2015 Kia Soul EV

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$33,700

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2015 Kia Soul EV
2015 Kia Soul EV

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Interior quality
  • Long list of features
  • Decent passenger space

The bad:

  • Slow acceleration
  • Unusual paint scheme
  • Long recharge time on household 120-volt current
  • Tight cargo space

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Five-seat subcompact electric car
  • Electric motor, single-speed transmission
  • EPA-estimated 93-mile range
  • Unique color schemes, interior styling

2015 Kia Soul EV review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Based off the recently redesigned front-wheel-drive Kia Soul subcompact, the new Soul EV joins the growing list of small battery-electric vehicles on sale primarily in the coastal states in order to comply with increasingly stringent zero-emissions mandates that require a percentage of an automaker’s sales to be zero-emissions vehicles.

Exterior Highlights

The new Soul EV doesn’t look much different from the standard Soul, which already received a 2014 update inside and out to incorporate cues from Kia’s popular Track’ster concept car. The main visual differences between the conventional gasoline-powered car and the EV are in external trim — the EV has a solid grille where the charging ports are hidden, 16-inch wheels with a design borrowed from the Optima Hybrid and a two-tone paint scheme that looks positively Mini Cooperish.

Interior Highlights

Although the Soul EV looks little changed from the normal Soul, there are some EV-specific differences in the cabin. Two seat options are available: a standard dark cloth with blue stitching or optional dark gray leather with blue piping. Kia has upped the eco-friendly plastic content of the interior as well, using organic plant-based plastics for 19 different interior parts.

Kia’s UVO multimedia system is standard, as is navigation and a suite of apps designed specifically for EV operation that can show things like the location of nearby charging stations. The gauges are replaced by a low-energy LED display, which features all of the requisite meters for EV operation, state of charge and more. The car also features a novel air conditioning system that allows the driver to select a number of modes designed to minimize electrical draw from the car’s battery. A driver-only setting on the system can shut off ventilation to the passenger-side front position and the rear positions to focus heating or cooling on the driver.

Under the Hood

The Soul EV is an all-electric battery-powered vehicle featuring a 109-horsepower electric motor driving the front wheels through a single-speed gear reduction transmission. The battery itself is a 27-kilowatt-hour air-cooled lithium-ion pack located under the vehicle floor, which will provide the car 93 miles of range, according to the EPA.

Recharging happens through one of three methods. Full recharge takes about 24 hours on a standard household 120-volt Level 1 outlet and drops to about five hours on a 240-volt Level 2 fast charger. A third option is a 480-volt DC “CHAdeMo” fast charger, typically only available at industrial locations or commercial charge stations, which can recharge the car to about 80 percent in just 33 minutes. The battery pack does intrude somewhat into the cabin, eliminating 3 inches of rear-passenger legroom.

The car should get from zero-to-60 mph in less than 12 seconds according to Kia, and is limited to a top speed of 90 mph. Regenerative brakes are standard and have the ability to recapture up to 12 percent of the car’s energy when coasting or braking. The regenerative brakes offer four selectable modes to allow drivers to customize the response and aggressiveness.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

First EV EVER

Only had it about a month and still learning aboit it. So far We have been very pleased overall.The only reason not giving 5 stars is haven't had very long still need to see about the longevity/reliability. Also unsure of the range on battery as it seems lower than rated. We consistently get 74-78 miles but am told with cooler temps we have it is normal and should gain mileage when Temperatures rise. Looking forward to seeing if this is true but would buy another one for sure if could get more than 100MPE. Interior is great heated/cooled seats are awesome lots of good features just gake some time to leaen the Infotainment system. Overall a great comfortable quiet ride

4.1

More than meets the eye

This humble people box has the hottest battery not in a TESLA, with excellent energy density and cycle life. I have a 75 mile one-way daily commute, which it is accomplishing EVen with snow tires on, though only defrost, seat and steering wheel heating.

4.9

This is my 3rd Kia Soul, Excellent vehicle!

Great car to drive on short or long trips, gets amazing gas ?? mileage. The looks and the styles I?ve had since my first in 2010, they just keep getting better!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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