Kia Soul EV

WHAT IS IT?
Practically everybody that acquired the last Kia Heart got the one with an actual engine. Until, that is, the in 2014 it got on sale. In 2018 Kia marketed more Spirit EVs in Europe than it did petroleum as well as diesel ones combined. So while in other places worldwide the Spirit is still available with a regular petrol engine, in Europe it’s electrical only.

Under the, erm, polarising body lives the same powertrain you get in the Kia e-Niro and also Hyundai Kona Electric. And also like those 2 autos, the Soul EV seems like good value offered it costs the same as a top-spec Mini Electric– around ₤ 34,000 post ₤ 3,000 Government grant– yet claims a massive 280 miles of array as well as better efficiency than “Europe’s existing very successful electrical vehicle” (or else called the Nissan Fallen Leave). If you want to go much better on a solitary cost, you’ll require a greatly much more costly Tesla Design 3 Long Array.

The Heart is also rather quick– with 201bhp as well as 291lb ft (for what it’s worth that’s greatly greater than the old Heart EV) it’ll do 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds and hit 104mph. Billing is quick too– the conventional Consolidated Charging System (CCS) implies you can use 100kW DC fast-chargers that top the battery up from 20 to 80 percent in simply 42 mins. A full fee takes 9hrs 35mins on a common 7kW residential wallbox.

You might have discovered the Spirit is a crossover, due to the fact that whatever is nowadays, with a 30mm longer wheelbase and also 80mm longer body than the old auto. That makes it concerning the very same dimension as the Hyundai Kona– a bit longer as well as taller than a Ford Puma or Renault Captur, but some method smaller sized than the extra useful, plainer Niro.

There’s just one specification for the moment– the ‘First Edition’– and also it gets every little thing. We suspect more lowly trims will be along quickly, compromising devices for a reduced rate of access.

WHAT’S THE DECISION?
” Good news: it resembles an e-Niro, just a bit much more intriguing”
It’s a very good auto, the Soul EV. As well as now it has a beneficial 280 miles of array thanks to the remarkable drivetrain it shares with the Hyundai Kona and Kia e-Niro, we don’t believe Brits will certainly miss out on the fuel model all that much. Our criticism of the e-Niro has actually always been that it’s a bit boring– a smart if uninteresting product. The Heart adds a little bit of individuality, with a funkier inside and controversial designing, yet sacrifices functionality. As they’re basically the exact same rate, it’s a straight choice.