Peugeot e-2008 vs Hyundai Kona Electric vs Kia Soul EV: interior and infotainment
The Kia Soul EV again makes ground on its rivals here, but the Peugeot e-2008 isn’t far behind
Peugeot is pipped at the post by Kia when it comes to interior quality – at least for these two models, anyway. The Peugeot e-2008 cabin is still a nice place to be, what with its smart design, but Kia’s greater use of soft-touch materials makes it a hard act to beat. This could well be expected, considering the Kia’s higher list price. In contrast, the Hyundai Kona Electric is the most expensive car here, yet it offers the lowest-quality cabin. Its shiny plastic trim looks (and feels) cheap compared to the more upmarket materials in its rivals’ interiors.
Updates are due for the Kona Electric in 2021 on top of the previously mentioned range-boosting updates it received in 2020. An upgraded infotainment system (that includes a bigger 10.25-inch screen) and subtly revised styling are expected to be the biggest changes.
Looking at the cars from the outside, each has very different styling. The e-2008 is quite fashionable-looking and subtly deviates from its petrol and diesel-powered siblings thanks to a unique front grille and some alternative trim. Apart from that, though, things are quite similar.
The Kia Soul EV is only available as an electric car, so doesn’t have a combustion-engined version to be compared to, but it sure looks nothing like the competition here. Whether or not ‘different’ equals better will be very much down to personal preference. As for the Kona, it ticks the funky looks box quite nicely, and although the styling is undeniably similar to the petrol and hybrid versions, its alternative grille does change its appearance somewhat.
In This Review
- 1IntroThe e-2008, Kona Electric and Soul EV show that a discerning electric-car buyer can have style, practicality and plenty of range – but which is the best buy?
- 2Range and chargingThe Hyundai and Kia draw first blood, boasting greater range thanks to their bigger batteries
- 3Running costs and warrantyThe Hyundai’s long battery warranty helps it finally stand out, but all the models here promise incredibly low running costs
- 4Performance and handlingBoth the Peugeot and Hyundai put up a good fight, but the Kia offers the best driving experience here
- 5Interior and infotainment - currently readingThe Kia Soul EV again makes ground on its rivals here, but the Peugeot e-2008 isn’t far behind
- 6Space and practicalityThe Peugeot e-2008 has the biggest boot here by some margin, but it comes at the expense of rear-seat space
- 7Safety and reliabilityDespite Kia and Hyundai being part of the same company, there’s quite a difference in owners’ ratings for their models
- 8Verdict and specificationsEvery car here has its merits, but despite its higher price, the Kia Soul EV is our pick of the bunch