Using cruise control will reduce mileage

Kia e-Soul: Great results in the ADAC test

The Kia e-Soul should come 452 kilometers with a large battery. In the test he had to prove how good he really is. Results, data, reviews

  • In the ADAC test: The powerful version with 150 kW / 204 PS and 64 kWh battery

  • Technique: grade 2.1. Ecotest: four out of five stars

  • Delivery time of five months

Despite the current high demand for electric cars the delivery time problem, for example with the Kia e-Soul, has eased significantly. Instead of around twelve as at the end of 2019, it now (as of November 2020) takes an average of around five months from configuration to delivery. Waiting times of a few weeks are also possible for existing vehicles.

It is similar with buyers of theKia e-Nirowho currently have to wait about six months. The slightly larger sister model is equipped with the same drive technology as the e-Soul. The reason for the delivery misery was originally the overly conservative quantity planning and the overwhelmed battery manufacturers - no one had expected the strong demand. But now supply and demand apparently roughly match.

With 150 kW / 204 PS, the e-Soul is a lot of fun

In any case, it is clear that an e-car is well received if it is not too expensive and has a decent range. As with the e-Niro, the e-Soul also has a smaller battery with 39.2 kWh for a range of 276 kilometers, but the larger battery is simply the more attractive offer. For the liquid chilled Lithium-ion polymer battery with 64 kWh the manufacturer promises a standard range of452 kilometers

How far it really gets and what else it can do, the Kia e-Soul had to do in theADAC test to prove. The test car with thelarger battery costs a good 3700 euros moreand is the much more practical version. In addition, the driving pleasure is a lot greater because theEngine power is here instead of 110 kW / 136 hp 150 kW / 204 PS. The manufacturer specifies the maximum torque as 395 Nm.

This enormous, almost silent power is not only fun, it is also a guarantee for safe overtaking on country roads. Anyone who wants to leave a truck driving in front of them at 60 km / h is in just 3.6 seconds to 100 km / h. A short, energetic burst of gas, when it is clear, is enough. Of course, so much power always leads to fast driving - but then you learn just as quickly that this significantly reduces the range. And so you like to fall back into the relaxedCruiser mode - the most appropriate way to move an electric car. ADAC verdict on the drive: a smooth grade one.

Test: How far does the 64 kWh battery last?

in theADAC measuring cycle with specially defined speeds for city, rural and motorway journeys (including 200 kilograms of payload on board), the Kia e-Soul has a range of390 kilometers, there are even more than 480 kilometers in the city. However, you have to note that the value in winter, when the interior needs to be heated, is a lot lower. The heating or air conditioning is a component in all electric cars that requires a relatively large amount of energy. Energy that is then no longer available for the motor.

One remedy is Heat pump, which now only costs extra in the basic version Edition 7 of the Kia e-Soul, namely 1,257.48 euros. In the vision and in the tested top version Spirit it is now always included together with the preheating system for the battery.

Nevertheless, it is of course important to manage the energy, drive with foresight and make good use of the recuperation. How muchBraking energy is recovered into electrical energy, can be influenced by the driver using paddle shifters on the steering wheel and thereby also "electrically braked". If you pull the lever on the left of the steering wheel longer, you can bring the Soul to a standstill without using the conventional brakes. In addition, the vehicle orients itself to the traffic ahead in order to automatically guarantee maximum energy-efficient braking - or to roll as far as possible.

Electric car with 100 kW charging power

Driving the e-Soul is as easy as driving a bumper car at a fair. Simply turn the rotary knob in the center console to "D" and accelerate. The electric car is already glidingeffortless and quiet there - if need be, even quite sporty. The version with a large battery and 204 hp sprints to 100 km / h in 7.9 seconds, the weaker 136 hp version with a small battery takes 9.9 seconds.
And the charging options? There is a small flap on the front, behind which there is a conventional type 2 connection and a Fast charging connection for the CCS plug standardhides. This is standard and allows a charging capacity ofmaximum 100 kWso that the large battery reaches 80 percent in just under 60 minutes.

New in the current model year is an optional 3-phase onboard charger, which provides a charging power of 10.5 kW for alternating current (AC) columns for 487.39 euros, otherwise the limit is 7.4 kW. A full charge (0 - 100 percent) would take over nine hours.

Test consumption: 18.8 kWh / 100 km

In the electrical cycle of the ADAC Ecotest a average power consumption of 18.8 kWh per 100 kilometers - including the charging losses with 1-phase charging with 32 amperes. To fully charge the 64 kWh battery once, 73.9 kWh are required. The e-Soul is one of the More efficient among the electric cars, both in terms of consumption and charging losses. The e-Soul missed the fifth star in the Ecotest by just one point.

In the Spirit equipment is the Safety and assistance equipment very extensive. Everything that is available comes with the test car as standard. There is a collision warning, an emergency braking system including person recognition and a Lane Keeping Assist with warning function or steering intervention. The lane change assistant also includes the parking clearance assistant, which uses the radar sensors at the rear to monitor crossing traffic and warns of dangers when reversing out of parking spaces.

A speed limiter is standard, as is the active cruise control ACC. The Spirit equipment also includes a traffic jam assistant and a head-up display. Why that of all people Traffic sign recognition by camera not available is, remains Kia's secret; the driver is only shown limits from the card data.

An app shows the charge status

The telematics system called UVO is also used, which provides the user with real-time information on charging stations, among other things, and enables charging to be programmed. For the first time, the current state of charge can also be checked using aApp for Android and Apple smartphonesfollow. It is also practical that you can select GPS destinations using your mobile phone and send them directly to your car in the GPS.

Modern interior with digital displays

Theinner space The e-Soul presents itself in a tidy way and in model year 2021 with qualitatively improved details, and operation is largely intuitive. The instrument cluster consists of one central color display, which is flanked on the side by smaller, semicircular displays, which thus suggest a classic round instrument look. There is also a 10.25-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system in the middle of the dashboard.

In mattersSpace available The e-Soul doesn’t have to hide: it is also quite comfortable at the back for this vehicle size up to a height of 1.95 meters, and that too Trunk volume with 310 to 1205 liters (according to ADAC measurement methodology) can be described as suitable for everyday use. Because the battery is located in the underbody, it does not restrict the space available.

With the latest refresh, Kia has also given the e-Soul one of the capabilities that many e-car fans have longed for: the more powerful version is now standard for 100 kilos vertical load designed and can therefore with a trailer hitch which, for example, enable the transport of e-bikes on the "hook". Unfortunately, a trailer load is not approved.

Kia e-Soul: Technical Specifications

Technical data (manufacturer information)

Kia e-Soul (64 kWh) Spirit

Motor / drive

Electric motor (PSM) on the front axle, 150 kW / 204 PS, 395 Nm torque


7.9 s to 100 km / h, 167 km / h top


15.7 kWh / 100 km, 0 g CO₂ / km


L 4.20 / W 1.80 / H 1.60 m


315 to 1339 l

Empty weight

1757 kg


from € 41,390

ADAC measured values

ADAC measured values ​​(excerpt)

Kia e-Soul (64 kWh) Spirit

Overtaking process 60-100 km / h

3.6 s

Braking distance from 100 km / h

34.6 m

Turning circle

11.3 m

Consumption / CO₂ emissions ADAC Ecotest

18.8 kWh / 100 km, 103 g CO₂ / km (well-to-wheel)

Rating ADAC Ecotest (max. 5 stars)



390 km

Interior noise at 130 km / h

68.1 dB (A)

Empty weight / payload

1745/435 kg

Trunk volume normal / folded / roof-high

310/670/1205 l

ADAC test result

ADAC test result

Body / trunk


inner space




Motor / drive


Driving characteristics




Environment / Ecotest


Overall grade


The chapters safety and environment / Ecotest are rated twice

We liked that:Good driving performance. Good space in front. Practical range. Extensive equipment. 7 year guarantee. High active security.

We didn't like that: Partly simple materials in the interior. Trailer operation is not possible. High purchase price.

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