“Kia claim that their battery density of 200 watt hours per kilogram is the highest of any electric car on the road. It has an 81.4 killowatt motor producing 285 Newton meters of torque. Oh yes, and it’s very nice to drive.”
The all-new Kia Soul EV is now on sale in the UK priced at £24,995 after the government’s £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant.
The Kia Soul EV is available in a choice of two colour schemes – Caribbean Blue metallic with a Clear White roof, or Titanium Silver metallic. The interior upholstery in both cases is Grey Eco cloth with blue stitching, while the fascia panel, door inserts and gear selector are finished in High-gloss White. The instrument cluster housing, door inserts, steering wheel and gearshifter are trimmed in leather.
Using a UK 230-volt domestic power supply, the Soul EV can be fully recharged in 10 to 13 hours. With the wallbox or at a public fast-charge point, the time is reduced to around five hours. The Soul EV is supplied with a customised red adapter cable stored in a smart Kia-branded pouch for this form of charging. Alternatively, through a public rapid charger the batteries can be topped up to 80 per cent of capacity – the maximum permissible with this type of system – in 33 minutes.
The Soul EV comes with a range of up to 132 miles (212 kilometres) on a single charge.