KIA Soul EV 2019 | Fully Charged

KIA Soul EV 2019 | Fully Charged


Often overlooked, the Kia Soul was always an impressive electric car. It looks like this is set to change. Jonny Smith, attending the LA Motor Show 2018, takes a thorough look around the 2019 version with an estimated 280+ (WLTP) range is a massive step change.

We’re looking forward to seeing the official WLTP stats from KIA as soon as possible.

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100 Comments on "KIA Soul EV 2019 | Fully Charged"


  1. I'm not a fan of the SUV. Which means I've never really liked the Range Rover look – ever. But somehow, Kia/Hyundai manage to make the baby SUV look cute. It helps massively that they are EVs, and it definitely helps that they are not enormous. But there's a something extra, that I can only call cute. It's good to see a mainstream manufacturer which is not afraid to align and compete with its own FFV variants. Somehow Kia/Hyundai have managed that. More power to them.

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  2. Talk to me when you can get this to go 1000km per charge if it comes after 10 yrs down the line, take that much time I will wait + make it affordable.

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  3. Great leap for mankind, bye bye Saudi Arabia, OPEC, and abusive Islamic countries that control the oil price.

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  4. By the graph you show of the battery and the percentage cobalt I assume that the 64kWh version comes with 811 cells and not the current 622 cells of the e-Niro. SK Innovations and LG Chem are having problems to get them good enough for production (stability and degradation). That would mean that the amount of cobalt is still 20% or that with the introduction of the Soul EV they expect the 811 cells to be ready for big scale production.

    Soul is a cute car and in many ways underestimated. I like the new front.

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  5. Weird. KIA Canada is saying max distance on a charge is "up to 179 km"
    What gives KIA Canada?
    Why are we Canucks getting shafted on battery power?

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  6. I could nvr in a million years give up my ridiculously large yukon xl 4×4. However the idea of 100 electric vehicle is beginning to make more & more sense now that i am learning to be smarter with my hard earned money. 300 miles is nothing to sneeze at really. I commute from baltimore to dc every day for work so im putting roughly 450 miles per tank on my yukon which takes 33.5 gallons to top off. This lil thing with the creature comforts might actually be likable ? Way to go kia. Now lets just hope they are reliable bc the 2004 kia optima i bought my wife few years ago snapped its timing chain at exactly 145k and trashed the engine.

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  7. Oh dear ! My Renault Zoe/i with a 22kwh pack looks so yesterday! But when I wanted one of the older models of this the KIA dealer was b******y useless. Next job for KIA is to kick their petrol headed dealers and sales staff up the a***e! ( They are not alone in this).

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  8. Living in Canada, I got one request to automakers: please, PLEASE make these electric cars AWD. We're willing to pay and sacrifice autonomy, we get it. But in the snow and on the ice, espacially in the country, we need the AWD.

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  9. I love the soul, I've only owned my current 2013 base stick. 150k miles and only 1 none major repair needed (steering coupler).

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  10. Soul sold well in the US as it won favour with the car pimp driver and it looked different from most soap bar designs

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  11. Ive never been the biggest fan of the Soul because of the awkward box shaped old gen. car but this new EV looks really smart. Great range and modern technologies are gonna make this thing sell like hot cakes for urban commuters. Props to Kia for making a great car.

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  12. Thank you for the incredible content sir, electric cars are the future of our planet and I'm so appreciative of your efforts to showcase them.

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  13. I like leather and I don't like to think of animal hides going to waste when it makes such Good Upholstery. Animals are being eaten so it's only sensible to use all the by products you can.

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  14. Does anyone know when the Soul EV with the 300 mile range will be available in the United states?

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  15. That has got to be the worst looking brand new car i've seen in the last 10 years.

    You can put a 200kw battery in a tractor with 500 miles range and 180mph top speed… doesn't mean it's desirable to purchase and drive.

    Electrification by ay means I see here.

    Thumbs up on the video, as always you guys always do a stellar job on coverage all around, just not a fan of this car and the shape it takes in any way.

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  16. You'll really have to pay for quick acceleration in the future. They are setting a precedent now that will carry on. 0 – 60 in under 5 seconds and a battery range of over 300 miles must be a big ask.

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  17. have 2016 soul ev…really like it….more range is all it was missing…looks like kia will deliver….

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  18. Come on Jonny, the range will be nowhere near those claims and we all know that, deduct at least 25%. Why has nobody said it looks like a dog still. Just proves the opposite of the mantra, you really can fool most of the people all of the time!

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  19. Animal free? So all that beautiful leather from the cows we eat is just going to be thrown away in the future?

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  20. I have a Soul. Other than the engine is completely gutless (I have the low-end model), I like it. The shape is fantastic for loading bulky items. I loaded four sheets of 4 x 8 3/4" plywood (cut down, of course), a bunch of lumber, and misc tools and materials in the back of it without much problem. I've been looking at EV and I look to trade mine in for one.

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  21. I own a Toyota Hybrid, looks like it's the last non EV I've ever own. Finally, long-range affordable EV's are taking off.

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  22. I'm still pissed that when I went to look at new cars in 2015 this model and the Picanto (in their base trim and with piston engines) didn't came with airbags for the passenger side… I really hope this isn't still a thing but that was enough for me to look instead at Hyundai cars when it comes to Korean manufacturers, and I wish they will import the Kona EV someday around here but Kia is a totally no go for me

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  23. Exterior of this new Soul Is much better then gen1, but the interior dash looks very old school, NiroEVs & KonaEVs dishes are much nicer. Still this is a big improvement so far.
    Does anyone else think that it looks like a high top sneaker, or is it just me?

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  24. My daughter has one that she purchased in June of 2018. We both love it. So far it's handling an Ottawa winter quite well. I'm thinking of a Kona, that's if they ever become available on Vancouver Island.

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  25. If they can manage to sell this for $35k, I'm sold. The only reason I have not bought the Kia Soul EV was the range. 300 mi is the magic number for me. It gets me from where I live to my parents house.

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  26. My one complaint with compact electric cars lately is that the soul and bolt look like highlighters or safety vests with the green paint, not a big fan of it.

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  27. It's nice and maybe it is time we start going electric. But I'm still pissed that the UK ain't getting the GT line model. I'm still not fully sold on electric.

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  28. My question is why are some car manufacturers placing the charge port on the front or rear bumpers? That is statistically the main areas of damage on vehicles.

    We see this not only on the KIA, but the Renault and Nissan. Whats worst is the Mercedes GL class F-Cell shown in your one of your motor show videos has the charge port right at the rear bumper.

    From personal experience, I have been rear ended more often than not and I can only cringe at thinking what will happen if an EV charge port is damaged and how much it will cost to repair together with the time and inconvenience it will cost.

    Is it a design oversight? An Engineering fail or perhaps a mix of both?

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  29. Sells 100,000 in the USA each year!!!! Are you sure? Last time I looked 1,134 Kia Soul EVs were sold in the USA in 2018. Still, don't let the truth get in the way of a good story.

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  30. AFTER tesla won the war with automakers, oil cartels, newspapers and other vested interests…. johnny come lately ev's seek to compare themselves favorably having done none of the heavy lifting. Let them all thank elon and tesla every time they speak.

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  31. none has charging network; none has semi-truck; none has anything like tesla – do not compare to tesla or get trolled… tesla is changing the world… not some test car 1 off.

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  32. Can we have a couple of shades of grey please. Something like Renegade grey and like Sportage blue.

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  33. Availability. Kia and Hyundai are struggling with battery production and outsourcing.

    Nissan is still the best of all.

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  34. 155 miles with ac on and 4 people seated would be a nice thing…not sure how often batteries would require replacement

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  35. Is it already known if the new Sould will get an app? Will it be able to preheat when not plugged in?

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  36. I like the (not so swept back) windscreen. If the car goes less than 100 km/h for most of its life, I would rather have the interior space and ease of getting in and out, than the aerodynamics, although to make that work for all size people, the steering and pedals have to be positioned properly too.

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  37. I own a 2016 Kia Soul EV and Live in Austin Texas – drone pilot and Photographer – I deal with lots of batteries…. This thing is a dream car for me , I can charge my drone , charge all my gear and I drive around with a Battery storage generator that helps charge my gear as well before using my cars juice. Love Fully Charged and I love my Kia Soul EV .

    I now have 12,000 miles and i purchased it at 8,000 … had it since October 2018. I haven't paid for Gas or Electricity because I charge for free around Austin and its amazing. Zero Cost.

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  38. i think the specs you had provided are for the Kia Soul 2020. 2019 models of the EV are not being advertised for that kind of range.

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  39. I know nothing about cars and don’t understand anything he’s saying. I see this car and it looks really beautiful. It’s not too big or small. One thing I’ll like in a car is a lot of space, something strong, and one that will go good miles. Something good in rough weather, snow, hail, rain, and dirt road. Is a most. Affordable too, less than $20000 would be great. 😊

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  40. 2:03, animal free material is called Fake leather, we have had it for a while.. Just that now its getting more and more accepted to use fake leather rather than real cause we spare the animals. 10 Yrs ago it was exactly the opposite lol, cheaper for manifactures to make and they get a better reputation for not killing animals.

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  41. Hoping the traditional combustion engine 2020 Kia Soul includes heated front seats for my mother who suffers from fibromyalgia.

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  42. The BBC is the main homosexual corporation of the British Publics. Usually the presentation include homosexual or oppressed looking Caribbean types who have majored in the intersectional gender studies, this allows them not only to publicly boast that they dislike men and England, but to also commit acts of antisemitism which is whole heartedly approved by the BBC due to being taken over by hardcore feminazi's. Was going to call them champagne sipping liberals, but they are very far from that…. aren't they???

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  43. I think this car will change the Indian EV market because of its range and look as well ,as of now no car with this range.Best buy.

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  44. i hate kia and i hate this car , i bought from a dealer in jordan, but it's battery was very weak . and kia didn't recognise it in jordan and i can't sell it now. the worst electric car ever made. no more kia .

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  45. The question that no Hyundai EV reviewers are asking is why Hyundai are refusing to increase the Ioniq's range even to 200 miles. Instead our hopelessly non-critical "journalists" are reporting the Ioniq's new slightly bigger 38 kWh battery pack without a slightest hint of a naughtily negative comment.
    Paul G

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  46. Also a pity that zero journalists every ask or investigate why the smaller battery-packs can't be upgraded and increased from 39 kWh to 64 kWh at some point in the future if the owners decide they need more range.
    Impossible to accept that the batt-pack couldn't have a modular add-on design.
    Paul G

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  47. Slick design only applies to the the amount of time it needs to spend above 80kph. The more slick , the less interior space and the less space on the roof for solar panels

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  48. Was not really impressed by this car, until a recent Uber driver came with this car. Absolutely amazing!

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  49. "Animal-free" doesn't really do any good for the animals anyway.
    Cows are butchered primarily for meat, the skin is what's left and would be otherwise thrown away if not used and that's where they make leather seats.
    If you wanna help the animals stop eating meat, no-one will raise the cows for the skin alone.

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