The Kia Soul EV gets an update for the 2020 model year. Some of the most significant changes include a new, more powerful motor, increased battery capacity, and faster charging. The Soul EV also has a new exterior look, and it receives some upgraded technology. Here is a look at the 2020 Soul EV.
Power and Performance
The upgraded electric motor in the 2020 Soul EV will produce 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. Since electric motors have peak torque at lower RPM’s, you’ll immediately feel the extra power when you step on the accelerator. A 64 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery sits under the floor, and according to the EPA, the updated Soul will have a range of 243 miles. This is more than double the range of the current model and more than other EVs on the road.
Trims and Exterior Look
The new Soul EV will come in two different trim levels. The EV and the EV Designer Collection. Both models get an updated exterior design that includes new lighting, and a solid panel instead of a front grille to hide the charging port. 17-inch alloy wheels come standard with a unique look for the EV, and the Soul EV Designer Edition gets a two-tone exterior paint treatment with the option for a gold, red, or black roof.
The EV comes with a 10.25-inch touch screen infotainment system, and it supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both EV trim levels come standard with navigation, and this will display charging stations to help you find a place to charge up when you need it. Kia’s UVO telematics system is available by subscription and uses an app to let you know the charging status.
The Soul’s cabin is spacious, and the upright design provides plenty of headroom for both front and rear seat passengers. There is plenty of room for up to five passengers, with cloth upholstery in the base model and premium non-animal seats for the EV Designer Edition. Since the battery sits under the floor, it doesn’t take up any space in the cabin, and in the back, the rear hatch sits lower and wider than before, which makes it even easier to get gear in and out of the large cargo area.
The 2020 Soul EV comes well-equipped with advanced safety systems. Both models have a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go function. It also has a driver attention warning system that will alert the driver if it detects drowsy driving, Rear cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and, rear parking sensors are available as options, and since it is so quiet, this EV also makes an artificial noise to let pedestrians know it is coming.
The 2020 Kia Soul EV is the future of Kia. It has a new, modern design both inside and out, the latest technology, and more range than other EVs on the market.
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