The 2020 Kia Soul EV was revealed at the 2018 LA Auto Show, and although there was a lot of interesting style and technology, its performance specs only shared its numbers for power. Now, after putting the third-generation Kia Soul EV to the test, we know what its 64-kWh lithium-ion battery can do. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the 2020 Kia Soul EV has a driving range of over 200 miles! It’s not the only EV from Kia Motors doing well either – the Niro EV and Soul EV are knocking their competitors around with the larger stick in the auto market.
Kia Soul EV Driving Range
After being tested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the 2020 Kia Soul EV was found to have a total range of 243 miles. When it comes to its fuel economy, being that this is an electric vehicle (EV), fuel efficiency is measured in miles-per-gallon equivalent, developed by EPA that converts the power used by an electric vehicle into a term that’s more familiar to American drivers. The EPA estimates 127/101/114 MPGe (city/highway/combined) for the 2020 Kia Soul EV. As supported by fueleconomy.gov, the EPA also states that buyers will save an estimated $3,250 over the course of five years when driving the 2020 Kia Soul EV versus a gasoline-powered vehicle.
Much of this is being attested to the new Kia Soul EV’s aerodynamic styling, helping it grow far past its 111-mile range of the last generation. With the new technology for saving fuel and recharging the battery, that 243 miles may simply be due to one driving mode. Equipped with four driving modes – Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+, all of which can automatically adjust power output to the traction motor, regenerative braking, air conditioning and heating settings, and set speed limits, the driver can also use smart regenerative braking via paddle shifters to choose from four regen braking levels (0 to 3). How much further can the new 2020 Kia Soul EV really go?
Kia EVs Beat the Competition
Think the 2020 Kia Soul EV driving range is great? It’s not the only EV from Kia Motors to knock it out of the park. The 2019 Kia Niro EV, an electric crossover no less, can travel between 150 – 280 miles. Said to come with two powertrain options, an optional 39.2 kWh battery or a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, the driving range is respective of the size of the battery. The lesser option has seemed to fade from the spotlight since the reveal of the Niro EV, and the major focus is currently placed on the liquid-cooled 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery that can generate 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque.
Even with the Kia Niro EV being possibly one of the larger electric vehicles on the market before the 2020 Kia Telluride hits the pavement, the Niro EV offers more headroom and legroom, and larger cargo capacity than its competitors. The 2019 Kia Niro has 40.1 inches of front headroom, 41.7 inches of front leg room, and offers 18.5 cubic-feet of cargo space with all seats occupied. Fold them down for a maximum 53 cubic-feet of space.
Pricing is also a factor Kia Motors plays with, but we’re sure they’ll be fair, what with the Niro Plug-in Hybrid only $5k more than the original Niro Hybrid crossover, starting at $23,490 (plus destination fee). Come find out why the Kia Niro and Kia Soul are so popular with a test drive at Miami Lakes Kia today.