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Kia Soul
akaType aka here, not up there
Production2009 - present
ClassCompact Crossover
Body Style5-door, 5-seat Hatchback
Length161 in. (4105 mm)
Width70.3 in. (1,785mm)
Height64 in. (1610 mm)
Wheelbase100.4 in. (2550 mm)
WeightWeight - you get the point
Transmissiontransmission + drive
2.0 litre Inline-4
1.6 litre DOHCInline-4, 16 valve

1.6 litre DOHCVariable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) Inline-4, 16 valve
PowerN/A hp @ N/A rpm
N/A lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
SimilarScion xB
Nissan Note
Honda Jazz
DesignerPeter Schreyer

The Kia Soul is a compact car built by Kia Motors of South Korea. It was unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. The Soul uses Kia's new corporate grille, known as the Tiger Nose, as designed by Kia's design chief, Peter Schreyer.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Kia Soul Review.

Recent Changes

  • For MY 2011, the UK market gets a special edition Soul called Echo.
  • On December 18, 2009, Kia launched the limited edition Soul Ignition. The special edition Soul features an Ignition Orange paintjob offset by black striping and blacked-out 18-inch rims, an alloy gas cap, and a rear spoiler. It also gets further niceties such as upgraded stereo, moon roof, keyless remote entry, tinted windows, cruise control and Bluetooth. Kia hasn't yet announced the intended unit volume but pricing will start at $17,500 for the manual.[1]

Styles and Major Options




  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Dual front/side/curtain airbags
  • Privacy glass
  • 18 inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic transmission
  • External amplifier and subwoofer with mood lamp speakers


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Kia Soul EV

Motor vehicle

The Kia Soul EV, also known as the Kia e-Soul, is an all-electricsubcompactcrossover SUV manufactured by Kia. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official range for the 2020 Kia Soul EV is 243 miles (391 km).[1]

Deliveries of the first generation of the car began in South Korea in May 2014.[2][3] European sales began in July 2014.[4] Sales started in the U.S. in October 2014;[5] initially it was sold only in California, Oregon, and several Eastern states, with the largest EV markets and infrastructure including New York, New Jersey and Maryland.[4] Global sales exceeded the 10,000 unit milestone in January 2016, with Europe as the leading market with 6,770 units sold.[6] Germany was the leading European market with 3,853 units sold through December 2015.[7][8]

A second generation was introduced in 2019 for the 2020 model year. This generation is sold in both Europe and Canada. In the United States, however, it was delayed until 2021.[9][10]


In 2013, Kia began testing prototype versions of a Soul electric vehicle. In November 2013, Kia announced they would be producing a Soul EV and that it would go on sale in 2014. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.[11] The first-generation Soul EV was based on the second-generation Kia Soul.[12]


First generation[edit]

The first-generation Soul EV was powered by a 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and 30 kWh for 2018 model year.[13]CHAdeMO rapid charging capability of 100 kW DC.[12] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official range for the 2015 model year Soul EV is 93 mi (150 km) and the EPA rated its combined fuel economy at 105 miles per US gallon gasoline equivalent (2.2 L/100 km equivalent).[14] As of September 2014[update], the Soul EV had the largest EPA-rated all-electric range in city driving of its class, with 104 mi (167 km).[15] The motor is rated at 81.4 kW (109 bhp) and torque 285 Nm (210 lb.-ft).[16]

For model year 2018, Kia announced a small battery upgrade by 11% by adding 8 cells to the pack and improving the usable window of cell capacity from 37.5 Ah to 40 Ah out of 42.4 Ah, increasing the battery pack storage capacity to 30 kWh.[17][18]

Second generation[edit]

For model year 2020, Kia announced a serious battery upgrade—a 64 kWh battery pack—doubling its capacity and range.[9][19][clarification needed] The Soul EV was redesigned for 2020 and will be the only variant of the Soul to be offered in Europe.[20] In the United States, only the gasoline version is offered for the 2020 and up model year. [21]

The engine power output is 201 hp.[citation needed]

This vehicle is the third in the series of long range EVs put on the market by Hyundai-Kia, after the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia Niro EV.[citation needed]

MY 2016-2017MY 2018-2019 MY 2020
Nominal capacity (gross)30,5 kWh (192 x 42,36 Ah x 3,75 V)31,8 kWh (200 x 42,36 Ah x 3,75 V) 64 kWh
Usable capacity (net)27 kWh (192 x 37,5 Ah x 3,75 V)30 kWh (200 x 40 Ah x 3,75 V)
Number of cells192 (96s2p)200 (100s2p)
Battery weight277 kg290 kg
Rated voltage360 V375 V 356 V
Rapid charging standard CHAdeMO (up to 100 kW) CHAdeMO (up to 100 kW) CCS (up to 100 kW)
Battery cooling air air liquid
Engine power 109 hp (81.4 kW) 109 hp (81.4 kW) 201 hp (204 PS)
Torque 210 lb.-ft. (285 Nm) 210 lb.-ft. (285 Nm) 291 lb.-ft. (395 Nm)
0-60 mph time 9,5 s 9,2 s 7,6 s

MY2020 243 mi (391 km) Along with the large upgrade, Kia uses Michelin tires with reduced rolling resistance and achieves better range:[citation needed]

MY 2016-2017MY 2018- MY 2020
EPA range93 miles (150 km)111 miles (182 km - 21% increase) 243 miles (390 km)
NEDC range212 km250 km – 18% increase
South Korean cycle148 km180 km – 22% increase
WLTP range452 km

Production and sales[edit]

First generation[edit]

2016 Kia Soul EV+ charging frontal view

Production of the Soul EV began in South Korea in April 2014. Pricing in the South Korean market starts at 42 million won ( ~US$39,400) before a 50% government subsidy. Kia set a global sales target of 5,000 units for 2014.[4] Deliveries began in South Korea in May 2014, with 38 units delivered.[2][3]

On June 12, 2014, Kia began production of the Soul EV for export. First vehicles off the production line are headed to select European countries.[4][22] European retail deliveries began in July 2014.[4][23]

Sales started in the U.S. in October 2014 as 2015 model year.[5] Initially it was sold only in California, but in March 2015, Kia Motors North America announced the Soul EV would be available in Georgia in the second quarter of 2015, and Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Texas would receive the EV later in the year.[24] 2016 Kia Soul EVs began sales in Washington state in late July 2015.[25] The Soul EV is available in two trims, with pricing starting at US$33,700 before any applicable government incentives.[26]

In November 2014, the Kia Soul EV went on sale in the UK for £24,995 after the government's £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant.[27]

Kia announced the 2016 Soul EV would come in three trims: EV-e, EV, and EV+. The EV-e will only be available in California. A Sun & Fun package will be available on the EV+ adding a sunroof, lighted speakers, and interior lighting kit. Other minor changes and colors are being introduced in the 2016 model year.[28]

Global sales passed the 5,000 unit mark in August 2015, of which, 1,177 were sold in South Korea.[29] The 10,000 unit milestone was reached in January 2016, with Europe as the leading market with 6,770 units sold, followed by South Korea with 1,580, and the United States with 1,411.[6] As of December 2015[update], the leading European markets were Germany with 3,853 units sold,[7][8] and Norway with 1,637 units.[30][31]

During 2015, 2,044 Soul EVs were imported to Norway as used cars.[32] The magazine Der Spiegel claimed that Kia registered the cars in Germany and then shipped them to Norway, which does not belong to the European Union. This legal[33] loophole helped the Hyundai-Kia Group lower its average CO
2 fleet emissions, avoiding a hefty fine.

Second generation[edit]

A Kia Soul EV in the United Kingdom

The 2020 Kia Soul EV costs 319,900 NOK (US$ 36,600)[note 3] in Norway, which is less than its internal competitor, the Hyundai Kona Electric (another potential competitor, the Chevrolet Bolt, is no longer imported to Europe via official channels), and also noticeably less than the larger Kia Niro EV.

With demand for EVs reportedly exceeding battery supply, Hyundai-Kia decided to divert batteries to the production of the more expensive Kia Niro (the Niro and the Soul sharing the same battery), which according to one article was the reason for limiting Soul EV production and delaying its entry into the US market until 2021.[34]

The Soul EV is the only variant of the Soul sold in Europe. In the first ten months on 2020, European sales totaled 6,768 units.[35]


For the 2014 SEMA Show, Kia Motors unveiled a custom Soul EV with a red and white Smitten Ice Cream livery and a refrigerated trailer.[36]

In August 2014, Kia Motors introduced the 2015 Soul EV, hamster commercial featuring "Animals" by Maroon 5.[37]

See also[edit]


  1. ^First-gen: 81.4kW (109bhp)/201 hp (204 PS), torque 285 Nm (210 lb.-ft) to 291 lb.-ft (395 Nm)
  2. ^First-gen: 30.5 kW·h lithium-ion polymer battery, 27 kW·h usable
  3. ^As of December 8, 2020


  1. ^"New Kia Soul Gets Official EPA Range Of 243 Miles (391 km) — Charts!". CleanTechnica. 15 February 2019.
  2. ^ abJose Pontes (28 June 2014). "South Korea May 2014". Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  3. ^ abYonhap News Agency (29 June 2014). "Sales of EVs, hybrid cars jump 27.3 pct on-year in 2014: report". Global Post. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  4. ^ abcdeEric Loveday (11 March 2014). "Production of Kia Soul EV to Begin in April – Sales to Follow Immediately in South Korea". InsideEVs. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  5. ^ abJay Cole (2014-11-03). "October 2014 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Report Card". Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  6. ^ ab"Global sales of Soul EV top 10,000 units" (Press release). Seoul: Yonhap. 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2016-03-03.The Soul EV posted combined global sales of 10,210 units through January 2016, with the overseas market taking up 8,630 units.
  7. ^ abJose Pontes (2015-01-19). "Germany December 2014". Retrieved 2015-10-08.A total of 14 Soul EVs were sold in Germany in 2014.
  8. ^ abJose, Pontes (2016-01-25). "Germany December 2015". Retrieved 2016-03-03.A total of 3,839 Soul EVs were sold in Germany in 2015.
  9. ^ abDzikiy, Phil (2019-02-14). "2020 Kia Soul EV gets 243-mile EPA range rating". Electrek. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  10. ^"New Kia Soul EV Delayed until 2021 for U.S. Buyers". Car and Driver. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  11. ^Undercoffler, David (6 February 2014). "Chicago Auto Show: Kia unveils all-electric Soul EV". L.A. Times. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  12. ^ abMike Szostech. "Kia Soul EV coming in 2014 with range of more than 120 miles". My Electric Car Forums. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  13. ^KIA. "2018 Kia Soul EV | Vehicle Features | Kia". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  14. ^U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy (2014-09-12). "2015 Kia Soul Electric". Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  15. ^Eric Loveday (2014-09-12). "2015 Kia Soul EV Gets Official EPA Range Rating Of 93 Miles – City Range Will Blow Your Mind". Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  16. ^"Power electric specifications KIA Soul EV 2017 2.G Owner's Manual". Retrieved 2017-03-13.
  17. ^"2018 Kia Soul EV Gets 30 kwh Battery, Range Boost". Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  18. ^Trish (2016-01-30). "KIA Soul EV vs. Nissan LEAF: An Owner's Comparison". Driving Solar. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  19. ^Lambert, Fred (2018-11-29). "Kia unveils 2020 Soul EV with 201HP, 64kWh, 200+ mile battery and 100kW CCS charging". Electrek. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  20. ^Dzikiy, Phil (2019-02-26). "Kia Soul EV introduced as 2019 Kia e-Soul in Europe with 280-mile WLTP range". Electrek. Retrieved 2019-08-03.
  21. ^"Kia Soul EV won't come to the U.S., confirmed and explained".
  22. ^Mike Szostech. "Kia Soul EV production for export begins". My Electric Car Forums. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  23. ^Beene, Ryan (6 February 2014). "Kia Soul EV to launch in 3rd quarter". Automotive News. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  24. ^"Kia Soul EV Availability". Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  25. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-04. Retrieved 2015-08-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  26. ^Sebastian Blanco (2014-09-11). "Kia Soul EV priced at $33,700*, leases start at $249/month". Autoblog Green. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  27. ^Mike Szostech. "Kia Soul EV Availability". My Kia Soul EV. My Electric Car Forums. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  28. ^http"2016 Kia Soul EV Overview". Kia Media. Kia Motors.
  29. ^Yonhap (2015-10-08). "Global sales of Soul EV top 5,000 units". Yonhap News. Retrieved 2015-10-08.
  30. ^Norwegian Road Federation (OFV) (January 2015). "CO2-utslippet i desember 2014" [CO2 emissions in December 2014] (in Norwegian). OFV. Retrieved 2016-03-03.See graph: "Gjennomsnittlig CO2-utslipp for registrerte ney personbiler per modell 2015, til og med desember." A total of 617 Kia Soul EVs were registered in Norway in 2014.
  31. ^Norwegian Road Federation (OFV) (January 2016). "CO2-utslippet i desember" [CO2 emissions in December] (in Norwegian). OFV. Retrieved 2016-03-03.See graph: "Gjennomsnittlig CO2-utslipp for registrerte ney personbiler per modell 2015, til og med desember." A total of 1,020 Kia Soul EVs were registered in Norway in 2015.
  32. ^Moberg, Knut (2016-01-16). "Bilsalget i 2015: Tidenes bronseplass" [Car sales in 2015: The bronze age]. (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2016-03-05.See table: "Topp 5 bruktimport i 2015"
  33. ^Nils-Viktor Sorge and Wilfried Eckl-Dorna (2015-11-26). "Dubiose Zulassungs-Strategie:Dieser Ladenhüter trickst Kias Umweltbilanz schön" [Dubious approval strategy: This dealer is tricking beautifully Kia's environmental balance]. Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  34. ^"The surprising reason Americans Have to Wait Until 2021 for the Kia Soul EV". 11 April 2020.
  35. ^"Kia Soul European sales figures". 29 January 2014.
  36. ^Mihalascu, Dan (2014-10-17). "Kia Previews SEMA Lineup with Smitten Ice Cream Soul EV". Retrieved 2014-10-23.
  37. ^Deacon, Clinton (2014-08-21). "Kia hamsters return for comical Soul EV commercial [video]". Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2019-08-08.

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10 Things to Know about the 2020 Kia Soul EV

The 2020 Kia Soul electric vehicle is the second generation of electric vehicle from Kia. In order to differentiate the first and second generations, Kia is renaming the Soul EV to be the e-Soul for the 2020 model year.

In April 2019, Kia released a series of images highlighting the improvements and differences between the 2 generations of the electric vehicle.


The 2020 Kia e-Soul is slightly higher than the Soul EV. It is also longer than the Soul EV, and has an increased wheelbase to help smooth out the ride.

Luggage capacity also seems to have increased – Kia lists the Soul EV cargo capacity at 250 liters, while the e-Soul is listed at 315 liters.


The first generation Soul EV has a battery capacity of 30 kWh, while the e-Soul comes with 2 options: 39.2 kWh, and 64 kWh. In some markets, like the USA, only the larger pack is being offered.

The e-Soul battery runs at 356 volts, slightly less than the older 375 volts. Both are lithium-ion polymer batteries, but Kia has manged to improve their technology so that the 64 kWh battery pack (which is more than double the capacity of the 30 kWh 1st gen pack) weighs only 1008 lbs (which is less than double the 650 lbs of the 1st gen pack).

Battery Charging

Charging speed has also increased – the Soul EV had a 6.6 kW onboard charger, while the e-Soul has a 7.2 kW onboard charger. In addition, the newer e-Soul can handle a quick-charge speed of up to 100 kW – twice the capacity of the Soul EV’s 50 kW maximum charging speed.

Kia has also added liquid cooling to the battery pack.


The 2020 Kia e-Soul has changed from having a rear coupled torsion beam suspension to using a multi-link setup. The rear shocks have also been upgraded from a mono-type to a twin tube – possibly because of increased weight from the larger battery pack. [source needed]

The steering has also changed, which has decreased the number of turns of the wheel to go from lock-to-lock down to 2.5, but has also greatly increased the turning circle from 17 feet to 34.8 feet. src

Wheels and Tires

On the Kia Soul EV, the wheels were 6.5 inches wide and needed 16 inch rubber. On the e-Soul, the wheels are 7 inches wide by 17 inches, and come from the factory wrapped in P215/55R17 rubber.


With 400 lbs more in the battery pack, the 2nd generation 2020 e-Soul curb weight is 3,715 lbs, The first generation Kia Soul EV was lighter with a curb weight of 3,289 lbs. src

Gallery of Official Kia e-Soul Specification Slides


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Unveiled at the 2018 LA Auto Show, the 2020 Kia Soul EV will share some electric powertrain components with the Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona EV.

They will use the same 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack with liquid cooling. Range should be well over 200 miles per charge.

Kia is limiting the newly designed Soul EV to certain areas of the USA, perhaps because of the Niro EV?

The 2020 Soul EV will have four drive modes – Eco, Comfort, Eco + and Sport. Each drive mode will adjust power output to the motor, as well as regenerative braking settings, and limit speeds to help manage operating efficiency.

Super Cool and Electric Too

• Next-generation uber-popular urban runabout again available with battery-only power
• Powered by a state-of-the-art liquid-cooled lithium ion polymer 64 kWh battery
• Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charge is standard equipmentii
• 201-horsepower electric motor with 291 lb.-ft. of torque

LOS ANGELES, November 28, 2018 – Today Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the 2020 Soul, a completely new version of Kia’s beloved, award-winning and unconventional compact utility vehicle. In conjunction with that world-debut, the all-electric, battery-powered Soul EV was also unveiled. Just as quirky, fun-loving and crowd-pleasing, the Soul EV provides the opportunity for lovers of the Soul to drive without ever stopping for gas.

A Much Better Battery

The new Soul EV has a new state-of-the-art liquid-cooled lithium ion polymer 64 kWh battery which is expected to mean much less need for daily charging, and with Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-chargeiii as standard equipment, battery refills should be brief so road trip fun can happily continue after only a short break.

The new battery is currently being tested to ascertain precise EPA-estimated range. Results are expected early in 2019 and will be announced at a later date.

Driving Dynamics – The Soul EV is More Fun Than Ever

The Soul EV has always provided a bit of a magic carpet ride, whisking along silently with seemingly effortless pull. Now, with 201 horsepower and 291 lb.-ft. of torque (way up from 210 lb.-ft. in the outgoing model), drivers will feel like a virtual Aladdin. Handling and driving dynamics are also much improved, thanks to the addition of independent rear suspension. The new Soul EV also provides plenty of tools for drivers to customize their driving experience and their battery usage, including:

• Four drive modes – Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+ – that automatically adjust power output to the traction motor, regenerative braking, air conditioning and heating settings, and set speed limits to help manage operating efficiencyiv depending on driving conditions
• Smart regenerative braking operated via paddle shifters provides drivers the ability to slow the car and capture kinetic energy, adding extra range. Drivers can choose from four regen braking levels (0 to 3) depending on desired driving smoothness, enjoyment and efficiency
• Brake and Hold System feature allows regen paddle shifter to bring the car to a full stopv
• Smart Regen System adjusts the regenerative braking level based on a vehicle being detected in front of the Soul EV and creates smoother coast-down driving, especially when descending a steep roadvi
• Smart Eco Pedal Guide display on the instrument cluster keeps the driver aware of real-time battery usage based on accelerator pedal input

Technology Befitting a Thoroughly Modern Vehicle

The Soul EV comes equipped with a long list of state-of-the-art features to help enhance safety, improve the driving experience and provide ease of operation and ownership. Kia engineers and designers have thought of everything. Every Soul EV includes a suite of “Kia Drive Wise” Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems, and a long list of standard and optional equipment, highlights of which are listed below.
• High-tech rotary shifter (shift-by-wire)
• 10.25-inch color touchscreenvii with rear view monitorviii and parking guidance
• 6-speaker audio system (AM/FM/SiriusXM)ix with USB input
• Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
• Apple CarPlayx and Android Autoxi
• Bluetoothxii wireless connectivity with voice recognition
• 7 airbagsxiii (dual front advanced air bags, dual front seat-mounted side air bags, side curtain air bags with rollover sensor, driver’s side knee air bag)
• Vehicle Safety Systemsxiv
◦ Antilock braking
◦ Traction control
◦ Electronic stability control
◦ Hill-start assist control
◦ Tire pressure monitoring system
◦ Pedestrian warning system
• “Kia Drive Wise” Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)xv
◦ Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
◦ Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
◦ Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
◦ Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
◦ Driver Attention Warning (DAW)xvi
◦ Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
◦ Blind Spot Collision Warning (BSW) (available)
◦ Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (available)
◦ Parking Distance Warning – Reverse only (available)
New for Soul EV is a revamped UVOxvii telematics system that allows owners to monitor and control a long list of vehicle operations, including:
• Notifications of battery and charging status
• Real-time charging station update
• Scheduled charging
• Panic notifications – the vehicle will send a notification to the server if the panic alarm is triggered and the system dials 911 emergency services, provides the car position via GPS, and opens a live microphone so that emergency workers can communicate with the vehicle occupants
• “Send2Car” points of interest (POI) and waypoints — owners will be able to plan a road trip with waypoints and send it to the vehicles’ navigation system

Made in Korea and One Soul with a Whole Lot More

Built at the Gwangju plant in Korea, the Soul EV is expected to go on sale next year. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date. Buyers can choose from two trims, the Soul EV and the Soul EV Designer Collection. Supporting its super-fancy sounding name, the Designer Collection model gets all the Soul EV goodies, plus a whole lot more, including:
• Two-tone paint: Gravity Grey with a Platinum Gold roof; Cherry Black with an Inferno Red roof; and Neptune Blue with a Cherry Black roof
• Power-folding gloss-black heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors with signal repeater
• 10-speaker Harman/Kardonxviii premium audio with external amplifier
• Wireless phone chargerxix
• Leather-wrapped steering wheel
• Heated front seats with Sofino premium non-animal seating upholstery
• Auto-dimming rear view mirror

2015 Kia Soul 27 kWh degradation test
The new 30kWh version of the Soul EV has been out for a year now.
The stated capacity is usable capacity. The total capacity has never been officially announced.
Can we now find it using our Torque battery data, or at least disprove some of the speculations.


Note: Kia has officially stated that 4 cell pairs were added to increase the number of cell pairs from 96 to 100.
This is not in dispute here. Although this fact could be disputed because Torque shows voltages for 3 more cell pairs than this.
Those extra 3 voltages could just be Min, Max and average voltages.

One guess is 31.8 kWh by contributors to - Wikipedia: Kia Soul EV
They make the guess that Kia 'improved' the usable window of cell capacity from 37,5 Ah to 40 Ah out of 42,36 Ah.
In other words the cells are identical, but now the BMS software opens up more of the total capacity to be used.
As far as I know this is only guesswork, unless someone can link to something to show how they made this statement.
And please don't refer to the site they actually link to. is not useful.
'Improved' here means removing / reducing the hidden safety buffer at the top, so these cars will show much faster degradation in the first two years.
On older cars that degradation is hidden from the user, because the buffer is lost first before any usable capacity.


I first wrote about the 30kWh battery here - Newer Soul EVs and battery pack upgrades

The actual increase in usable battery energy capacity seems to be 11% (from 27kWh to 30kWh)
This is achieved by
Increasing the number of cells by 4% (from 196 to 200)
Improving the cell capacity by 7% (from 75Ah to 80Ah)
The nominal voltage of the battery has increased because there are more cells in series. (from 360V = 3.75V * 96 to 375V = 3.75V * 100)
Hence in Korea the driving distance on one charge has increased from 148km to 180km. (A 22% gain) This is in part due to a bigger battery , part due to improved driving and charging efficiency at higher voltages , and partly by removing the 80% charge limit. The car weighs more because of the larger battery which reduces efficiency.

In the USA the EPA figure will become 111 miles.


My guess on total capacity was

...We don't know what the total energy capacity is but from these figures I don't think the have changed the ratio of unused capacity used as a buffer at the top. It seems reasonable to assume an 11% increase in total energy capacity. (from 30.5kWh to 33.8kWh)...

My guess was the cell chemistry slightly changed in these cells.
Originally they used 37.5Ah out of 42.5Ah
Now they use 40Ah out of 45Ah
My guess was made based on the fact that the battery pack weight increased by 13kg. Each cell only weighs just under 1kg, so something else is slightly different if they only added 8 cells.

Given that the latest Hyundai I oniq has just had a software tweak to the BMS that increases range from 191km to 200km, I am now assuming that Kia may well have done the same and my first guess was wrong.
So. Can we disprove one of the possibilities using Torque data? The pack voltage at top and bottom should give a clue.


Using Torque data we see that at SOC (display) = 100% on a brand new 2018
The cell voltages are 4.10V. Total battery voltage is 410.9V

On a brand new 2016 we see that at SOC (display) = 100%
The cell voltages are 4.11V. Total battery voltage is 395.2V

The cell voltages when the cars are fully charged is the same.
Hence I don't think they have widened the depth of discharge.

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Kia Soul

Motor vehicle

The Kia Soul is a subcompact crossover SUV manufactured and marketed worldwide by Kia.[1]

Designed at Kia's design center in California, the Soul debuted at the 2008 Paris Motor Show and is manufactured in South Korea. Since 2014, Kia has marketed an electric variant as the Soul EV in North and Central America as well as Europe.

First generation (AM; 2008)[edit]

Motor vehicle

First generation (AM)
2010 Kia Soul Base.jpg

Pre-facelift Kia Soul (US)

Model years2009–2013 (Asia)
2010–2013 (other markets)
DesignerMike Torpey (2005)
PlatformHyundai-Kia PB
Wheelbase2,550 mm (100.4 in)
Length4,105 mm (161.6 in) (2009–2011)
4,120 mm (162.2 in) (2012–2013)
Width1,785 mm (70.3 in)
Height1,610 mm (63.4 in)
Curb weight1,170–1,336 kg (2,579–2,945 lb)

The Soul concept was styled by Mike Torpey in early 2005. As a new member of Kia's Design Team in Irvine, California, Torpey was sent to Kia Korea to brainstorm a new vehicle. After seeing a television documentary on wild boars and learning of their importance in Korean culture, Torpey sketched a caricature of a boar wearing a backpack. The New York Times reported "the boar's attitude of strength and capability was the image [Torpey] wanted for a new model aimed at hip urban youths."[3]

The Soul bares inspiration from a cancelled Volkswagen SUV proposal based on the Volkswagen Fox platform designed under the supervision of Peter Schreyer, who would become Kia's chief designer in 2006 and incorporate the design into the Soul.[4][5]

According to the Automotive News, the Soul had been criticized for a "plasticky" interior and a harsh ride.[6] Both the ride quality and interior were upgraded during the first year of production.[citation needed]


The interior features two front bucket seats and a rear flat-folding bench seat that can adjust to prioritize passenger or cargo volume.[7]

Pre-facelift Kia Soul CRDi (UK)

The first generation was marketed with a six-speaker stereo system that includes a CD player, a USB port for iPod connection, and Sirius Satellite Radio. Additional features available for upgrade included additional speakers, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth for hands-free connectivity.[8]

Options included themed special editions as well as 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, racing stripes, "dragon" and "houndstooth" graphics, and LED turn indicators.[8]

For 2011, the Kia Soul was updated with more conventional pull-out door handles, standard metallic interior trim, redesigned instrument cluster, leather shift boot, and switchblade style fold-in integrated key and remote, with an optional Smart Key available in the Exclaim ("!") trim.

For model year 2012, the Soul received revised exterior and interior styling and new powertrains. In North America the updated 1.6 liter engine, featuring direct injection, makes 138 hp/123 lb-ft; the 2.0 liter engine makes 164 hp/148 lb-ft of torque. The 1.6 now delivers 25–26 mpg in the city and 30–31 on the highway. The 2.0 returns 23–24 in the city and 28–29 on the highway.[9] New features included navigation, UVO infotainment, leather and heated seats and automatic climate control.[10]

As part of the 2012 upgrades, European models were fitted with new 1.6-liter GDI gasoline or 1.6 CRDi diesel engines, both of which can be specified with an automatic gearbox or a new six-speed manual gearbox, replacing the five-speed unit in the old version. As a result, the gasoline offers a 14 bhp uplift in power compared to its predecessor, while returning improved fuel economy. The modified 1.6 CRDi diesel returns 57.6 mpg and has cut its CO2 emissions from 138  g/km to 129g/km – particularly important for the European market where taxation is based on carbon emissions.[11]

The 2013 North American Kia Soul received upgrades including 3 new colors, a bulged hood, revised grille with black chrome accents, LED red tail lights, LED amber front turn signals under the headlights and white LED running lights under the front turn signals. The exterior Kia badges became now smooth instead of raised lettering. Inside, audio controls were relocated to the steering wheel and Bluetooth became standard across the range. Upper trims included power folding heated mirrors with turn signal repeaters. The center display for sound system was previously red LED and was revised to include a full color range. The Kia Soul will be a mini SUV after 2013 in its second generation which the Kia Track'ster will succeed the first generation Kia Soul.

Special editions[edit]

Kia Soul Denim (2010)

The Denim is a limited (1200 units) version of 2010 Kia Soul Soul+ for the US market. Appearing in June 2009, it features a blue body color with white racing stripes, white painted side-view mirrors, and white, 18-inch, alloy wheels.[12][13]

Kia Soul Dragon (2010)

The Shadow Dragon edition is based on the Soul trim line and was limited to about 1900 units. Exterior details include shadow black paint with matte-black dragon graphics on its hood and tailgate, gloss-black bumper inserts, a body-color rear wing and 18 inch black alloy wheels. The interior features heated, black leather trimmed seats. MSRP for Shadow Dragon Soul starts at $18,195 with a five speed manual transmission or $19,195 with the available four-speed automatic.[14]

The Kia Soul Tiger (2010)

The Soul White Tiger Special Edition comes with features such as Clear White with Grey exterior graphics, body colored bumpers, sport rear spoiler, black 18-inch alloy wheels, black fender vents with side marker repeater, rear bumper applique, alloy fuel door, black leather seat trim, heated front seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, push button start with smart key, illuminated sill plates, automatic climate control and front fog lights.

Soul Flex (2010)

Kia presented the Soul Flex at the 2010 São Paulo International Auto Show. The Soul Flex is the first Korean flexible-fuel vehicle capable of running on any blend from E20-E25 gasoline (mandatory Brazilian blend) to E100 (neat ethanol). The new Soul Flex delivers a 44% improvement in fuel efficiency compared with the existing gasoline model, as well as superior power and torque.[15]


The North American version of the Soul was initially available in 2010 and 2011 with one of two inline four-cylinder gasoline engines. The base model is powered by a 1.6-liter unit producing 122 bhp (91 kW) and mated exclusively with a five-speed manual transmission.[16] Higher trims feature a 2.0-liter unit producing 142 bhp (106 kW) connected to a standard five-speed manual transmission with a four-speed automatic available as a stand-alone option.[17] A 1.6-liter diesel engine producing 126 bhp (94 kW) and 260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft) torque is offered in European models instead of the 2.0-liter gas, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

For the 2012 model, the Soul received two new transmissions and a new engine: 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions replaced the old choices, and the new 2.0-liter Nu engine replacing the old Beta engine; the 1.6-liter Gamma engine remained as the base model choice. The Gamma 1.6 gets a new dual variable valve timing (128 HP), and in some countries, gets a direct injection fuel system.[18]

ModelYearsTransmission[email protected][email protected]0–100 km/h
(0–62 mph)
Top Speed
1.6 Gamma II MPi2008–20115-speed manual
4-speed automatic
126 PS (93 kW; 124 hp) @ 6,300 rpm15.9 kg⋅m (156 N⋅m; 115 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,200 rpm11.0s (Manual)177 km/h (110 mph) (Manual)
162 km/h (101 mph) (Automatic)
2012–20136-speed manual
6-speed automatic
129 PS (95 kW; 127 hp) @ 6,300 rpm16 kg⋅m (157 N⋅m; 116 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,850 rpm
1.6 Gamma II GDi2012–20136-speed manual
6-speed automatic
140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) @ 6,300 rpm17 kg⋅m (167 N⋅m; 123 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,850 rpm10.4s (Manual)
10.9s (Automatic)
180 km/h (112 mph)
2.0 Beta II2008–20115-speed manual
4-speed automatic
142 PS (104 kW; 140 hp) @ 6,000 rpm19 kg⋅m (186 N⋅m; 137 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,600 rpm
2.0 Nu MPi2012–20136-speed manual166 PS (122 kW; 164 hp) @ 6,500 rpm20.5 kg⋅m (201 N⋅m; 148 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,800 rpm
1.6 U II CRDi2008–20115-speed manual
4-speed automatic
128 PS (94 kW; 126 hp) @ 4,000 rpm26.5 kg⋅m (260 N⋅m; 192 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,900–2,750 rpm11.3s (Manual)
11.9s (Automatic)
182 km/h (113 mph) (Manual)
176 km/h (109 mph) (Automatic)
2011–20136-speed manual
6-speed automatic
10.7s (Manual)
11.7s (Automatic)
180 km/h (112 mph) (Manual)
177 km/h (110 mph) (Automatic)


Kia Soul earned a maximum five star safety rating from Euro NCAP.[19][full citation needed] In 2009, According to Euro NCAP, the five star safety rating places Kia Soul among the safest B-segment family cars in the world.[20] The Soul was awarded the maximum five star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), but only on the New Zealand version. Australian versions get 4 out of 5 stars.

IIHS scores[21]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset Poor
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

Euro NCAP test results for a LHD, 5-door hatchback variant on a 2009 registration:


  • Kia Soul'ster concept at the 2010 Montreal Show

Kia Soul Concept (2006)

Motor vehicle

The design was based on the Kia Mesa concept and it was initially introduced as a compact crossover with a 5-door SUV body styling with 5 seats and suicide doors. It included a 2.0 L I4 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability and adaptive cruise control.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.[23]

By late 2008, Kia announced it would put the car into production as a 2009 model.[24]

Kia Soul Burner, Diva, Searcher (2008)

The Kia Soul Burner, Diva, and Searcher are concept vehicles, created by Kia's European design team, under the guidance of Kia's Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer.[25]

The Soul Diva was created as a fashion accessory for a style-conscious young-at-heart woman, who regards her car to be as important as her entire outfit. It included a white, gold and black color scheme, full-length tinted glass panoramic roof, glossy black imitation leather, using 'quilted' stitching and trimmed to look like sofas, and black long-pile 'Pony-hide' carpet.

The Soul Burner was described as the 'bad boy' of Soul concepts.[citation needed] It included a solid roof panel and no roof rails, 245/40R19 tires, 4 bucket seats,[26] and L-shaped day-light LED driving lamps around the outer edges. At the rear, two vertical exhaust pipes were placed at the extremes of the bumper.

Kia's Soul Searcher was designed to capture the spirit of Korean and Far Eastern culture, with a focus on achieving personal inner peace and creating a calm cocoon for the occupants. It included an old leather finish on the bonnet, powered folding roof, tailgate panel, dashboard, door panels and steering wheel rim, plus gray-beige felt floor and seats.

The Soul Hamstar Edition, introduced in 2011, featured body colored bumpers, rear sport spoiler, black 18-inch wheels, black fender vents w/side marker repeater, rear bumper applique, matte alloy fuel door, hamstar exterior graphics, black leather seating, heated seats, hamstar edition floor mats, smart key push button starting, automatic climate control, fog lights, and leather steering wheel and shift knob.

The vehicles were unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.[27] The Soul Burner later appeared at the 2008 SEMA show.[28]

Kia Soul Hybrid (2008)

The Soul Hybrid/Eco-Soul is a concept vehicle with Gamma 1.6L gasoline engine, an electric motor rated 15 kW (20 PS; 20 hp) and 105 N⋅m (77 lbf⋅ft), continuously variable transmission, ISG (Idle Stop&Go), regenerative braking.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show[29][30] and later at Auto Shanghai[31] and later at the Canadian International Auto Show.

Kia Soul'ster Concept (2009)

The Soul'ster is a concept vehicle which is a subcompactcrossover SUV with a 2-door, 4-seater cabriolet SUV body styling with an open roof over the rear seats. It includes dual chrome exhaust, polished aluminum exhaust tips featuring carbon-fiber interior sleeves, and 19-inch 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels. It is similar to the Jeep Wrangler. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 NAIAS.

The production version includes a choice of 1.6L I4 rated at 120 hp (89 kW) with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 2.0L I4 rated at 120 hp (89 kW) with a 5-speed manual transmission.[32] It went on sale in 2010.[33]


Kia Soul exhibit at the 2009 SEMAauto show in Las Vegas.

After the Soul's release, Kia USA launched commercials in a campaign titled "A new way to roll", created by Los Angeles-based ad agency David&Goliath,[34] and featuring city streets with animated hamsters on stationary hamster wheels. The commercials have attracted popularity on video-sharing sites[35] and were awarded "Automotive Ad of the Year" at the Nielsen Automotive Advertising Awards.[36]

Featured songs include "Do What You Do" by Marz, "Fort Knox" by Goldfish, "Junkyard" by The Potbelleez, "colors" by Calvin Harris, "The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)" by Black Sheep, "Applause" by Lady Gaga and, during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO.

A 2013 Soul commercial, released August 2012, featured the song "In My Mind (Axwell Remix)" by Ivan Gough, Feenixpawl and Georgi Kay[37] with hamsters at an 18th-century opera house to the song.

In October 2011, the Kia Soul Hamsters were inducted into the Madison Avenue Walk of Fame, advertising industry's equivalent of Hollywood and Vine.[citation needed] As of 2011, Kia is also the only car manufacturer to be inducted. From 2010 to 2012, Kia released a series of commercials for the Soul featuring professional golfer Michelle Wie.[38][39]

As an April Fool's Day joke, Kia published a press release on a new environmentally friendly concept based on the Soul in 2010, called the Air Propulsion and Retardation Installation Line. The concept used sensors on the bumpers and retractable panels to harness the flow of wind.[40]

Reviews and awards[edit]

The Kia Soul earned a red dot design award in 2009.[41] In a Popular Mechanics comparison, the Kia Soul surpassed the Nissan Cube and the Scion xB.[42]Fifth Gear gave it a 4/5 rating,[43] as did The Times[44] and WhatCar?.[45] Kia Soul was named to the Kelley Blue Book's '5 Great Deals' List,[46] and recognized by the Texas Auto Writers Association as 'Best Value'.[47]

The Kia Soul was recognized on 'Coolest New Cars Under US $18,000' List by Kelley Blue Book's in 2009.[48] The Kia Soul'ster was also awarded 2009 Concept Truck of the Year[49] and named to 'Top 10 Back-to-School Cars' List by Kelley Blue Book's[50] Kia Soul was named "Best Car 2009" by the Chilean daily newspaper La Tercera, and Kia Motors Chile was also selected as "Best Maker of the Year 2009" in Chile.[51]

The Soul's residual value after three years was valued at 56 percent of the original value to take the top place in its segment in the Automotive Lease Guide's latest report. It surpassed the Nissan Cube and the Scion xB.[52]

In 2010, the Kia Soul Named to Time's 'Most Exciting Cars of 2010' List.[53] Also that year, the car was named one of '10 Great And Safe Rides For Teens' by Autoweek magazine,[54] and was given the '2010 Automotive Excellence Award' By Popular Mechanics.[55] In 2010, Kia Soul was named 'Small Car of the Year' by FAMA Magazine[56] and 'Best Hatchback of 2010' by[57] named Kia Soul as one of the “Top Recommended” Vehicles for 2010.[58]

Second generation (PS; 2013)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Second generation (PS)
Kia Soul 1.6 CRDi Dream-Team Edition (II) – Frontansicht, 24. Juni 2017, Düsseldorf.jpg
Model years2014–2019
DesignerPeter Schreyer
Wheelbase2,570 mm (101.2 in)
Length4,140 mm (163.0 in)
Width1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Height1,600 mm (63.0 in)
Curb weight1,264–1,426 kg (2,787–3,144 lb)

Unveiled at the 2013 New York[59] and Frankfurt auto shows,[60] the second generation Soul is based on Kia's Track'ster concept,[citation needed] and offers an increase in torsional rigidity of 28.7%, wheelbase increased to 2,570 mm (101.2 in), width increased to 1,800 mm (70.9 in) and the same overall height of 1,600 mm (63.0 in). The redesign features a wraparound greenhouse, high-mounted tail lights, large trapezoidal lower air intake and "floating" body color panel set into the liftgate.

The U.S. model went on sale as 2014 model year vehicle, and early models included a choice of 1.6 liter Gamma GDI or 2.0 liter Nu GDI engines, mated to 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions. Trim levels included base, + (Plus), and ! (Exclaim) models.[61]

2015 Kia Soul 1.6 EX (Chile)

The European model was set to go on sale in early 2014, with UK launch in Spring 2014. Early models include a choice of 1.6 liter GDi gasoline or CRDi diesel engines (from the previous generation Kia Soul), six-speed manual or automatic transmission, three different roof colors (black, white, and red), a choice of 11 body colors. Korean market models received the same two engines, with the 2.0 liter gasoline engine currently reserved for North American buyers.


The second-generation Kia Soul shares its platform with the second generation Kia Cee'd hatchback. Sixty six percent of the chassis utilizes either Ultra High Strength Steel (35 percent) or High Strength Steel (31 percent). The front subframe uses four bushings (the first generation has none) and the shock absorbers on the rear torsion beam axle are now mounted vertically allowing for more suspension travel.

Kia Track'ster concept (2012)
2012 Kia Track'ster concept

This is a 3-door conceptsubcompactcrossover SUV which presaged the second generation Soul. It is now having a subcompact crossover SUV-like styling and it abandons the compact crossover SUV-like styling, it has custom 19-inch wheels designed by Kia's California design team and HRE, 14-inch Brembo vented and cross-drilled front disc brakes with six-piston calipers, 13.6-inch rear brake discs with four-piston calipers, angled roof accented with Inferno Orange, lengthened front door with smooth billet push-style handles, carbon fiber lower side valances in Inferno Orange and incorporate functional rear-brake cooling ducts, back hatch incorporates a horizontal Inferno Orange "backpack" panel five inches wider than a production Soul, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 250 hp (186 kW; 253 PS), electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system, short-throw six-speed manual transmission with a stubby spherical shift lever, Inferno Orange suede-covered racing seats, Granite Gray leather upholstery, Granite Gray suede wraps the sport steering wheel and door panels, red-glowing nacelles, rear seats removed and replaced with a fully integrated equipment tray and spare-tire well, paneled bins in Inferno Orange behind seats, custom rear strut brace incorporates a quick-release handle to allow for fast wheel changes.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.[62]

Facelift (2017)

For model year 2017, Kia Soul underwent a facelift. Included in the changes are some minor body trim changes, new paint colors, and new headlight options.[63] The biggest change comes at the top trim level, in which the old 2.0-liter Nu engine is replaced by the 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine, which adds 40 hp (30 kW) and 45 lb⋅ft (61 N⋅m) of torque over the outgoing model.[64] The engine is mated to a 7-speed Dual-clutch transmission, replacing the 6-speed automatic. The powertrain change resulted in the car being one of the fastest in its class.[65]

In 2018, reports linked a large number of fires to the Kia Soul in the United States.[66][67] The Center for Auto Safety subsequently demanded Kia recall all Kia Souls from 2010 through 2015 for fire hazard.[68][69] Kia initiated a voluntary recall for fire risk on January 11, 2019, but the Kia Soul was not included in the recall.[70]

Special editions[edit]

"Red Line" edition (2014–)

It is a limited (2000 units) version of 2014 Kia Soul Plus with white body color, body kit with red accents, redesigned grille, front and rear fascias, and side skirts; custom 18-inch alloy wheels, 2.0-liter gasoline direct injected (GDI) four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic transmission, black cloth seats with red stitching, leather steering wheel, black-leather dash hood with red stitching, black carpeted floor mats with red piping, sport pedals; shift knob ring, air vent ring, dash speakers and console tray trim in red.[71]

Kia Soul EV (2015)

Main article: Kia Soul EV

In 2013, Kia started testing prototype versions of a Soul electric vehicle. In November 2013, Kia announced they would be producing the Soul EV and it would go on sale in 2014. The Soul EV would be based on the second generation Kia Soul. Powered by a 27 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, the Soul EV has a target range of over 120 mi (190 km) and fast charging capability of 100 kW DC via a CHAdeMO connection.[72] Its motor is rated at 109 bhp (81 kW; 111 PS) and 285 N⋅m (210 lb⋅ft) of torque.[73]

The vehicle was first showcased at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2014[74] where Kia said the Soul EV will be offered in California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. Kia is targeting regions with the largest EV markets and infrastructure, and plans to offer the Soul EV in other markets in the near future.[75]

Kia Soul Autonomous Vehicle (2016)

Kia demonstrated their upcoming "Drive Wise" sub-brand at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show with a Kia Soul EV modified with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technology.[76]


ModelYearsTransmission[email protected][email protected]0–100 km/h
(0–62 mph)
Top Speed
1.6 Gamma II MPi2013–20196-speed manual
6-speed automatic
124 PS (91 kW; 122 hp) @ 6,300 rpm15.9 kg⋅m (156 N⋅m; 115 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,200 rpm
1.6 Gamma II GDi132 PS (97 kW; 130 hp) @ 6,300 rpm16.4 kg⋅m (161 N⋅m; 119 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,850 rpm11.0s (Manual)185 km/h (115 mph) (Manual)
1.6 Gamma II T-GDi2016–20197-speed dual clutch204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) @ 6,000 rpm26.5 kg⋅m (260 N⋅m; 192 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,500-4,500 rpm7.8s196 km/h (122 mph)
2.0 Nu MPi2013–20196-speed manual
6-speed automatic
153 PS (113 kW; 151 hp) @ 6,000 rpm19 kg⋅m (186 N⋅m; 137 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,800 rpm
2.0 Nu GDi166 PS (122 kW; 164 hp) @ 6,500 rpm20.5 kg⋅m (201 N⋅m; 148 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,800 rpm
1.6 U II CRDi2013–20146-speed manual
6-speed automatic
128 PS (94 kW; 126 hp) @ 4,000 rpm26.5 kg⋅m (260 N⋅m; 192 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,900–2,750 rpm11.2s (Manual)
12.2s (Automatic)
180 km/h (112 mph) (Manual)
177 km/h (110 mph) (Automatic)
2014–20196-speed manual
7-speed dual clutch
136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @ 4,000 rpm30.6 kg⋅m (300 N⋅m; 221 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,750–2,500 rpm11.2s (Manual)
11.1s (DCT)
180 km/h (112 mph) (Manual)
182 km/h (113 mph) (DCT)


IIHS scores[21]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset: Driver side – 2015–2019 Good
Small overlap frontal offset: Driver side – 2015–2019 Acceptable
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good

Euro NCAP test results for a LHD, 5-door hatchback variant on a 2014 registration:


Kia Motors once again teamed up with David&Goliath to promote the Soul using anthropomorphic hamster characters. The most recent commercial was for the Turbo model, featuring the Motörhead song "Ace of Spades".[78]


The Soul won the 2014 Red Dot Award for Passenger Car Design[79] and the iF Design Award for Discipline: Product in 2014 and Discipline: Communication in 2016.[80][81]

Third generation (SK3; 2019)[edit]

Motor vehicle

On November 21, 2018, Kia Motors released teaser pictures of the new Soul. In addition, it was confirmed that the Soul will be offered with a 2.0 L I4 or a 1.6 L turbo-four engine. A rugged X-Line trim will also be added to the Soul's trim options.[83] According to Kia, this version of the Soul will have two options for four-cylinder engines. There is a turbocharged 1.6 liter engine and a naturally aspirated 2.0 liter engine.[84] It will be both a gasoline model and an electric vehicle, with a "toughened chassis" for accidents.[85] Unlike earlier models, it has thin lights as headlights, with the large grille remaining.[86]

Kia Motors unveiled the third generation Soul and Soul EV (e-Soul in some markets, codenamed SK3) at the 2018 LA Auto Show. The 2020 Soul and Soul EV are slated for release in North America in the second quarter of 2019.[87] In the US, Kia postponed the launch of the Soul EV to 2021. The Kia Soul now shares a platform with the Hyundai Kona.[84]

The Soul EV is the only version sold in Europe.[88] Distinguished with the name "Soul Booster,"[85] the 2020 Kia Soul shares a 64-kWh battery pack and powertrain with the Niro.[89]

In 2021, Kia discontinued the Soul in South Korea, due to poor sales and Seltos competition.[90]

The 6-speed manual was discontinued in the United States for the 2022 model year, it was only offered on the base LX model.[91]


1.6 Gamma II MPi2019–present1,591 cc (97.1 cu in) I46-speed automatic123 PS (90 kW; 121 hp) @ 6,300 rpm15.3 kg⋅m (150 N⋅m; 111 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,850 rpm
2.0 Nu MPi1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) I46-speed manual
149 PS (110 kW; 147 hp) @ 6,200 rpm18.3 kg⋅m (179 N⋅m; 132 lbf⋅ft) @ 4,500 rpm
1.6 Gamma II T-GDi1,591 cc (97.1 cu in) Turbo I47-speed DCT204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) @ 6,000 rpm27 kg⋅m (265 N⋅m; 195 lbf⋅ft) @ 1,500–4,500 rpm
electrice-Souldirect drive204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) @ 3,800–8,000 rpm40.3 kg⋅m (395 N⋅m; 291 lbf⋅ft) @ 0–3,600 rpm


Kia Motors collaborated with K-pop singer Hyolyn to promote the Soul.[92]


IIHS scores[21]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset: Driver side Good
Small overlap frontal offset: Driver side Good
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good


As of 2015, Kia has produced over a million units of the Soul.[93] In the United States, over 100,000 units have been sold each year from 2011 to 2018, becoming the best-selling subcompact car ahead of the Nissan Versa.

Calendar year United States[94]Canada[95]Global
2009 31,6218,489
2010 67,1109,857
2011 102,26711,651
2012 115,7787,560
2013 118,0797,618
2014 145,316 9,944[96]
2015 147,133 13,335[97]203,518[98]
2016 145,76812,672195,802[99]
2017 115,71211,691
2018 104,70911,129
2019 98,03311,868
2020 71,8629,869


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