New Kia Soul EV First Edition UK order books open – 280-mile SUV costs from £34,000

New Kia Soul EV First Edition UK order books open – 280-mile SUV costs from £34,000


Kia has opened the order books for the all-new Soul EV First Edition car in the UK. The brand-new and revamped electric car made its European debut earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Now the ‘First Edition’ variant can be ordered in Britain and is priced at £37,295, or £33,795 with the Plug-in Car Grant subsidy deducted. The who purchase the car can expect delivery around Q1 in 2020. The new generation of Soul cars will be made exclusively with an electric powertrain, with internal combustion engine variants removed from the latest lineup.

Kia has already produced the awesome eNiro electric car which offers a balance of high range at a relatively affordable price point.

Now the higher power and capacity battery will ensure the car goes a lot further than its predecessor on a single charger.

Powering the vehicle is a 64kWh lithium-ion battery pack that delivers a range of 280 miles from one charge.

It can be fast charged up to 80 per cent charge in 1 hour and 15 minutes with a 50kW DC Rapid Charging Station.

The vehicle retains the classic silhouette of a Soul but has been significantly revamped.

It has newly sculpted lines, sharper details, and more technical lighting elements. Bumpers at the front and the rear have been modified giving it a smoother overall look and the LED lights at the front and the rear are particularly interesting details.

The appeal of the Soul EV’s design will be one of those cars that confuses some but resonate with others. It is divisive and different.

Inside the car, there is a number of useful technologies for the driver and occupants including.

A wireless smartphone charger, a customisable head-up display, and a 10-speaker, 640-watt, premium Harman/Kardon sound system are a few of these. 

At the heart of the Soul EV’s dashboard is Kia’s new 10.25-inch TFT LCD widescreen system, featuring the new UVO CONNECT telematics system.

New functions include a split screen mode, home screen customization, Bluetooth multi-connection and user profiles.

Privacy glass is also fitted to the rear windows and tailgate and the car comes with roof rails and unique five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels.

Black leather upholstery comes as standard, as does the driver’s seat’s eight-way electric adjustment, including sliding, reclining, height adjustment and lumbar support.

The steering wheel and front seats are also heated and there is paddle shifters on the steering wheel to control the regenerative braking.

Kia has also added a number of driver assistance and safety systems on the car. 

They include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Lane Follow Assist (LFA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear-Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) fitted as standard. This is in addition to an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS).

Like with all Kia cars the vehicle comes with a seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty.

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