Kia Soul EV first drive review

Kia Soul EV first drive review

The first test of Kia’s new Soul EV in Namyang, South Korea, reveals that the manufacturer’s first global electric vehicle has much potential

The bold, funky looks of the second-generation Kia Soul don’t stray too far from its predecessor, and this electric version shares the new-for-2014 car’s basic dimensions.Kia’s new Soul is Kia’s first global electric vehicle, following the Ray EV, which has been silently cruising around Korea for three years.This latest Soul has adopted the same platform as the Kia Cee’d. It is wider and longer than the first-gen Soul, with a 20mm longer wheelbase at 2570mm, as well as a 29 per cent stiffer body shell and revised suspension geometry.The platform was designed to accept battery packs under the rear seats, which means that little of the second-generation Soul’s 354-litre boot space has been sacrificed for the EV technology. It does, however, bring a weight penalty in the region of 200kg.

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