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Full Review About Kia Soul EV 2021

Kia Soul Review - The Kia Soul EV can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 7.6 seconds. The top speed is the same, which is 103.7 miles per hour (167 km per hour)

Full Review About Kia Soul EV 2021

You've probably been watching or reading rave reviews about the Kia Niro EV over the last three years.

And you might praise the South Korean automaker's second global EV (electric vehicle) for its performance, practicality and driving dynamics.

However, the Kia Niro doesn't look that appealing and those who bought it most likely did it for practical reasons, not because it made them feel anything.

But there's a vehicle with the same basics and far more fun character, namely the Kia Soul EV, which Kia decided not to sell in the United States at the last minute.

For the US market, Kia has chosen to concentrate on the much more flashy (and more expensive) Kia EV6.

The manufacturer originally intended to offer the electric Kia Soul in the US, but ended up selling only the ICE variant.

And after we've driven the Kia Soul EV (known as e-Soul in Europe where we tested it), after the Niro EV (e-Niro in Europe) and EV6, we can say that this car has its own merits, and is a decent vehicle.

In fact, the more interesting driving dynamics and generally more fun characters would make us ignore some practical compromises.

And if we were in the market for an EV right now, the Kia Soul EV would definitely be on the list of favourites.

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Here's the 2021 Kia Soul EV Review

The powertrain is the same as the one we tested on the Niro EV, a single front electric motor producing 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet (395 Nm) of torque.

The impressive torque figures and relatively low weight (under 1.7 tons or 3,700 pounds) really make it feel like it's faster than that.

And this vehicle accelerates very cleanly until it stops at the top speed limit.

At higher speeds you start to notice a lot of wind noise around the cabin.

Whereas at high speeds you even have to raise your voice to talk to the passengers in the car.

Lower the speed slightly, and most of the noise is gone, let you enjoy the above-mentioned excellent experience, perfect handling and acceleration.

The seats are also quite comfortable and the driver had to make a lot of adjustments - the steering range of motion is very good, well above average, allowing you to get the perfect driving position.

On the back, you quickly realize that knee room isn't the best. You do notice the smaller dimensions compared to the Kia Niro when you sit in the back.

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However, if you are 6 feet (182 cm) tall, your knees don't touch the back of the front seat.

You can even tuck your feet under the front seats too. Thus, two passengers of the same height can travel quite comfortably in the back, even on longer trips.

And speaking of longer rides, the Kia Soul EV really excels in this regard. While there's a base version with 136 horsepower and a 39.2 kWh battery, what you want is a more powerful variant with a bigger package, like the model we tested.

For the European region, this car is claimed to be able to cover a distance of 281.9 miles (452 ​​km) on a single charge.

Meanwhile, if fully charged in winter with temperatures above freezing, the figure drops slightly to 237 miles (382 km).

Kia and Hyundai vehicles are known to provide very accurate mileage estimates.

So although we didn't do a distance test on this vehicle, we believe we did drive the vehicle up to 250 miles (over 400 km) in the summer in eco-driving mode.

In terms of charging, the Kia Soul EV lags behind the best vehicles in its class, only being able to charge a maximum of 77 kW.

Enough to charge the battery from 10 to 80 percent in about 44 minutes.

The 7.2 kWh charger included in the sales package can be increased to 10 kWh at an additional cost, but we didn't get a chance to test it.

Now with regards to the Kia Soul EV not making its way to the United States, despite the fact that it was originally slated for sale in that country, this may be due to several factors.

However, the biggest reason is the more advanced Kia EV6, which is one of the biggest EVs on the market today.

The Kia Soul EV may not be one of the best EVs you can buy today, but it probably was almost three years ago when it debuted.

Despite many liking it, the electric Kia Soul didn't make it to Europe, and that's another reason why the Kia Soul wasn't brought to the US.