Kia Soul EV (2019) Guide

Kia Soul EV (2019) Guide

The Kia Soul EV and Kia e-Soul are the same. We know, confusing. For some reason, Kia decided to name the updated version e-Soul in Europe and Soul EV elsewhere. Nevertheless, the original Soul EV name appears to have stuck. The latest version of this distinctive, funky EV boasts greater efficiency and a more extensive battery offering of 64kWh. A robust range of 280 miles and 80kW rapid charging capabilities make this a fun and practical EV option for many.

Electric Range

281 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£8.96

Battery Size

64 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

18 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

yes CCS max 80kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a Kia Soul EV

The Soul EV comes in two battery sizes; 39.2kWh and 64kWh. With a small price difference between the two, many drivers opt for the 64kWh which has an official WLTP range of 281 miles.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger and a 64kWh battery, for example, will take approximately 10 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 28 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £8.96.

The Soul EV has a CCS connector option enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. Plugged into a 50kW charging station, the Soul EV will charge from 20-80% in 50 minutes.

Note: It is worth highlighting here that the Soul EV has a max DC rate of 80kW, this means if you plugged into a 100kW charger, you would still be charging at 80kW. Its max AC rate is 7.2kW, again, if you plugged into an 11kW AC charger, the battery will charge at 7.2kW.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 33h for 0-100%
  • 3.7kW = 18h for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 10h for 0-100%
  • 150kW = 40m for 20-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a Soul EV

Classified as a BEV, the Soul EV produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, the Kia Soul EV qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

With one charge range rivalling that of an internal combustion engine, you can effortlessly go about your regular commutes without having to worry about charge points, plus you’ll be helping save the planet.

What are people saying about the Kai Soul EV?

The Soul EV has garnered much fanfare due to its bold external design and solid underpinnings. As part of the EV SUV crossover trio from the Hyundai Motor Group, the Soul EV shares many similarities to its siblings e-Niro and Hyundai’s KONA.

Sharing the same drivetrain as the KONA, the Soul EV is remarkably efficient and practical, packaged in a bold, funky and unique frame. The 280-mile range and rapid 80kW onboarding charging capabilities make this a great family, suitable for those long road trips. The cabin space complements this with a relatively spacious and comfortable back seat arrangement. Boot space is a little less than its cousin the KONA, holding up to 315 litres; however, with the backseats down it holds more – leading you to question whether more boot space with the seats up or down is more important?

Despite its crazy, quirky exterior, inside, the Soul EV is far more modest. The user-friendly infotainment display takes centre stage up front, making the most of both physical buttons and digital features. Use of cheaper plastics hamper any possibility of a luxurious feel; however, it’s worth pointing out here that for the price, you’re mostly paying for the large battery pack and brilliant drivetrain, which certainly make up for any internal design compromises.

If you’re a fan of the Soul EV profile and seeking a reliable long-range EV, this could be the car for you. It encompasses everything great about electric driving and makes for a great family SUV.