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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

Kia Soul EV
Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety 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 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.

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