The 2021 Kia Seltos is the automaker’s newest crossover and the smallest in its lineup. It is Kia’s answer for potential buyers who’ve requested for an all-wheel-push Soul for a lot more than a decade.
The Seltos is a little larger sized than the Soul and strikes out in its own styling route, while the most appealing element of the modest crossover very likely will be its low beginning price of about $23,000 with all-wheel push involved.
It earns a five.eight TCC Ranking prior to protection is factored in. We’ll update this when formal protection knowledge is built obtainable. (Read through a lot more about how we fee vehicles.)
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For its very first yr on sale, the Seltos is obtainable in LX, S, EX, and SX trim stages. An X-Line with a lot more rugged off-street styling is very likely to arrive shortly, while Kia’s mum on people details.
The Seltos does not glance like any other Kia crossovers aside from its shared nose—and we’re Ok with that. Though the Seltos is roughly the similar dimension as the Soul, it is taller and extended, with a European glance which is most clear in its encounter and entire body sides. Deep creases in the hood and angular fog lights insert to the continental aptitude, a “floating” roof completes it.
Inside, the Seltos is tamer with a realistic format that favors the driver. Most versions will be outfitted with an eight.-inch touchscreen which is perched on the dash, while a 10.3-inch touchscreen is obtainable on SX versions.
Most Seltos crossovers will get a 2.-liter inline-four that makes 146 horsepower mated to a constantly variable automatic transmission (CVT). All-wheel push is regular on most models besides for 1 entrance-wheel push foundation trim. We have not nevertheless pushed the foundation engine, but primarily based on other activities with it in other autos by Kia and mother or father-corporation Hyundai, we’re somewhat positive it’ll be competent—although barely speedy.
The optional engine is a one.six-liter turbo-four that makes 175 hp paired to a 7-pace twin-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel push. The engine feels keen, while the transmission hesitates at low speeds and can leave the uprated engine flat-footed.
The all-wheel-push technique is geared towards dusty trails and easy two-tracks, if the Seltos ventures even that far.
Four grown ups can healthy comfortably within the Seltos, five in a pinch. The rear seats recline for much better long haul comfort and ease and the seats are moderately relaxed for the Seltos’ low price. There are a lot more than 26 cubic toes of cargo area powering the 2nd row and with people seats folded that area expands to a lot more than sixty.
Base versions of the Seltos skip automatic unexpected emergency braking, which our scoring technique does not favor. A single phase up provides automatic unexpected emergency braking and energetic lane management, which we advise.
Kia presents two foundation versions of the Seltos—with all-wheel push and less conveniences, or devoid of all-wheel push and a couple of a lot more creature comforts—that commence all over $23,000. We’d phase up to the $24,610 Seltos S with all-wheel push for its energetic protection attributes, 17-inch wheels, and exterior accents that foundation versions skip. All crossovers get an eight.-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Vehicle compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, fabric upholstery, and two USB chargers.
The top Seltos SX provides a 10.3-inch touchscreen, wireless charger, synthetic leather upholstery, the uprated turbo-four, and Bose audio for virtually $thirty,000.