries cost too much. Tesla is still building a future where they don’t. So are other manufacturers of batteries and battery cars. But tomorrow isn’t today.

abc123

Wow. Surprised the i3 didn’t take this one since all the BEV news is either i3, i8, or Tesla. I don’t hear much about the Soul EV.

Good for them though.

JRMW

I feel like we get a good dose of Soul EV love here.
But Tesla BMW Volt and Nissan dominate because they aren’t compliance cars

EV Vinod

I’ve been driving a Soul EV for two months. Never charged outside my garage, getting about 105 to 110 miles range. This is with climate on, driving normally even 70mph highway at times. Miles ahead of my previous Leaf. If this was made in quantity, would challenge the i3 and others, but Kia is snatching defeat from jaws of victory with limited supply!

Joshua Burstyn

Where do you live? I am wondering how well the climate controls do with respect to battery usage in very cold climates.

Any issues w/the front cover sticking/freezing? (assuming you live in a snowy/cold part of the country)

Mark

Perfect vehicle for a two car family. Seriously considering picking one up next year.

Ryan

Why is this available in Canada but I can’t get one in Minnesota? dammit Kia, expand to more states please

Availability depends on luck, as number of Soul EVs to be delivered in Canada is expected to be very limited til mid-2015.

Even in California the volume of Soul EVs is currently constrained; and it has nothing to do with a work slowdown at westcoast ports!

Joshua Burstyn

Rebate in Ontario for EVs is 8500, potentially making it a good market as the price is therefore more palatable. Quebec has an 8000 rebate. These are the two provinces getting the Soul EV afaik. Not sure what the rebate is in Minnesota.

I hear Canada has a 55 car allocation in the near future. Not many to go around.

Delta

So what is the total cost in Ontario before and after the 8500 rebate.

Joshua Burstyn

~44k pre rebate including taxes, freight, etc. This is for the + version.

Go to Meadowvale Kia if you are in the GTA.