2015 Kia Soul EV First Drive Review
SlashGear released last month an interesting review of the Kia Soul EV, presenting the car, its features and reviewing the driving experience.
As it turns out, the 81.4 kW electric motors do the job and Soul EV is snappy, which is very good for city driving.
“The result is a car that can surprise ostensibly meatier vehicles when pulling away from the lights. Sure, they’ll quickly catch up if the road stays clear – Kia quotes a top speed of 90 mph and a 0-60 mph dash in 11.2 seconds – but it’s the nippiness at city rates that makes the Soul EV a tiny urban warrior. Kia says the 18.6-43.5 mph run takes 3.9 seconds, and it’s that sort of rapidity that makes lane-changes and last minute overtaking so straightforward.”
Because the battery pack is placed low in the bottom of the car, Soul EV feels stable on the road. The brakes are smooth too. Regenerative braking enables one to drive the Soul EV with a single pedal. Steering isn’t the strongest point, but the interior gets a favorable review.
“The electric power steering won’t win any awards for dynamism, but it’s accurate even as it subdues road feel.”
“The regular upholstery is a soft grey fabric, almost felt-like, with bright blue piping. It looks and feels great, and the seats themselves are firm and comfortable, though I can’t help but wish Kia had gone for something other than grey for the majority of the dashboard. The glossy white plastic trim around the infotainment system looks good, though.”
Here is the SlashGear summary:
“It deserves to succeed, however. The Soul EV keeps what I like about the regular Soul – its chunky, playful looks; great interior space; and comfortable driving style – but throws in the torquey fun of electric drive and an even more grounded feel on the road, without much in the way of compromise.
Sure, 93 miles isn’t close to what you’d get from a full tank of gas in the regular car, but if Kia can really deliver on its range accuracy commitment, that’ll go a long way toward assuaging the anxieties of the city dwellers the Soul EV seems perfect for.
Those with longer range demands (and lacking the funds to scratch their itch for a Tesla) should probably look to something like a Prius or Volt, but for the city the Soul EV hits the spot. More personality than a Leaf, a cabin that doesn’t feel compromised in either design or equipment, and lashings of usable space all add up to making the 2015 Soul EV my pick of the more affordable all-electric cars.”
The Kia Soul EV costs twice as much as the gasoline version (from $33,700 instead of $15,700) before any incentives and will not be available nationwide anytime soon, but if you are in California you now have another electric model to check out.