Soul EV

Electric Motor

127 city/101 hwy


Electric Motor

124 city/102 hwy

REx Electric Motor

107 city/93 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Soul EV gets better fuel mileage than the i3 REx running its gasoline range extender (127 city/101 hwy MPGe vs. 30 city/31 hwy).

The Soul EV’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 243 miles on a full charge, almost 60% further than the i3’s 153-mile range. The i3 REx can only travel about 126 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Kia Soul EV higher (10 out of 10) than the BMW i3 (7 to 10). This means the Soul EV produces up to 11.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the i3 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Soul EV’s brake rotors are larger than those on the i3:

Soul EV


Front Rotors

12 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Soul EV has larger tires than the i3 (215/55R17 vs. 155/70R19). The Soul EV’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the i3 (215/55R17 vs. 175/55R20).

The Soul EV’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the i3’s standard 70 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Soul EV’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the i3 (102.4 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

Passenger Space

The Soul EV has standard seating for 5 passengers; the i3 can only carry 4.

The Soul EV has 14.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the i3 (98 vs. 83.6).

The Soul EV has .3 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear headroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom and 5.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the i3.

Cargo Capacity

The Soul EV has a much larger cargo volume than the i3 with its rear seat up (23 vs. 15.1 cubic feet).


The Soul EV’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the i3’s standard power windows.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Soul EV has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the i3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Soul EV has standard extendable sun visors. The i3 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold winter days, the Soul EV Designer Collection’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The i3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Soul EV Designer Collection has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The i3 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Soul EV’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The i3 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Soul EV Designer Collection has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) on the dashboard. The i3 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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