Kia Pulls the Drapes off its Latest Urban SUV
The Seltos is the first sub-compact SUV from the brand.
MONTREAL, PQ – It’s a busy week in Montreal with the Auto Show being just a few days away. Kia took advantage of the situation to unveil its latest SUV at a private event in the Old Port. The Seltos is the first sub-compact SUV from the brand, slotting just underneath the Kia Sportage.
It’s no surprise that compact utility vehicles are currently among the most desirable products on four wheels. While the Hyundai group is well equipped with entry-level SUVs with the Venue and Kona two-punch lineup, Kia still didn’t have one within its lineup.
That’s all going to change when the Seltos hits Canadian showrooms in the Spring. While, yes, it rides on the same platform as the Hyundai Kona, the Seltos incorporates its own unique design cues and goodies. It’s also a significantly more spacious vehicle inside when compared to its corporate cousin, presenting more head-and legroom from the second row.
Prices will kick off at a rather affordable $22,995 for a base LX front-wheel-drive model and will climb all the way to $32,595 in SX trim with all-wheel-drive.
Two engines power the Seltos. Entry-level models will borrow Kia’s tried and proven naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 147 horsepower. It comes straight out of the Kia Forte and is mated to the same variable automatic gearbox the brand calls iVT. As consumers climb the model lineup, a more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged four will be offered, pumping out 175 horsepower mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, essentially a toned-down version of what powers the 2020 Kia Forte GT.
The 2021 Kia Seltos is also surprisingly roomy for the segment, a quality the Kona only wishes it had. For instance, the Seltos’ trunk will engulf up to 752 litres of your gear. That’s with the rear seat in place. Lower it down to the floor and you end up with 1,778 liters of total cargo space, which outranks the current segment leader, the Nissan Qashqai (1,730 liters).
As it is typically expected from Korean vehicles, the Seltos comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Base models will come fitted with an 8-inch screen, while higher trim levels will inherit a larger 10.2-inch HD LCD interface.
We’re definitely looking forward to driving this all-new Kia SUV later this winter. We’ll share our driving impressions once we have them.