Yes, we are in Korea. But on the friendlier south side. And, this isn’t a short, around a go-kart type of EV drive. We are driving from Seoul (in peak hour traffic) to Gapyeong. An almost 150km round trip that involves motorways, single carriageways, twisties, and significant elevation changes. Not to mention some hard charging locals who ensured that we kept that right foot pinned. EV or not, something like ego rarely takes a backseat.
But even so, the range readout on the Soul EV didn’t come down drastically. And at the end of the day we still had over 200km of range left when we pulled into our hotel in Seoul. But, it’s the drive en route that really was a revelation.
For starters, the throttle response and the torque delivery on this EV are instant. It’s not snappy, mind you, just very alert and always there like a good butler on your beck and call. And, I can’t tell you enough, how easy it makes for driving in stop and go traffic, especially when you consider the turbo autos we are beginning to live with on a daily basis today.
Then when you get on the motorway, there’s no engine or exhaust noise, just a very quiet cabin. Talk about having brilliant NVH! Plus, there isn’t much of wind noise either in the Soul. Yes, you can hear the tyres from time to time as the road surface changes, but again, it’s not intrusive. It’s almost like high-end luxury serenity inside this EV’s cabin.
And when you get to a winding road, you can feed in the power with precision, courtesy the instant and seamless throttle and power delivery. It just takes the guessing game away and makes for a purer, more direct driving experience. Sadly, the Soul’s steering or chassis or even the tyres are not up for this directness. But, imagine this throttle directness in a sportier chassis. And, of course more performance. It would be perfect.