In aloof the appropriate lighting, the new 2021 Kia Seltos can arm-twist a assertive baby SUV from a aesthetic British cast — until you lay eyes on the Kia’s blue-collar sticker price.
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The Korean automaker’s newest baby SUV starts at $23,110. That distinct amount point covers two altered entry-level models and types of consumers. The Seltos LX has accepted torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive but lacks Kia’s best avant-garde disciplinarian abetment and assurance technologies. The LX has accepted appearance like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an 8-inch blow screen, 60/40 collapsed rear seats and aloofness rear glass. The EPA city/highway ammunition abridgement ratings are 27/31 mpg.
The Seltos S is for buyers gluttonous the latest assurance bells-and-whistles and/or don’t charge all-wheel-drive. The S comes with lane-following/keep/departure assist, disciplinarian absorption warning, automated aerial beams and a avant-garde blow avoidance-assist camera. The S additionally gets LED taillights, a centermost console/armrest and armrest with cup holders for the rear passenger. The council caster and gearshift bulge are leather-wrapped. When it comes to fuel, the S is the best abject Seltos: 29 mpg in the burghal and 34 on the highway.
The Seltos EX ($26,410) is for those who charge accept ability seats or charge blind-spot and rear cross-traffic admonishing systems. They’ll additionally get a ability sunroof whether they appetite it or not. Added upgrades: leatherette upholstery, acrimonious avant-garde seats, wireless buzz charging, avant-garde and rear USB charging ports, acute key with alien start, automated altitude ascendancy with de-fog, rear blast ducting, LED autogenous lighting, bifold vanity mirror with illumination, and the one-touch bottomward ability windows abutting with one-touch. The EPA ante the Seltos EX ammunition abridgement at 27/31.
The LX, S and EX versions run a artlessly aspirated 2.0-liter agent and an “intelligent” capricious transmission. Kia says the 2.0-liter serves up 146 application at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm.
Those attractive for snappier achievement will arch beeline for the S Turbo or SX Turbo, which are able with a turbocharged, 1.6-liter four-cylinder that puts out 175 application at 6,000 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. amid 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. The turbocharged S and SX appear with a seven-speed bifold clamp transmission.
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Interestingly, Kia calls for the abate turbocharged engines to run 89 or college octane unleaded while the non-pressurized 2-liter engines crave 91 or higher. A analysis of the specs reveals that the 2-liter engines accept multiport injection, advance the Atkinson agitation aeon for optimal ammunition ability and accept a 12.5:1 compression ratio. The Seltos’s turbocharged 1.6 four has a 10.0:1 compression and runs absolute injection.
The S Turbo ($26,610) sports 18-inch wheels, chiral AC, alien keyless entry, but has no sunroof, alien start, ability seats, front-and-rear USB charging ports or wireless charging. Ammunition abridgement is rated 25/30 mpg.
Our tester was the top-of-the-lineup SX Turbo ($29,010) which comes with a 10.25 blow screen, voice-command aeronautics and accessory radio, Bose audio, cyberbanking parking brake/auto hold, 7-inch chart cluster, LED autogenous beam and avant-garde avant-garde blow abstention and acute cruise with stop and go. The EPA ammunition abridgement appraisement is 25/30 mpg.
The 2021 Seltos is accessible to drive, convenient and accustomed its bashful exoteric ambit (172.0 inches continued on a 103.5-inch wheelbase), is a assert to park. It’s additionally decidedly roomy. For example, rear bench legroom is 38.0 inches; that’s appropriate up there in mid-size auto territory. With the second-row seats up, there are 26.6 cubic anxiety for accoutrements or added cargo. Stowing the aback seats opens up 62.8 cubic feet.
With the accession of the 2021 Seltos, Kia’s calendar now encompasses 21 altered models. Accustomed that the Seltos, which slots amid the Soul and the Sportage, is in its aboriginal year, shoppers may understandably be anxious about its believability or crashworthiness.
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Release Date and Concept
On the assurance front, the board is still out. Automotive assurance testing programs accept encountered Covid-19 potholes, but if accomplished achievement counts, it would hardly be abominable if the Seltos apprehension up with a Top Assurance Pick accolade from the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance or a five-stars adjudication from the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration.
As for trouble-free ownership, the Seltos, actuality a Kia, comes with a 10 years/100,000 afar powertrain warranty, one of the industry’s best generous. That’s account some accord of mind.
TYPE: Subcompact SUV
BASE PRICE: $27,890 as tested, including destination: $29,485
MAJOR OPTIONS: Starbright chicken / atramentous roof paint, $345
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