Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Although the Kia Soul EV belongs to the What Car? electric car class, to put it into context, if measured on length alone it would fit into our small SUV class, alongside cars such as the Seat Arona. However, tall people take note: passenger space in the Soul EV is more akin to that of certain family SUVs, such as the Nissan Qashqai.
In the front that means more than enough leg and head room even for those well over six feet tall, and there’s enough width to prevent you or your passenger feeling squished. There’s also loads of storage spaces dotted about, from convenient cup holders and a large tray for your mobile in the centre console, to a decent-sized glovebox. The door bins aren’t huge, but will each hold a bottle of water, along with other odds and ends.
Rear space is better than you’ll find in the Kia e-Niro; there’s marginally more leg room and much more head room — two six-footers can sit happily behind two more in the front seats without struggling for space, but the seating position is more upright than the e-Niro’s. If three adults sit side by side, they’ll experience some shoulder chafing, but, with only a low central floor hump to get in the way, every passenger has plenty of foot space to play with.
Being an SUV, it’s a shame that the Soul doesn’t offer sliding or reclining rear seats. Its rear seats are split 60/40 rather than the more versatile 40/20/40, too, limiting your options when you have passengers and luggage to fit onboard.
The boot is one area of weakness for the Soul EV. At 315 litres, it’s smaller than those of the e-Niro and Volkswagen e-Golf, and not much bigger than a Ford Fiesta’s. That said, it’s a tall and usable shape, and big enough to easily accommodate a week’s worth of shopping. You get a height-adjustable boot floor, too; not only does this create a separate storage area beneath the main compartment, it also reduces the internal load lip — this is otherwise quite high if you’re lifting a heavy load — and levels out the boot floor when the rear seats are folded down.