model. 2021 Kia Seltos
price. $23,110 incl destination
top trim: $32,780 SX Turbo
seating/style. 5-seat/4-door SUV
powertrain. 147-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder or 175-hp 1.6-liter turbo
transmission: CVT or 7-speed automatic
driveline. FWD, AWD available
fuel economy. 27/31/29; turbo 25/30/27
words. Nicole Wakelin
visuals. courtesy of Kia
The 2021 Kia Seltos is an all-new crossover in an already crowded segment. Practical crossovers can be boring, but the Seltos’ styling and color palette puts a smile on your face.
With two engines, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, four well-equipped trims – there’s a version of the Seltos to fit your needs. It’s also easy on the budget with a starting price of $23,110.
The appealing style starts with an aggressive grille and upright stance giving it an adventurous personality. Inside, the dashboard is clean and uncluttered with a standard 8-inch touchscreen that grows to 10.25 inches on the top trim.
The Seltos looks small, but it’s surprisingly roomy, especially for front seat passengers. Those on the shorter side will appreciate the upright seating position, which offers exceptional visibility. The rear seats have room for three, but best keep it to two adults on longer trips.
The 1.6-liter turbocharged engine provides ample power to get the Seltos up to highway speeds with a smooth 7-speed transmission. Switch the dial on the center console to Sport mode and there’s real fun to be had behind the wheel.
The 2021 Kia Seltos is a compact, affordable, and spirited crossover well worthy of consideration.