The Seltos, which goes head-to-head with the Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-3 in the compact SUV segment, has a five-star rating across its entire line-up.
That's despite S and Sport variants only offering a camera-based AEB system instead of the camera and radar 'Fusion' system used in high-end models. That means base models don't offer cyclist detection in their collision avoidance systems.
Although Kia does offer the more advanced AEB system as part of an optional Safety Pack, it's an extra $1000.
Along with the more sophisticated collision avoidance system, the package brings adaptive cruise control, an electronic parking brake, electric folding mirrors, an auto driver's window, and larger rear disc brakes.
Kia earlier this year received a four-star rating for low-grade Cerato models with the same AEB system, despite sharing the Safety Pack option – and its $1000 price.
Regardless of spec, the Seltos scored 85 per cent for adult occupant protection, 83 per cent for child occupant protection, and 70 per cent for safety assist. Read More