All-electric Kia Soul goes on sale

Kia’s new all-electric version of the Soul hatchback has officially landed in the UK, priced from £24,995.

New Soul EV

The result of nearly three decades of research and development from Kia, the new Soul EV is the first fully-electric model to be sold outside of the marque’s home market.

Available in the UK in a choice of blue or silver metallic finishes, the Soul EV is virtually identical on the outside to the regular Soul, save for the absence of a radiator grille or a fuel cap.

Riding on 16-inch lightweight alloys, the new electric Soul features LED daytime running lamps and privacy glass, plus two charging points and an energy-efficient heat pump system.

On the inside, seats are upholstered in grey cloth with contrasting blue stitching, while the instrument cluster, steering wheel and gearstick are all trimmed in leather.

Features

Standard features include an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system which displays navigation information along, a charging point locator and the feed from the Soul’s reversing camera.

Other kit that comes as standard includes cruise control, an electronic parking brake and a trip computer, plus DAB digital radio with USB connectivity.

Kia has also thrown in front speaker mood lights for good measure, along with a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors and a range of safety kit.

The five-seater Soul EV also boasts a wide-opening high lift tailgate with a 281 litre luggage capacity, which can expand to a total of 891 litres with the rear seats folded down.

Kia states that this is 31 litres less than the regular Soul, but the luggage undertray has been modified to specially house the battery pack’s charging cables.

Full charge can be achieved in 10 to 13 hours via a wallbox charger which is provided along with the car and works from a domestic 230-volt power supply, while fast-charge points reduce this to five hours.

The electric powertrain produces 109bhp with 285Nm of torque available immediately, which Kia claims works especially well for urban driving or when needing a quick burst of acceleration.

Accelerating from 0-60mph in 10.8 seconds, the Soul EV has a total top speed of 90mph and a claimed useable range of around 100 miles.

As well as that, Kia claims that the underfloor location of the batteries and revised suspension gives the electric Soul more personality on the road than the regular version, with a more fun character.

Kia is expecting around 200 Soul EVs to be sold in the first year in the UK, with supply from the Korean factory limited to only 5,000 units annually to begin with.


Exempt from road tax, company car tax and the London Congestion Charge, the new Kia Soul EV also qualifies for the government’s plug-in car grant and is available to buy now, priced from £24,995.