2019 Kia Soul EV Review
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
List Price Estimate
$21,262 - $24,261
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Which Soul EV does Edmunds recommend?
It'd be a little tough to recommend the top-of-the-line trim, what with it being more expensive than a fully loaded Nissan Leaf with considerably less range. So we recommend the base EV, which isn't lacking for features or creature comforts.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The Soul EV displays run-of-the-mill electric vehicle driving dynamics. That's disappointing compared to the gas-powered Soul, which has surprisingly adept handling, braking and acceleration. On the other hand, the Soul EV delivers silent, torque-rich power and aggressive regenerative braking.
Without the gasoline Soul's raspy engine churning under the hood, the Soul EV is a quiet car to spend time in, even with the elevated wind noise caused by its boxy shape. Ride comfort is average. The seats are comfortable and supportive.
For the most part, the Soul EV's interior is user-friendly. It has a likable touchscreen that's relatively easy to use, as well as easy entry and exit. Materials quality isn't as good as we'd like for the price, but it's not a deal-breaker.
Some EVs suffer a reduction in cargo space due to their extra batteries, but the Soul EV does not. In terms of passenger and cargo room, it lines up more with the new batch of subcompact SUVs rather than compact hatchbacks.
The Soul EV comes with an easy-to-use 8-inch touchscreen, remote vehicle controls, Wi-Fi and integrated navigation. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless charging are not available. There's one USB port.
Features & Specs
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.