4 things to love & 1 minor dislike
#1 Exterior design
The first thing that you notice with the new Kia Seltos is how beautifully it has been designed. This is a vehicle with a big road presence and a bold style, highlighted by the large tiger nose grille and the raked windshield, both of which add a sporty style to the small SUV.
There are a couple of really cool little design touches, too, such as the lighting strip atop the grille that stands out in a big way during nighttime drives. That little addition is framed by a diamond effect strip that gives the appearance of extra width up front.
The vehicle that the Australian media tested was the top of the range GT Line model, so it goes without saying that they were seeing the interior at it’s very best.
The agreement was, though, that the attention to detail in the interior design was outstanding, with the belief being that the high level of quality seen in the Kia Seltos GT Line would carry through the rest of the trim levels.
#3 Big cargo room
The Seltos comes with a wheelbase of 2630 mm and dimensions of 4730 mm long and 1615 mm high. It is that lengthy wheelbase that makes the cabin such a comfortable place to be. While the Seltos rides on the same platform as the Hyundai Kona, it is a full 30 mm longer.
As far as trunk space goes, the Seltos absolutely crushes the competition, making it the ideal SUV for people who like to get out and about with a lot of cargo on board.
#4 Pricing in Australia
Australian consumers will be able to get their hands on the 2020 Kia Seltos in October 2019, with the starting price coming in at between $25k and $26K. That pricing is on par with competitors like the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V in terms of pricing plus on-road costs.
If it’s a vehicle that is fully loaded that you are after, then you can expect to pay around $40k for the Seltos GT Line trim level.
The media down under agreed on one negative, which is the name of the vehicle. They all felt that the Seltos name was uninspiring, a sentiment that Kia Australia actually agrees with.
In the grand scheme of things, though, it’s a small complaint amid a sea of positive that make the new Kia Seltos a sure winner!