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Brand New Kia Soul 150kW Maxx 64kWh 5dr Auto

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£3800 Deposit
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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

10.25" Touch screen navigation with european mapping & traffic messaging channel7" OLED colour display cluster
Adaptive smart cruise control function SCCApple car play/Android Auto with voice control
Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alertCharging indicator on dashboard
Digital clockDrive mode select - eco, eco+, sport
Driver attention warningE-call
Emergency stop signalling systemForward collision avoidance assist
Kia Connect (UVO)Lane Following Assist (LFA)
Lane keep assistMotor driven power steering
Rear parking sensorsReversing camera
Speed limiterTrip computer

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

5m Type 2 to type 2 charging cableType 2 to 3 pin charger

Entertainment

2 x USB port in centre consoleBluetooth audio streaming
DAB Radio/CD + MP3Harman/kardon premium sound system with 10 speakers and subwoofer, external amp & front centre speaker
Rear USB portSteering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Features

Aero blade wiperAll round electric windows with drivers and front passenger auto up/down function
Auto dimming rear view mirrorAutomatic headlight control system
Automatic window defoggerBlack side sill and wheel arch body mouldings
Body colour bumpersBody colour door handles
Dual full LED HeadlampsElectrically adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors with LED indicators
Follow me home headlightsHigh beam assist
LED daytime running lightsLED front fog lights
LED rear combination lightsManual headlight levelling
Privacy glass - Rear windows and tailgateRain sensing front wipers
Rear bulb fog lampRear wash/wipe
Roof colour door mirrorsRoof rails
Silver sill stylingSilver skid plates
Solar glassVariable intermittent front wash/wipe

Interior Features

12V power socket in centre console2 way adjustable front seats
60/40 split folding rear seatAll-round height adjustable headrests
Centre cabin lightCentre console storage box
Driver and front passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrorsDrivers seat power lumbar support
Dual height load floorFront and rear door storage
Front centre armrestFront cup holders
Heated front seatsHeated steering wheel
Interior door lock/unlock functionISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
Leather trimmed steering wheelLeather upholstery
Light grey headliningLuggage area light
Luggage area load coverLuggage net hooks
Map lamp with sunglasses casePassenger seat back pocket
Rear ventilation ductSatin chrome interior door handles
Shift by wire SBWSingle automatic air conditioning with driver function only
Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel 

Passive Safety

ABS/EBDAll round 3-point seatbelts
Driver knee airbagElectronic parking brake
ESC + BAS + VSM + HACFasten seatbelt reminder
Front passenger airbag cut-off switchFront seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
Height adjustable front seatbeltsHill start assist
Impact sensing auto door unlockingRegenerative braking level controlled by paddle shift mounted on steering wheel
Traction controlTwin curtain airbags with roll over sensor
Twin front airbagsTwin front side airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system 

Security

Alarm system and engine immobiliserDeadlocks
Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry SystemLocking wheel nuts
Remote central door lockingSpeed sensitive auto door locking
Visible vehicle identification number 

Wheels

17" alloy wheelsTyre mobility kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh64Battery Charge Slow kW2.2
Battery Charge Slow Percentage0-100Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)1740
Battery Charge Fast kW7.2Battery Charge Fast Percentage0-100
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)575Battery Charge Rapid kW50
Battery Charge Rapid Percentage0-80Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)75
Battery Charge Super Charge kW100Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage0-80
Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)54Battery TypeLithium-ion
Coupler/Connector TypeType 2Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage100000
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years7WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City10.9
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb15.7WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City5.7
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb4WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City647
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb451WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City402
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb280 

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)0Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CC1Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Gears1 SPEEDTransmissionAUTO

General

Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC0.0
Badge Power201Coin SeriesMaxx
Generation Mark3Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0730D
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years10Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years5
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage10000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage100000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years7
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7.9Engine Power - BHP201
Engine Power - KW150Engine Power - RPM3800
Engine Torque - LBS.FT291Engine Torque - MKG40.3
Engine Torque - NM395Engine Torque - RPM3600
Top Speed104 

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelN/A

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front215/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear215/55 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type17" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1605Length4195
Wheelbase2600Width (including mirrors)1800

Weight and Capacities

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1339Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)315
No. of Seats5
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Kia Soul EV

The third generation Kia Soul is entirely wedded to battery power. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Kia Soul now comes only in all-electric form, so it's just as well that this brand's EV technology has hugely improved. To the point where almost anyone ought to be able to consider it. If you've been waiting for the right moment to join the battery-powered automotive revolution, that time may just have arrived.

Background

You might think that the full-electric car market could be pretty much divided into a couple of kinds of contender. There are relatively affordable ones, like the Nissan LEAF, developed steadily to the point where its lithium-ion batteries can offer up to around 180 miles on a good day. Or for around twice the money, buyers can graduate to the more sophisticated battery technology that luxury models use - cars like the Jaguar I-PACE, the Audi e-tron, the Mercedes EQC and various Teslas. With these, a driving range of around 300 miles or more is the norm. That used to be a reasonable EV buying perspective. But in 2018, the Hyundai/Kia conglomerate turned up on the market with three EV models offering the kind of range you'd get in a luxury EV for the kind of price you'd pay for a more affordable one; namely the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Kia e-Niro and the car we look at here, the Kia Soul EV.

Driving Experience

Given that there are now no longer any combustion-engined versions of this Soul, it's just as well that this EV model's WLTP-rated all-electric driving range is quite lengthy - 280 miles. That's thanks to a large 64kWh battery pack that can be recharged to 80% in just an hour and a quarter, providing you've got access to a 50kW DC fast charger. If you haven't, then a 7.2kW home wallbox will re-charge a Soul EV completely in 9 hours 35 minutes (which, to give you some idea, would use around £9 of electricity at current rates). You can eke out range by using these steering wheel paddles that allow you to vary the amount of regenerative braking. And by using the many EV features provided on the centre-dash screen. The powertrain develops 201bhp and like most EVs, this one feels rapid away from rest, making 62mph in 7.6s. The suspension has been carefully worked on to try and deal with the effects of this car's rather prodigious 1,757kg kerb weight. Not enough to make this car feel anything like a satisfying steer through the bends though.

Design and Build

If you happened to like previous versions of the Soul, you'd probably recognise this third generation model, which adds a more modern feel with a front end shaped by narrow lights and a trapezoidal grille. The rear features an LED light strip that wraps almost all the way around the rear screen. It's intended to be distinctive and needs to be to mask the boxy shape which is bigger this time round. This MK3 model measures in at 4,195mm, 55mm more than its predecessor. It's also 1,605mm high and 1,800mm wide and has a 2,600mm wheelbase that's 30mm lengthier than before. That's not enough to enable this Kia to offer more luggage space than its EV cousin, the Kia e-Niro (315-litres as opposed to 451-litres), but the Soul has a nicer cabin and its higher roofline makes the interior seem much airier. There's also plenty of tech, with the latest 10.3-inch version of the brand's centre-dash touchscreen and a head-up display. One particularly nice touch is the provided button that enables you to control heat or chill only the driver's portion of the cabin if you're one-up and need to maximise range.

Market and Model

The only version of the Soul EV available is a 'Maxx' version which comes fully loaded with equipment but costs just under £35,000 - or just over £32,000 with the government's Plug-in grant deducted. That's very similar to the amount of money to that you'd have to find for Kia's mechanically-identical e-Niro and Hyundai's equally similar Kona Electric. And it's probably not that much different to the uprated version of the Nissan LEAF that you'd have to buy if you wanted to match this Soul EV's driving range. You also get plenty of safety tech, including a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and blind spot monitoring. There are plenty of EV rivals in this part of the market, but most of them are unable to match this Soul's driving range. For a little less, there's Renault's ZOE, a Volkswagen e-Golf and a Hyundai IONIQ electric. A Nissan LEAF would cost quite a lot less too in its volume form, but you'd actually need that car in its uprated 62kWh 'e+' guise to match this Kia's driving range - a variant that costs around the same as a Soul EV. BMW's i3 costs significantly more.

Cost of Ownership

Many potential customers love to fire up their spreadsheets and produce some involved calculations that attempt to answer the question of whether the electric model will work for them better than a diesel or petrol version over a representative ownership period. So let's see. We've already mentioned the 280 mile WLTP-rated driving range. Obviously, to get anywhere near the official quoted range figures, you'll need to be using the two most sensible of the provided driving modes - 'Eco' or, ideally, 'Eco+', both of which slightly restrict throttle travel and climate system performance, the latter, majorly so. You'll need to maximise brake regeneration using the steering wheel paddles. And you'll also want to keep an eye on the drive indicator to the left of the instrument binnacle screen, staying in the lower blue 'Charge' zone and out of the upper white 'Power' section. The central part of the instrument binnacle display offers a selectable 'Energy Flow' monitor and a 'Driving Style' read-out which rates your driving in % terms in 'economical', 'normal' and 'dynamic' categories. You'll want to know that this Soul EV's charging times stack up to segment standards. Pretty well as it turns out. It's possible to replenish this model's lithium-ion cells with a charge of up to 80% in just an hour and a quarter, providing you've got access to a 50kW DC fast charger. If you haven't, then a 7.2kW home wallbox will re-charge a Soul EV completely in 9 hours 35 minutes (which, to give you some idea, would use around £9 of electricity at current rates). If you're somewhere with only a normal 3-pin plug 220V AC power supply to connect into, it'll take a yawning 31 hours to top the car up completely. If you can find a fast-charging 100kW charging station, the battery can reach 80% of charge in only 54 minutes.

Summary

Car manufacturers are now getting a lot smarter when it comes to developing electric vehicles, something ably demonstrated by this Soul EV. Range anxiety used to be a sensible reason for not buying a full-battery-powered model but these days, that's becoming less of a credible excuse. For the majority of people, the 280 mile range figure offered here will be quite sufficient. And though this Soul still costs quite a lot more than you'd have to pay for an average family hatch to buy, you'd quickly start making the premium back in day-to-day use. In a Volkswagen ID.3, you'd get an arguably classier interior. In a Nissan LEAF, you'd get more rear seat passenger space. But you'd have to be looking at the very priciest versions of both these cars to match the driving range this Soul EV can offer. And neither is quite as trendy to look at as a Soul, though of course, that's a matter of opinion. One thing's for sure: if you're serious about EV motoring, this car's a serious contender.

Performance
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Handling
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Comfort
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Space
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Styling
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Build
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Value
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Equipment
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Economy
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Depreciation
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Insurance
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* Figures for fuel consumption, the CO2 produced, and/or the pure electric range are provided for comparative purposes only and are based on laboratory testing. The actual figures under real world driving conditions will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions, vehicle load and the health of the battery.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£399.76
Deposit£3800
Term (months)36
Fixed interest rate2.52%
Cash price£31,995
Credit amount£27,195
Guaranteed future value£16,011
Total amount payable£35,202.36
Kia deposit£1000
Contract mileage24,000
Excess mileage charge7.5p per mile
Representative APR4.9%
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