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2020 Kia e-Soul: First Look

  • Europe’s version of the all-electric Kia Soul has debuted at the Geneva Auto Show.

  • The Kia e-Soul will be the only variant of the Soul available in Europe.

  • Standard and long-range variants will be available, both of which deliver a respectable all-electric range.

We saw the all-new 2020 Kia Soul EV take the stage at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show and now its European variant has made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show. It’s the Kia e-Soul and it will be available with two different batteries: a standard 39.2 kWh battery with a 100 kW motor and a long-range 64 kWh battery with a 150 kW electric motor. These are the same electric powertrains that power Europe’s Kia e-Niro and the Hyundai Kona Electric.

How Far and How Fast?

In Europe, the Kia e-Soul will be the only version of the third-generation Soul available. The standard version will have a range of 172 miles according to the WLTP test cycle and the same test says the long-range version will have an impressive range of 280 miles. Comparatively, the EPA says the long-range unit, which uses the same electric drivetrain as the U.S.-spec Soul EV, only gets 243 miles of range.

The standard version of the Kia e-Soul has a claimed 0-to-62 mph time of 9.6 seconds and the long-range version with the more powerful motor can get there in 7.6 seconds. Kia says both variants can be charged from 20-80 percent capacity in 42 minutes with a 100 kW DC fast charger.

Getting Competitive

When unveiling the Kia e-Soul, Kia boasted that the battery packs powering the new EV are 30 percent more energy efficient than Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle. It doesn’t specify what that car is, but we’re pretty sure they’re talking about the Nissan Leaf, which is one of the e-Soul’s top competitors.

On top of the electric drivetrain, the e-Soul has everything we like about the third-gen Kia Soul. It retains the funky, boxy styling making it roomy and functional on the inside and a head-turner on the outside. The e-Soul looks very similar to our Soul EV right down to the model-specific wheels.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing hasn’t been announced for the Kia e-Soul yet. Sales in Europe will begin by the end of the fourth quarter of 2019, which is later than the Soul EV’s U.S. arrival of mid-late March 2019. Find a Kia Soul for sale

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