Kia launched its first production electric car in 2014 with the Kia Soul EV. Since then the brand has embraced electrification and currently offers a range of cars. As well as offering conventional ICE-powered cars and plug-in hybrids, Kia currently offers two fully electric models. The Kia electric car range for 2020 includes the recently refreshed Soul EV and e-Niro.
Kia Soul EV
The entire Kia electric car range for 2020 is made up of SUVs. Recently refreshed for 2020, the current Kia Soul is an electric SUV offered by Kia. Powered by either a short-range 39.2 kWh or long-range 64 kWh battery the Soul is only available as an electric car in Europe. In the United States of America, a petrol version is also offered.
The short-range battery offers a WLTP-certified 171-mile range on a single charge. With 134 bhp, this version of the Soul is the cheapest EV purchasable from Kia. The long-range Soul EV on the other hand offers a WLTP-certified 280-mile range on a single charge. This model also offers 201 bhp. This battery is shared with the e-Niro 3 and 4+.
Visually, the Soul EV features a filled-in front grille and redesigned LED headlights. Special 17-inch alloy wheels are unique to the Soul EV. The Soul EV is currently the smallest car in the Kia electric car range but still offers 315 litres of boot space.
The Soul EV offers a 10.3-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. A ‘UVO’ telematics system allows owners to partner their car with a Kia smartphone app and monitor their cars. At present, only the ‘First Edition’ model is available for purchase which offers a heated steering wheel, leather seats, keyless entry and adaptive cruise control.
This model of the Kia Soul EV costs from £33,795 after the government grant. UK deliveries began in 2020 for the refreshed Soul EV.
Launched in 2018, the e-Niro is a larger SUV than the Soul EV. Based on the ICE powered Niro, the e-Niro is a fully electric model. It is available in three trim levels, the 2, 3 and 4+.
Launched earlier this year, the e-Niro 2 is the entry-level model and offers a reduced battery-range in return for a lower price. Starting at under £30,000, the e-Niro 2 is fitted with a smaller 39kWh battery which generates 134 bhp. The e-Niro 2 has a reduced range of 180 miles per WTLP figures. The e-Niro 2 can charge to 80% in 57 minutes using a 100kW rapid charger.
The e-Niro 3 model uses a 64kWH battery and a 201 bhp electric motor. The WTLP figure for this model’s battery range is 282 miles. The e-Niro 3 offers more features than the e-Niro 2 with heated front seats, a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen and a wireless phone charger. The e-Niro 3 costs £33,850 after the government grant.
The e-Niro 4+ model uses the same battery pack as the 3 and is the most luxurious offering. The e-Niro 4+ features an upgraded 11kW charger which reduces charging time. With heated rear seats, an upgraded JBL sound system and ventilated front seats on top of the equipment included in the e-Niro 3, the 4+ is the most expensive version of the e-Niro. This model starts at £36,145 with the government grant.
All e-Niro models feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as well as adaptive cruise control and automatic lights as standard.