Kia Soul EV Comes To Canada This Fall; Review From The North

JUN 20 2014 BY JAY COLE 4

Kia Soul EV Comes To Canada This Fall As The "Affordable" Range Champ

Kia Soul EV Comes To Canada This Fall As The “Affordable” Range Champ

Most of the time the United States’ neighbors to the north play second fiddle when it comes to electric vehicles; many times new electric cars are released in Canada much later than in the US (or not at all).

2015 Kia Soul Interior

2015 Kia Soul Interior

Not so with the Kia Soul EV, as first deliveries are expected in the fall.

As a precursor to their arrival, test drive reviews of production-intent Soul EV models are now showing up north of the 49th parallel.  For the CarGuide, they note that the little KIA CUV has strong enough range attributes to displace the Nissan LEAF.

When it rolls into select Canadian dealerships next fall, the 2015 Kia Soul EV will immediately knock its main competitors out of the endurance race, starting with the Nissan Leaf.

So how far did CarGuide peg the Kia’s range at?

“Kia…is boasting 160 kilometres (99 miles) of range, which is the best we’ve seen among electric compacts. Not only that, but when driven in ideal conditions this car can apparently beat the 200-kilometre (124 mile) psychological threshold, which is fully 50 kilometres (31 miles) more than other vehicles in the same category.”

As for performance, they note that Kia is being very conservative with their ‘stated’ specs:

“Like all electric vehicles, the Kia Soul EV and its single-speed transmission delivers linear acceleration that seems more dynamic than the advertised 11.5 seconds it takes to go from 0-100 km/h (62mph). When we tested it, we managed to race to 100 km/h in less than nine seconds!

Ok, The Interior Is Kinda 'Meh'

Ok, The Interior Is Kinda ‘Meh’

Their only real beef with the car seems to be the additional weight and what it does to the 205/60R 16″ super low rolling resistance tires.  Apparently the traction can be poor enough even on dry surfaces that the “Low Traction” warning flashes on the dashboard.

No pricing has yet been given on the Kia Soul EV in Canada, but it is expected to be priced about $4,000-$5,000 more than the 2015 Nissan LEAF, somewhere in the mid $30,000s – while about $38,000 will net you the more premium trim package that includes heated rear seats, steering wheel and CHAdeMO fast charging.

Check out the whole CarGuide review here.


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4 Comments on "Kia Soul EV Comes To Canada This Fall; Review From The North"

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Only 100 vehicles are slated for Canada, no matter if the car is being released there early.

A reviewer in Quebec timed 0-100km/h in 11s, which seems a bit more realistic considering the Soul’s weight, hp, and torque. I could see 10.0, but not 9.0.

While I could be completely wrong, I don’t think the actual real world range of the Soul will be much higher than say an i3 or Leaf. Both those cars can – in ideal conditions – beat the 200km mark as well.

Good to see more electric cars coming to Canada. I own a LEAF and love driving electric, however when I see articles that state the mileage of electric cars I know firsthand that driving a car in -35 Celsius is not the same as +15.
The only way to accurately reflect this is copy the way oil is sold eg.(15w30)

Until Electric car prices come down below 30 thousand without a subsidy the market won’t grow. It is nice to see more options coming all the same 🙂