Thanks for your additional thoughts everyone.
@4CloverLeaf: You've pretty much nailed my line of thinking as well. As for grippy tires, I just like having traction and would rather carry the momentum around corners and curves than brake and engage throttle as a majority of the population seems to love to do (hit the brake at the first opportunity instead of coasting) - may have something to do with not having learned to drive using a manual transmission but I digress. Maybe it's just PNW drivers
I test drove the Bolt and the Leaf. I must say the Bolt feels more responsive and handles like a fun car around turns and curves.
+ Carplay integration.
+ Handles way better, more available battery means I can flog the car a bit and not have range anxiety. Also better turning radius than Leaf
+ Comfortable driving position for someone at 6'3"
+ Way better steering feel: both the weight and feedback from the road
+ The bolt screen on dash felt nicer and felt I was getting more feedback about battery use
- Not necessarily a negative but being first generation and just having shown up, not much in terms of incentives
- Interior is very cheap (granted I wasn't in premium but that has better seats) and it shows
- No free 2 year charging that the Leaf comes with
+ Way better value for money. Ran numbers through Excel and no matter how I slice it, Leaf wins
+ Opened the boot and at first (and 2nd, 3rd, 4th) glance looks like the Leaf has more room
+ Less road noise (or maybe the roads were less awful) than the Bolt
+ Free 2 year charging is nice to have
- No carplay
- Steering feels absolutely awful
- Brakes felt soft and mushy
Overall all things being equal (which they rarely are), the Bolt is way more fun to drive (handling, steering, braking, acceleration) and looks better than the outdated Leaf design. However, the 2 year lease I'm looking is not bad and the Leaf is definitely more value for my money. At this point, I'm leaning towards the Leaf and will sleep on it.
The Kia Soul EV felt very cramped and just plain meh.