Kia Seltos 2021 Review

April 12, 2021

The Kia Seltos is edgy, good-looking and packs plenty of features, but can it stand tall in the crowded small-SUV segment?

The Kia Seltos is quickly becoming one of the brand’s most sought-after cars. An all-important offering in the Kia SUV portfolio, the Seltos is captivating, edgy, and developed by a brand that was once a challenger and is now a mainstay.

Arriving in late 2019, the Seltos has proved its worth and managed to stand tall in a crowded small-SUV segment. Sales in 2020 were impressive, with the Seltos managing to finish the year in a respectable third in its segment.

It’s for this very reason that we are testing this Kia. A vehicle in high demand for a wide buyer group, this car has continued its strong sales in 2021 – so much so that it’s a car consumers are lining up for.

The model on test was the 2021 Kia Seltos Sport+ all-wheel drive finished with prestige paint in ‘gravity grey’, adding $520 to the price tag, and bringing the total as-tested cost to $36,810. (Drive-away $38,790 before any options).

Our model was equipped with the 1.6-litre turbo engine paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The Sport+ is also available in front-wheel drive with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) – but there are no diesel or manual variants offered across the entire Seltos range.

The Seltos’s portfolio is plentiful with four equipment grades on offer, starting with the S grade ($26,290), the Sport ($29,290), the Sport+ FWD ($32,790), AWD ($36,290) and the flagship GT-Line ($41,700). All prices are excluding on-road costs.

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