Third-gen Soul comes to Europe in electric form only, offering range and performance increases
26 February 2019

Kia’s new all-electric Soul EV has made its European debut at the Geneva motor show. Alongside an updated design and new technology, it borrows a significantly uprated powertrain from the e-Niro crossover.

Previously shown at the Los Angeles motor show in November, the new Soul’s exterior design is an evolutionary step on from the old car. The familiar boxy profile from the previous generation remains, but new front and rear-end designs, with fresh lighting signatures at both ends, mark out the Mk3 Soul. 

Visual differences from the US-only petrol-powered variant include smoother and more aerodynamic upper designs, a blanked-off grille and LED headlights with an altered look. As with the old car, it also receives unique five-spoke 17in alloy wheels used for their aerodynamic properties, while the charging port has been integrated into the Soul’s front bumper. 

The long-range 64kWh Soul EV borrows its electric motor and battery pack from the top-spec variant of the larger e-Niro. That means a power output of 201bhp and 295lb ft, which is 81lb ft more than the outgoing Soul EV. Range is a claimed 280 miles from a single charge on the WLTP cycle.

A less powerful variant, making use of a 39.2kWh battery pack coupled to a 134bhp electric motor, produces 291lb ft and can cover up to 172 miles on a full charge. Energy consumption is rated at 4.29mi/kWh for the standard model, compared to 3.96mi/kWh for the long-range variant. 

All Soul EVs are fitted with CCS DC fast-charging capability, meaning both variants can be charged from 20% to 80% capacity in  42 minutes from a 100kW fast charger. 

Unlike the old Soul, all variants make use of new fully independent rear suspension, which is claimed to greatly improve handling and ride. Four drive modes allow the driver to balance maximum power with maximum range, while smart regenerative braking can be adjusted via paddles mounted on the steering wheel. The system can also adjust the amount of regeneration based on a vehicle detected in front of the car. 

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Inside, the Soul has again been overhauled, with a focus on improving standard equipment and technology. A new 10.25in touchscreen is standard, supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, alongside voice recognition. Gear selection is controlled via a new rotary shifter in the centre console.

Alongside a full suite of active driver assist features, Kia has added a new ‘UVO’ telematics system to the Soul EV, allowing drivers to monitor the car’s status and control various functions via a smartphone app. Buyers can also send a planned route to the car’s navigation system remotely. 

All European models of the new Soul will be fully electric. Emilio Herrara, chief operating officer for Kia Motors Europe, said: "The market has changed significantly in recent years, and in 2018 – the outgoing model’s final year on-sale – Kia sold more of the zero-emissions Soul EV in Europe than petrol and diesel versions combined.”

The Soul EV will go on sale in some European markets in the coming months. UK pricing and specifications will be announced nearer its arrival.

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MrJ

28 November 2018

Nasty looking thing, let alone the retro paint. 

29 November 2018

Mr J What design would you put forward for this car as its really looking it to the future?. Hopefully not what is currently on offer .Well done Kia I say , its funky, roomy,ideal for the city and will appeal to those who want different , that colour again you may not like but I bet it will be ordered my many in this colour.

29 November 2018

The frotn end looks ok - the slim lights actually look quite good, but then you go to the rear and the lights are curved and too large. The front and rear look like they belong on different cars. The interior doesn't do much for me either. Overall disappointing, particularly given the incredible progress KIA have made with the rest of their range.

29 November 2018

Who beat this with the ugly stick ? OK, front - looks fair enough, the back ? What were they smoking ? I was seriously looking at this as an upgrade to Mrs Chrispy's Nissan Leaf, but if that's the best a$$ the California design team can come up with, they can keep it. I'll take the Niro instead.

26 February 2019

100KW charging 42mins??? Who would be able to have an 100km changer in their home, and if will all wanted the grid would collapse, this alone is 5 times the power a normal home would need or use? They all rave about electric but no one tells you the real costs, like when dirty batteries will need replacing they will costs thousands (8k to 20K) they will be unsellable when about 5 years old and then no longer so called green.

Russell Ellis

26 February 2019
Rusty715 wrote:

100KW charging 42mins??? Who would be able to have an 100km changer in their home, and if will all wanted the grid would collapse, this alone is 5 times the power a normal home would need or use? They all rave about electric but no one tells you the real costs, like when dirty batteries will need replacing they will costs thousands (8k to 20K) they will be unsellable when about 5 years old and then no longer so called green.

What batteries are unusable after 5 years? Why would everyone on a street all plug their cars into a 100kw charger at the exact same time for 45 minutes? Why are they all connected to the grid?

26 February 2019
Kia warranty is 7 years even for EV's and hybrids including their battery. 7 years, upto 100,000 miles. Not misery 3 years.

26 February 2019

Cool rear end, awful, gurning front end.

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