Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

About Kia Soul EV

The 2017 Kia Soul finally receives the one thing it's lacked since the first hamster-driven 5-door hatchback appeared on our streets: horsepower. The top-level 2017 Soul Exclaim now boasts a 201-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder that delivers the verve the Kia Soul's funky styling and marketing long promised. Beyond the Turbo model's extra power, the entire lineup now offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, blind-spot detection, additional USB inputs and more. The all-electric Soul EV touts gas-free driving, but its range is only 93 miles, and availability is limited. The 2017 Soul is a compelling alternative not just to subcompact SUVs like the Fiat 500X or Mini Cooper Countryman, but also the Mazda3, Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic hatchbacks, especially when you consider its long warranty and low starting price.

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2017 Kia Soul EV
What's new for 2017?
2017 Kia Soul EV

The 2017 Kia Soul wagon gets a host of upgrades in addition to the Soul Exclaim's new turbo engine. Other updates include available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8-way-power passenger seat, blind-spot monitoring, additional USB ports, HID headlights, and a new full-color information display between the gauges for the Exclaim.

  • Expert Rating: 8.7
  • Consumers Rating: 9.6
  • MPGe 120|92
2016 Kia Soul EV
What's new for 2016?
2016 Kia Soul EV

Kia’s Soul wagon for 2016 gets new options, including 2-tone paint and lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems. The base model receives standard alloy wheels, the Plus trim gains fog lights and a rearview camera, and the Exclaim gains leather seats. A lower-cost Soul EV-e trim is offered, but only in California.

2015 Kia Soul EV
What's new for 2015?
2015 Kia Soul EV

The big news is the new 2015 Kia Soul EV electric car, initially for sale in California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland. Other than that, the Soul receives only minor updates such as UVO telematics packaging for base models and available Nappa leather seating in top trims.

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Consumer Reviews

Clearly the best EV in the market.

By on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Range, driving feel, navi/EV info, DC charging"

Cons: "Dealer experience so/so"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Without question, best EV available. Perfect daily range, drives like a normal car, functional to carry stuff & people, DC fast charge in 30-min., and easy interface for navi/EV info. Without question, best EV. I looked at Leaf, 500e, and even BMW i3, and Soul EV is better than them. Look at article on TheWirecutter - They are very thorough and declare Soul EV is best EV. The battery is state-of-the-art, and is warranted for 10/100k, and its transferable warranty. And you can get Soul EV for ~$200/month or less. Look around. Why would anyone drive a Leaf? Really, really UGLY, less range, bad navi/interface, bad battery tech. How many Leaf batteries needed replacement? Too many. No thanks. My Soul EV is best."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

high value EV w/excellent range and features

By on Monday, February 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "good range, great technology, nice design"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"best things are: 1) the surprising 90+ miles range 2) leather and interior design in the EV+ is very high quality clean design. 3) UVO navigation screen is touch screen, very easy to use and shows nearest charging stations and driving range. 4) cabin and cargo space feel spacious because the battery is placed below on the floor of the car."

15 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Drive it!

By on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Sporty and solid driving. Refined and quiet cabin."

Cons: "Range anxiety, despite class leading range."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have been impressed with the Soul EV. It is especially well built and drives great. I have driven other EVs and there is no comparison with build quality and driving dynamics. Best in class and very refined. I use it to drive in the carpool lane (legally) to work and also recharge the battery at my workplace. The perfect set-up, very convenient. Saves time and fuel costs!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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