Review Kia Seltos 2020
This is probably the most anticipated new car in Kia Australia’s history. It has the 2020 Kia Seltos version, the first brand suitable for making a small SUV and it will go on sale on October 25.
Kia has made previous breakthroughs in this market space before because Kia – Soul can be considered a small SUV, although it is a large old car. The original Sportage was also small – but it has grown in size over the years.
For years, we have been wondering when Kia Australia could fill the void below the Sportage – one of those who may have seen customers settle a Cerato hatch until a new premium model came along. .
Enter Seltos, a small SUV with a point to prove. It’s on a larger side of the ‘small’, almost identical to the Nissan Qashqai and Mitsubishi ASX.
Can it deliver on expectations? Read on to find out.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
The Kia Seltos product line includes four variants: entry-level S (priced at $ 25,990 to drive), Sport variant ($ 29,490 to drive), Sport + (from $ 32,990 to drive) and it Micro-topping GT Line ($ 41,990 drive away).
That’s right – all Seltos pricing models are discounted. That means the national RRP or MSRP is the same and you can rest assured that you won’t be governed by additional shipping and shipping costs.
Let Pigs run through their model after model.
The $ 25,990 variant has an 8.0-inch touchscreen unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Bluetooth phone and live streaming audio, USB input, a six-speaker audio system, automatic headlights, halogen headlights and daytime running lights, cruise control, reversing camera and rear parking sensor. It rides on shaded 16-inch steel wheels, and has a space-saving spare parts and roof.
The $ 29,490 Sport adds some desirable features, including 17-inch alloy wheels, a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen with sat navigation (including SUNA live traffic and updated updates). 10 years map), second USB port, one-zone climate control, folding rearview mirrors, halogen front fog lamps, full-size spare parts and automatic driver up / down windows, auto windows dimming and ‘solar windows’.
Sport + is available with front-wheel drive ($ 32,990) or with a highly rated engine and all-wheel drive ($ 36,490). What does this variant get in the Sport model and adds a smart start key and push-button start, heated rearview mirrors, leather and leather upholstery seats, LED interior lights, auto rearview mirrors dimming, front parking sensors, cargo covers. It also adds safety specs – read below for more information The flagship model is the $ 41,990 GT Series, which can be available in two-tone paint or a sunroof (but not both! ), 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED front fog lights, LED taillights, LED daytime running lights, internal mood lighting, eight-speaker Bose stereo, wireless phone charging wires, 7.0 inch driver information display, head display, leatherette seats, adjustable front seat power with heating and cooling, heated steering wheel, auto wipers Dynamic – and again, more safety parameters.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 9/10
The beauty of Seltos is its aggressive yet stylish front, it’s sleek and not too baggy, or its Oh Oh gosh, which looks a lot like a miniature Holden Acadia – but better! rear design.
It’s geared towards the way designers have come together to create this car to work so well with the provided dimensions that’s a little nice. It has a compact SUV, but not as compact as many other cars in this part of the market.
With a length of 4370mm (on the wheelbase of 2630mm), width of 1800mm and height of 1615mm, the Seltos is one of the largest small SUVs in the mix. It’s no shorter than Sportage (4485mm) and significantly bigger than its brother, Hyundai Kona (4165mm), which shares the same platform.
What matters is if it fits your lifestyle – adding a few centimeters from nose to tail could be the difference between fit into that tiny parking spot, or have to look for children. Road behind for another 10 minutes.
But there are great practical benefits to just a smile longer than your opponent. And if you want to go with big rivals, Mitsubishi ASX is 4365mm, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is 4405mm and Nissan Qashqai is 4394mm. So Seltos is not so big, and could really be the right size for the vast majority of people looking for a tall, compact racer.
Now, for the rest of the design, I think it’s really good. It is masculine but not masculine. Stylish but not blingy. Funky, but not too exciting.
How realistic is the inner space? 9/10
This is a small SUV that can be sized for many people because it is very small. It’s strange? But the internal practicality of Seltos is one of its biggest selling points – it’s one of the best, if not the best, in class class for cabin space.
Let’s start from the rear – the boot volume is required at 433 liters for models with full-size spare wheels, where the entry-level version with boots even bigger – 498 liters ! – because the floor is lower due to its space-saving widget. It’s an extraordinary room, considering the size of the car – though it’s not good that two lower-end models donith get a cargo / parcel shelf (also known as tonneau / cargo).
In addition, the space is very flexible – the rear seats can be folded down at a ratio of 60:40 to allow 1393L of space. It is a big, big launch and will suit the needs of lots of customers.
Spacious rear seats, too. The second-row room goes far beyond what its competitor offers, with easy enough knee room, head room and shoulder room for someone my size (182cm, or six feet of old money) to tuck into behind a similarly sized driver. It was extremely good.
There are some issues with the backseat, though. The top spec model is the only one with rear vents and the only one with a USB port for the rear seats. And the lower level versions don don not get a handrail down, and therefore no cup holders. And there, there is only one map bag on the top models.
Then there are the plastics: hard plastic backs for the front seats (good as it will prevent your kids from kicking the thread), but a similar hard plastic is found throughout the doors in lower-end models, there meaning you miss the front and rear padded elbows unless you’re for dear models. It might sound like nitpicking, but put your elbows on a piece of hard plastic for a while and see if you get out of thought, then Yeah Yeah, that’s great!
At the front, it’s the same – the top models get their elbows rest, others don’t. The plastic on the dashboard is also stiff, which is less likely to happen unless you have something to touch the dashboard a lot.
There are cup holders between the seats, a bottle holder at the entrance, a decent storage area in front of the adapter for your phone and wallet, and the layout is good even when the materials are there. to be more beautiful.
The big highlight (for all but the base model) is a large, beautiful 10.25-inch touchscreen media system on top of the dash. It looks great and works really well, and even the base car (with a smaller 8.0-inch screen) has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth phones and audio streaming and USB connectivity (1x USB in base vehicles, 2xUSB in others, plus top-class wireless phone charger).
All models have a digital driver information screen with trip calculator and digital speedometer, and the cabin’s equipment and ergonomics are noticeable.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
There are two engines available in Seltos – both petrol and both paired with an automatic transmission. That’s right – there’s no manual gearbox option and no Seltos hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric or diesel. Not yet anyway.
The entry-level engine in the Seltos 2020 range is a 2.0-liter kins Atkinson four-cylinder petrol engine producing 110kW (at 6200 rpm) and 180 Nm of torque (at 4500 rpm). .
This engine is paired with a CVT (continuously variable transmission) and is offered exclusively in front-wheel drive.
The top engine is fitted to all-wheel drive versions of Seltos. It has a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 130kW (at 6000 rpm) and a torque of 265 Nm (from 1500-4500 rpm), and is individually paired with automatic throttle. dual-speed seven speeds