OK, my son just traded his Leaf in for a Bolt. He really loved his leaf but... no TMS. We don't know for sure when Nissan will put TMS in their Leafs. His Leaf was going to be barely out of warranty at 8 bars so it is gone...
The last that I knew, Soul EV batteries were beginning to fail/rapidly degrade on vehicles that had only air blowing over them as TMS. Has that design recently been upgraded to liquid for Soul?
Anyway... his new Bolt is very nice! It has more headroom and more importantly, range and much longer lasting batteries. Until Nissan can make their batteries last a lot longer to match their best competition, and better their range, only the uninformed will continue to buy their product. I make that statement wishing that it wasn't the case. Nissan has been caught flat footed and resting on their laurels.
Yes the car (Bolt) is a little smaller than a Leaf but not by much. Yes, the Bolt seats are slightly narrower and slightly less comfortable, but not by much. Three people can fit in the rear seat of the Bolt but a little less comfortably, but not by much. There is a little less cargo area without the rear seats down, but not by much.
So in my opinion, battery range and battery durability of the Bolt, trump the Leaf, that has some slightly better other things.
Leaf 2018, not worth buying because of its shortcomings.
Leaf 2019, I sure hope addresses its shortcomings!
Bolt 2018, is the same as 2017 so none of its modest shortcomings are changed in the near future but possibly 2019?
*2011 Leaf 1 bought 2/28/15 @ 28,000ish mi 10 bar (8 bars @ 11/25/15 @ 37,453 ) (New lizard @ 39,275 mi @ 1/20/2016) Now 52,166 mi.
*Tesla Model S 61,000 mi
*2011 Leaf 2 bought 4/28/15 @ 24,000ish mi 12 bar (new lizard Dec. 2014 @ 22,273 mi) Now 35,485 mi