2020 Kia Soul EV Price, Release Date, Availability – A Kia Soul has always had its fans, but in this modern age, crammed full of SUVs. It didn’t have that much to offer the public outside of its quirky looks. The exceptions of that, though, were the all-electric Soul. Which, as well as being better to drive than all its petrol and diesel counterparts, have the added benefit of not producing any polluting emissions. In 2019 electric vehicles are rather in-demand. And hot on the heels of a very small SUV. Kia has given the little Soul a funky new look.
2020 Kia Soul EV Changes
The new 2020 Kia Soul EV comes only in all-electric form. It takes the various electrical bits and puts them in a smaller, cheaper, and arguably more stylish package. But most impressively, it boasts a very decent range. Says that this model will do up to 280 miles on a single charge. We’re getting our first look at it here in Germany in European spec, which will be slightly different from the models that come to the UK at the end of this year beginning of next year. But it is a bit of a taster. It comes with full LED headlights and a variety of funky paint colors.
Somewhat unusually, the music features heavily in the design of the 2020 Kia Soul EV interior. It’s got lots of shapes and textures that KIA says are acoustically inspired. You can even opt for a sound mood lighting system that pulses lights around the cabin and tons of the beats of the music. Infotainment comes through this 10-inch touchscreen, which seems pretty easy to use. It also hooks up with an app. so you can get remote diagnostic data about your car.
These features include finding out how much energy you’ve got left. Or presetting the air conditioning before you get into the car. The plastics used around the cabin don’t exactly scream premium at you. But they are nicely screwed together, there’s no bumps or battles or anything like that if you drive a lot. There’s also a perfect amount of space, both up in the front and in the back.
2020 Kia Soul EV Engine
So in Europe, there are going to be two versions of the 2020 Kia Soul EV. with two different ranges or two levels of power. The standard is a thirty-nine point two-kilowatt-hour battery attached to a hundred-kilowatt motor. Which equals about 136 horsepower, that has a range of about 172 mile.s which is still pretty reasonable.
The long-range model, which is the one that’s grabbing all the headlines, has a 64-kilowatt-hour battery. And about 204 horsepower from the engine. That’s the one I’m driving today, and it’s the one that has a range of up to 280 miles. That’s enough for the vast majority of journeys that most people will make day by day.
Both versions of the battery can charge from about 20% to 80% in around 40 minutes using a hundred-kilowatt fast charger. You sit quite high in the cockpit. Which means that it’s easy to look down and see what’s going on around you. So visibility is pretty good. The ride is quite firm, but it’s not to the levels of being uncomfortable. And it does mean that the handling is pretty peppy. Combine that with the engine, and it’s actually quite engaging to drive.
If you press the button down here for drive mode. And put it into sport mode sharpens up the throttle even more, and it becomes appropriately feisty. Naught to sixty-two comes up in 7.9 seconds, but it feels actually brisker than that. A lot of power and a lot of responsiveness wherever you are. And whatever speed you’re doing put your foot down and it’ll accelerate pretty quickly.
You can change the amount of energy you recoup when you’re cruising or braking. By flicking these paddles behind the steering wheel. There’s also an auto function that works pretty well. Which recognizes when you’re in a condition to recoup more and braking energy and automatically bumps it up.
2020 Kia Soul EV Price and Release Date
Prices for the Soul in the UK haven’t yet been announced. But we’d expect them to be a bit cheaper than the E-Nero, which starts in the early 30,000. It’ll be a little while before the Soul EV touches down in the UK. So if you’re interested in one, you will have to bide your time.
The good news, though, is that based on our admittedly short time with the car so far. It shows a lot of promise. It’s nicely put together, it handles well, and it’s got the nippy performance and an impressive range. We’ll get our hands on it again when it comes to the UK. But in the meantime, rest assured that we think the tech underneath the Soul EV is worth waiting for.