New Kia Soul EV Maxx trim arrives priced from £32,445

The Kia Soul EV Maxx replaces the First Edition trim and has a 280-mile range

  • Soul EV Maxx replaces the First Edition trim level
  • 280-mile range
  • On sale now starting from £32,445 after the PiCG

The Kia Soul EV Maxx has been announced. The new trim level is the latest addition to the brand’s pure-electric Soul EV model line-up, as a replacement for the discontinued First Edition.

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The Soul EV Maxx is available to order now, with prices starting from £32,445 after the Government plug-in car grant deduction (PiCG). First deliveries are expected this autumn, with rivals including the Kia e-Niro, Hyundai Kona Electric and the Nissan Leaf

2021 Kia Soul EV Maxx: specifications 

While the Soul EV Maxx model is a replacement for the outgoing First Edition trim launched last year, it carries over much of the same standard specification. 

Inside, standard equipment includes black leather trimmed seats, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, along with automatic air conditioning, electrically folding and adjustable heated door mirrors and automatic wipers. A premium Harmon Kardon stereo system is also fitted. 

Standard technology includes a seven-inch digital dial cluster, a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also a lengthy list of safety kit, with adaptive cruise control, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors and LED headlights to keep occupants safe. 

Design

The Soul EV Maxx carries over most of the design features from the First Edition model. Buyers get 17-inch alloy wheels, while a new single-tone pearl white paint scheme is offered alongside the standard colour options. A new red paint finish with a black contrasting roof panel is also available for £575, helping the Soul EV Maxx stand out. 

Performance, range and charging 

Underneath its bodywork, the Soul EV Maxx’s powertrain remains unchanged. A 65kWh battery is standard, offering a range of up to 280 miles between charges. Fast charging at speeds of up to 100kW is also available, meaning a top-up from 0-80% takes just under an hour. When connected to a 7kW home wallbox, a full charge takes around 9.5 hours. 

Power comes from a 201bhp electric motor driving the front wheels, with 0-62mph taking 7.9 seconds. 

For more on Kia’s pure-electric line-up, read our reviews of the Kia e-Niro, Kia Soul EV and the Kia EV6 prototype drive.

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