The 2021 Kia Seltos is the automaker’s latest crossover and the smallest in its lineup. It’s Kia’s reply for prospective buyers who’ve questioned for an all-wheel-push Soul for much more than a decade.
The Seltos is somewhat greater than the Soul and strikes out in its possess styling route, though the most appealing element of the smaller crossover likely will be its minimal setting up value of about $23,000 with all-wheel push bundled.
It earns a 5.8 TCC Ranking prior to protection is factored in. We’ll update this when official protection info is created obtainable. (Read through much more about how we rate vehicles.)
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For its 1st year on sale, the Seltos is obtainable in LX, S, EX, and SX trim amounts. An X-Line with much more rugged off-road styling is likely to get there quickly, though Kia’s mum on these information.
The Seltos does not glance like any other Kia crossovers apart from its shared nose—and we’re Okay with that. Although the Seltos is roughly the identical dimension as the Soul, it is taller and for a longer time, with a European glance that’s most obvious in its deal with and body sides. Deep creases in the hood and angular fog lights incorporate to the continental aptitude, a “floating” roof completes it.
Within, the Seltos is tamer with a practical format that favors the driver. Most versions will be geared up with an 8.-inch touchscreen that’s perched on the sprint, though a ten.three-inch touchscreen is obtainable on SX versions.
Most Seltos crossovers will get a 2.-liter inline-4 that would make 146 horsepower mated to a continually variable computerized transmission (CVT). All-wheel push is conventional on most products besides for a single front-wheel push foundation trim. We haven’t nevertheless pushed the foundation engine, but centered on other activities with it in other cars by Kia and dad or mum-organization Hyundai, we’re rather guaranteed it’ll be competent—although rarely speedy.
The optional engine is a 1.6-liter turbo-4 that would make 175 hp paired to a seven-velocity twin-clutch computerized transmission and all-wheel push. The engine feels prepared, though the transmission hesitates at minimal speeds and can depart the uprated engine flat-footed.
The all-wheel-push technique is geared towards dusty trails and quick two-tracks, if the Seltos ventures even that considerably.
Four adults can suit easily inside of the Seltos, five in a pinch. The rear seats recline for superior long haul comfort and ease and the seats are fairly comfortable for the Seltos’ minimal value. There are much more than 26 cubic toes of cargo house driving the second row and with these seats folded that house expands to much more than 60.
Foundation versions of the Seltos skip computerized unexpected emergency braking, which our scoring technique does not favor. 1 step up adds computerized unexpected emergency braking and energetic lane handle, which we suggest.
Kia provides two foundation versions of the Seltos—with all-wheel push and fewer conveniences, or without all-wheel push and a several much more creature comforts—that begin all-around $23,000. We’d step up to the $24,610 Seltos S with all-wheel push for its energetic protection options, seventeen-inch wheels, and exterior accents that foundation versions skip. All crossovers get an 8.-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, cloth upholstery, and two USB chargers.
The top Seltos SX adds a ten.three-inch touchscreen, wireless charger, artificial leather-based upholstery, the uprated turbo-4, and Bose audio for just about $30,000.