2021 Kia Seltos Review

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2021 Kia Seltos Overview

Kia introduced its new Seltos, a subcompact-plus crossover that slots between the Soul and Sportage, at the 2019 LA Auto Show.

Right away, you can see its resemblance to the larger Telluride. The squared-off-shape, strong beltline, bold front fascia, and lower cladding are inspired by that model. And like the Soul, it offers a color-contrasting roof to dial up the visual drama. The Seltos features a generous 7.2 inches of ground clearance, along with front and rear skid plates. Inside, the crossover is like most other Kias, greeting you with an attractive, straightforward, and upscale cabin and a driver-oriented dashboard. The Seltos will offer 26.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seats upright and 62.8 with them down.

The Seltos comes standard with a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that makes 146 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Kia also offers a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with a stouter 175 hp and 195 lb-ft, which pairs to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). Whichever you choose, you’ll get the choice of three driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Sport. Both engines are available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or advanced, on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD) with torque vectoring for added control.

You can get the Seltos in five different trims: LX, EX, S 2.0L, S 1.6T, and SX. The base LX has 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust outlets, a 3.5-inch instrument cluster display, two-step reclining rear seats, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Available features include 18-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch instrument cluster display, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, navigation, wireless smartphone charging, rear air vents, and a Bose audio system with mood lighting.

On the topic of safety, a reversing camera comes standard on every Seltos. Kia also makes its entire Drive Wise suite of features available, including forward-collision warning and avoidance, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, blind-spot collision avoidance, driver-attention monitoring, lane-keep assist, lane-follow assist, rear cross-traffic alert, rear occupant alert, adaptive cruise control, and safe-exit assist.

The brand-new 2021 Kia Seltos crossover offers an excellent mix of styling, features, and utility.

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