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The hamsters are aback in Kia’s ads for its new Soul EV all-electric hatchback. And while their geeky, sexy, danceable ‘science experiment’ is absolutely memorable, afterwards active the 2015 Kia Soul EV we accept to admiration if conceivably the Energizer Bunny would accept been a bigger cheer-creature.

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More than any non-Tesla-badged, all-electric car so far, the Soul EV keeps going, and going, and going. To an EPA-rated 93 miles.

And it has what it takes to affluence range-anxiety worries, with a predictable, amenable ambit exhausted that doesn’t skip a beat.

As we observed, it’s added acceptable to add a exhausted actuality and there, it seems. That EPA cardinal acquainted absolutely bourgeois afterwards several altered accuse and a absolute of 388 miles—split over a brace of weeks and urban, suburban, and Interstate artery active (yes, we’ll get to that).

On the burghal and burghal side, we saw 114 afar on a distinct charge—‘careful’ active with no use of the capital climate-control system, but not hypermiling—before we chickened out and acquainted the Soul EV in. And at that point it still adumbrated a four-percent allegation remaining.

As with all electric vehicles, application the climate-control arrangement absolutely chops into your actual range. Click the arrangement on, and the appraisal will aback bead by 10 afar or more.

But Kia provides a brace of acute things that accomplish it abnormally accessible to abide the allurement to about-face it on, for several acceptable reasons. First, acrimonious and cooled aerial seats are included, as is a acrimonious council wheel, and in active during acclimate in the 50s (deg F) it kept us altogether comfortable. Secondly, there’s added flow-through blast actuality than in added models (like the Nissan Leaf, in which we’ve had assorted adventures with fogging up unless the A/C is switched aback on), so you don’t accept to accumulate cycling the defog on.

Really, it’s a 100-mile electric car, at last

In short, this is a 100-mile electric car, from what we’ve seen—provided you can accumulate your active appearance in check. If you can absolute your active to lower burghal speeds, accumulate your takeoffs and stops about bland and gradual, and absolute altitude ascendancy use, you’ll acceptable see that or added out of a charge, with some regularity.

Even based on what we saw in artery driving, we’ll adventure that if you accumulate your dispatch legal, and you use the altitude ascendancy some, 80 afar is reasonable (and 70 afar is a ambition chargeless of range-anxiety white duke and algid sweats).

Being able to go the ambit is alone allotment of the address here, of course. And we’re not activity to put the Soul EV up on a basement for actuality animated and responsive, because it’s not. (Head for the Fiat 500e if you appetite to see how that’s done.)

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The Soul EV is, however, a absolutely nice-driving adaptation of what’s already a actual acute car—one that has all the packaging advantage and utility-mindedness of the gasoline Soul, but one that rides better, is added responsive, and feels a heck of a lot added refined.

With its electric motor authoritative 109 application and 210 pound-feet of torque, the Soul EV can birr to 60 mph in aloof beneath 12 seconds, according to Kia, and top dispatch is 90 mph; but it’s account pointing out that, like best electric cars, it has the bigger advantage in achievement over the gasoline adaptation at low, urban-driving speeds.

Not a baking performer, but active area it matters

The EV feels quick but hardly baking from a standstill, and absolutely as able and quick to acknowledge as you’d allegation for any situation, accommodate you’re beneath about 50 mph. Above 50 mph the Soul feels aloof fine—with casual ability that feels alone as quick as the base-engine Soul (with a 1.6-liter four).

The Soul’s amalgamation itself is, we think, one that electric-car shoppers accept been craving. Pretty abundant centermost amid a auto car and a bunched crossover, and catastrophe up as a array of pint-size alpine wagon, the 2015 Kia Soul is about as able as baby cars get—especially baby cars that are alone 163 inches long. Four adults can absolutely all be absolutely adequate inside, and there’s abundant kneeroom and allowance in aback for six-footers (and those aback seats are acrimonious too, in the Plus archetypal we had).

Any packaging changes amid the Soul EV and accepted Soul models are absolutely subtle, and Kia confirms that burden amplitude with the seats bankrupt is about identical—minus the amplitude taken up by the underfloor charger accumulator compartment. Backseat legroom is clearly bottomward three inches, but it’s not a aberration you’re activity to notice.

Flip the rear seats advanced and the burden attic isn’t absolutely flat, but it’s abutting abundant (we confused several abundant amps, a PA, and a bang drum, and cavernous, box-like autogenous was accessible to backpack and unload).

Kia fabricated some cogent improvements to autogenous clarification with the Soul’s redesign this accomplished year, and the Soul EV absolutely makes the best of it. Aloof as with the gasoline Soul models, there’s a lot added insulation beneath the floor, assimilation up alley babble aloof as able-bodied as some abundant added big-ticket vehicles, while badly bigger abstracts central advice too, and bashful improvements cut wind babble to a lower akin than before.

Soul EV makes the best of Soul’s berth upgrades

As we acclaimed with the gasoline car, it’s a abashment engineers chock-full there and didn’t anticipate to absolute the firewall a bit more, because in those models there’s too abundant agent noise. Absolutely not the case in the Soul EV, of course. The active acquaintance is about eerily quiet at first, and there’s none of the beef during dispatch that some EV makers let through; on the added hand, you do apprehend the banal admonishing sounds—part ablaze saber, allotment slow-motion crickets, as a commuter put it—when you’re beneath 15 mph or so.

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It handles better, too. Alike admitting the Soul EV is added than 300 pounds added than a loaded gasoline model, it holds its accumulation (namely, added than 600 pounds and 27 kWh of lithium polymer hardware) lower to the arena and added analogously amid the four wheels. The aftereffect is added of a ‘glued to the pavement’ feel—within reason—behind the wheel. There’s beneath fore-aft weight transfer, too.

The alone affair it doesn’t accept is abundant grip; in the tightest ambit corners you’ll apprehension that the low-rolling-resistance tires artlessly won’t let you adore that to its fullest.

At a first-drive blow aftermost year, again in aftereffect drives in Portland and New York this year, we’ve spent several hundred miles, altogether, with the accepted Soul. I took the Soul EV on some of the aforementioned anchorage apprenticed with the gasoline Soul, and the EV absolutely rides in a added acclimatized way, while on the artery it advance added confidently, after the gasoline Soul’s allegation for baby council adjustments.

Feels adequate benumbed easy, or acutely acceptable one-pedal whims

As far as basics, the Soul EV tries to amuse both those affective from an automatic-transmission gasoline archetypal or an electric car. Yes it does ‘creep’ ahead—just a little bit—when you lift your bottom off the anchor pedal. And aloof in ‘D’ in accustomed mode, it coasts analytic well.

Pull the about-face batten aback to the ’B’ setting, and there’s a lot added anchor regen—to the amount that your cartage will be bobbing about if you’re not a accomplished ‘one pedal’ driver. A abundant accommodation is abrogation it in ‘D’ but beat the ‘Active Eco’ button, which softens burke acknowledgment (takeoffs are easier to modulate) and makes adorning braking a little more…regenerative—all after putting any bassinet on active amusement otherwise.

Over 52 afar of decidedly agog active (as agog as we capital to be), including some higher-speed freeway driving, accelerated takeoffs, and a run up and bottomward a admired few afar of ample backroad, we managed to accompany a abounding allegation bottomward to 39 percent (and still, an estimated 33 afar remaining).

How bound can you advance those electrons aback in? Application a 240V, Akin 2 charger, you’ll delay bristles hours or less. The Soul EV additionally includes a CHAdeMo DC fast-charging port, acceptance it to get from abandoned to 80-percent allegation in aloof 33 minutes.

Fast-charge adequacy frees you for (leisurely) road-tripping

Now for the fun stuff. The fast-charging affection allows you to use the Soul EV, on occasion—and on actual specific routes—to booty this agent out on a artery trip. We took advantage of this adequacy in a 195-mile drive from Portland, Oregon, to Redmond, Washington, mostly forth I-5, application some of the abounding chargers that are allotment of the alleged West Coast Electric Highway. Three stops added a absolute of aloof over an hour to a cruise that would accept commonly been about three and a bisected hours.

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The interface in the Soul EV is absolutely simple on the apparent but added circuitous in means you can adjustment up through menus, and it feels like they got it right. Aloof advanced of the disciplinarian are the basics, with a stable, anticipated estimated ambit meter, a allotment array exhausted (the ‘fuel gauge’), a speedometer on the right, and an abbreviated, reconfigurable affectation in the middle.

All the all-embracing EV appearance are accessed by hitting an ‘EV’ button on the centermost stack; that bound brings you to a awning of EV-centric options. You can amount out area the abutting charger is, for instance, or set allegation times. There’s additionally an iPhone app for all of that, and more.

At $249 a ages for 36 months, with $1,999 due at signing, the Soul EV is absolutely a deal. That includes the federal $7,500 tax credit, by the way.

California only? Really??

Here’s the thing: Kia is, for now, authoritative the Soul EV accessible alone from 17 retailers in California. For now, no added state, not alike Oregon (it was banned fruit, for now, in this EV hub), gets the Soul EV. At this point, there’s a rollout plan for East Coast states, potentially for abutting spring, but it hasn’t yet been finalized.

The Soul EV has a lot activity for it. With absolutely possibly the best accessible active ambit yet, airy but assured performance, and all the amazing versatility, we absolutely don’t see why the Soul EV wouldn’t advertise in abounding added U.S. big cities.

In all, this is no science experiment, as those ads suggest. And it’s no blow or aberration of nature. This is a smartly engineered electric car that offers abundant ambit to allay those anxieties; and wraps it into a ‘normal’ car—actually, an abnormally able ‘normal’ car that gets you off the internal-combustion hamster wheel.

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