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New Kia Soul goes EV only, with increased driving range

Date: 26 February 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Kia has unveiled the third generation of its Soul SUV. 

The model was previously available with the option of petrol or diesel power, but will now come to Europe solely as an electric vehicle (EV).

There's a choice of two powertrains - one pairing a 64kWh battery pack with a 204hp electric motor, and the other pairing a 39.2kWh battery pack with a 136hp motor.

Kia says these will provide a driving range of up to 280 miles and 172 miles respectively. Both battery packs can be recharged from 20% to 80% capacity in 42 minutes using a 100kW fast charger.

The new Soul also marks the European debut of Kia's UVO Connect telematics system, allowing access to diagnostics information and remote settings, such as climate control and sat-nav instructions - all via a smartphone app. 

The new Soul will come with a 10.25in touchscreen sat-nav with Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard, along with a 7in display on the instrument panel.

Wireless phone charging and a head-up display are also available. 

Available safety systems include: autonomous emergency braking, blind spot collision warning and rear collision assist, smart cruise control with stop and go, lane keep assist, lane follow assist and driver attention warning. 

The new Soul will go on sale across Europe towards the end of the first quarter of the year. UK prices, specs and an on-sale date are yet to be confirmed.