Kia Soul EV reliability & safety
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 early 2020, the car had 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 e-Niro that shares its batteries and much of its architecture has proven very dependable in the time it has been on sale. Kia's seven-year/100,000-mile warranty gives further peace of mind, too.
The Soul EV gets an impressive array of driver aids and safety kit as standard, including traffic-sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance, which combine to offer a great semi-autonomous driving mode.
Also present is autonomous emergency braking (which brakes the car for you if an imminent collision is sensed), 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 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 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 spaceThe 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 - 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