The 2015 Kia Soul EV is a four-door hatchback and it’s available in two trim levels: Base and Plus.
The 2015 Kia Soul Electric Vehicle has a bold, distinct exterior design – blue-accented fog lights, the Eco Electric badge, the front and rear styling. Since it’s an EV, it has no exhaust pipe and no grille. The rear bumper has received a new sleek look, and the lower fascia is made stronger and sportier.
For road vibration reduction and efficiency increase, the vehicle is equipped with the aerodynamic 16” Alloy Wheels. The Super Low Rolling Resistant Tires provide less drag, thus enhancing the driving experience.
As for the “green” part, the Soul has Auto Light Control, automatically turning the headlights on/off in order to save energy.
The vehicle is available in a monochromatic or a two-tone design, and in 4 different color choices – Clear White body with Satin Metal grille border, Caribbean Blue body with a Clear White top, Titanium Grey body with Satin Metal grille border, and Shadow Black with Inferno red top and accents.
The trunk retains its 18.8 ft3 of cargo space, with an option of expanding to 49.5 ft3 with the 60/40-split rear seatbacks folded. Due to the battery being placed under the rear passenger part, legroom and headroom are reduced in comparison to the previous model, not significantly though.
The Base model is equipped with automatic climate control, keyless ignition and entry, a height-adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, cloth upholstery, a heated tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, an 8” touchscreen interface, a navigation system, voice controls and a few others.
The Plus model contains the aforementioned and aero-windshield wipers, fog lights, front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats leatherette dashboard and console trim, a luggage net, a cargo cover and a 12-volt power outlet.
Engine and performance
The front-wheel drive 2015 Kia Soul EV uses a 81kW electric motor producing 109 hp and 210 pound-feet of torque. It obtains energy from a 27 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The vehicle somes in two driving modes – Drive and Brake, with Brake having more aggressive regenerative braking. A separate, Eco mode, promotes energy conservation even more.
EPA efficiency estimates fixes the vehicle’s range at 93 miles. They also claim that the Soul Electric will use 32 kWh of electricity per 100 miles. In Edmunds testing, the Soul travelled 121.5 miles on a charge.
All Soul Electrics come with a 6.6 kW onboard charger and the dual grille-mounted ports. With a 240-volt AC power, it takes 5h to fully charge it (strarting from empty).
With the top speed of 90 mph, the Soul Electric developed acceleration 0-60 mph in 9.5 seconds in Edmunds testing.
Price and release date
The 2015 Kia Soul Electric Vehicle was released last year and was initially only available in California. The price starts at $26,000 ($33,700 MSRP – $7,500 federal tax credit).