I really hope that Kia sell as many of these as they can.
And no it’s not because I’ve got shares in Hyundai, who own Kia.
It’s because Kia have taken the giant step forward of making just one model for the whole of Europe.
So if you’re looking for a planet killing petrol or diesel, forget it.
The new Kia Soul is called the EV First Edition, because it’s an electric vehicle.
Its 64kWh lithium-ion battery gives a range of 280 miles from one charge, which you can do overnight in 9hr 35min.
Kia also say it will charge to 80% of maximum in 1hr 15 min at a rapid charging station, but as there are only 5,273 of them in the UK at the moment (July 5, 2019) you’d be best off getting a quick charger fitted at home.
That costs between £279-£999 with an OLEV (office of light electric vehicles) grant.
Priced at £33,795, including the Plug-in Car Grant, the Soul EV comes with an outside look that includes LED lights, privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate, roof rails and five-spoke 17-inch alloys.
On the inside there’s black leather everywhere with an electric driver’s seat, both the front seats and steering wheel are heated.
There’s also climate control, adaptive cruise control and keyless start and entry.
Add a 10-speaker, 640-watt Harmon/Kardon® sound system, a head-up display, a 10.25-inch touchscreen sat nav system with European mapping that will guide you to the nearest charging station, DAB radio with MP3, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless mobile phone charger, reversing camera with rear parking sensors, a monthly summary of the car’s usage and every annoying safety system available and it appears to have got the lot.
Choose from three two-tone paint jobs, Neptune Blue with Black roof, Clear White with Red roof or Quartz Black with Red roof.
The car comes with the Kia’s transferable seven-year/100,000-mile warranty and a choice of service plans are for the first three or five services plus a seventh service to match the full length of the warranty.
Kia say that orders are being taken now so that they’ll know how many cars to bring to the UK market.
Should be boatloads.