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2016 Kia Soul EV Overview (See Available Styles)

Based on the recently redesigned front-wheel-drive Kia Soul subcompact car, the Soul EV in 2015 joined the growing list of small battery-electric vehicles on sale primarily in states that mandate zero-emissions vehicles.

The Soul EV uses a 109-horsepower electric motor driving the front wheels through a single-speed gear reduction transmission. The battery is a 27-kilowatt-hour, air-cooled lithium-ion pack under the floor that provides a 93-mile driving range, according to the EPA. The battery pack eliminates about 3 inches of rear legroom.

Recharging happens through one of three methods. A full recharge takes about 24 hours on a standard household 120-volt Level 1 outlet and drops to about five hours on a 240-volt Level 2 fast charger. A third option is a 480-volt DC fast charger, typically only available at industrial locations or commercial charge stations, which can recharge the car to about 80 percent in just 33 minutes.

New for 2016
A lower-priced Soul EV-e model is available in California and it comes without features such as navigation and a backup camera that are standard on other models. All models get an illuminated MP3 jack and USB port and a lock for the charging port nozzle. The top-of-the-line Plus model gets a new Fun & Sun Package that includes a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting and speaker lights that pulse to the beat of the audio system.

Significant Standard Features
  • 109-horsepower electric motor
  • 27-kwh, air-cooled lithium-ion pack
  • Single-speed transmission driving front wheels
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Air conditioning with driver-only ventilation mode
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel
  • Driver-selectable steering assist
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
Significant Available Features
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated outboard rear seats
  • UVO multimedia system
  • Navigation system with 8-inch display
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Rear camera
  • Parking assist with front and rear sensors
Overview courtesy of Cars.com

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 120 MPG
  • Highway: 92 MPG

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:
4.9/5
Value:
4.6/5
Exterior:
4.6/5
Interior:
4.6/5
Comfort:
4.9/5
Performance:
4.3/5
Reliability:
4.9/5

7 of 7 (100%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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