Kia Soul EV reliability & safety rating

There'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

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.5 out of 5

It’s impossible to give a definite verdict on the Kia’s safety without independent Euro NCAP crash-test results; as of October 2022, the second-generation Soul EV has yet to be evaluated. However, with a full suite of active safety aids and driver-assistance systems, it promises to be a very safe car, while the innate reliability of electric motors and Kia's strong reputation also promise great dependability.

Kia Soul EV reliability & problems

It’s too early to comment confidently on how reliable the Soul EV will be, but the old e-Niro that shared its batteries and much of its architecture proved itself to be a very dependable family EV. Kia's seven-year/100,000-mile warranty gives further peace of mind, too.

Safety

Even the entry-level Soul EV gets an impressive array of driver aids and safety kit as standard, including adaptive cruise control, high-beam assist, autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance. Plus, LED headlights, a reversing camera and parking sensors, six airbags and two sets of ISOFIX child-seat fittings and a passenger airbag that switches off easily. If you upgrade to the 'Explore' trim you also get blind-spot monitoring and Kia’s Safe Exit Warning.

If we’re being picky, it’d be nice to have a driver’s knee airbag, and a child-lock system on the rear doors that’s easier to switch on and off. There’s no space-saver spare tyre, either – you only get a tyre-inflation kit, which can be found under the cable storage space in the boot.

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