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Kia Soul EV

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Kia Soul EV

(2020 – present)

    Summary


    The Kia Soul is a small hatchback that, at least in the UK, is only available with an electric motor. The current model is the third generation Soul, which was launched in 2019 and arrived in the UK in early 2020.

    As a result of the coronavirus panemic and nationwide lockdown, we only have about 20 reviews of the Kia Soul EV in our database as of July 2022. As more reviews are published, we will update this page. It also means that the Soul’s overall Expert Rating of 76% may shift by a few points as more reviews are added.

    The Kia Soul EV has received very positive reviews so far, with particular praise for its distinctive (albeit divisive) exterior styling. It’s considered decent enough to drive and had a good range compared to many other electric cars. However, its interior is far more conventionally and conservatively designed than the outside, and interior space isn’t as good as some other cars at a similar price.

    Soul highlights

    • Nippy performance
    • Low running costs
    • Competitive battery range
    • Well-equipped from entry-level

    Soul lowlights

    • Divisive exterior styling
    • Light steering
    • Smaller boot than its rivals
    • Expensive

    Key specifications


    Body style: Small five-door hatch
    Motor: electric, battery-powered
    Price: From £34,995 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2020
    Last updated: N/A
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    No safety rating

    As of July 2022, the Kia Soul EV has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. If and when it is put through its paces by Euro NCAP, we will publish the results here.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    The Kia Soul EV has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP.

    As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic before resuming later in the year.

    Reliability rating

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    As of July 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Kia Soul EV to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Soul EV, we’ll publish the score here.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Kia Soul EV has received

    2021

    • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Value Electric Car

    2020

    • World Car Awards – World Urban Car
    • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Crossover

    2019

    • DrivingElectric Awards – Best Medium Electric Car

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    Kia Soul EVThe Kia Soul EV has received positive reviews with praise for its quirky styling. It's decent to drive, with a good range compared to many electric cars.