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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|26-31||7yrs/100,000 miles||1yr/10,000 miles||£131/£262|
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 in base Urban trim sits in insurance group 26, while the top-spec Explore model lands in group 31. That'll make it a little more expensive to cover than the Niro EV or your average internal-combustion-engined family SUV. For example, a Kia Sportage Hybrid in top-of-the-range GT-Line S trim falls into group 24.
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.
The servicing schedule for the Soul EV sees it needing attention every 10,000 miles or 12 months That's a shame, since other electric cars including the Nissan Leaf and even Kia's own Niro EV benefit from much longer service intervals.
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 2% company-car tax.
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 & insurance - currently readingThe 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 ratingThere'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