2016 Kia Soul EV

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Kia Soul EV. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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

2016 Kia Soul EV Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 ...
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

Latest 2016 Soul EV Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(1.0)

When I Put A Car in Park I Expect It To Stay There

by MoNilla from Culver City on October 13, 2018

I ended up liking this car a lot more than I expected to- having cold AC blow up your xxx is something you really have to experience to fully appreciate. Everything was just great until...one day I ... Read full review

(5.0)

Smooth, quiet ride

by CoryB from Snohomish, WA on April 27, 2018

I love driving this car. It isn't zippy, but it has smooth acceleration, and costs only roughly $20 a month for 1000 miles in "gas". I love the light colored interior and the panoramic sunroof, but ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Kia Soul EV currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Kia Soul EV has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed 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
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    10 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    164-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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