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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