The 2017 Kia Soul EV is a capable electric vehicle with above-average utility. Thanks to its boxy shape, the Soul EV can fit quite a bit of cargo in the rear, and there's enough room in back for adults to sit comfortably. The EPA estimates the Soul EV has a driving range of 93 miles, which is average in the compact EV class.
Kia does equip the Soul EV with a features, though. For trim levels, there's the EV-e, which is available only in California, the base Soul EV and the Plus (+). The simple options structure means there's no long list of custom options or stand-alone items to choose from. For prospective buyers, that makes things a lot easier.
The EV-e and base trim levels offer items such as heated seats, a heated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen and a rearview camera. Most people will be happy with the Soul EV's standard gear, especially for the price. But move up the ladder to the top-trim level Kia Soul EV Plus, which isn't that much more expensive, and you'll get items such as ventilated front seats and an optional panoramic sunroof. Regardless of which equipment level you go with, the Soul EV is good value for money, packing a lot of items in for the price.
If you put the 2017 Kia Soul EV up against its main competitors, its price is middle-of-the-pack. Rivals with a bit more luxury equipment and significantly longer EV range are more expensive, while less desirable vehicles with shorter EV range will save you a bit upfront. It's also important to note that most EVs are eligible for certain tax credits that will bring the price down. When you decide on what equipment you need and which 2017 Kia Soul EV is right for you, be sure to check out the details on Edmunds and we'll help you find the perfect one.
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