Kia Soul EV practicality & boot space
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The Kia Soul EV has grown a bit for this generation, and doesn’t really feel like a small city SUV any more.
It's a bit shorter than an e-Niro and a fraction longer than a Nissan Juke, so as long as you’re not expecting it to feel dinky like a city car or supermini, then the high driving position, easily judged extremities and decent visibility all make it a doddle to drive around town,
There’s room for you and your top hat, too. Overall, it’s a fine car for a small family, but it'd be remiss not to point out that you can get a very nicely specced petrol or diesel Skoda Karoq or Nissan Qashqai for the same price as the Kia Soul EV, and both are far roomier and more versatile family SUVs.
Kia Soul EV interior space, storage & comfort
The Soul EV has masses of room for tall adults to get comfortable, front and back. A low central tunnel in the floor means a third occupant will be okay for short journeys, although they’ll be clashing elbows with those either side.
But the fact that you can sit a six-foot-something adult behind another, and with both in top hats, is impressive for a fairly compact car. There’s plenty of storage space up front, with a deep cubby under the central armrest and storage pockets on the inner wall of the footwells as well as in the doors.
There’s also a convenient dish to put your phone in, which doubles up as a wireless charging pad if your phone is compatible, and is next to a USB port anyway if it’s not. Two fixed cupholders between the driver and passenger are big enough to accommodate large takeaway cups.
Those in the back get door pockets and a central armrest with a cup-holder, as well as map pockets on the back of the front seats.
This is could be what persuades some buyers into a Nissan Leaf or Kia e-Niro instead of a Soul EV, since its boot is quite a bit smaller than theirs, at 315 litres. Yet it’s big enough for a lightweight buggy or medium-sized dog to fit easily, so don’t discount it if you’ve got moderately heavy-duty carrying needs.
Critically, there’s dedicated underfloor storage space for the charging cables, too, so they won’t be hanging about the boot and annoying you all the time.