The all-electric Kia Soul EV has gone on sale priced from £24,995 after the £5,000 plug-in government grant. Kia is hoping to sell between 100 - 200 units in the first year via a 13 specialist dealer network.
The Soul EV is powered by an 81.4 KW electric motor which is around the same power as a 109 bhp conventional engine; it offers 285 Nm of instant torque - allowing for a 0 - 60 mph time of 10.8 seconds and a top speed of 90 mph.
Using a conventional 230V power outlet the Kia Soul EV can be fully charged in around 10 - 13 hours, ready for up to 132* miles of near silent travel. Using a dedicated wall box or by using a -public fast-charge point, the time is reduced to around five hours, where access to a rapid charger can put back up to 80 per cent of the capacity in around 33 minutes.
With the batteries sitting under the floor there is minimal impact on the interior space - with the only real reduction being 80mm in rear-leg room. The boot capacity is also slightly smaller at 281 litres loosing 31 litres when compared to a conventional Soul - the space being taken up by the charging cables. With the 60:40 split rear seats down, the luggage capacity is increased to 891 litres. To save weight you do not get a spare tyre, therefore you have to make do with a tyre inflation kit in the case of a puncture.
You can choose between Caribbean Blue metallic with a Clear White roof or Titanium Silver metallic colour schemes. The interior is finished in Grey Eco cloth with blue stitching where the hard surfaces are finished in High-gloss White. The instrument binnacle, door inserts, steering wheel and gear shifter are trimmed in leather.
Standard equipment includes an 8” touch-screen with pan-European satellite navigation, reversing camera and charging point locator; automatic air conditioning with the driver-only function; heated front seats; a smart key with a motor start-stop button; projection headlights with LED daytime running lamps; front foglamps; privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate; 16-inch lightweight alloy wheels with super-low-rolling-resistance tyres; two charge points and the Heat Pump system. The car is also supplied with the wallbox charger and Virtual Engine Sound.
There is cruise control with a speed limiter, an electronic parking brake, front and rear electric windows, electrically folding adjustable heated door mirrors with LED indicators, solar glass for the windscreen and front windows, automatic light control with a follow-me-home function, LED rear combination and high-mounted brake lights, a 3.5-inch OLED supervision instrument cluster with specific EV information display, a trip computer, front speaker mood lights, driver's seat height adjustment, a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors and a luggage cargo screen plus retaining net.
In-car entertainment includes a DAB RDS radio with MP3 compatibility, steering wheel-mounted controls, USB and AUX ports and Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming.
Standard safety equipment includes Anti-lock Brakes with Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-start Assist, Emergency Stop Signalling, a Tyre Pressure Monitoring system and six airbags.
*The 132 mile range is under optimum conditions - we do not current have any data for real world distances.
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