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Kia Soul EV running costs, insurance, warranty & tax

The Kia Soul EV is one of the most financially compelling mainstream electric cars on the market right now

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.5 out of 5

Insurance groupWarrantyService interval2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
307yrs / 100,000 miles1yr / 10,000 miles£70 / £140

With zero road tax, very low company-car tax and ultra-low day-to-day running costs (especially if you mostly charge using a home wallbox), the Kia Soul EV will be very cheap to run for the great majority of drivers. Only the fairly high purchase price could be a barrier for some.

Kia Soul EV insurance group

The Kia Soul EV Maxx (the only version sold in the UK) sits in insurance group 30, making it a little more expensive to cover than its e-Niro sister car or your average internal-combustion-engined family SUV. For example, a 2.0-litre diesel Kia Sportage in high-spec 4 trim falls into group 29. 

Warranty

Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty applies to all of its cars, including its electric offerings and their battery packs. The paintwork is covered for five years against corrosion, meanwhile.

Servicing

The servicing schedule for the Soul EV sees it needing attention every 10,000 miles or 12 months, as is the case for the e-Niro. That's a shame, since other electric cars including the Nissan Leaf benefit from much longer service intervals.

Road tax

Since it has zero tailpipe emissions, the pure-electric Soul EV is exempt from road tax, and will also enjoy free access to London’s Congestion Charge zone until 2025, not to mention only 1% company-car tax during the 2021/22 financial year.

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