The hits keep on coming for Kia. This time it’s the 2021 Kia Seltos, a rugged little SUV with a handsome outside. Good passenger and freight space, as well as excellent handling for a subcompact lorry that slots between the Kia Spirit as well as Kia Sportage. With the turbo engine on top designs, it’s right fast.
Setting out in a brand-new direction, the 2021 Kia Seltos births just a small resemblance in the nose and grille to the rest of Kia’s crossovers et cetera of their vehicles.
Its European panache and also available comparison roofing are good-looking from away. It’s a 6 for style with one factor over the average for its outside.
The nose, as well as hood, are deeply creased, with headlights that stretch across the fenders as well as bookend the grille. The honeycomb grille is an excellent seek for the Seltos. As well as daytime running lights, rest straight beneath the slim, straight fronts lights.
Upright foglights established shortly on the front bumper are gotten in touch with a body-colored bumper that makes the Seltos look high.
Around the sides, the Seltos’ continental appearance is underscored by a “drifting” roof covering and also chrome strip below the windows. We can see a lot of Volvo’s XC40 in the Seltos– that’s a good idea.
Around back, the Seltos show up odd. A drifting chrome strip links both rear taillights and plastic chrome wraps around the lower bumper to replicate dual exhaust ports. (They’re not, the Seltos has simply one tailpipe and also it’s hidden behind the bumper.).
Inside, the Seltos has an asymmetrical cockpit that cants towards the chauffeur with a blend of textured tough black plastic. Shiny plastic, as well as soft-touch plastic. The inside is dressed up with little items of chrome. Although there are some strange high-gloss surfaces on the steering wheel that can glow into the motorist’s vision.
Inside, the Seltos provides significantly even more room for people as well as freight than the Kona. As well as the materials made use of throughout the cabin are appropriate. And fine-tuned sufficient to appear right in the house in the display room alongside the brand’s superb Telluride SUV.
Interior ambient illumination is basic on the upscale SX version and can be set to pulse together with the songs like the system Kia uses in the smaller Soul SUV. We haven’t had a Seltos for screening, however, during our test drive in Korea, the cargo area easily ingested our luggage, backpacks, as well as picture bag.
All Seltos models will have a touchscreen infomercial display with Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto integration. However, the optional 10.3-inch unit is the one to obtain. It offers to navigate and the ability to split the screen so you can view the map and instructions at the same time you’re making changes to the radio station.
Depending upon which model you choose, the Seltos can also be furnished with a cordless smartphone-charging pad, approximately three USB ports, a head-up display screen, and also a 7.0-inch color screen in the scale cluster. An eight-speaker Bose audio system will certainly likewise be optional and also features fractal-textured speaker grilles.
2021 Kia Seltos Engine
The all-new Kia Seltos comes criterion with a 146-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Mated to a smooth-shifting continually variable automatic transmission (CVT), this engine has a lot of power for around-town driving. But it has a hard time as you stand up to higher speeds or try to pass faster-moving autos on a highway.
A 175-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder is optional. This powertrain provides more grunt and muscle, however, there’s visible turbo lag when you increase hard from a stop.
This engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. At lower rates, this transmission bumbles around to locate the ideal gear. It can likewise be reluctant to downshift when even more power is required.
2021 Kia Seltos Release Date and Price
The Kia Seltos comes in five trim levels: LX, S, EX, S Turbo, and SX Turbo. Pricing starts at $23,110 including destination and goes to $29,010 for the SX Turbo.