First drive: the electric Kia Soul — BBC Top Gear

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So what is it?

the Soul EV, which is, as your faculties may have deduced, an version of Kia’s mini-MPV.

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Thought you might be. This be Kia’s first globally-sold, electric motor, following the Kia Ray (a Nissan Cube-like box-on-wheels) been quietly drumming up for electric cars in South for little over three now.

It sits on the standard Soul platform — so a battery pack could be with minimal intrusion the cabin — itself the platform as the new Cee’d. So a fair to start from.

That battery is mounted in the of the Soul, to lower the centre of It offers 0-62mph time of 12 seconds, a giddying top speed of and a motor output of just 110bhp and 201lb ft of torque.

And how will it recharge?

Charge it using a 240V and you’ve got full power in hours; switch to the 100kW charger and you’re looking at 25

This EV is, however, some heavier than the regular Kia is still trying to figure out the technology, and hasn’t yet decided on a at the moment.

How far will it go?

Kia estimates a range of over 124 when it goes on sale year. Which is good.

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So it like to drive?

Quiet. The feels composed, refined, and on our route, seemed a soft, way to stroll through the city. On carriageways we got an inkling of some roll and a soft suspension floor the throttle from and that instant torque the Soul back on its springs and

But that torque. It’s the thing about electric Lots of torque from air means decent 0-30mph good overtaking ability and a nice little ‘bullet-train’ from the motor.

How far did you get?

On the leg of our test drive, we covered over 16 miles, with the dropping from 103 to 78 miles. The leg recorded a drop in range 77 to 67 miles, though we covered 13 All achieved with a combination of start-stop driving and, a heavier right foot.

Should I buy one?

We’d and see. Final tech still needs to be confirmed, and on the of this first prototype drive, the Soul EV isn’t involving. But it may all come down to if Kia can figure a way to offer a city EV for a close to its petrol Soul, it be onto a winner.

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