2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon
2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Soul EV does Edmunds recommend
Edmunds' Expert Review
overall rating4 / 5
Based on the standard Kia Soul, the 2017 Kia Soul EV is what its name says it is. It's a Soul, but with electric power. Simple, right? Well, Kia's engineers probably don't see it that way, but the end result for you is very much that easy.
Kia fits the Soul EV with a 109-horsepower electric motor and a 27-kWh (kilowatt-hour) battery, and the combination is good enough for an EPA-estimated 93 miles of driving range. In the past, this was an above-average figure for a low-cost EV. But a few key competitors, such as the new Hyundai Ioniq and updated Volkswagen e-Golf, can now go a little farther. There's also the new all-star of the class, the Chevrolet Bolt, which has more than double the Kia's range.
From a utility standpoint, though, the 2017 Soul EV still offers a distinct advantage. Its boxy shape allows for greater cargo-carrying capacity than many other EVs, particularly if you're looking to haul bulky items. The Soul EV is also relatively quiet and comes well equipped with convenience and luxury-oriented features. Overall, we're fans of the 2017 Kia Soul EV, but we recommend that you look at the newest rivals if range and interior quality are your main concerns.
trim levels & features
The 2017 Kia Soul EV is a four-door electric-powered hatchback available in three trim levels: EV-e (available only in California), EV (also known as base) and Plus (+). Regardless of trim level, you get a 90-kW electric motor (109 horsepower, 210 pound-feet), a 27-kWh battery pack, a DC fast-charge port and a 6.6-kW onboard charger.
Standard equipment is pretty generous for the bottom EV-e and base EV trim levels, but there are a few optional extras on the top trim level that are appealing. Look for the ventilated front seats and the potential upgrade to a panoramic sunroof, if that's to your liking.
If you go with the EV-e (California only) you'll get 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, automatic climate control (with a "driver only" function to save energy), a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a heated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 5-inch center screen with a rearview camera, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and a USB port.
In the middle of the Soul EV's trim-level structure is the base model. It's similar to the California-only EV-e, but it also gets a heat pump for the climate control system (helping to improve energy efficiency and maximize driving range), an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system and Kia's Uvo infotainment system (with additional electric-vehicle-oriented features).
Probably the most attractive of the trim levels for the Soul EV is the Plus (+). It gets almost all the equipment that the Soul EV has to offer, without a massive increase in price. On top of the base model, the Plus adds aerodynamic windshield wipers, foglights, front and rear parking sensors, power-folding mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, simulated-leather dashboard and console trim, heated rear seats, a luggage net, a cargo cover and a 12-volt cargo area power outlet.
Optional for the Plus is a Sun and Fun package, which provides a panoramic sunroof and LED interior lighting.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the2015 Kia Soul EV Plus (+).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Soul EV has received some revisions, including the addition of a standard 5-inch center screen and an available panoramic sunroof. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Kia Soul EV.
noise & vibration4
ease of use4
getting in/getting out5
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Soul EV safety features:
- 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
- Warn 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.
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.
2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon Overview
The 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon is offered in the following styles: + 4dr Wagon (electric DD), 4dr Wagon (electric DD), and e 4dr Wagon (electric DD).
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