The Kia Seltos is a completely new subcompact SUV for 2021. See the 2021 Kia Seltos models for sale near you
The all-new Kia Seltos has arrived -- a roomy, attractive and fuel-efficient subcompact SUV that's ready to take on proven players like the Honda HR-V and the Toyota C-HR. We recommend skipping the entry-level Kia Seltos LX, the only model without automatic emergency braking, and opting for a Seltos S or above. These Seltos models have an impressive safety suite that includes automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and a driver-attention monitor. And, as with all Kias, each comes with an outstanding 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Find a Kia Seltos for sale
The 2021 Seltos comes in five grades: LX, S, EX, S Turbo and SX Turbo. AWD is standard on all Seltos models except the S. It's a $1,500 option on the S, and it's grouped with heated front seats.
Interestingly, the Seltos LX and the Seltos S each start at $21,190, plus a destination fee of $1,120. The Seltos LX comes standard with the 2.0-liter engine, a CVT and AWD. The LX, fitted with a black grille, also has an 8-in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry and 17-in alloy wheels. One thing it doesn't have, though, is automatic emergency braking.
If you want that significant safety technology, it's standard on the Seltos S and above. In addition to automatic emergency braking, the S trim has lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and a driver-attention monitor. Other notable Seltos S hardware features include roof rails, LED daytime running lights, a sliding center-console armrest and a leather-covered steering wheel.
The Seltos EX ($25,290), the top 2.0-liter model with AWD, ups the content level with a push-button start, a power driver's seat, a sunroof, a synthetic leather interior trim, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a wireless phone charger, rear air ducts and front and rear USB charging ports.
Next up are the Seltos S Turbo ($25,490) and Seltos SX Turbo ($27,890), two AWD models equipped with the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Seltos S Turbo is equipped much like the EX, but with 18-in alloy wheels. The Seltos SX Turbo builds on that with adaptive cruise control with stop and go, an electronic parking brake, an 8-speaker Bose audio system, voice-command navigation, a 10.25-in touchscreen, XM satellite radio and Kia's Highway Driving Assist feature. When cruise control is engaged, Highway Driving Assist enables the Seltos to adjust its speed based on the vehicle ahead of it and the posted speed limit.
Seltos models equipped with AWD have a multilink independent rear suspension, whereas FWD models are fitted with a semi-independent torsion beam rear axle. Also notable: An attractive 2-tone roof is a no-cost option on the S, the S Turbo and the SX Turbo trims, and all Seltos models come with a superb warranty that provides 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2020 Honda HR-V -- Although it's getting a bit long in the tooth, the Honda HR-V continues to impress us with its easy everyday manners and super roomy back seat.
2020 Nissan Kicks -- The affordable Nissan Kicks has a lively spirit, lots of cargo room and excellent fuel economy, but it's only available with FWD.
2020 Hyundai Kona -- Even the base Hyundai Kona has automatic emergency braking, but its back seat is cramped compared to the one in the Seltos.
Used Toyota RAV4 -- Though the RAV4 is bigger than the Seltos, it serves about the same purpose. A used Toyota RAV4 with less than 30,000 miles can be had for about $20,000, depending on which version you get. Given Toyota's well-known reliability, a used car might make sense here. However, you won't be getting Kia's 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.