2016 Kia Soul EV vs. Its Competition

2016 Kia Soul EV

The 2016 Kia Soul EV competes most directly with the Nissan Leaf, the world's best-selling electric car by far.

The Soul EV wins for a design that's hip rather than weird, and slightly more real-world battery range, not to mention better interior space.

The electric Ford Focus hasn't changed notably in four years, and matches up to the Nissan Leaf but with a more conventional look, a nicer interior, but less cargo volume.

The BMW i3 and Tesla Model S are more expensive (and the Tesla is a lot more expensive), and we suspect the Soul EV would be more likely to join a Model S in the driveway than replace it.

Finally, the Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid with roughly 20 miles of electric range; it too is a tall wagon, but it does have that dreaded gasoline engine.

All of these alternatives, however, are sold in far more regions than the Soul EV's very limited distribution.

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2016 BMW i32016 BMW i3
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2013 Ford Focus Electric2016 Ford Focus Electric
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2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, Marin County, CA, Nov 20122016 Ford C-Max Energi
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2016 Tesla Model S2016 Tesla Model S
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Quick Specs
The 2016 Kia Soul EV compares well to other small battery-electric cars, and its interior volume and slightly higher range give it an edge—but you can only buy one in limited areas.
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The 2016 BMW i3 is a futuristic and different kind of car, not just a new take on what a BMW represents.
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The 2016 Ford Focus Electric is fun to drive, though its range is lower than the Nissan Leaf and others; its "regular car" looks may appeal to some, but it's sold only in small numbers in a handful of markets.
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The 2016 Nissan Leaf remains a somewhat appliance-like drive, but its new range rating of 107 miles raises it to the top of its class—and it's still smooth, quiet, and calming to drive.
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There's still no direct competition for the 2016 Tesla Model S, which offers elegant design, 240 miles or more of all-electric range, and jaw-dropping acceleration in the higher-end models. It's one of a kind.
MSRP From     
$31,950$42,400$29,170$31,770$29,010$68,000
Gas Mileage     
40 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine     
ElectricElectricElectricGas/Electric I-4ElectricElectric
EPA Class     
Small Station WagonSubcompact CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
5-Door Wagon EVe4-Door HB5-Door HBEnergi 5-Door HB SEL4-Door HB S *Ltd Avail*2016.5 4-Door Sedan RWD 60
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
545555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchback 2016.5
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticCVT w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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