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Matthew Pilgrim
Automotive Editor - February 14, 2018

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3.7 (Good)
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124 City / 93 Highway

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2018 Kia Soul EV OVERVIEW

The 2018 Kia Soul now breaks the 100-mile range marker thanks to improved battery performance. Its low price, practical nature, and charming styling belie the age of this current generation, which first debuted in gas-powered form in 2014.

What's New for 2018

The 2018 Kia Soul EV gains a higher-performance battery, which enables an increased EPA range estimate of 111 miles per charge.

Kia Soul EV

Choosing your Kia Soul EV

Like most electric vehicles, the Soul EV comes equipped with a single power system and no drivetrain options. The electric system features a 30-kWh battery that powers the front wheels through a single-speed transmission. There's 109 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque from the Soul's sole electric motor.

The new battery improves the Soul EV’s range from an EPA-estimated 93 miles to 111 miles and from a mile per gallon equivalent estimate of 120 city, 92 highway, 105 combined to 124, 93, and 108 MPGe combined.

A DC Fast Charge system will allow a 90-percent charge in just 45 minutes while Kia’s telematics system allows the owner to keep tabs on the car’s state of charge.

The lasting design of the Kia Soul means this EV continues to look like a modern crossover. Only subtle touches like a softer front fascia, a body-color grille that also acts as the plug port cover, and more aerodynamic wheels are present. Overall those changes make the Soul EV easy to identify for those in-the-know, but generally, it will fly under the radar of most other drivers.

EV-e

The Soul EV-e begins at $32,250 (including a $895 destination charge) and is only available in California. Although it's aimed mainly at fleet sales, keyless entry and start, heated front seats, and a heated leather steering wheel are all standard equipment. There are no options and it is not available for general public sale.

Base

The EV trim is priced at $34,845 and although there are no options available, it comes sufficiently equipped. An eight-inch touchscreen displays the rearview camera image and controls Kia’s excellent UVO infotainment system.

UVO now includes Google Assistant along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, and HD radio capability and puts out sound through six-speakers. The EV trim is also equipped with heated cloth front seats and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Plus

The EV Plus, $36,845, adds leather seating with ventilation, parking sensors, soft-touch upper dash and door panels, heated rear seats, and power-folding mirrors. An optional Sun and Fun Package, $1,100, adds a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting, and lighting around the front door speakers that can pulse with the beat of the music.

CarsDirect Tip

Considering that none of the Soul EV trims offer active-safety equipment – these are fairly old vehicles, after all – the mid-range EV trim is the sweet spot below the pricier Plus model. With federal and state subsidies considered, the Soul EV becomes even more practical, as long as range anxiety isn’t too big of an issue.

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