Kia Soul 2017 electric car owner review

Kia Soul 2017 electric car owner review

Katy Duke drives a Kia Soul 30kWh 2017 electric car. 

This is Katy’s first electric car, she’s owned the Kia Soul under 1 year and drives 5,000-10,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 40,000-50,000 miles and she achieves 75 miles range from a full charge.

 

Rate your Kia Soul out of 5.

 

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Why did you choose this electric car?

We were looking in the £11k range and considered the Zoe but this is more robust for muddy site visits and the range is better. We test drove 4 cars & this one 3 times before choosing the more expensive option at £15.5k from a dealer.

Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.

  • Running costs
  • interior
  • lovely to drive.

 

Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.

  • A bit too SUV-like.

Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?

12v battery terminals poor, mouse-munched cable. Now replaced by the AA.

 

What are the standout tech features of the car?

Groovy controls I’ve never had before! Reversing camera & heated steering wheel are notable. Timed charging which is great with the night-time tariff.

 

Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car.

Funky coloured pulsating speakers!

 

What electric car are you interested in next and why?

Newer version of the same car for better range.

 

What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

7kW MIDA, type 1 – very good value from EV Chargers Direct. Not very smart though.

 

Kia Soul 2017 electric car owner review

 

Rate your home charging unit out of 5.

 

What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

Octopus Go – highly recommended for night-time tariff option.

Rate your electricity supplier out of 5.

 

What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?

None particularly, have found bugs &  availability is patchy.

 

Kia Soul 2017 electric car owner review

 

List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).

See previous answer.

 

Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?

Elephant – seem fine.

 

Rate your insurance provider out of 5.

 

Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an electric car compared to a petrol/diesel car.

£100

 

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