Kia Soul EV practicality & boot space
The Kia Soul EV's practicality is hard to fault for a small SUV, but there are larger and more versatile alternatives available for similar money
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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 the Kia 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 the Soul 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 you can't ignore the fact that you can get a very nicely specced petrol or diesel Skoda Karoq or Nissan Qashqai for the same price as the Soul EV; both are far roomier and more versatile family SUVs.
Kia Soul EV interior space, storage & comfort
The Soul EV has masses of room inside for tall adults to get comfortable, front and back. A low central tunnel in the floor means a third occupant in the back 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, 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 an e-Niro or Nissan Leaf 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.
Drop the rear seats and 1,339 litres is freed up for garden-centre, IKEA or recycling-centre expeditions. 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Kia Soul EV is the funkier member of the Kia electric-car family: more stylish but less practical than the Kia e-Niro
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Kia Soul EV has one of the best driving ranges available at this price, as well with 100kW rapid charging capability
- 3Running costsThe Kia Soul EV is one of the most financially compelling mainstream electric cars on the market right now
- 4Performance & handlingThe Kia Soul EV is a slick city car and a good motorway cruiser, with clever regenerative braking and seriously punchy acceleration
- 5Interior & comfortThe Kia Soul EV's interior is logical and easy to use, with an outstanding infotainment system, but it's dull to look at
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe Kia Soul EV's practicality is hard to fault for a small SUV, but there are larger and more versatile alternatives available for similar money
- 7Reliability & safetyThere's no Euro NCAP crash-test rating for the Kia Soul EV yet, but its kit and the scores achieved by other Kias suggest it’ll do very well