The front of the Soul EV is where the charging points are located and there are two of them - one for a standard charge and another for rapid charging. Using a 230V domestic power supply, Kia estimate it can be fully recharged in 10 to 13 hours, while a public fast-charge point will take around 5 hours. For an 80% charge, a public rapid charger can top the batteries up in 25-33 minutes.

Standard features include a reversing camera, cruise control, 8-inch touch screen with European mapping, DAB radio, front and rear parking sensors, automatic air conditioning, projection headlights with LED daytime running lights and a charging point locator.

Safety features include anti-lock brakes, emergency brake assist, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, hill-start assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system. The Soul EV is also supplied with a customised red adapter cable stored in a smart Kia-branded pouch for wallbox or public fast-charge charging.

Kia's standard seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, that covers all Kia's, is available on the Soul EV - as you would expect - and the government electric car grant of £5,000 is also applied.

With 81.4 kW of power, 0g/km of CO2 output and a boot volume of up to 891 litres, the Soul EV takes on the likes of the BMW i3 and Renault Zoe as its closest competition.

On top of these inviting statistics, this vehicle appeals to company car drivers with its current exemption to Vehicle Excise Duty (VED of £0), company car tax (note: this is due to rise to 5% and 7% respectively over the next two years respectively) and owners can drive freely in the London Congestion Zone with £0 charge.

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