September 2017 News
A year after the launch of the Niro Hybrid and the First Edition will soon be discontinued in favour of a new ‘4’ model that has been permanently added to the range. Mirroring the First Edition’s equipment list, the Niro 4 features black leather upholstery instead of Stone grey, and the interior trim is finished in piano black, instead of white. Other standard equipment includes an electric sunroof, bi-xenon headlights, ventilated front seats, heated rear chairs, keyless entry and start, as well as autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert. It also adopts the same £27,385 price tag when fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels. But there’s also the option of smaller 16-inch items that results in lower CO2 emissions of 88g/km compared to 101g/km, with fuel economy figures improving to 74.3mpg, instead of 64.2mpg. There’s also a £250 saving, with a list price of £27,135. Level ‘3’ models are also now available with smaller wheels at £24,885. All of the new models are available to order now from Kia dealers.
July 2017 News
An upgraded battery pack is the major change for the 2018 model year Kia Soul EV, with a new 30kWh battery taking the place of the previous 27kWh unit. This has the effect of increasing the range of the vehicle by 24 miles in optimum conditions, with an official range of 156 miles. The number of battery cells are increased from 192 to 200 and the rated voltage rises from 360 to 375 Volts. The electric model’s power remains the same at 109bhp, with peak torque of 210lb ft. Other changes to the Soul include a revised front bumper, and the price of the vehicle has risen by £500 to £25,995 after the £4,500 government incentive has been deducted. The upgraded Soul EV is now in production, with the first examples expected to reach Kia showrooms shortly.