Kia Soul EV Child Car Seat Check
Cars.com has certified child safety seat installation technicians on hand to inspect cars for compatibility with car seats for infants, toddlers and children. How cool is that?
Parents (or expecting parents) who are concerned with how many child safety seats fit in a vehicle and how secure those seats are once installed will definitely appreciate work put forth by Cars.com.
This particular seat check was conducted on the Kia Soul EV. Here’s what Cars.com says:
“Kia’s quirky box probably doesn’t immediately jump to mind when you think of a family vehicle, but the Kia Soul has more room for kids and cargo than its compact dimensions suggest. The gas-powered Kia Soul, which was redesigned for the 2014 model year, performed admirably in our Car Seat Check, but what about the new-for-2015 electric version? Although the 2015 Kia Soul EV gives up some interior space to make room for the battery and has unique seats, small families won’t have any problems installing two child-safety seats in the backseat.”
How many child safety seats fit in the back? The answer is 2.
Here are the likes/dislikes, as presented by Cars.com:
What We Like
The Latch anchors — two sets in the outboard positions — are exposed and easy to use.
The infant seat and the convertible in both rear- and forward-facing modes installed easily and all three seats had enough room. There was no need to move the front passenger seat forward to accommodate them.
What We Don’t
The backseat is lightly contoured, which helped hold our booster into place, but the buckles are on floppy bases so kids may have a problem buckling up independently.
In most areas, the Kia Soul EV received an A grade in the child safety seat check. The electric Soul did receive one B grade.
Here’s the grading scale:
A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.
B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.
C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.
D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.
F: Does not fit or is unsafe.
You’ll find tons of additional vehicles (some plug-ins) tested with child safety seats over at Cars.com at this link.
Follow the source link below for the full rundown on the Kia Soul EV’s child safety seat check.