2016 Kia Soul EV: 1 Year Review – Video

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OCT 7 2016 BY JAY COLE 15

2016 Kia Soul EV:  Long Term Recap & Review From Toronto, Canada

2016 Kia Soul EV: Long Term Recap & Review From Toronto, Canada

Following up on a early review of a 2016 Kia Soul EV sent to us by Dax in Toronto, Canada last January, here is the follow-up, 1 year (long term) report on the 93 mile (epa rated) all-electric Kia.

It is interesting to note Dax’s opinions on the car, especially considering he drives the EV in a more northern local than more Soul EV owners; and while he does have some slight complaints about Kia Canada, he finds the car consistently delivers¬†its expected range.

As for the winter driving itself, once again, a positive “thumbs up” for the Soul EV.

Our thanks to Dax for the review!

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Our Kia has also been very reliable and does what it claims. NAV is useless though and our dealer went out of business complicating our (so far non-existent) service needs. We are also in the GTA and likewise find Kia Canada to be useless. I am NOT paying for the firmware updates.

Very good video.

I really like the part about the accurate gas gauge. The range reported by my former 12 Leaf was always a lie.

No mention of battery degradation – what’s the word on the Kia battery?

Alas, another compliance car I can’t buy.

It is not a compliance car. It is available in Washington State which is not a compliance state. They just need to send more to the US!

I also have a Soul EV for a year now and saw no degradation. What I also like – and it wasn’t mentioned in this video – is that the range you get in winter isn’t much lower then in summer, this in contrast with the Leaf.

This probably hasn’t only to do with the good conditioning of the batteries, but also with some great features of the car. The first thing I do when the temperature drops is heating my seat and the wheel. This combination works so well that, even when it is quiet cold, I sometimes forget to put on the heater. And you don’t even see the effect on range. When it gets really cold, like it does here in the Alps, I put on the “driver only” heating when I’m alone. That saves a lot of energy, as does the heat pump that does the heating.

And the defrosting of the front window, when it is covered in ice, is super fast – ten times faster then in my former ICE car – and when you do it while still connected, it doesn’t cost range.

My wife and I along with about 10 friends own the 2015 KIA SOUL EV in the HOT Phoenix area with no battery loss. Our range is always above expected and very accurate.

Lots of room, great info on the screen and easy to use features. We just wish they would make more and not be a compliance car. We have a Tesla model 3 on order, a real EV.

What is the range in cold winter days!? I”m from Montreal so about same temperature

We get between 120 and 130km. Very good winter performance even with winter tires.

I was curious about Kia’s future plans for the Soul EV, given it hasn’t been mentioned here for quite a while, and the only criticism of it online has been “why isn’t it available in more markets and in larger qusntities”.
Well, the 2017 model was announced in Korea a couple of months ago and in the Paris Show just now — no significant changes (facelift of the interior only), particularly no drivetrain.

There are rumors that there will be a battery upgrade, with 30% range improvement, towards the end of 2017 as a 2018 model. This would keep the car competitive with the 30kWh LEAF and other 100mi+ gen-1.5 cars (eGolf, FFE, i3). Unclear whether this would still eb with SK Innovation as the battery supplier, or if theywould be switching to LG Chem, like Hyundai is using.
The rumor also says the upgraded Soul would get the slightly stronger motor from the Ioniq (88kWh) .

Nice car – test drove one myself at the Ithaca, NY drive electric event. Nice and spacious vehicle.

Very nice unpretentious review.

The UVO app does work for our Soul EV in Maryland, but even so, you can’t remotely start climate control unless the car is plugged in, which is my biggest beef. In the Leaf, you can start CC without being plugged in. Apparently, Kia is afraid people will use their entire 27 kWh battery on CC. C’mon people, we’re adults here!

The charge timer is weird, too. If you have time-of-use and the timer is set to charge at 8:10pm and you plug in at 9pm, it should start charging, but doesn’t, since it’s waiting for the next 8:10pm time, which will be the next day. The Leaf does it right: it would charge at 9pm.

There are some other minor things, but Dax is spot on with his positives. It’s a very tight, solid car, handles Bluetooth better than the Leaf, has more comfy seats, and a nicer screen.

What a waste of time. Only an idiot assesses the reliability of a car model based on one years experience with one car. As it happens it’s reliable, but we don’t know that because of this dimwit.

Then he proceeds to share his taste in rims, tells us that he hasn’t really driven many cars, and therefore his benchmark for quality is basically those cars that he used to own, before detouring into how his impression of Kia was back when his mum had one.

I stopped at that point. Feel free to think it’s a “great video” – that may be. But it ain’t no review.

Someone pissed into your coffee, eh? Count till five next time ….

WOW! No one FORCED you to watch it.


“idiot” “dimwit”

Is that really necessary?

“His benchmark for quality is basically those cars that he used to own”

He was discussing fit and finish at this point. I’ve always maintained that people should review cars by comparing the fit and finish to vehicles they have never driven. Get a life.

The guy was simply reporting on his overalll experience with the car. It was a review, not a statistical reliability survey, and so labeled. If you aren’t interested in such info, fine — why did you view the review at all?
And personally, I find the vast majority of “professional” car reviews useless, because most of the information they concentrate on isn’t relevant for most potential owners. They tend to be jaded, because they drive so many different cars, and tend to compare everything to their favorite sportscar.