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Kia e-Soul settles in the electrical bite-file

There are electric cars that takes in from the toes to hear the future, while the other goes on the heels and want to be like the cars most always have been. Somewhere in between lay the new Kia e-Soul.

Soul debuted in 2009 with an internal combustion engine, but the 2014 came Soul EV was the brand's first electric-powered model. Now with generation three, the south koreans it is a step to – the new Soul will only be sold in the electrically conducting in Europe, now by the name of e-Soul.

The straight roofline feels again, like the loud voice karossidorna, while the shape of the rear uprights are new. The pants have an evolution of the old design with a light and reflexramp that frames the whole top. Until we see a completely new front, not entirely unlike Darth Vader, and with the for the time typical slim headlights. The new Kian has grown to 5.5 centimeters long and three centimeters between the axles, which has been mainly baksätespassagerarnas knees to spare.

I grab the door and easily takes place in the driver's seat, thanks to high entry and large door opening. This is one of the car's hallmark and contributing to the Soul of all the cases in Sweden has become a popular car among older people. Inside it's airy albeit a bit too black in provkörningsbilen – the driving environment is like in any car.

With the folded rear seats measuring e-Souls cargo volume modesta 315 litres. Photo: Peter Klemensberger

on the center console and the information in the digital driving environment shows, however, that it is about an electric car and the cut is familiar from the larger Kia e-Niro, who also has lent out the battery and the motor to the e-Soul.

That means a battery capacity of 64 kWh and an electric motor of 204 horsepower in Sweden-the performance. The scope is 45.2 million miles under the WLTP cycle and the charging time of six hours and ten minutes with a laddeffekt at 7.2 kW and 42 minutes with the fast charger at 100 kW.

The Kia Soul models shipped to Europe have all electric drive – which gives an ”e” in front of the original model: e-Soul. Photo: Peter Klemensberger

The angular and high style makes you forget that this is a small car. But behind the wheel is labeled just that: Kia e-Soul is easy to drive, direct, and feels relatively light in the steps when I knobs the car between Frankfurt all construction sites, despite the fact that it has been 294 kilos heavier. The reason is that the engine power at the same time has increased by 93 extra horsepower, compared with its predecessor.

cosy and the environment is rich on the buttons, but I have to run also the most expensive of the advance plus the performance. Head-up display, leather upholstery, dödavinkelvarnare, electrically adjustable seats, and wireless charging of mobile phones belonging to the pluspaketet and added to the already abundant supply of features, such that one could only dream of finding in a small car for only a couple of years ago.

Centrally located in the operator environment can be found a 10,25 inch large touch screen. With the buttons behind the steering wheel spokes, adjusted the vehicle's bromsåtervinning manually. Photo: Peter Klemensberger

My favoritknappar is the behind-the-rattekrarna, with which I can manually adjust the bromsåtervinningen. How much in metres is shown by the trip computer. Which also indicates in percent how I've been running in the categories of economical, normal and dynamic.

Centrally located in the environment is a touch screen that measures 10,25 inch and is compatible with Apple car play and Android auto, and ready for the Uvo connect, which offers cloud services plus the ability to read and remotely control features of your car.

order now. How many cars that Sweden will be awarded, however, is highly uncertain when the global shortage of batteries. A hint is that Kia expect to get about 500 e-Soul in Germany in 2019.

Old Soul EV fell on scope and price. The first point one may say is the end, but the introductory price for the e-Soul will start on 433.900 sek (in advance plus costs 29.900 extra), which is 10,000 sek lower than for the cheapest e-Niro – a tighter but also bigger and more practical car.

another competitor is the BMW i3, which costs from 419.000 crowns, however, worse equipped, and a smaller car than the e-Soul.

the charging socket is located at the front. Rapid charger with the power of 100 kW fill the batteries on 42 minutes. Photo: Peter Klemensberger

provides a miljöbonus of 60,000 crowns. In addition to the dollars and cents, it is also a struggle for prestige: do you Want a BMW or a Kia in the driveway? It is also a struggle between different types of electric cars: The zany towards the if not normal as in all cases, tough-normal.

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