Kia Soul vs Chevrolet Bolt EV

2023 Kia Soul
2023 Kia Soul
$19,890MSRP
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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV
$31,500MSRP
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2023 Kia Soul
$19,890MSRP
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2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV
$31,500MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$19,890

MSRP

$31,500

Average price

$13,481

Average price

$17,528

Listings

9193

Listings

2279
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.7 out of 10

Expert reviews

8.0 out of 10
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Spacious
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Fairly pedestrian performance
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
Pros
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Spacious
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Inconvenient control placement

Reviews Summary

The Kia Soul demonstrates that good ideas mean nothing without good execution. Launched for the 2010 model year, the Soul instantly drew attention with its distinctive boxy styling, but unlike the similarly-styled Honda Element and Scion xB, the Soul has managed to stick around.

That’s because the Soul has style and substance in equal measure. It’s both a practical car and a good value, just one that happens to be more interesting to look at than most other vehicles sharing those traits. Now in its third generation, the Soul is an excellent compromise between car and crossover, boasting the tidy proportions of the former and the upright driving position of the latter. So it makes sense to cross-shop it against both small hatchbacks and the gaggle of tiny crossovers that have hit the market since the Soul first appeared.

The current-generation Kia Soul was introduced for the 2020 model year and gets a number of notable updates for 2023, including more standard driver-assist features, small styling tweaks, and a revised lineup of trim levels including base LX, S, EX, and GT-Line models; the X-Line and Turbo variants have been discontinued. We drove a Kia Soul GT-Line for this review.

Reviews Summary

Electric vehicles are the future. Even racing and off-road enthusiast have accepted this reality with the knowledge that EVs can be fun and engaging. We’ll lose the smell and the sounds, but one of the key purposes of racing is to improve the breed, so why not welcome the transition to electric propulsion?

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV could not be further from an enthusiast vehicle, but it’s just as important—if not more so—to the auto industry. Introduced for the 2017 model year and updated for 2022, the Bolt EV is the tip of GM’s EV spear. More EVs are coming, but it all starts here.

For 2020, the Bolt EV's range was increased to 259 miles. That carries over to 2022, and the Bolt EV gets standard DC fast charging as well, making it a more realistic option for more car shoppers. But is it enough to get you to make the leap to EV?

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

2.0L 147 hp I4

Engine

200 hp Electric

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

FWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

Horsepower

EV Battery Capacity

EV Battery Capacity

66 kWh

MPG City

28

MPG City

127

MPG Highway

33

MPG Highway

109

Battery Charge Time (240V)

Battery Charge Time (240V)

7 hours
2023 Kia Soul
2023 Kia Soul
$19,890MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV
$31,500MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2023 Kia Soul
$19,890MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV
$31,500MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$19,890
$31,500
Average price
$13,481
$17,528
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.5
4.6
Expert reviews

7.7 out of 10

Read full review

8.0 out of 10

Read full review
Pros & cons
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Spacious
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Fairly pedestrian performance
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
Pros
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Spacious
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Inconvenient control placement
Summary

The Kia Soul demonstrates that good ideas mean nothing without good execution. Launched for the 2010 model year, the Soul instantly drew attention with its distinctive boxy styling, but unlike the similarly-styled Honda Element and Scion xB, the Soul has managed to stick around.

That’s because the Soul has style and substance in equal measure. It’s both a practical car and a good value, just one that happens to be more interesting to look at than most other vehicles sharing those traits. Now in its third generation, the Soul is an excellent compromise between car and crossover, boasting the tidy proportions of the former and the upright driving position of the latter. So it makes sense to cross-shop it against both small hatchbacks and the gaggle of tiny crossovers that have hit the market since the Soul first appeared.

The current-generation Kia Soul was introduced for the 2020 model year and gets a number of notable updates for 2023, including more standard driver-assist features, small styling tweaks, and a revised lineup of trim levels including base LX, S, EX, and GT-Line models; the X-Line and Turbo variants have been discontinued. We drove a Kia Soul GT-Line for this review.

Electric vehicles are the future. Even racing and off-road enthusiast have accepted this reality with the knowledge that EVs can be fun and engaging. We’ll lose the smell and the sounds, but one of the key purposes of racing is to improve the breed, so why not welcome the transition to electric propulsion?

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV could not be further from an enthusiast vehicle, but it’s just as important—if not more so—to the auto industry. Introduced for the 2017 model year and updated for 2022, the Bolt EV is the tip of GM’s EV spear. More EVs are coming, but it all starts here.

For 2020, the Bolt EV's range was increased to 259 miles. That carries over to 2022, and the Bolt EV gets standard DC fast charging as well, making it a more realistic option for more car shoppers. But is it enough to get you to make the leap to EV?

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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.0L 147 hp I4
200 hp Electric
Drive Train
FWD
FWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
EV Battery Capacity
66 kWh
MPG City
28
127
MPG Highway
33
109
Battery Charge Time (240V)
7 hours
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