Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

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

Electric motors, home charging 14.3 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 8.0 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
  • Decent range
  • Free road tax

What are the running costs?

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.

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.

Servicing and warranty

Service intervals are one-year or every 10,000 miles. The Soul comes with Kia’s industry leading seven-year warranty, but its battery comes under a different agreement.

The battery warranty covers a minimum capacity for a period of 84 months or 100,000 miles from the date of first registration, whichever comes first. This warranty covers repairs needed to return the battery capacity to at least 70% of the original capacity.

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, plus, so far, the Soul has zero recalls to its name.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0
Insurance group 30 - 34
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