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2016 Kia Soul EV

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$10,102 — $17,354 USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
107 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2016 Kia Soul EV exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Kia Soul EV
  • Five-seat subcompact electric car
  • Electric motor, single-speed transmission
  • EPA-estimated 93-mile range
  • Unique color schemes, interior styling

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2016 Kia Soul EV Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

Based on the recently redesigned front-wheel-drive Kia Soul subcompact car, the Soul EV in 2015 joined the growing list of small battery-electric vehicles on sale primarily in states that mandate zero-emissions vehicles.

The Soul EV uses a 109-horsepower electric motor driving the front wheels through a single-speed gear reduction transmission. The battery is a 27-kilowatt-hour, air-cooled lithium-ion pack under the floor that provides a 93-mile driving range, according to the EPA. The battery pack eliminates about 3 inches of rear legroom.

Recharging happens through one of three methods. A 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 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.
New for 2016
A lower-priced Soul EV-e model is available in California and it comes without features such as navigation and a backup camera that are standard on other models. All models get an illuminated MP3 jack and USB port and a lock for the charging port nozzle. The top-of-the-line Plus model gets a new Fun & Sun Package that includes a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting and speaker lights that pulse to the beat of the audio system.
Significant Standard Features

  • 109-horsepower electric motor
  • 27-kwh, air-cooled lithium-ion pa...

Vehicle Overview

Based on the recently redesigned front-wheel-drive Kia Soul subcompact car, the Soul EV in 2015 joined the growing list of small battery-electric vehicles on sale primarily in states that mandate zero-emissions vehicles.

The Soul EV uses a 109-horsepower electric motor driving the front wheels through a single-speed gear reduction transmission. The battery is a 27-kilowatt-hour, air-cooled lithium-ion pack under the floor that provides a 93-mile driving range, according to the EPA. The battery pack eliminates about 3 inches of rear legroom.

Recharging happens through one of three methods. A 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 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.
New for 2016
A lower-priced Soul EV-e model is available in California and it comes without features such as navigation and a backup camera that are standard on other models. All models get an illuminated MP3 jack and USB port and a lock for the charging port nozzle. The top-of-the-line Plus model gets a new Fun & Sun Package that includes a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting and speaker lights that pulse to the beat of the audio system.
Significant Standard Features

  • 109-horsepower electric motor
  • 27-kwh, air-cooled lithium-ion pack
  • Single-speed transmission driving front wheels
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Air conditioning with driver-only ventilation mode
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel
  • Driver-selectable steering assist
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated outboard rear seats
  • UVO multimedia system
  • Navigation system with 8-inch display
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Rear camera
  • Parking assist with front and rear sensors

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
16 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(5.0)

Pleasantly surprised by this electric vehicle!

by EVjax from Fallbrook, CA on September 12, 2019

Certified, pre-owned sun and fun package Kia Soul EV with all the bells and whistles I was looking for in a replacement for my 14 year old Scion xB. A great commuter car with a terrific warranty, just... Read full review

(1.0)

No battery cooling ,poor choice

by Jstackeaa from Chandler,az on June 24, 2019

In the Phoenix az area the battery on all 10 i checked failed. The controller also shut dowm twice in rush hour from heat. It took over a month to get the battery replaced. A terrible elevtric in any ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Kia Soul EV currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 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.*
* 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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