Having made its European debut at the Geneva motor show in March, Kia has now announced pricing and specification for the Kia Soul EV ‘First Edition’ and opened order banks for the vehicle.
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The Soul EV will be offered in one highly specified grade called ‘First Edition’ and is priced at £37,295, or £33,795 with the Plug-in Car Grant subsidy deducted. The first examples of the Soul EV ‘First Edition’ are scheduled to reach UK dealers during Q1 2020.
Kia Motors (Europe) has taken the decision not to import the internal combustion engine versions, and instead concentrate on the highly commended pure electric drivetrain. The company is already known for its affordable, long-range electric vehicles thanks to the launch of the e-Niro and previous generation Soul EV.
In its third generation, the all-new Kia Soul EV will be powered by a 64kWh lithium-ion battery pack that delivers a range of 280 miles from one charge. It has a Type 2 charging inlet which allows the 64kWh battery to be fully charged in 9 hours and 35 minutes and with CCS Combo charging, the Soul EV can be charged even quicker, achieving up to 80 per cent charge in 1 hour and 15 minutes with a 50kW DC Rapid Charging Station. A three-pin cable and Type 2 connection will be provided with the car.
The Kia Soul EV ‘First Edition’ comes with the company’s unique-in-the-UK seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain wear and tear conditions. This is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached. ‘Kia Care’ service plans have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its seven-year warranty.
The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first three and five services, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.