The EV revolution is on full display with the 2019 Kia Soul EV, which continues as a charming and quirky full-electric vehicle. The Soul EV is a funky little hatchback available in two trims, both featuring a direct-drive system connected to an electric motor with an EPA-estimated 111 miles of all-electric range. The 2019 Kia Soul EV is an exceptional choice for consumers in metro areas looking for clean and green commuting.
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2019 Kia Soul EV Overview
What's New for 2019
The 2019 Kia Soul EV is mainly unchanged – in fact, it's nearly a carbon copy of the 2018 model, including pricing. Kia has also removed a “California-only” trim level for 2019. This year, consumers can opt for the base Kia Soul EV or the upgraded Soul EV Plus. While it has been hinted that a new Soul EV built on the Hyundai Kona platform would come in 2019, this is likely to be a European only option for now.
Choosing your Kia Soul EV
Electrically-powered hatchbacks haven't been known for being performance-based, and the 2019 Kia Soul EV isn't an exception to the rule. The Soul EV is a practical, around-town, five-door hatchback. The electric motor is connected to a single drive transmission and produces 109 horsepower (81 kW at RPM) and 210 pound-feet of torque.
Both the base and EV Plus receive motivation from the same power source. A very convenient feature on the 2019 Kia Soul EV is a fast-charging system, which can provide a 90 percent battery charge in roughly 45 minutes. According to EPA-estimates, the Kia Soul EV can return 124 MPGe (miles per gallon gasoline equivalent) in the city, 93 MPGe highway, and 108 MPGe combined.
If you’re considering an EV, 2019 might be a year too early. Several automotive manufacturers have indicated that they'll be integrating larger-range capacity battery systems in 2020 and 2021 – including the Kia Soul EV with an estimated 180-mile range. However, if you need one now, the base 2019 Kia Soul EV is the best value.
2019 Kia Soul EV Review
Not widely available. The 2019 Kia Soul EV isn’t as widely available as its conventional counterpart. It's difficult to find, even in states where it's marketed. These states include California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington.
To acquire one, you’ll need to work with your dealer. It may take a few months for yours to arrive in the package of your choice.
EV-e trim is gone. Before this year, Kia offered a base EVe model for the California market only. For 2019, Kia aligns the California market with the rest of the nation, supplying consumers with a choice two trims: base EV and EV Plus.
The new base model comes well equipped with alloy wheels, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android smartphone compatibility, heated front seats, and a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The seats are covered in biofabric, offering ample comfort while emphasizing its sustainability credentials.
Middling EV range at best. We’re getting used to hearing about EVs with an electric range of 250 miles or more. That’s more the exception than the rule and typically includes cars such as the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt. More reasonable numbers include the 151-mile-range of the standard Nissan Leaf (though there's a Leaf Plus variant with a 226-mile range).
The Soul EV’s range is 111 miles, which isn't far off from the Hyundai Ioniq Electric’s 124-mile range or the 115 miles of the now-retired Ford Focus Electric. But that’s still an improvement over the Fiat 500e (84 miles) and the Honda Clarity Electric (89 miles).
That said, the Soul EV is ideal for anyone living in an urban area seeking an emissions-free commute. It also supplies a quick charge – as fast as 45 minutes with a fast-charger connection.
Tax breaks for the masses. Like other electric vehicles, the Soul EV may qualify owners for generous tax credits, rebates, and other incentives. For starters, a federal tax credit of $7,500 may be claimed and applied to your taxes. It won’t lower your upfront costs, but it could reduce your tax burden.
In some states, including California, rebates are offered which represent funds eligible consumers may claim at purchase, lowering their upfront costs accordingly. Other incentives include a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Exemption and Discount in New Jersey, a toll discount program in New York, and a reduction in the in-home electricity charging rates in Texas.
Final thoughts. The 2019 Kia Soul EV closes the curtain on the first-generation of this electric vehicle. An all-new 2020 model arrives this year and comes with a 64-kilowatt battery pack. This enables Kia to more than double its electric range, to about 233 miles.
With this in mind, expect Kia to aggressively discount the 2019 model as it clears inventory ahead of the 2020’s spring release.