Kia Soul EV interior & comfort
The Soul EV's interior is comfortable, spacious and has about the best infotainment system we've experienced in a non-premium car. The high-set driving position helps to enhance the sense that this is a small SUV rather than a chunky hatchback, although that’s a pretty fine line.
Overall, it’s as easy to find a natural-feeling driving position as it is to get to grips with the impressive touchscreen and dashboard layout in the Soul EV.
Kia Soul EV dashboard
The Soul EV’s dashboard is dominated by a 10-inch touchscreen, which you can read more about below. Otherwise, everything is easy to figure out, and looks classy enough thanks to gloss and metal-effect finishes as well as the funky-looking and simple-to-use rotary gear selector.
Quite a few of the car’s functions are controlled from the steering wheel, which can be a bit confusing at first, but doesn’t take long to figure out thanks to a large colour digital readout that shows the menus and information you’re toggling through.
Features including the head-up display (which is expected to be standard on UK cars) are adjusted in this way. Our main quibble is that some of the plastics feel pretty cheap, and the Soul seems to deserve a more imaginative interior design to match its 'statement' exterior styling.
Equipment, options and accessories
Exact standard equipment hasn’t been confirmed for the Soul EV in the UK yet, but we do know that it'll be offered in just one high-specification trim level from launch, which we hear will actually be better equipped than the e-Niro.
Expect leather seats with powered adjustment, head-up display, widescreen sat nav, heated seats, dual-zone climate control, full LED headlights, a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and more. Metallic paint is likely to be the only option.
Infotainment, apps and sat nav
The Soul EV gets Kia’s latest infotainment system as standard, meaning a more advanced bit of kit than you get in the e-Niro or Hyundai Kona. The 10-inch touchscreen looks great and responds quickly, offering advanced sat nav, including a 3D view that works well around town.
There are some obvious settings within the navigation that could be more easily accessible, but generally this is one of the best systems you can get at this price. The BMW i3’s is even better for graphics quality, but that car isn't as well equipped as standard.
The Kia gets everything thrown in, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB, Bluetooth handsfree and audio streaming, voice control, multiple USB ports and wireless phone charging. The audio system is great, too.