2019 Kia Soul EV will get the Hyundai Kona Electric’s battery and platform

The upcoming 2019 Kia Soul EV is a small electric crossover that is versatile and fun to drive. This model is available in three trim levels, the exterior looks great and modern with a very comfortable cabin. Kia Soul EV will also offer great efficiency and more power than before. While the interior has room for five persons, in reality, four passengers are more than enough.

The 2019 Kia Soul EV will have some pros and cons as any other vehicle, but this model’s main goal is the efficiency. The interior will get some minor upgrades, while the exterior will stay intact. Safety rating could’ve been better and it looks like that won’t change in 2019. All of the trim levels are well-equipped and some premium features will be on the optional list.

2019 Kia Soul EV front

2019 Kia Soul EV offers very modern design

The all-new 2019 Kia Soul won’t suffer any drastic changes. The upcoming model won’t depart from the original Soul model, which is a good thing. It means the boxy profile will remain and this crossover offers very modern design. The second generation is still present so don’t expect drastic changes. And while the base model will stay intact, upper trims will arrive with more gloss black and body-colored features.

That includes bumpers, door sills, and other exterior features. The radiator grille adds a single horizontal split and the taillights at the back are very distinctive. 16-inch wheels are standard and 18-inch alloy wheels will be optional. We like the new Orange exterior paint that is optional as well.

2019 Kia Soul EV interior

2019 Kia Soul EV interior features

The interior of the 2019 Kia Soul EV is comfortable. Some features may look and feel cheap, but generally, it is an upscale interior with great comfort. On the paper, there is room for five passengers. However, four persons can sit comfortably. If you are looking to fit five persons inside this compact crossover, longer trips are not recommended.

The instrument panel will now sit slightly lower and the front seats will be in a higher position. The headroom is lower now so we don’t exactly understand this piece of styling. The seats are supportive, both front and rear. The legroom is ample for such a small vehicle and the cargo area is rated at 19.3 cubic feet of space.

2019 Kia Soul EV engine

 

2019 Kia Soul EV powertrain and fuel efficiency

The only option you can opt for is the single electric motor. This 81.4 kWh Permanent Magnet motor delivers up to 109 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. This drivetrain is very smooth and quiet, however, power isn’t its strongest point. Furthermore, the same battery powers the Hyundai Kona model.

The top speed is rated at 90 mph and the 2019 Kia Soul EV sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 12 seconds. On a full-charge, Soul EV can go for 111 miles. EPA city/highway fuel economy is rated at 124/93 mpge. This crossover is fun to drive, stability is great and the overall efficiency is great.

2019 Kia Soul EV side

2019 Kia Soul EV price and release date

The next 2019 Kia Soul EV will start at almost $35,000. The Soul EV+ models are priced at $37,000. Interestingly, the price of the base model starts at about 18,000. This electric crossover will hit the markets at the beginning of 2019.

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