2021 Kia Soul EV vs. Its Competition

2021 Kia Soul EV
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

A new Kia Soul EV may be just what some electric-car shoppers have waited for—but that’s not for lack of options.

The Kia Niro EV arrives in the new model year with its own high-range battery and a more studious hatchback body—same for the similar Hyundai Ioniq Electric.

The Hyundai Kona Electric drops a 258-mile EPA-rated driving range and an engaging sense of style, but you can’t buy one in most states, despite Hyundai’s promises—we’ve tried.

The Chevy Bolt EV is widely available, and it hasn’t been as quick to leave dealer lots in the transactional sense as it does in the physical sense.

Look for bargains there, smart EV buyers.

2021 Kia Soul EV 2021 Kia Soul EV
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV
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2020 Hyundai Kona Electric2020 Hyundai Kona Electric
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2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric2019 Hyundai IoniqGet Your Price2019 Kia Niro2019 Kia NiroGet Your Price
Quick Specs
The 2021 Kia Soul EV leads the battery charge, fashion first.
6.8
6.8
At under $30,000 after tax credits, the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric is a great-value, high-range EV… even if it isn’t available everywhere.
6.0
The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq is an affordable hybrid or plug-in hybrid that trades on its affordability rather than luxury.
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The 2019 Kia Niro is an efficiency-first hatchback with a secret: it’s also a good family car.
MSRP From    
N/AN/AN/A$22,400$23,490
Gas Mileage    
55 MPG City / 59 MPG Hwy46 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Engine    
N/AN/AN/AGas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class    
N/AN/AN/ALarge CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name    
N/AN/AN/ABlue HatchbackLX FWD
Drivetrain    
N/AN/AN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
N/AN/AN/A55
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
N/AN/AN/AHatchbackSport Utility
Transmission    
N/AN/AN/AAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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