Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

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  • 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 EV, which makes choosing the one with the lowest running costs very easy indeed.

In fact, like most electric cars, the Soul EV 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 EV 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. This is an impressive number – 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, the Kia EVs are the best affordable electric cars in terms of maximum range.

In real terms, you can expect well over 200 miles per charge, even if you’re travelling on motorways and faster roads. That means the vast majority of users will be able to cover their weekly mileage on a single charge. Kia also points out that the Soul EV 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

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