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2015 Kia Soul EV

$10,782 — $19,814 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
107 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 1 reviews

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
2015 Kia Soul EV exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Kia Soul EV
  • Five-seat subcompact electric car
  • Electric motor, single-speed transmission
  • EPA-estimated 93-mile range
  • Unique color schemes, interior styling

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

From the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2015 Kia Soul EV.

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 ...

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

What drivers are saying

5.0
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Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

This is my 3rd Kia Soul, Excellent vehicle!

by Soul life from Mesquite, Texas on December 23, 2017

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! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Kia Soul EV currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Kia Soul EV has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Soul EV received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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