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The Kia Soul EV has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the ForTwo Electric Drive. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.
In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Soul EV has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.
For better traction, the Soul EV has larger tires than the ForTwo Electric Drive (215/55R17 vs. 165/65R15). The Soul EV’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ForTwo Electric Drive (215/55R17 vs. 185/50R16).
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 ForTwo Electric Drive’s standard 65 series front and 60 series rear tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Soul EV has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the ForTwo Electric Drive. The ForTwo Electric Drive’s largest wheels are only 16-inches.
The Kia Soul EV’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.
For superior ride and handling, the Kia Soul EV has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Soul EV’s wheelbase is 28.7 inches longer than on the ForTwo Electric Drive (102.4 inches vs. 73.7 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Soul EV is 3.8 inches wider in the front and 5.7 inches wider in the rear than on the ForTwo Electric Drive.
The Soul EV has standard seating for 5 passengers; the ForTwo Electric Drive can only carry 2.
The Soul EV has 52.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ForTwo Electric Drive (98 vs. 45.4).
The Soul EV has a much larger cargo volume than the ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe (23 vs. 9.2 cubic feet).
The Soul EV’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The ForTwo Electric Drive’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.
To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Soul EV has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.
The Soul EV’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The ForTwo Electric Drive has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.
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. Smart does not offer a locking feature on the ForTwo Electric Drive’s standard power windows.
The Smart Key standard on the Soul EV allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Soul EV has a standard rear wiper. The ForTwo Electric Drive Cabrio doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
The Soul EV has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The ForTwo Electric Drive only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.
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 ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Soul EV’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Smart charges extra for heated mirrors on the ForTwo Electric Drive.
The Soul EV’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.
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 ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Soul EV has a standard Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
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