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Kia Soul EV Review

Price: £37,545

It's a marmite car, but we love it.

  • Battery size: 64kWh
  • Miles per £: 26.8
  • Battery warranty: 7 yrs/100,000 miles
  • Emissions: 0g/km
  • Range: 280 miles
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Kia Soul EV

Ginny Says



“The original Soul EV was the first all-electric car I drove and it won me over with its functional, but cool boxy looks. This is the second version and just like the first it’s a capable, easy to drive, and practical car you’ll enjoy living with.”

Nicki Says



“Its quirky design divides opinion, but there’s a reason boxes are so useful. They’re very practical! The Soul EV can deal with five people and luggage with casual ease, and has a great driving range of around 280 miles so it works on longer journeys as well as in town.”

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Kia Soul EV

The Soul EV has actually been on sale since 2014, but was never sold in big numbers so there is a limited choice on the used market.

  • Prices from:£10,000

Used models

The Soul was actually one of the first of the ‘modern’ electric cars offered in the UK when it was first introduced in 2014, and caused a bit of a shock as it had a bigger battery and longer range than the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe which were the top sellers at the time. Even now, the 30kWh battery used in these early cars is pretty competitive and the 109bhp motor is an exact match for rivals.

However, Kia chose not to really push these cars very hard, restricting supply and doing very little advertising. This means these early models are rare and don’t appear on the used market very often – a quick search found just 20 advertised online compared to several hundred Leafs. 

Despite this restricted supply, prices are around the same as a Leaf of the same age and mileage, starting at around £10,000.

Later models (from 2018) had an 18% improvement in range from a battery which was only slightly larger thanks to chemical and software improvements. But it wasn’t until the new 2020 version was introduced that the Soul had a really big change, with a whopping 64kWh battery and almost double the power from the motor. 

Going to the used market isn’t going to save you much money on one of these latest models. In fact, while there is a waiting list for these new cars to be delivered, expect dealers to only part with their low mileage demonstrators for a chunk of cash – they’ll be putting numbers in the window which are at, or even above, the list price. 

Whichever model you choose, make sure it has been serviced properly (and preferably at a Kia dealer) to make sure the remainder of the seven-year warranty is valid. Also ensure your Soul has all of its charge cables in the boot, as they are expensive to replace.

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