Posted on March 17, 2020
The rise of the SUV is seemingly unstoppable, and it's becoming increasingly difficult for new models to carve out a niche for themselves. Kia's latest approach aims to offer a unique mix of fun, features, and value to set the all-new Seltos apart from the competition.
Initial reactions seem to show a great deal of success for the strategy, with the subcompact utility vehicle gaining admiring write-ups from industry experts and consistently high scores on customer review sites.
It's clear that the 2020 Kia Seltos is causing a stir in a crowded market, and here are just some of the reasons why.
The Seltos fits snugly into the Kia range between the smaller Soul and the larger Sportage. In terms of looks, there's no doubting the compact nature of the body, but it's an attractive car nonetheless. Many reviews compare the Seltos' appearance to the VW Tiguan, being pleasing on the eye without striving to turn heads.
But despite its size, there's no shortage of interior space. Four adults will fit into it with ease, with plenty of legroom for taller passengers even in the rear seats. If necessary, an extra adult can also squeeze into the rear, but in reality as a five-seater it's more suited for younger families only.
As standard, the Seltos is equipped with a 2.0L engine combined with a CVT transmission. While this is powerful enough for everyday driving, step up a level and you'll find the option that's causing much more excitement among Seltos fans.
Opt for the 1.6L SX Turbo engine with the seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission, and you'll enjoy 175hp and 195lb-ft of torque passed through to the four-wheel drive.
These raw figures may not seem too extravagant on the surface, but bear in mind the size and weight of the subcompact Seltos. This option provides a level of responsiveness and acceleration which is thrilling for a car of this type.
What's more, the impressive performance doesn't come at the cost of fuel economy, with the turbo option achieving highly respectable figures of 9.4L / 100km city and 8.7L / 100km highway.
At the base level, the Seltos is well equipped with technology. Driver assist features include forward collision avoidance, lane keeping technology, and blind spot / rear-traffic monitoring. Connectivity is provided by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
Move up through the trim levels and you'll enjoy many attractive extras, such as a head-up display, an expanded 10.25" touchscreen, and a premium Bose sound system.
The real kicker for the Seltos' popularity is its pricing. Starting at $22,995 for the LX trim, this is an extremely affordable car considering its range of features. Moving up the levels to the EX at $27,595 or the top-level SX at $32,595, the Seltos gives you a lot of SUV for not much money at all.
If you're looking for a convenient subcompact SUV that doesn't compromise on performance or features, contact us now to arrange a test drive of the Kia Seltos in Calgary. You'll soon find out why people think so highly of this latest entry into the competitive SUV market.
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