2016 Kia Soul EV Long-Term Review – Video

JAN 20 2016 BY MARK KANE 13

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

Here is a review of the 2016 Kia Soul EV after first three months of driving and nearly 7,800 km (over 4,800 miles).

The maker of the video is pretty happy with the new car and recommends it as a solid car with great quality. One of the small drawbacks is the navigation system, but again the infotainment overall is considered great.

The real world range is 150-160 km (up to 100 miles) with best range in summer weather at 180-186 km (and 4% capacity still available) so around 200 km is the limit. In the winter, range drops to 130-140 km and in highway commuting maybe 120 km (75 miles) is to be expected.

The B mode for strong regenerative braking works great, so you almost don’t need to touch the brakes.

And the heating is considered efficient.

Below you will find bonus video with defrosting – 20 minute time lapse:

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This may explain my dramatic range reduction in my 2015. Was always really good until we turned it into the “trip” car. Now that I have a daily driver, it only goes out a couple times per week and it’s almost always long highway trips. I still want to get the battery tested though because when it would display 93 miles, I could do that on the highway, and now that it only displays around 80 at 100%, I really can’t test that with confidence because when I get low, I don’t want to risk bricking.


Just reset the trip odometer at the beginning of the trip after a full charge and watch the SOC% (EV button > Energy) as you proceed.

Compare miles consumed vs. percentage consumed. My Soul EV is and always has been close to 1-1 miles to percentage.

The guess-o-meter is an estimate based on your driving style, external temperature, and HVAC usage, and will vary wildly depending on these variables. In my experience it’s very conservative in general. The default value is 93 on a Soul because that’s what the EPA estimate is.

The actual capability of the car has likely not changed at all, or at least not by very much.


By the way, does the 70% capacity at 100K miles warranty bother anyone else? Took me some time to realize that, compared to other manufacturers that I’m aware of, that sounds pretty crappy.


It’s actually best in its class, but none of the warranties are impressive. I want a 10 year / 150,000 mile warranty on a battery, especially when it costs $5,000 to replace.

Nobody wants to replace a battery after 6 years, but that’s pretty much what all manufacturers max out at if you drive 15,000 miles per year.

Nissan (66.25%):
24kWh: 60,000 miles, 5 years.
30kWh 100,000 miles, 8 years.

Kia (70%):
100,000 mile, 10 years.

Ford (70%):
100,000 miles, 8 years. (unconfirmed)

Tesla (70%):
125,000 miles (or unlimited), 8 years.


It’s the 70% figure that surprises me. At that point, it’s quite a bit less of a car than it was. From studies, it doesn’t seem like the curve is that steep in capacity loss, so maybe they’re just covering their bases. I just got all spooked because I thought (still wonder) that my battery has lost 10% capacity.


I’ve never seen any documentation that Tesla or Ford offer a capacity guarantee *at all*. They offer a warranty against defects and performance (max kW to the motor, shorted cells, etc.) but not capacity degradation. I’ve only ever seen written capacity warranties for Nissan, Kia, VW, and GM.

Kia’s written capacity warranty (it’s spelled out in my owner’s manual) is the best in the business as far as I’m aware, and it was one of the things that I researched fairly thoroughly before signing on the dotted line.

Nissan’s 30 kWh packs for 2016 increase their capacity warranty to guarantee 66.25% capacity for eight years or 80,000 miles. The 24 kWh packs (S models) have the same capacity warranty as before.


Actually, the warranty on the 30kWh LEAF just specifies ‘9 bars’ without defining them. Nissan wound up defining ‘9 bars’ on the 24kWh LEAF as “about 70%” 66.25% actual) because one of the early adopters had the service manual, where the value of each bar was defined, and the class action lawsuit forced Nissan to define what 9 bars meant. AFAICT, there’s absolutely nothing that requires Nissan to define what 9 bars means on the 30kWh battery, so they could define it as whatever they want, and/or change the values whenever they want. I consider the 30kWh warranty almost useless.

As others have said, Kia’s battery capacity warranty is the best on offer at the moment.


Replacing a battery after six years should be a lot cheaper, the way the prices are going.


The warranty is written so that no battery will be replaced.
You can expect your battery to do better.


“The warranty is written so that no battery will be replaced. You can expect your battery to do better.”

For most cars, I would expect the same.

For Nissan, I am not so sure.


Nice car, unfortunately they are restricting sales to certain markets. I would have got one if it was available here in Michigan.


Yeah, the rollout has been puzzling. Many things point to “compliance car”, and many other things point to production car. It certainly seems built for mass-production. Battery concerns aside, it pretty much beats the LEAF in every possible way for me (I drive both).


According to the Kia salesperson, the battery has a heating and cooling system. It feels like good engineering.