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  • Decent space for adults in the rear
  • Limited boot space
  • Square dimensions make manoeuvring easy

The Soul EV’s compact, square dimensions make it easy to judge its corners – good for parking and squeezing through tight gaps in traffic. They also allow for decent space in the rear, especially headroom.

It’s not quite as roomy as its immediate predecessor but there’s still room for a six-foot adult to sit behind a driver of a similar size. Getting a fifth passenger in would be a squeeze in terms of shoulder width, but they won’t suffer for legroom and there’s no large hump in the floor, either.

Boot space is unfortunately less commodious. The Soul EV has just 315 litres of capacity in the boot -that’s well down on its rivals and disappointing considering the size of the car. For context, the closely related Kia e-Niro has a 451-litre boot, the Nissan Leaf a 435-litre one. Even a much smaller supermini such as the Renault Zoe has 335-litres.

In practice this means that, while the Soul EV has enough room to cope with a weekly shop or weekend luggage for two, it’ll struggle to accommodate the kit and caboodle that goes along with having a family.

As far as storage for smaller items goes, you’ll find a good-sized glove box and door bins in the front. The rear door bins are smaller, sized for bottles rather than big sandwiches.

Charging

Charging the Soul EV is very simple. There’s space underneath the adjustable boot floor to store the charging cables, which is good – it means they won’t go rolling about the car’s interior, but it does mean you’ll need to reach underneath whatever you have loaded into the boot. If you’re planning on filling it with heavy objects, you’ll probably want to make sure the cables are easily accessible.

The charging port is in a convenient location on the car’s nose, so you will need to remember this before parking up at a charging point.

Safety

  • No Euro NCAP rating just yet
  • Generous standard safety equipment
  • Previous Souls have scored well

Crash testing organisation Euro NCAP hasn’t yet tested the Soul EV, so we don’t know quite how safe it is. The USA-based IIHS has tested it, however, and rated it very highly – while both previous generations of Soul scored five stars.

In fact, most of Kia’s current range – including the Niro, Sorento, Sportage and Ceed – all score five stars in Euro NCAP’s testing, which bodes well for the Soul EV’s future results.

In terms of standard safety equipment, the Soul EV is well provisioned. All cars get automatic high beams for the headlights, a driver attention monitoring system, lane-keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot detection and rear cross traffic alert. There’s also a pair of Isofix child seat mounting points in both outer rear seats.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Kia Soul SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

First Edition equipment

First Edition standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
First Edition optional equipment
None available
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