4 Best Features of the 2018 Soul EV
As the first fully electric car from Kia, the Soul EV has always had a lot to offer. The 2018 update is no exception, bringing you all the benefits of Kia’s latest innovations coupled with the security of a seven-year warranty. Where battery-powered cars are concerned, that’s something you simply can’t get elsewhere.
Here are the four best features of the 2018 Kia Soul EV.
With a revamped style and updated structure, the 2018 Soul EV has been overhauled and beefed up to include B-pillars and sills for additional strength. The rigidity of the Soul’s body shell has also been augmented by 27 percent, using five additional cross members bolted to the floorpan.
You can’t beat the Soul EV in terms of effectiveness. It may have a heavier battery than its predecessor, but it still boasts greater range and better efficiency. The electric battery pack, a 27kWh lithium-ion polymer, is neatly stowed beneath the floorpan. Meanwhile, the Kia engineers have crafted a new ventilation and heating system with very low energy requirements. This is based around the heat pump principle, allowing both ventilation and heat to be restricted to the driver alone when there is nobody else in the car. This is a huge energy saver.
In addition to the battery, the Soul boasts 109 horsepower, plus 210 pound-feet of torque from the electric motor, which powers the single-speed transmission. The Soul is capable of going from zero to 60 mph in 10.8 seconds and offering 90 mph as a top speed. By combining polymer battery cells with the innovative new heating system, the potential driving range for the car is up to 132 miles.
Efficiency is not the only attractive feature of the Soul. With a restyled front end, a new plastic insert for the grille space, and twin charging sockets it’s an attractive design. The 2018 model has also seen an update to the tailgate and rear bumper, as well as LED lights on the rear.
Inside, the Soul features an all-new dash, constructed from materials of superior quality, which incorporates a large, central touch screen, OLED digital instruments, and smooth curves on the new shift lever, surround, and steering wheel.
With a lofty driving position and a generally boxy style, the Soul will fit seamlessly into city traffic, while still looking right at home on the open road.
And if strength, efficiency, and style aren’t enough for you, the comprehensive specifications on offer are a definite bonus. Although there’s only one choice of trim in the Soul EV, it’s well equipped. Heated and folding electric door mirrors, dual-zone climate control, heating for the steering wheel and front seats, keyless start, privacy glass, cruise control, and parking sensors are just some of the features. With an infotainment system equipped with an eight-inch touch screen as standard, you will also have the benefit of easily navigated menus, DAB radio, SatNav, EV monitoring software, a rear-view camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and USB.
Overall the Soul EV is a dynamic car which offers high performance, a quiet cabin, plenty of style and pizzazz, and all the eco-friendly benefits of a fully electric car.