Used 2019 Kia Soul EV
Pros & Cons
- Plenty of cabin and cargo space given its size
- Abundant standard equipment
- Tall seating position is reminiscent of a small SUV
- Max driving range is far less than what other EVs offer
- Limited availability
- Excessive wind noise at highway speeds
Which Soul EV does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
When the Kia Soul EV was introduced in 2014, 100 miles of electric range was respectable, but the idea of an EV being anything other than a second or third family car seemed pretty distant. Fast-forward four years and a whole lot of advancement in battery and recharging technology, and now anything under 125 miles seems inadequate.
So while the 2019 Kia Soul EV, as well equipped as it is, soldiers on for another year, it does so with one of the shortest range limits of any mass-market electric vehicle on sale today. And that's not just comparing it to the significantly more expensive Tesla lineup. The Chevrolet Bolt and all-new Hyundai Kona Electric offer more than double the range for not much more money, while the revitalized Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen e-Golf offer excellent road manners. There's even a rival within Kia's own lineup: the all-new Niro EV, which should provide about 240 miles of range.
But if your electric car won't be asked to do more than local commuting and city driving, the Kia Soul EV still has a lot to offer. The Soul's upright, compact SUV body style provides good visibility and practicality. The ride is also improved over the gasoline-powered Soul, which is a boon when driving over broken city streets. And there's still a wealth of standard features for the price.
Even though time and technology have marched on, the 2019 Kia Soul EV could still be worth considering.
Kia Soul EV models
The 2019 Kia Soul EV is, as the name suggests, the all-electric version of the Soul. Though not marketed as such, that car is similar in size and concept to subcompact SUVs. So is the EV. There are two trim levels: the base EV and EV Plus (+). Both come with generous standard equipment, though the top trim adds some luxurious extras. All use the same 30-kWh battery pack and an electric motor that produces 109 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque.
The base EV comes standard with a DC fast-charging port, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED running lights, a heated mirror, rear privacy glass, keyless ignition and entry, automatic climate control, a pedestrian warning system, multiple steering modes, a height-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, cloth upholstery, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 60/40-split folding back seat. Also standard is a rearview camera, Bluetooth, one USB port, Kia's newest infotainment system (Uvo 5.0) with an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
The EV Plus (+) adds front and rear parking sensors, foglights, power-folding mirrors, a faux leather-trimmed dash, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a cargo cover, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats and leather upholstery. Exclusive to the Plus is the Sun and Fun package, which adds a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting and speaker lights.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of theKia Soul EV Plus (+).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2015, the current Soul EV has received some revisions, including an increase in range and the addition of a standard 8-inch center screen and an available panoramic sunroof. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Kia Soul EV.
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Our experts like the Soul EV models:
- Pedestrian Warning System
- Alerts pedestrians of the quiet Soul EV's approach with a soft, artificial noise at 12 mph and under.
- Front and Rear Parking Sensors
- Warns you if the car's bumpers are approaching exterior objects such as walls or other vehicles.
- Uvo Connectivity
- Allows owners to set parameters for secondary drivers such as geo-fencing, curfew alert and speed alert.
Kia Soul EV vs. the competition
2019 Kia Soul EV
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Kia Soul EV vs. BMW i3
Like the Kia Soul EV, the BMW i3 doesn't really have much range up its sleeve. Even with the optional gasoline-powered range-extending engine, the i3 still trails the Bolt and Kia Niro EV and costs considerably more. But the i3 is dripping with style and cutting-edge design. It's also genuinely good to drive, being both nimble and comfortable.
Kia Soul EV vs. Nissan Leaf
The Leaf recently went through a beneficial overhaul and now has considerably more range, a more comfortable interior and better road manners than before. Its estimated 150-mile range still lags behind the range of other competitors, but it's quiet. And like the Soul EV, it comes with a decent amount of features for the money. A larger battery pack is also just around the corner. Shame it lacks a telescoping steering wheel.
Kia Soul EV vs. Chevrolet Bolt
The Bolt excels in its considerable range, great visibility and easy road manners, all while being relatively affordable. But the Bolt falls short on the inside, with poorly chosen plastics and generally uncomfortable front seats. Thanks to its upright body style and large hatchback, the Bolt remains a very practical vehicle.
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What's new in the 2019 Kia Soul EV?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Kia Soul EV:
- Kia's newest touchscreen interface (AVN 5.0) is now standard
- Part of the first Soul EV generation introduced in 2014
Is the Kia Soul EV reliable?
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How much should I pay for a 2019 Kia Soul EV?
The least-expensive 2019 Kia Soul EV is the 2019 Kia Soul EV 4dr Wagon (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $33,950.
Other versions include:
- 4dr Wagon (electric DD) which starts at $33,950
- + 4dr Wagon (electric DD) which starts at $35,950