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2020 Kia Soul EV Demonstrated Its Real-Life Driving Range

Norwegian car blogger Bjorn Nyland conducted a test drive of a new-generation Kia Soul electric crossover to find out the real driving range. The distance passed on a single charge turned out to be decent 267 miles (430km).

Much is expected from the second-generation Kia Soul EV, the demand is high. It got a battery of 64 kWh, which should provide a large range per charge.

Official mileage varies depending on the measurement technique. Thus, according to the American EPA cycle the range is 243 miles (391km), and by the European WLTP cycle it is 15% more.

Real driving range

Norwegian Bjorn Nyland decided to check everything himself. He took a completely new electric vehicle for testing on the roads of Norway and rode until the battery discharge.

It was possible to pass 267 miles (430 km) in 4 hours 39 minutes while driving at a speed of 56 mph (90 km/h).

Thus, in conditions of cool Norway, the real range of the all-electric Kia Soul with the 64-kWh battery is 267 miles. In a warmer climate could be even more.

In some markets, a version with a battery capacity of 39.2 kWh and a driving range of 172 miles / 277km (WLTP-rated) is offered. Its energy onsumption is slightly better – 145 Wh/ km versus 157 Wh/ km, but power is less (136 hp versus 204 hp), and the acceleration time 0-62mph (0-100 km/h) is more.

Pricing

The 2020 Kia Soul EV is coming soon to the US car market. The price has not been announced yet, but a standard ICE version costs from $17,490 here. The newcomer is already sold in Europe as the Kia e-Soul. Its cost in Germany, for example, is €33,990.

For comparison: the Kia Niro EV is priced at $38,500 in the US, the Kia e-Niro costs €35,290 in Germany.

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