Kia Soul EV range, battery & charging

The Soul EV gets the best driving range available at this price, along with 100kW rapid charging capacity

Range Battery size Wallbox charge time Fast charge time
280 miles 64kWh 10hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW) 45mins (10-80%, 77kW)

The Kia Soul EV gets the same battery and charging facilities as the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric, but its bluffer styling costs it a few miles of range.

Still, 280 miles is great even by the standards of far more expensive electric cars, and our test drive suggests you’ll get some 230-240 miles in varied real-world driving.

The Soul EV can take a 100kW charge through its CCS port (located in the car’s nose), so it's set up to benefit from rapid chargers when they start popping up across the country in bigger numbers from 2019 onwards.

It also comes with Kia's new ‘UCO Connect’ telematics system – an app that allows you to check on the car’s charging status, adjust its charging parameters, set it to pre-heat and more.

Kia Soul EV range

The Soul EV’s official 280-mile range is one of the best at the price, and its real-world performance is similarly impressive. Our test drive over a mixture of motorway, rural and urban roads suggested it’ll do some 230-240 miles with ease in temperate conditions. It betters the range of both the Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen e-Golf, and easily surpasses the official claimed range for the Peugeot e-208.

Charge time

The Kia is able to take a charge of up to 100kW, which will boost range from 10 to 80% in just 45 minutes. As it stands, 100kW chargers (apart from Tesla-only Superchargers) are few and far between in the UK, but even the fairly prolific 50kW rapid chargers commonly found in motorway services will deliver the same charge in an hour and 15 minutes.

The standard Type 2 charging cable provided with the car will also give you access to slow and fast chargers, increasingly found in town-centre car parks, big shopping centres or supermarkets.

Kia has an official partnership with PodPoint, one of the biggest charging-point providers; it'll fit a 7.4kW wallbox charger to your off-road parking area for under £300 (after the government subsidy). That'll charge the Soul EV up to 100% in around 10 hours; this will be how the vast majority of users charge their cars.

A three-pin cable is provided that allows you to plug the car into the standard sockets in your house. It’ll take some 30 hours or more to charge up using this method, though, and even Kia describes it as an emergency backup.

Battery warranty

The Kia's batteries and electric motor are warrantied for seven years and 100,000 miles, just like the rest of the car. There's no guarantee of performance, though.

Unlike Renault, which will refurbish or replace the batteries in its electric cars if they drop below 75% of the as-new performance while under the warranty, Kia only promises to replace the batteries if they fail altogether.