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Order books open early for Kia Soul EV, as manufacturer confirms price for ‘First Edition’ model
Last Updated: 06 Dec 2019 tweet
The new Kia Soul EV will cost £33,795 in the UK – a figure that includes the Government’s £3,500 plug-in car discount – the South Korean manufacturer announced in May 2019. We’ve already driven the car in its native South Korea; you can read our full review here.
It’ll be available first in one, well equipped ‘First Edition’ trim level with a 64kWh battery. Kia opened the order books early so it could gauge customer demand for the car. The Soul EV’s sister model, the e-Niro, sold out its entire 2019 allocation of 900 cars in a matter of weeks.
Kia has since confirmed that it has secured sufficient supply to clear the e-Niro’s 3,000-strong waiting list by the middle of 2020, with the Soul EV also taking up some of the demand.
The 64kWh Soul EV promises up to 280 miles of driving range (according to the latest WLTP test method) and is powered by a 201bhp electric motor, giving it a 0-62mph of 7.6 seconds. A smaller (39kWh) battery, delivering 172 miles of range and with a less powerful 134bhp electric motor, is being offered in some other markets, but won’t be coming to the UK.
Using the same batteries as the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Soul EV is said by Kia to be as much as 30% more efficient than Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf. Its cells hold 25% more energy per unit of volume than those of the previous Soul EV, meaning Kia has been able to deliver a big range boost while keeping the battery as light and compact as possible.