The 2020 Kia Soul EV not only gets more range but is also more efficient than previous versions.
This improvement is possible thanks to a new powertrain, since the Kia Soul EV now shares the latest 64 kWh battery and 150 kW motor with the Kia e-Niro.
It’s a nice surprise that Kia managed to considerably improve the efficiency and the boxy Kia Soul EV is now more efficient than the popular 2019 Nissan LEAF.
Let’s see the EPA rates:
- Combined: 114 MPGe (18,4 kWh/100 km)
- City: 127 MPGe (16,5 kWh/100 km)
- Highway: 101 MPGe (20,7 kWh/100 km)
- Combined: 243 miles (391 km)
- City: 271 miles (436 km)
- Highway: 215 miles (346 km)
This new Kia Soul EV seems to be a great car and the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) version – that’s no longer available in Europe – won’t be missed. Only the hefty price tag prevents it to be an electric car for the masses.
With electric cars such as the Kia Soul EV, Kia e-Niro, Hyundai Kona Electric and Hyundai IONIQ Electric the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group shows clearly that it knows how to make great electric cars. However, will the Koreans increase production enough to gain the upper hand before other automakers wake up to the EV revolution? At the moment the Koreans seem happy enough with dominating the small domestic market, without real intentions to make a dent in bigger markets like North America and Europe, which is a shame. Electric cars could be the way of the Koreans to establish themselves as innovation leaders in the auto industry.