Crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) are all the rave these days. In the streamlined and sub-compact shape, they not-so-surprisingly outsell their sedan counterparts because of their unsurpassed flexibility, efficiency, and value. Just about each automaker has entered into the fray of supplying many versions of crossover utility vehicles using new fascinating openings such as the 2021 Kia Seltos.
The all-new 2021 Kia Seltos is something new from the brand which assesses each the applicable boxes for a whole bundle to appease many customers looking for a compact or subcompact crossover. ) The brand new Seltos rides on the fine line between subcompact and compact CUVs, which provides it distance, pun not intended, to contend with many different crossovers, such as hot-sellers such as the Toyota RAV4. Sharing some components with its distant relative, the Hyundai Kona, that the Seltos is slightly bigger and has an added degree of refinement.
Powered with a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder motor, generating 195 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, the new Seltos scoots along fairly great. The transmission and engine option, a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch unit, do nicely in both top trim levels (S Turbo and SX Turbo) since the option powertrain and much more desired in an all-wheel-drive configuration as seen within my top-level-trim Seltos SX Turbo AWD test automobile. Acceleration is great with only a tad bit of turbo lag from this hole, but a number of the lag is assisted through the slipping of the clutch from the computer controlling the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). The DCT transmission provides up more of an immediate relation to the wheels and engine to boost fuel economy and aide in overall functionality. The single problem I find is that the DCT is frequently clunky at low rates. Basically, the automatic clutch is occasionally slipped upon involvement of first gear, and the computer tries to smooth things out but leaves one having somewhat uncomfortable transition, which can be exacerbated when you creep alongside mild throttle inputs like in cases of slow, thick traffic. Otherwise, creating a dashboard to 60 miles is a zippy endeavor carrying about 6.7 minutes with rapid, smooth changes.
The 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is excited to rev, and also the direct connection from the DCT plus also a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system using a digital centre lock provide a surefooted caliber of this Seltos outside to the road. The bigger 18-inch brakes also reap the managing aspects of this Seltos SX Turbo within the reduced three trim levels (LX, S, EX) with 17-inch brakes.
Fuel market isn’t bad, but it is not stellar, either. The Seltos SX Turbo AWD is largely consistent with its speed of burning regular unleaded gas, that can be projected at 25 mpg town, 30 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined.
The styling of this new Seltos is nearly a head-turner, particularly when the appealing sheet metal is painted in my test car’s Starbright Yellow paint using its contrasting black roof, unpainted reduced body molding, also distinctive 18-inch alloy wheels. The automatic LED headlights with higher beam help, LED fog lights, and back LED lights, finish an easy-on-the-eyes appearance.
Inside of this new Kia Seltos is a very broad region, one which appears larger than its outside suggests. Controls are well placed with a sizable 10. 25-inch infotainment touchscreen has been the middle of focus, providing lots of connectivity, navigation purposes, and effortless automobile controls and menu collections. The infotainment program, together with the latest UVO connection telematics, has a brief learning curve, but as soon as you get knowledgeable about the principal house displays, everything falls right into place with welcomed user-friendless. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is useful in the instances of using your favorite smartphone map/navigation program within the built-in navigation system located only on the Seltos SX Turbo trim level. All other trim levels don’t contain navigation and make do with a smaller 8-inch touchscreen. Though, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are typical features across the trimming variety.
Seating relaxation is a bit suspicious, but there’s lots of space across the cottage of this Seltos. The heated front seats look just fine for small trips. The 10-manner power-adjustable driver’s chair provides a whole lot of adjustability, and it can be a fantastic thing for any compact-sized crossover. In the back seating area, there’s a fantastic quantity of leg and headroom and passengers back also get vents. Cargo space is really generous with only over 26 cubic feet behind the rear seat backs. Fold that the 60/ / 40-split seatbacks down, and you’ve got 62.8 cubic feet to use to haul objects.
A bevy of active safety features are contained on the Seltos at the top trim levels, such as smart cruise control w/stop & proceed, forward collision warning and automobile emergency braking, lane-keeping aid, lane-departure warning, back cross-traffic collision warning & avoidance assistance, along with blind-spot collision warning & back avoidance assist.
The worth of this brand new 2021 Kia Seltos is a shining place, nearly as vivid as the paint in my test vehicle. The foundation Seltos LX using a less-powerful 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission begins at a cost of 21,990 prior to any penalties. My top-trim Seltos SX Turbo AWD, that does not have some choices per-se — a very long list of added trim attributes, come to an as-test cost of $29,485. Such a cost could possibly be on the edge of appearing to other mainstream streamlined crossovers and on the point of entry-level midsized versions, but the Seltos attracts the merchandise to warrant such a cost in a “complete” handsome crossover bundle.