HybridCars Reviews Kia Soul EV – Video

JUL 7 2015 BY MIKE ANTHONY 11

“Introduced last fall, the 2015 Kia Soul EV makes an arguable case to go electric with good utility and the highest EPA-rated range among all EVs not named “Tesla.”

Some Kia Soul EV Reviewin'

Some Kia Soul EV Reviewin’

Like every car, the all-electric version of Kia’s second-generation Soul has its compromises though, and comes at an awkward time for EVs three years after Nissan’s Leaf and a couple other sub-$40,000 EVS have set expectations, and with next-generation models on the not-too-distant horizon.” – HybridCars.com.

HybridCars.com’s Jeff Cobb reviews the Kia Soul EV.

You can find the site’s written review of this EV by clicking here

Both the video and the written review cover quite a few specs and some good-to-knows.

The Soul EV is very likable amongst auto reviewers. The video above supports that.

What’s not to like? It comes practically loaded, is highly versatile and offers more than enough range for day-to-day driving.

Compared to all of the mid-range & mid-priced (sub-$40,000) EVs, where would you rank the Soul EV?

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

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11 Comments on "HybridCars Reviews Kia Soul EV – Video"

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protomech

“where would you rank the Soul EV?”

Very limited availability, only a few states have dealers with cars.

Joshua Burstyn

It’s a shame. Compared to the Model S it’s nearly as practical and costs far less.

protomech

There’s a wide gap between the Soul and even the Model S 70D; Soul has 39% of the range at 45% of the price. The Soul EV is a practical daily driver for most people, but the Model S is still the only battery-only EV that can act as a complete gas replacement.

If the Soul EV is a good indication, though, a 30 kWh Nissan LEAF should be pretty popular.

kubel

I was planning on commenting what you wrote almost word for word. It’s a great EV, but it might as well be a Tesla Model 3 for those of us outside of the chosen states. It’s Unobtanium here in Michigan.

Lensman

I am not a fan of styling that looks like a box, but with an electric range higher than any other BEV not made by Tesla, it’s too bad this isn’t more widely available in the USA and Canada.

Lou Grinzo

For people who live in NY State (as I do), the Soul EV is made of unobtanium. It was on my short list for things to consider leasing or buying when my Leaf lease was up, but since the closest Soul EV dealer is 706 miles away (according to cars.com), it was a non-starter and I bought my Leaf on the $6,500 NMAC promotion.

Ken

Did he really say that the heat pump was exclusive to this vehicle? I guess he forgot about the 2013 and up Nissan Leaf and going way back, the GM EV-1. And btw, my Nissan Leaf routinely gets 80-100 miles or range. I woulf be upset if i didnt get at least 80. Some days i have been over 100 wuite easily. I love the Soul EV but again, it is not available in NJ so i purchased another Leaf. Also, i don’t want an electrified version of a $18k car for $36k. If i spend that much, i would want it to look like a totally different car. My Leaf wasn’t very expensive but its not mistaken for a $12k Versa either.

Roberto

These fake reporters do more harm than good.
Most range not a tesla?? try the Renault Zoe at 12k euros and 210km range. That other Chinese brand also has more range.

This car is nice but it’s too expensive.

kubel

In the US market (or rather, just a few states where it’s available over here), it’s competitively priced and has more range than any non-Tesla driven EV currently available.

Paul

I know many people with a Zoé and its daily range is not 210 km but 150 km.

Paul

I have driven 1600 km now with my new Soul EV, from southern France through the Alps and Switzerland, with some high passes, to Holland, and I used 13,5 kW per 100 km. So the true-life range was 200 km (from 100% battery (= 27 kW available) to 0% battery).

Of course I never drove till 0%, but several times I went down to between 10% and 15% coming from 94% (upper limit of fast charge) and had driven 160 to 180 km with that.