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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
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV2020 Chevrolet Bolt EVGet Your Price2020 Hyundai Kona Electric2020 Hyundai Kona ElectricGet Your Price2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric2019 Hyundai Ioniq
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Quick Specs
The 2021 Kia Soul EV leads the battery charge, fashion first.
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A few more miles of range and modest upgrades push the 2020 Chevy Bolt EV electric hatchback back at the top for (non-Tesla) range, but there are other more charming urban electric cars.
6.8
At less than $30,000 after tax credits, the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric is a great-value, high-range EV…even if it isn’t available everywhere.
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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/A$36,620$37,190$30,315$23,490
Gas Mileage    
55 MPG City / 59 MPG Hwy46 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Engine    
N/AElectricElectricGas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class    
N/ASmall station wagonSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDLarge CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name    
N/A5-Door Wagon LTSEL FWDBlue HatchbackLX FWD
Drivetrain    
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
N/A5555
Passenger Doors    
N/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
N/AWagonSport UtilityHatchbackSport Utility
Transmission    
N/ANAAutomaticAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2021 Kia Soul EV vs. 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV2021 Kia Soul EV vs. 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric2021 Kia Soul EV vs. 2019 Hyundai Ioniq2021 Kia Soul EV vs. 2019 Kia Niro