2016 Kia Soul EV Gets New Budget Trim for California

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Kia is dropping the price of its Soul EV by adding a cheaper base model.

For the 2016 model year, Kia is introducing the Soul EV-e trim, joining the standard Kia Soul EV and EV+ in the lineup. Although official pricing has not been announced by the Korean automaker, Kia World is reporting that the Soul EV-e will start from $31,950 excluding destination, which is $2,000 cheaper than the standard Kia Soul EV.

The 2016 Kia Soul EV+ will be priced from $35,950, while a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting and lights in the door speakers are available for $1,100 additional.

The new base model Kia Soul EV-e won’t be available in all the Soul EV markets, with only California benefiting from the cheaper trim. The other states where the Soul EV are offered, Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii will have just the Kia Soul EV and Soul EV+ in their lineup.

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Opting for the Kia Soul EV-e will forgo the model’s battery-heating system, heat-pump HVAC, navigation system, backup camera, UVO EV services, cargo screen and turn-signal side mirrors. The top-of-the-line Kia Soul EV+ adds leather, front and rear parking sensors, fog lights, power-folding mirrors, “aero” wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, luggage net, a cargo-area power outlet, heated rear seats, cooled front seats and additional interior trim.

The Kia Soul EV is rated at 93 miles of range and an EPA MPGe of 92-miles highway and 120-miles city for a combined mileage of 105 miles.

[Source: Kia World]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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