2016 Kia Soul EV Niles MI


2016 Kia Soul EV

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New 2016 Kia Soul EV at Tyler Automotive Kia for Niles, MI

The 2016 Kia Soul EV is the Korean maker's only battery-electric vehicle, now in its second year on sale--but only in a handful of U.S. regions. And that's a shame, because in some ways it's the best of the current crop of 70- to 100-mile cars on the market. It's roomier inside, has a little more real-world range, and for 2016, additional trim levels and new features. The Soul EV is adapted from the hugely popular gasoline version of the Soul, technically a five-door hatchback but really more of a tall, boxy wagon. The current Kia Soul was redesigned for 2014, building on the strengths of the first generation while addressing some of that car's flaws. Ride, handling, and comfort were all improved, it offers more standard and available features, and the Soul's space-efficient design was enhanced in useful ways.

Under the Soul EV's Hood

The big change, of course, is the replacement of a gasoline engine, transmission, and fuel tank with a large flat air-cooled lithium-ion battery pack in the floor, powering an electric motor that powers the front wheels. The battery's energy capacity of 27 kilowatt-hours is about 10 percent higher than that of the high-volume 2015 Nissan Leaf, at 24 kWh, and gives the Soul EV a combined EPA range rating of 93 miles--higher than the 2015 Leaf's 84 miles. The motor itself is rated at 81 kilowatts (109 horsepower), which gives it relatively quick acceleration away from rest and acceptable passing power on the highway. The lack of an engine makes the Soul EV much smoother and quieter than the gasoline version, with acceptable pickup and seemingly accurate range ratings. While highway range is rated at just 92 miles, the city rating is 120 miles--and several of our test drives offered more than 100 miles of range in mixed use, albeit in largely temperate weather. But even that 10- to 20-mile difference can mean a lot in reducing range anxiety among daily drivers.

Design of Kia Soul EV

In styling, the Soul EV retains the boxy profile and different look of the basic model, which offers more space for people and cargo than most small cars with the same footprint. The design's blunt front end replaces the grille with a blanking panel that includes the door for the charge port, while the roof appears to float over a blacked-out greenhouse. The tall taillamps that dominate the back end have LED lights, as do the bug-eye headlights up front. The funky design of the Soul's interior has been adapted with some high-gloss plastics for the Soul EV. Soft-touch materials on the surfaces and dual-density foam and extended seat cushions all make the front passenger compartment a comfortable environment. The height and proportion make it quite easy to get in and out, in front or in back. The rear hatch opening is wide, and seats fold forward easily.  Still, it's a small car, meaning width is limited despite the proportions--so while there's plenty of headroom and legroom, fitting three adults across in back isn't going to work.

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Conclusions

Other standard features on the Soul EV are a 3.5-inch OLED instrument cluster, an illuminated Aux/USB port, smart key with push button start, a driver-only ventilation function that closes the passenger vents to help maximize efficiency based on vehicle occupancy, and the FlexSteer system that adjusts steering feel. Give us a call for more information on the 2016 Kia Soul EV today!

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