Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Soul EV undercuts both the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro, as well as long-range versions of the Nissan Leaf. Considering the official 280 mile range and high equipment levels, it’s very well priced.
Like any electric car, you’ll benefit from zero-rate Vehicle Excise Duty and free entrance to the London Congestion Charge zone, plus – in many boroughs – free parking, too. Charging the battery will cost you a lot less than refilling a regular car with petrol or diesel, and, from a 7.2kW home wall box, will take nine hours 35 minutes to go from zero to 100 per cent. You can also charge from 0 to 80 per cent in 54 minutes at a service station equipped with a 100kW DCC fast charger, or in an hour and 15 minutes if it’s a 50kW unit
Being an electric car means low benefit-in-kind company car tax compared with an equivalent-priced petrol or diesel car. Don’t forget, though, that a small, efficient petrol engine in a car with a much lower P11D value might cost you less in tax if that’s your key reason for thinking about going electric.
First Edition is the only trim available and brings all the bells and whistles, including heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and adaptive cruise control, plus all the infotainment features and the convenience aids mentioned previously.
There’s no EuroNCAP safety rating yet, but Kia has equipped the Soul EV with plenty of active safety aids, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane keeping assistance and blind spot monitoring.
We haven’t got any reliability data on the Soul EV yet, but we can tell you that Kia as a manufacturer not only offers a class-leading seven-year warranty, but also came a creditable sixth out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey.