Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Electric motors, home charging 26.7 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 13.3 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Electric motors 4.0 miles/kWh
  • Efficient electric powertrain
  • One of the highest ranges on sale
  • Free road tax and entry to London’s congestion charging zone

There’s only a single variant of the Kia Soul, which makes choosing the one with the lowest running costs very easy indeed. In fact, like most electric cars, it should prove to be extremely cost-efficient to run, especially if you’re able to charge it at home on a cheap energy tariff.

The Soul will go for a claimed 280 miles on a full charge – that’s just marginally less than its sister car, the e-Niro, which offers 282 miles. During real world testing, we found the range settled at 250-or-so miles away from the city, and around 280 in lower-speed urban driving. Very impressive. More so when one considers that the range indicator on the dash proved to be hyper-accurate, too.

These are impressive numbers – better than just about anything else for the money. In fact, if you want more range, you’ll have to spend at least £47,000 on a Tesla Model 3. Until the Volkswagen ID.3 arrives in the autumn of 2020, the Kia EVs are the best affordable electric cars in terms of maximum range.

We reckon the vast majority of users will be able to cover their weekly mileage on a single charge. Kia also points out that the Soul is extremely efficient in its energy usage – covering more miles than a larger, heavier car with a larger battery pack. That’s important, as not only does it mean smaller electricity bills for the user but a smaller environmental footprint in manufacturing the batteries – still a very dirty process.

As for charging, topping from a flat battery to 80 % charge will take less than an hour using the UK’s rapidly expanding network of 100kW fast chargers. Using a typical 7.2kW home wallbox (which Kia can install for you at a discounted rate) a full charge to 100% will take between nine and ten hours – so, overnight.

Zero tailpipe emissions means free VED and access to London’s congestion charging zone for free, too.

Reliability

  • Soul EV ownership should prove completely painless
  • Seven-year warranty
  • Electric vehicles typically very reliable

Electric vehicles on the whole are very reliable, with few moving parts to go wrong. In fact, it’s very unlikely that Soul EV drivers will suffer any concerns relating to the vehicle’s powertrains or moving parts during their ownership period.

Of course, if they do, Kia offers one of the best warranties in the business, with seven years and 100,000 miles of coverage. That’s a massive leap over the Nissan Leaf’s three-year/60,000 mile warranty, though Nissan does warrant the batteries separately for eight years.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0
Insurance group 34
How much is it to insure?
Find out more about all electric cars here