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
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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Kia Soul EV is the funkier member of the Kia electric-car family: more distinctive but less practical than the Kia Niro EV
- 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 costs & insuranceThe Kia Soul EV is one of the most financially compelling mainstream electric cars on the market right now
- 4Performance, motor & handlingThe Kia Soul EV is a slick city car and a good motorway cruiser, with clever regenerative braking and seriously punchy acceleration
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Kia Soul EV's interior is logical and easy to use, with an outstanding infotainment system, but it's dull to look at
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe 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 & safety rating - currently readingThere'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