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Peugeot e-2008 vs Hyundai Kona Electric vs Kia Soul EV: verdict and specifications

Every car here has its merits, but despite its higher price, the Kia Soul EV is our pick of the bunch

Peugeot e-2008 vs Hyundai Kona Electric vs Kia Soul EV

1st: Kia Soul EV

Despite being more expensive than the Peugeot, Kia’s electric Soul is the winner here with its better efficiency, impressive kit list, smooth driving dynamics and roomy cabin proving too much for the e-2008. Granted, the Soul is down on boot space, but it still promises enough for most motorists’ requirements. Furthermore, the Kia’s strong electric-car credentials, such as better range and regenerative braking features, help it clinch victory, too. All in all, it’s a great buy.

2nd: Peugeot e-2008

While the e-2008 might not have the range or flexibility of a Kona Electric, its better practicality (larger boot and roomier cabin) and lower price mean it takes second place. What’s more, bonuses such as free charging for six months are a plus. Providing the shorter range is bearable, the e-2008 is a well engineered electric car that’ll suit those with a slightly tighter budget.

3rd: Hyundai Kona Electric

It’s hard to fault the Kona Electric for its range or performance (after all, it shares much of its hardware with the winner) but it’s the most expensive car here by some distance. It’s also less practical than the Peugeot and not as well equipped as the Kia. Another mark against the Kona is its somewhat bland interior. It’ll still be incredibly cheap to run and is an appealing electric car, but its rivals offer more value for most motorists.

Specifications

CarKia Soul EV First EditionPeugeot e-2008 GT LineHyundai Kona 64kWh Premium
List price/price as tested£34,295/£34,295£32,915/£34,040£36,150/£36,150
EngineElectric motorElectric motorElectric motor
TransmissionSingle-speed, front-wheel driveSingle-speed, front-wheel driveSingle-speed, front-wheel drive
Battery capacity (total / usable)67/64kWh50/45kWh67/64kWh
Power / torque201bhp / 395Nm134bhp / 300Nm201bhp / 395Nm
0-62mph7.9 seconds8.5 seconds7.9 seconds
Top speed104mph93mph104mph
Annual electricity cost (12k/20k miles)£411 / £684£400 / £667£411 / £684
Charging speeds2.2 / 7.2 / 50 /100kW3 / 7 / 50 / 100kW2.2 / 7 / 11 / 50 / 100kW
Charging times31h / 9h 35m / 1h 15m / 54m24h / 7h 30m / 50m / 30m31h / 9h 35m / 7h 30m / 1h 15m / 54m
Official CO2 / electric range0g/km / 280 miles0g/km / 306 miles0g/km / 300 miles
On-test efficiency / electric range3.9 miles per kWh / 250 miles3.8 miles per kWh / 171 miles3.8 miles per kWh / 243 miles
Road tax / BiK rate £0 / 0% £0 / 0%£0 / 0%
Length / height / width / wheelbase4,195 / 1,605 / 1,800 / 2,600mm4,300 / 1,550 / 1,770 / 2,605mm4,180 / 1,570 / 1,800 / 2,600mm
Boot capacity (seats up/down)315 / 1,339 Iitres434 / 1,467 litres332 / 1,114 litres
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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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