Published on February 15th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland
February 15th, 2019 by Dr. Maximilian Holland
The upcoming Kia Soul EV 64 kWh has just received its official EPA rating of 243 miles (391 km) of range (combined cycle). This is a huge improvement over its previous 111 mile (179 km) range. It has a decent showing on the highway cycle too — 211 miles (340 km). The Soul now joins its Korean siblings as a great all-round capable vehicle.
Here’s the EPA combined-cycle rating comparison:
As we estimated at the time of the reveal, the long-journey-worthy EPA highway range is a decent 211 miles (340 km), less than 1.5% down from the Kia Niro 64 kWh, its slightly sleeker sibling.
Here’s the comparison chart for EPA highway-cycle ratings:
Let’s now add in what we know about likely charging speeds, and remind ourselves of how the upcoming Soul’s practical long-journey abilities (in favourable conditions, on optimal chargers) compare with its peers:
Any of the 64 kWh Korean siblings is likely to be the best car you’ve ever owned, capable of making those occasional long journeys, able to cover ~300 miles at sensible highway speeds (70–75 mph, 112–120 km/h) with just one 30 minute rest break (in decent driving conditions). If you are a hardcore road tripper making frequent long-distance drives, consider the Tesla Model 3 Mid Range (or even Long Range if you can), which has even better highway range and even faster (and more densely distributed) charging.
We don’t yet have official pricing on the Kia Soul 64 kWh, but expect it to be pitched fractionally under that of its sibling, the Niro 64 kWh.
If you like the look of any of these EVs, get an order in as early as possible! They are likely to be very popular in most markets, and Kia is surely going to be unable to keep up with the levels of demand.
(Metric version of chart):
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