2017 Kia Soul EV Electric

#6
in Midsize wagons
2017 MODEL

$32,250 - $35,950

8.3

Overall Rating

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Overview

The Soul EV Wagon is a compact, battery-electric hatchback with some improvements and redesigns to this year model. The car is known for offering excellent power, fuel economy, performance, technology, and value for money.

The 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon holds a lot of potential and can give a tough competition to its competitors in terms with best in class engine specifications, stunning exterior, and interior looks. The Kia Soul EV Wagon comes in three trims starting with the most fuel-efficient Kia Soul EV Wagon, Kia Soul EV E Wagon, and the fully loaded Kia Soul Wagon EV Plus. The car features single speed automatic transmission.

The classy looking Wagon by Kia could be a perfect challenger against the competitors like the Volkswagon e-Golf SE, Nissan Leaf S, and Fiat 500e. The Soul EV offers great value for money features and technology, from the base-model Kia Soul EV Wagon to the fully loaded turbocharged Kia Soul Wagon EV Plus.

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Pros

Offers more features than most of the competitors

Offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as Standard

Space Efficient Design

Easy to use Infotainment System

Cons

Riding and Handling is average

Offers less efficiency than competitors

What's New?

The all-new Kia Soul EV Wagon 2017 offers Apple CarPlay and Android as Standard

Features power adjustable seats

Rear parking system as standard.



Styles

 2017 Kia Soul EV electric in Cloud White color  2017 Kia Soul EV electric in Titanium Silver color  2017 Kia Soul EV electric in Bright Silver color  2017 Kia Soul EV electric in Shadow Black color
Cloud White

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Ratings

Features

9.1

Engine

7.4

Fuel Economy

9.4

Interior

8.3

Exterior

8.6

Driving

7.2

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Kia Soul EV electric e

e

Fuel: Electric fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$32,250

Configurations
e 4dr Wagon (electric DD)
Seating: 5 HP: 109-hp @ 8,000 rpm
Torque: 210 lbs.-ft. @ 2,730 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (120/105/92)

 2017 Kia Soul EV electric 4dr Wagon

4dr Wagon

Fuel: Electric fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$33,950

Configurations
4dr Wagon (electric DD)
Seating: 5 HP: 109-hp @ 8,000 rpm
Torque: 210 lbs.-ft. @ 2,730 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (120/105/92)

 2017 Kia Soul EV electric Plus

Plus

Fuel: Electric fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$35,950

Configurations
Plus 4dr Wagon (electric DD)
HP: 109-hp @ 8,000 rpm Torque: 210 lbs.-ft. @ 2,730 rpm
MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (120//92)

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial October 20, 2018

8.3

Overall Rating


9.1/10
Features

 

7.4/10
Engine

 

9.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.3/10
Interior

 

8.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon is a great compact car from the Kia that can give a tough competition to its competitors in terms with best in class engine specifications, stunning exterior, and interior looks. The Kia Soul EV Wagon comes in three trims starting with the most fuel-efficient Kia Soul EV Wagon, Kia Soul EV E Wagon, and the fully loaded Kia Soul Wagon EV Plus. The car features single speed automatic transmission.

Features

9.1/10

The 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon is offered in Soul EV, Soul EV-E, Soul Wagon EV Plus with a single speed automatic transmission. The 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon's engine can generate up to 109 hp and up to 210lb-ft of torque.

Trim EV EV E EV + (plus)
MSRP $33,950 $32,250 $35,950
Key

 

Features

  • LED accent lights
  • Privacy glass
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM audio system w/6 speakers
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • UVO eco Infotainment System w/voice-command navigation & Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • LED accent lights
  • Privacy glass
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM audio system w/6 speakers
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • UVO eco Infotainment System w/voice-command navigation & Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • LED accent lights
  • Front fog lights
  • Privacy glass
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM audio system w/6 speakers
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • UVO eco Infotainment System w/voice-command navigation & Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Bluetooth wireless technology

The mid variant Kia Soul EV Wagon 2017 is available in a single speed automatic transmission with a 27-kilowatt-hour energy capacity. This engine offers great performance, efficiency, and offers some extra features and benefits over the base variant Soul EV-E. The mid variant of the 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon cost you $33,950.

The base variant of the wagon; the Kia Soul EV-E Wagon is available in a single speed automatic transmission with a 27 kWh Lithium-Ion Battery. The EV-E trim is priced at $32,250.

The top trim named the Soul EV Plus offers almost all the features that the base variant and the mid variant of the Kia Soul Wagon offers. The EV Plus Wagon offers Front Fog lamps in addition. This variant will cost you $35,350.

Engine

7.4/10

The Soul EV displays run-of-the-mill electric vehicle driving dynamics, which is disappointing compared to the gas-powered Soul, which has surprisingly adept handling, braking and acceleration. On the other hand, the Soul EV delivers silent, torque-rich power and aggressive regenerative braking -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The base variant of the Kia Soul EV-E Wagon offers a 109-hp electric engine mated to a single speed automatic transmission. The car comes with other features like battery heat monitoring system. Front wheel drive system is teh only way tpo go about the Kia Soul EV. .

Models Kia Soul EV Volkswagen e-Golf SE Nissan Leaf S Fiat 500e
MSRP $33,950 $30,495 $29,990 $32,995
Engine 109HP AC Electric Motor 100 kW AC synchronous electric motor 110kW AC Synchronous Motor 83kw Electric Motor
Transmission Single speed automatic Single Speed Automatic Single Speed Automatic Single Speed Automatic
Horsepower 109 hp 134 hp 147 hp 111 hp
Torque 210 lb-ft 214 lb-ft 236 lb-ft 147 lb-ft

The mid variants of the Kia Soul EV Wagon offer an electric engine with 109 hp and 210lb-ft of torque engine with a single speed automatic transmission. This variant is also is available in a single speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive.

The top variant of the Kia Soul EV Wagon; the Kia Soul EV Plus Wagon also offers a 109 hp and 210lb-ft, 285Nm rpm of torque electric engine. 

Acceleration

The 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon engine loses the competition with a score of 9.7 seconds to reach 0-60 MPH. Meanwhile, its competitor Nissan Leaf S wins the duel with a 2.2-second lead.

Models Kia Soul EV Volkswagen e-Golf SE Nissan Leaf S Fiat 500e
0-60 MPH 9.7 sec 8.5 sec 7.5 sec 8.4 sec
Quarter mile 17.4 sec 16.5 sec 15.8 sec 17.0 sec
Engine Electric Electric Electric Electric

Whereas the other competitors of the Kia Soul EV Wagon are not too behind. The Volkswagon e-Golf SE can hit 0-60 MPH in 8.5 seconds while the Fiat 500e took 8.4 seconds to reach 0-60 MPH.

Ride and Handling

The riding experience with the Soul EV Wagon is very good and better in some cases in what the other competitors offer. The car is smooth and steady on the spot while driving. The steering is very smooth and responsive which gives it easy to go experience.

Though the Kia Wagon offers an electric engine, it is always ready to generate all the power you want. The engine is smooth and silent even when the car hits the 60 MPH. The Kia Soul Wagon's offers Normal Drive and Sports Drive.

The front visibility and all the viewing angles while driving are very good. The Kia MDPS steering is very is light, accurate, and comfortable. The reverse parking sensors on the car are quite useful with a rear parking system.

Braking

The 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon packs a much bigger than what competitors offer. The Kia Soul EV Wagon comes with 11.8-inch disk brakes. Although offering much bigger brakes than the competitors the car is behind than the competitors with a stopping distance of 140 feet from 60-0 MPH.

Model Kia Soul EV Volkswagen e-Golf SE Nissan Leaf S Fiat 500e
Brake Front (in.) 11.8 11.3 11.1 11.0
Brake Rear (in.) 11.1 10.7 11.5 9.4
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3289 2455 3433 2980
60-0 MPH (ft.) 140 122 129 127

The Kia Soul EV Wagon loses in the braking department with a stopping distance of 140 feet followed by Nissan Leaf S with a stopping distance of 129 feet from 60-0 MPH. The Volkswagon e-Golf SE offers 11.3-inch brakes and wins the competition in the brakes regime with a stopping distance of 122 feet. In the second spot, we have the Nissan Leaf S which offer a bigger 11.0-inch braking system and stops at a disappointing 127 feet. 

Fuel Economy

9.4/10

The fuel economy is one of the very important points to consider while buying a car. The 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon delivers 120 mpg in the city and about 92 mpg on the Highway. Whereas the Volkswagon e-Golf SE wins the competition and delivers an impressive 126 mpg in the city and about 111 mpg on the highway.

Model Kia Soul EV Volkswagen e-Golf SE Nissan Leaf S Fiat 500e
MPG (city) 120 126 125 121
MPG (highway) 92 111 100 103
MPG (combined) 105 119 112 112
Battery Range (Miles) 93 125 151 84

The Nissan Leaf S and the Fiat 500e delivers 125 mpg and 121 mpg in the city and 100 mpg and 103 mpg on the highway respectively. The Volkswagon e-Golf SE delivers the most combined mileage when compared with the 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon.

Interior

8.3/10

For the most part, the Soul EV's interior is user-friendly. It has a likable tech interface that's relatively easy to use, as well as easy entry and exit. Materials quality isn't as good as we'd like for the price, but it's not a deal-breaker -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon, Volkswagon e-Golf SE, and Nissan Leaf S allows up to 5 people to be seated at once. While the Fiat can harbor only 4 people at once. The cabin is very spacious and designed with the best in class high-quality premium materials.

Model Kia Soul EV Volkswagen e-Golf SE Nissan Leaf S Fiat 500e
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 4
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.6/55.5/40.9 38.4/55.9/41.2 41.2/54.3/42.1 38.9/49.4/40.7
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.5/54.7/36.0 38.1/53.9/35.6 37.3/52.5/33.5 35.5/46.4/27.6

The Kia Soul EV Wagon is in the second spot with available front headroom, shoulder room, and legroom are 39.6,55.5,40.9 in the front respectively. There is a decent amount of headroom and an unparalleled amount of shoulder and legroom in the back with 39.5, 54.7, and 36.0respectively.

Infotainment System

The latest model of the Soul EV Wagon features an 8-inch touchscreen center stacked infotainment display for navigation. Controls on the steering wheel include buttons to interact with the infotainment system in the car. The Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio Control Buttons and the cruise control buttons are quick and carved of good quality.

The sound system on the car provides a delighting music experience and is connected with features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay. In addition to this, the system comes with a Surround System including 6 tweeters, an HD Radio with Bluetooth connectivity. The GPS Navigation system, steering mounted controls, Voice Controls are popular features in the new Kia Soul EV Wagon.

Cargo Capacity

The Kia Soul EV Wagon loses the competition in the car cargo space with 18.8 cubic-feet. Whereas the other competitors of the EV Soul Wagon the Volkswagon e-Golf SE, the Nissan Leaf S, and the Fiat 500e offer 22.8 cubic feet, 23.6 cubic feet, and 15.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity respectively.

Model Kia Soul EV Volkswagen e-Golf SE Nissan Leaf S Fiat 500e
Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3) 18.8 22.8 23.6 28.1
Cargo Volume rear seat down (ft.3) 49.5 N/A N/A N/A

Exterior

8.6/10

You'll still immediately recognize the 2017 Kia Soul for what it is, but there are a couple of minor tweaks to the exterior. Front and rear bumpers have changed a bit, with the Soul Plus getting body-color inserts, and the Soul Exclaim getting black. -KBB

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Kia EV Wagon weighs about 3289 lbs. The Fiat 500e is the smallest car in length with 142.4 (in) when compared with Kia Soul EV Wagon, Volkswagon e-Golf SE, and the Nissan Leaf S. Meanwhile the Nissan Leaf S is the longest car with a length of 176.4 (in). In addition to this, the Nissan Leaf S is the bulkiest car when compared with the 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon with 3433 lbs and 176.4 (in).

Model Kia soul EV Volkswagen e-Golf SE Nissan Leaf S Fiat 500e
Curb weight (lbs.) 3289 2455 3433 2980
Length(in) 163.0 168.1 176.4 142.4
Width(in) 70.9 70.8 70.5 64.1
Height(in) 63.0 57.2 61.4 60.1
Ground clearance (in) 5.9 6.9 5.9 4.5
Wheelbase (in) 101.2 103.5 106.3 90.6
Track width (in) F/R 62.0/62.4 60.8/59.5 60.6/61.2 55.4/55

The 2017 Kia Optima Sedan has a ground clearance of 5.9 (in) whereas the Volkswagon e-GOolf SE has a ground clearance of 6.9 (in), Nissan Leaf S has a ground clearance of 5.9, and the Fiat 500e has a ground clearance of 4.5 (in). The Curb weight of the Kia Soul EV Wagon 2017 is 3289 lbs. Whereas the Curb Weights of the Volkswagon e-Golf S, Nissan Leaf S, and Fiat 500e are 2455, 3433, and 2980 respectively.

Exterior Features

The 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon is a good-looking and a classy styled car from every angle. The car comes with projector beam lights with auto light control beside the LED daytime running lights. The car features Privacy Glass and Solar control Glass. The car uses a 16-inch alloy wheel as standard.

  • Rear Wiper/Washer
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • LED Projector Beam
  • Solar Control Glass and Privacy Glass
  • Panoramic Sunroof with Power Sunshade

Wheels

The 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon use 16.0-inch 205/60R16 (SLRR) large alloy wheels.

Safety

Safety Features

The Kia Soul EV Wagon comes with advanced safety features like the 6 airbag protection, rear cross-traffic alert, Child-safety lock and other safety features as listed below.

  • Front & rear 3-point seat belts
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
  • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Height-adjustable front seat-belt anchors
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Dual front seat-mounted side airbags
  • Dual front advanced airbags

NHTSA and IIHS not rated.

Competition

Kia Soul EV Plus Wagon vs Volkswagon e-Golf SE

The Volkswagon e-Golf SE is the best alternatives to the Kia Soul EV Wagon as it offers many good features that the Kia Soul Wagon fails to deliver. The Volkswagon e-Golf SE offers more mileage and fun to drive experience with a balance of efficiency and power.

Even the Volkswagon e-Golf SE's price is low when compared with the price of the Kai Soul Wagon EV 2017. The Volkswagon e-Golf SE is priced at $30,495 whereas the Kia Soul EV Wagon is priced at $33,950.

Kia Soul EV Plus Wagon vs Nissan Leaf S

The Nissan Leaf S offers almost every specifications and features that the other competitors offer. The Nissan Leaf S has an edge over the Kia in acceleration and braking when compared with Kia EV Wagon. In addition to this, the Nissan Leaf S offers more mileage than Kia EV Wagon. Though the overall look and driving experience is different from Kia it offers a great value for your purchase.

Kia Soul EV Plus Wagon vs Fiat 500e

The Fiat 500e is another alternative to the Kia Soul EV Wagon 2017. The Fiat 500e is almost similar to the EV Soul Wagon but it delivers good fuel efficiency. Also, the Fiat 500e has a large cargo bay than the above-mentioned competitors. The Fiat 500e offers a great driving experience with comfortable and spacious interiors and offers a great value for your money.

Final Verdict

The 2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon is a great car with best in class electric engine specifications, stunning exterior and interior look with a large cabin and an advanced infotainment system.

But it still has a long way to go before it catches up with the leaders like Volkswagon e-Golf SE in the segment. If you like something a little more fabulous, go for the Volkswagon e-Golf SE followed by Nissan Leaf S. The Volkswagon e-Golf SE and the Nissan Leaf S are cheaper than the Soul EV Wagon but it's what you pay for. 

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