Three Reasons I Prefer Nissan LEAF over Kia Soul EV
He writes that he really likes the Soul and on paper he feels that it's a better car than Nissan LEAF and many respects. "But I chose the LEAF because of the following" reasons, he writes, and lists three reasons for his choice.
The first reason is the lack of nearby Kia dealers. It will take him to drive 45 minutes to get to the nearest Kia dealer that actually stocks Soul EV. This is, of course, closely related to the second and particularly the third reasons, discussed below.
Expertise and prior experience are key for decision-making. If something goes wrong with his Nissan LEAF, due to the larger install base and time in the market it will likely be something the Nissan mechanics or service departments in the dealerships have already seen or encountered before.Since Nissan LEAF has already had few generations of production, it is very likely that their mechanics already know how to quickly fix an issue should something happen with the EV.
When a new car enters the market, flaws related to it's design or technology crop up in its first or second years. This is true with electric cars as well, just like with any software. The third reason he says he chose Nissan is related to this aspect. The LEAF has undergone number of battery and other revisions including a trio of Drive Modes for all models - Normal, Eco-Mode and B-Mode - as well as new standard 17-inch alloy wheels for the SV trim level. It also includes a number of smaller fixes over the years. By now, all major bugs are already well documented and fixed. This is an important deciding factor on why people choose Nissan LEAF vs Kia Soul EV.
"The fact that I got a free L2 charger and 2 years NoChargeToCharge was also a factor in buying the LEAF," Lanky ads.
As you can see these are important deciding factors when it comes to EV buying these days, despite its own advantages that the 2015 Soul EV has. Soul EV obviously is the next big think and it's good to see other automakers getting in the game.