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The 2021 Kia Seltos Is A Great Car Inside And Out

The 2021 Kia Seltos Is A Great Car Inside And Out

I got to spend some time with a new 2021 Kia Seltos this week and I thought it was about time we featured it on our blog. The new Kia SUV is great to look at, has a superb interior and enough room for all the family. No wonder it’s going down to well!

 

I didn’t get to drive the Seltos as it was a new delivery but I did spent time giving it a onceover.

 

Design and interior

 

The 2021 Kia Seltos is a great looking SUV. It reflects the modern Kia design with angular elements, those sharp LED lights, vertical running lights, panel detailing across the entire body and a detailed rear end.

 

It’s a nice car to look at as well as be in.

 

Inside, the cabin is surprisingly spacious. It isn’t a large SUV but feels like it inside. Seats are well spaced and passengers have lots of room. There is a lot of light inside too, which helps with the feeling of space.

 

Materials are high quality, seating is excellent, with nice lumbar support and adjustability. The driving position is commanding, with a great view and well-considered controls.

 

Each row has sufficient head and legroom for adult passengers while still having space in the back for luggage or groceries. Despite being smaller than the Sportage, it feels just as spacious inside.

 

The large touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto makes navigation or entertainment easy too. There is also an LED screen between the instruments that can show the usual driver information.

 

A quick note on ambient lighting, it’s a minor thing but makes all the difference to the feeling of the car in low light conditions!

 

Engines and drivetrain

 

The 2021 Kia Seltos has two engine options, a 2.0-litre four cylinder that produces 146hp or a turbocharged 1.6-litre that produces 175hp. The 2.0-litre comes with a CVT transmission while the turbo comes with a dual clutch 7 speed automatic.

 

FWD is standard but AWD is an option.

 

The suspension is said to be on the firm side but well balanced to provide a composed ride. The engines are also supposed to be smooth and easy running. The transmissions are both well reviewed in Korea but we have yet to test them here ourselves.

 

The Seltos is built on the same chassis as the Hyundai Kona and that has been reviewed very well. It’s a comfortable drive, easy to manoeuvre, easy to park and yet has the feeling of space and solidity of something much larger.

 

Overall, the look and feel of the 2021 Kia Seltos is a good one. Considering where it’s placed in the market, we think it’s a solid competitor for the Ford EcoSport or Jeep Renegade.

 

I’m actually looking forward to spending a little while with the test car once it becomes available!

 

Check out the 2021 Kia Seltos at Georgetown Kia, 199 and 314 Guelph Street, Georgetown, Ontario.

 

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