Following itsEuropean debutin Geneva this past March, the all-electric and all-new Kia Soul EV is ready to end up in the hands of UK buyers with order books officially open.
TheSoul EVis available in a single high-spec grade dubbed ‘First Edition’ and costs £37,295 ($46,811), or £33,795 ($42,418) with the Plug-In Car Grand subsidy deducted. The first units are expected to arrive at UK dealers during the first quarter of next year.
Power comes from a 64kWh lithium-ion battery pack that offers a range of 280 miles (450 km) on a single charge. Speaking of which, the all-new Soul EV features a Type 2 charging inlet giving you a 100% charge in 9 hours and 35 minutes. If you use a 50kW DC Rapid Charging Station, you can achieve up to 80% charge in just 1 hour and 15 minutes.
High-spec ‘First Edition’ grade
Kia wanted to make sure that UK buyers had just about everything they needed if they opted for thenew Soul EV. The First Edition thus comes with dual full-LED headlights flanked by LED DRLs, LED taillights, privacy glass, and unique five-spoke 17-inch wheels.
Inside, there is black leather upholstery, while the driver’s seat boasts eight-way electric adjustment, including sliding, reclining, height and lumbar support. There’s also an electric parking brake on the center console, while climate control and Adaptive Smart Control Function (SSC) are both standard.
Other convenience features include the head-up display, 7-inch OLED color gauge cluster, 10.25-inch touchscreen sat-nav system, wireless phone charging, reversing camera, rear parking sensors and a 10-speakerHarman/Kardon premium sound systemwith a 640-watt subwoofer.
As for safety, the new Soul EV gets Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Lane Follow Assist (LFA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear-Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), all standard.
Buyers will be able to choose between the following color options: Neptune Blue with Black roof (like in the images below), Clear White with Red roof or Quartz Black with Red roof.