While we're always sad to report that Kia and Hyundai don't have clear-cut plans to make their upcoming electric crossover offerings widely available on our shores, we continue to be thoroughly impressed with the vehicles themselves. Moreover, it seems most of the automotive press and independent reviewers are in agreement.
We've been reporting regularly about the Hyundai Kona Electric, as well as the Kia Niro EV. Interestingly, Kia is also bringing a completely redesigned Soul EV to market in the near future. In the U.S., Kia will still offer the gas-powered Soul, but in Europe, the all-new 2020 Kia Soul will only be offered in its all-electric configuration.
These Korean automakers have come a long way in past years and are now surely proving their worth when it comes to EVs. We'll just have to wait a bit before the companies feel it makes enough sense and is financially viable to increase U.S.-bound production and ramp up availability in North America. Not to mention continuing issues with battery availability that seem to be plaguing most automakers at this point.
Nonetheless, and without further ado, check out this informative review of the redesigned 2020 Kia Soul EV. Then, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Video Description via Marek Drives on YouTube:
KIA e-Soul - It's Electric! (ENG) - First Test Drive and Review
KIA e-Soul is the third generation of the Korean automaker's urban crossover. After two generations KIA withdrew the car from Europe, but now it returns as an EV, along with Hyundai Kona Electric and KIA e-Niro. KIA e-Soul comes with 39 or 64 kWh batteries. The former give KIA e-Soul 289 km range, and the latter more than 450 km. Are these claims realistic?
Starting price: 34 000 euro