Detailed video review of the 64-kWh Kia Soul electric car (Canadian specs).
Based in Canada, the EV Revolution YouTube channel is devoted to providing in-depth looks at current EV models.
Recently, Kenneth Bokor posted his reviews of the new Kia Soul EV with the 64-kWh battery on the channel.
The video runs for over a half hour and covers all the bases with the latest version of the all-electric Soul crossover.
We are breaking it down and delivering the 6 things that Kenneth loved about this model during his testing period, so let’s get right to it.
1. Space Green exterior color
While not entirely sure of the color when he first picked the Soul EV up, Kenneth admitted that the Space Green color did eventually grow on him.
The good news for those of you who are not fond of this particular hue is that there are plenty more to choose from. For the Canadian spec model of the 2020 Kia Soul EV, there are 5 distinct colors available, which are:
- Neptune Blue
- Gravity Grey
- Space Green
- Snow White Pearl
2. Wonderful exterior design
Besides the color, Kenneth also liked the overall look of the exterior design. His impression was that the 2020 model has a look that is more “grown up” than the outgoing model. He also said that he received a lot of compliments from people wanting to know more about the Soul EV.
3. Quiet interior
One of the biggest surprises for Kenneth was just how quiet it was in the cabin while driving the Soul EV.
At one point, while travelling at 100 km/h on the highway, he ran a decibel test that showed the Soul to be quieter than his personal car, a Nissan Leaf, and the previously reviewed Hyundai Kona EV.
Kenneth was of the belief that the boxy design would lead to noise issues in the cabin, but excellent insulation ensures that wind noise is kept to a minimum.
4. Impressive driving range
Kenneth drove the 64-kWh Soul EV for a week in what he described as good summer driving conditions. He found that the range was actually a little better than the official numbers from Kia.
The EPA rated driving range is officially set at 243, but by taking advantage of regenerative braking, he was able to do better than that.
Kenneth also calculated that he could eventually achieve about 306 miles on a single charge, a good deal more than any other EV of this size.
5. Pedestrian warning sound
The 2020 Kia Soul EV comes equipped with a pedestrian warning sound that Kenneth appreciated. The sound kicks in when the vehicle is operating at low speeds, making pedestrians aware that a vehicle is approaching. To hear the sound, watch the video at just past the 13-minute mark.
6. Comfortable ride
Kenneth drove the Canadian specs Soul EV for a week and found it to be more comfortable than the Hyundai Kona EV, the sibling model to the all-electric Soul. He found the suspension on the Soul electric car to be more forgiving than the Kona EV, making for a more comfortable ride overall.
Watch the Soul EV review for more details
These are just a few of the points that Kenneth from EV Revolution discusses in the video. If you want to know more, we suggest you watch the entire Soul EV test drive video.