Triple test: Peugeot e-2008 vs Hyundai Kona Electric vs Kia Soul EV
The e-2008, Kona Electric and Soul EV show that a discerning electric-car buyer can have style, practicality and plenty of range – but which is the best buy?
Electric cars are on the up. SUVs and crossovers continue to be popular. It’s perhaps little surprise, then, that car manufacturers are making electric SUVs and crossovers such as the three being pitted against each other here. On paper, the concept of a high-riding fully electric car makes a lot of sense; after all, they naturally have space in their floors to keep a large battery pack.
And while petrol or diesel SUVs are ten a penny, they often feature conservative styling. The new breed of electric alternatives is the opposite; they’re not all that common on UK roads but can look quite different thanks to foregoing certain features commonplace on traditionally fuelled cars. Think items such as exhaust pipes and radiator grilles. In some cases, for example, the Kia Soul EV, these battery-powered crossovers are borderline funky looking.
That said, models such as the Peugeot e-2008 and the Hyundai Kona Electric do have conventionally fuelled siblings and the differences between stablemates can be subtle. Regardless, when it comes styling all three contenders tested here look quite striking, but it’s perhaps their promises of efficiency, environmental friendliness and low running costs that will appeal most. The question is, though, which one of the three delivers best on these claims?
Pros: Keenly priced, good practicality, smart looks
Cons: So-so infotainment, uninspiring to drive, outgunned for range
Hyundai Kona Electric
Pros: Great range, well equipped for the price, stylish image
Cons: More spacious rivals, interior a tad vanilla, weight hampers driving experience
Kia Soul EV
Pros: Great to drive, plenty of range, lots of technology
Cons: Uninteresting interior, slightly firm ride, some rivals more practical
Hyundai and Kia have a good track record with battery technology and that shows when looking at the snapshot pros and cons above. Does that make the Kona Electric and Soul EV clear favourites? Well Peugeot’s e-2008, a more recent arrival on the market, has a thing or two to say for itself first. Read on to find out which one of these high-tech electric SUVs reigns supreme…
In This Review
- 1Intro - currently readingThe e-2008, Kona Electric and Soul EV show that a discerning electric-car buyer can have style, practicality and plenty of range – but which is the best buy?
- 2Range and chargingThe Hyundai and Kia draw first blood, boasting greater range thanks to their bigger batteries
- 3Running costs and warrantyThe Hyundai’s long battery warranty helps it finally stand out, but all the models here promise incredibly low running costs
- 4Performance and handlingBoth the Peugeot and Hyundai put up a good fight, but the Kia offers the best driving experience here
- 5Interior and infotainmentThe Kia Soul EV again makes ground on its rivals here, but the Peugeot e-2008 isn’t far behind
- 6Space and practicalityThe Peugeot e-2008 has the biggest boot here by some margin, but it comes at the expense of rear-seat space
- 7Safety and reliabilityDespite Kia and Hyundai being part of the same company, there’s quite a difference in owners’ ratings for their models
- 8Verdict and specificationsEvery car here has its merits, but despite its higher price, the Kia Soul EV is our pick of the bunch