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2018 (18) Kia Soul Electric Hatchback 81kW EV 27kWh 5dr Auto

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

8" colour display screenApple car play/Android Auto
Bluetooth connectivity with voice controlCruise control + speed limiter
Digital clockElectric power steering
Emergency stop signalling systemFlex Steer variable steering settings
Front and rear parking sensorsLeather trimmed instrument cluster
Outside temperature gaugePremium vision instrument cluster
Reversing cameraTouchscreen satellite navigation system
Trip computerWasher fluid reminder

Entertainment

6 speakersBluetooth audio streaming
DAB Radio/CD + MP3iPod connection
Steering wheel mounted audio controlsUSB and auxiliary socket

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorAutomatic defog system
Automatic lighting controlBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesElectric adjustable door mirrors
Electric folding door mirrorsElectric front windows + drivers one touch
Electric rear windowsFollow me home headlights
Front fog lampsHeadlamp levelling
Heated door mirrorsHeated rear window
High gloss black A pillarsLED daytime running lights
Plastic scuff platesPrivacy glass tailgate
Projector headlampsRear privacy glass
Rear wash/wipeRoof colour door mirrors
Solar glassVariable intermittent front wash/wipe

Interior Features

12v power outlet - front12V power point in luggage area
5 height adjustable headrests60/40 split folding rear seat
Centre console with cupholdersCigar lighter
Driver's footrestDual climate control air conditioning system
Faux leather door armrestFront and rear door pockets
Front centre armrest with storage boxFront map lights
Front/centre/rear interior lightsHeated front seats
Heated steering wheelHeight adjustable driver's seat
Illuminated gloveboxIlluminated ignition key hole
Isofix child seat attachmentLeather steering wheel and gearshift
Luggage area lampLuggage area tonneau cover
Luggage area under floor storage boxLuggage net hooks
Mood lighting for front speakersPassenger seat back pocket
Satin chrome interior door handlesSlide/reclining front seats
Sliding sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrorsSunglasses holder
Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheelTwo tone eco cloth upholstery

Safety

5 x 3 point seatbeltsABS/EBD
Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impactCurtain airbags
Driver/Front Passenger airbagsDual front airbags
Electronic parking brakeESC + BAS + VSM + HAC
Fasten seatbelt reminderFront passenger airbag deactivation
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limitersHeight adjustable front seatbelts
Side airbagsTraction control
Tyre pressure monitoring system 

Security

DeadlocksFolding key
ImmobiliserLocking wheel nuts
Remote central door lockingSmart key entry system
Speed sensitive auto door locking 

Trim

High gloss white interior trim 

Wheels

16" alloy wheelsTyre repair 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 kWh27Battery Charge Slow kW2.3
Battery Charge Slow Percentage0-100Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)840
Battery Charge Fast kW6.6Battery Charge Fast Percentage0-100
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)300Battery Charge Rapid kW50
Battery Charge Rapid Percentage0-80Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)33
Battery TypeLithium-ionCoupler/Connector TypeType 1
NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km14.3NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles155
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage100000Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years7

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)0Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CC1Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Gears1 SPEEDTransmissionAUTO

General

Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC0
Badge Power109Coin SeriesEV
Generation Mark2Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0718A
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years10Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years5
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %84NCAP Child Occupant Protection %82
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 094NCAP Pedestrian Protection %59
NCAP Safety Assist %56Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage10000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years7Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 60 mph (secs)True0 to 62 mph (secs)11.01
Engine Power - BHP109Engine Power - KW81.4
Engine Power - RPM2730Engine Torque - LBS.FT210
Engine Torque - MKG29.1Engine Torque - NM285
Top Speed90 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front205/60 R16
Tyre Size Rear205/60 R16Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type16" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1593Length4140
Wheelbase2570Width1800

Weight and Capacities

Gross Vehicle Weight1960Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)891
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)281Max. Loading Weight395
Minimum Kerbweight1580No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.6
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

At present, the only version of the Soul EV available is a 'First Edition' version which comes fully loaded with extra equipment but costs just over £37,000 - or just under £34,000 with the government's Plug-in grant deducted. Once more standard variants become available, expect to be paying a 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.

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This vehicle has previously been registered to a business or a vehicle rental company, or been used by a business, so it may have been driven by more than one driver.

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Monthly payment£251.35
Deposit£249
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£15,298
Credit amount£15,049
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£7093
Total amount payable£19,156.45
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge4.52p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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