The Car Connection Kia Seltos Overview
With the Seltos, Kia has added another member to a family of crossover SUVs that now ranges from the big three-row Telluride down through the Sorento and Sportage nameplates.
The 2021 Seltos shares some running gear with the similarly sized Hyundai Kona, but for now, no Seltos EV has been confirmed.
The 2021 Kia Seltos is sold in LX, EX, S, and SX versions. Base cars will sport power features, air conditioning, Bluetooth, and touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Pricey versions can be fitted with ambient lighting, Bose audio, adaptive cruise control, and wireless smartphone charging. The 2021 Seltos will cost about $23,000 in LX trim, including all-wheel drive. Seltos EX and SX cars get nice touches such as rear air vents, more USB ports, a sliding console cover, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
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The new Kia Seltos
The entry-level Seltos wears a smart, athletic look that soft-pedals curves and puts a lot of emphasis on straight lines. The sporty tone can be amplified with a contrast-painted roof and LED headlights, both of which can be ordered on more expensive models. The Seltos cabin will offer touchscreen displays, with top models bolting on a 10.3-inch screen on the dash.
Either a 146-horsepower inline-4 or a 175-hp turbo-4 can be fitted to the Seltos, and all-wheel drive is standard on most models. (A base front-wheel drive Seltos is available, but not recommended.) Base versions get a continuously variable transmission, while turbo-4 models adopt a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic shared with vehicles such as the Hyundai Kona and Veloster. Drive modes allow the Seltos to toggle between Normal, Smart, and Sport. Most Seltos SUVs sport a four-wheel independent suspension. (Base front-drivers don't, however).
The Seltos can wear 17- or 18-inch wheels, and measures as much as 7.2 inches of ground clearance.
With a 103.5-inch wheelbase, the 2021 Seltos is marginally bigger than the Hyundai Kona, which shares its platform and most of its running gear—though Kia has not announced any electrified versions that would be the equal of the 258-mile battery-powered Hyundai Kona Electric.
The rear seat in the Seltos can recline for better comfort, and the rear seats can fold down to create more cargo space. The 2021 Seltos also has an adjustable cargo floor which can be put in a lower position for added storage space, or when the second-row seats are folded forward, can be put in a higher position to create a flat load floor.