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Should you buy a Kia Soul EV SUV?

The Soul EV is a distinctively-styled electric vehicle with a particularly impressive range. It’s difficult to overstate how important the 280-mile figure is in this instance – this is a genuinely affordable car that can tackle the vast majority of motorist’s needs without stopping for a lengthy recharge in the middle.

Of course, some motorists won’t have lifestyles conducive to going electric, so it’s perhaps a shame that Kia won’t offer combustion-engined Souls in Europe. But that’s by-the-by.

Our biggest issues with the Soul comes in the form of its reduced practicality and increased costs compared with its sister car, the e-Niro. Using an identical powertrain, this car offers just as much range but with a far larger boot and crucially at much reduced cost. A difference of around £50 per month on a PCP deal is nothing to be sniffed at.

The Nissan Leaf is cheaper again, but offers less range and isn’t as nice to drive; the Tesla Model 3 is faster and more premium, but pricier. If you’ve fallen in love with its styling and can deal with its limited boot space – and stump up the extra monthly fee – the Kia Soul EV is a fine choice of electric car. It’s just not the one we’d go for when its sibling is better value.

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