Peugeot e-2008 vs Hyundai Kona Electric vs Kia Soul EV: safety and reliability
Despite Kia and Hyundai being part of the same company, there’s quite a difference in owners’ ratings for their models
Peugeot performed quite well in the most recent edition of the Driver Power car ownership survey. Overall it ranked eighth out of 30 car manufacturers, which was above Hyundai (13th) but below Kia (second). Safety is good, too; with crash-test experts Euro NCAP awarding the French SUV the full five stars out of five. Its impressive results were aided by standard equipment such as autonomous emergency braking (with pedestrian and cyclist detection) and lane-keeping assistance. For £200, blind-spot monitoring can be added.
The Hyundai Kona Electric goes toe-to-toe with the Peugeot e-2008 on the safety kit front. Autonomous braking, blind-spot detection, lane-keeping assistance, cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control are all present on Premium trim. There’s also a full five-star safety rating, but this was awarded back in 2017 and Euro NCAP does revise its standards frequently.
Kia scooping second place in the Driver Power poll is an impressive achievement. Its models were praised for their infotainment and handling, while build quality, running costs, economy, safety technology and reliability were all commended. As mentioned earlier, the Kia Soul EV is only available in First Edition spec, but this means it’s very well equipped. Standard tech includes adaptive cruise control, high-beam-assist headlights, lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot monitoring and autonomous braking. At the time of writing, Euro NCAP hadn’t yet crash-tested a Soul EV.
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 infotainmentThe 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 reliability - currently readingDespite 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