The all-electric 2015 Kia Soul EV aims to be the most city-centric Soul yet with its EPA-estimated electric range of 93 miles. The Soul EV Base trim level starts at $33,700 when it goes on sale later this fall, and a feature-heavy Plus trim starts at $35,700. Prices do not include a destination fee, which hasn’t been announced, though a gasoline-powered Soul’s destination charge is $800.
The four-door Soul EV hatchback qualifies for the federal EV tax credit of $7,500, which is not reflected in the starting price. California markets are first to see the Soul EV on sale, and lease prices are expected to start at $249 per month; term and more details will be available closer to the Soul EV’s launch date.
A Soul EV Base and gasoline-powered Soul Base have little in common as far as feature content with the EV starting off with a significant amount of features standard. Navigation, backup camera, power driver’s seat, cruise control and a host of connectivity features for monitoring the Soul EV’s vitals are standard on the Base model. The $35,700 Plus adds leather-trimmed seats with heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats and power-folding mirrors.
On paper, the Soul EV looks to offer a compelling set of promises compared to its competitors given its roomy interior and EPA-rated 93 miles of range. The electric Nissan Leaf’s range is rated at 84 miles, Chevrolet Spark EV is 82 miles and the Ford Focus EV is 76 miles. The Soul loses 3.1 inches of rear legroom in its transformation to an electric vehicle (39.1 to 36 inches), but retains the gasoline Soul’s 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat.