2018 Kia Soul EV
The 2018 Kia Soul EV has more character and style than any other electric vehicle on the market. It’s quirky exterior reminiscent of a crossover houses a stylish cabin with lots of passenger and cargo space, and an abundant amount of features for your money.
Avail. Engine Type
8-inch UVO Eco
The Kia Soul EV is an all-electric vehicle available in three different trims - the base EV, EV +, and the Ev-e (only available in California). All three trims are powered by a 375-volt electric motor capable of generating 109 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, all trims also use the same 30-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. Regenerative braking is standard on all trims, simultaneously storing and reusing energy while driving. A battery heating system that pre-warms the battery in cold weather while it’s connected to the charger is also available. The heating system helps to maximize battery performance and driving range. A fully charged battery yields 108 miles of travel range.
There are three ways to recharge the battery of the Kia Soul EV, whose charging ports are located on the front grille. A convenient 120v charger that lets consumers plug right into a wall, a 240v charger that can be installed at home for convenient overnight charging, or a 480v Direct Current (DC) Fast Charge found in public locations. The charge time varies greatly depending on which charging method is selected - the 120v charge takes about 24 hours to complete a full charge, the 240v charge completes a full charge in about four to five hours, and the quickest, the DC Fast Charge, can give consumers an 80 percent charge in about 30 minutes. It is recommended that consumers who charge at home do so during off-peak hours (12 AM - 6 AM) to save money on their electricity bill.
Body-color bumpers with contrasting color accents, a body-color front grille charge port, mirror-mounted LED turn signals, auto-light control, projector beam headlights, and solar control glass all come standard across the Soul EV lineup. The Soul EV+ enjoys front fog lights, power-folding outside mirrors, and a panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade (optional). 16-inch alloy wheels in dark gray with satin metal spokes complete the fun and quirky look.
A leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, automatic climate control that works with preset settings that cool or warm the cabin accordingly, heated front seats, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, and steering wheel-mounted controls are all standard across all trims. Cloth upholstery is the standard on the base trim, while leather upholstery upgrades the interior of the EV+ trim along with a leatherette trimmed dash and door armrest inserts. The Sun and Fun package is exclusive to the EV+ and adds a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting and speaker lights.
The Kia Soul EV offers a vivid 8-inch touchscreen display and infotainment center with integrated navigation that provides real-time highway conditions from SiriusXM Traffic and HD Radio. UVO Eco services help drivers monitor the car’s charge, locate nearby charging stations, and an app that gives consumers remote control access to lock and unlock doors, and adjust the in-car climate. The infotainment center is equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay abilities. Audiophiles will enjoy a six-speaker sound system complete with two dash-mounted tweeters for a seamless design and crisp sound.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2018 Kia Soul EV was crafted with safety in mind. With standard safety features such as dual front advanced airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, rollover sensor, pedestrian warning system, electronic stability control, brake assist system, and side-impact door beams, consumers can rest assured they’re riding around safely. Parking Assist with front and rear sensors is available on the Soul EV+ trim for additional peace of mind.
All Kia vehicles are covered by a 5-year or 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year or 1000,000-mile powertrain warranty.The Kia Soul has a starting MSRP of $32,250 (plus destination fee).