Kia’s belated entry in to Australia’s competitive small-SUV market has finally arrived, priced from $25,990.
The Kia Seltos will be available in four specification grades: S, Sport, Sport+ and GT-Line. The S and Sport are 2.0-litre FWD only, while a 1.6-turbo all-wheel drive is the only option in the range-topping GT-Line. Meanwhile the mid-spec Sport+ can be had with either drivetrain.
Each powertrain is similar to what's available in the Seltos’ cousin, the Hyundai Kona, however the 110kW/180Nm 2.0-litre version ditches the Kona's six-speed automatic for a Kia-first continuously-variable transmission (CVT). The 130kW/265Nm 1.6 turbo comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic by default.
Driveability is a key Seltos selling point, with Kia Australia putting the Seltos through a suspension tuning program to make it ride and handle better in Australian conditions. This has included adding bespoke equipment such as strengthened suspension arms, and tightening the electronic power steering for a more direct steering feel.
With a fresh look that includes a broader version of Kia’s tiger nose grille, the Seltos comes with a choice of seven colours, six of which cost $520 extra. Unusually, Kia has selected a bold ‘Starbright Yellow’ instead of white as the 'standard' colour.
The GT-Line is also available with no-cost optional two tone paint that adds a black roof to either Starbright Yellow or Clear White.
The roomy cabin features fresh interior design that’s sleeker than other Kias currently on sale, the highlight being a large 10.25-inch infotainment screen that comes with all but the entry-level Seltos S. The rear seats benefit from generous 965mm legroom, and the 433-litre boot space is one of the best in its class.
The Seltos is one of the best-equipped Kia models to enter the country, and brings some technological firsts to the brand including Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, which detects a car coming from the side when you’re reversing and automatically stops the Seltos if necessary.
Safe Exit Alert warns occupants of traffic (including bicycles and motorcycles) before they open their door into the road, and Driver Attention Alert+ detects signs of fatigue and alerts the driver if the vehicle in front moves away from a stop situation, such as a set of lights
Then there’s Lane Following Assist which controls acceleration, braking and steering and can track vehicles and road markings ahead to keep the car in-lane and a safe distance from any cars in front.
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist is standard in the Sport+ and GT-Line, with the rest exclusive to the range topper along some creature comforts not previously seen in the Kia range including an eight-speaker BOSE premium audio system, interior mood lighting that changes colour based on your music, and a fast wireless phone charger.
Here's a variant-by-variant breakdown of what you get:
The lower spec Seltos variants are also relatively well equipped, with the entry-level Seltos S coming with:
- 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
- City-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection
- Forward Collision Warning System
- Driver Attention Alert
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Cruise Control
- Halogen Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
- Auto headlights
- Reversing camera with dynamic guidelines
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Six speaker audio
- Six airbags
- Cloth seats
- Manual air-conditioning
- 16-inch steel wheels
Upgrading to the Seltos Sport brings all that plus:
- A larger 10.25-inch touchscreen
- Satellite navigation with SUNA Traffic and 10 year MapCare updates
- Single zone climate control
- Premium steering wheel and shifter
- Electric Folding Mirrors
- Front Halogen Fog Light
- Tinted Windows
- 17-inch Alloy Wheels
- Full Size Spare Tyre
Both the S and Sport are available with an optional Safety Pack that for $1000 adds the higher grade, radar and camera-based Fusion II AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, advanced smart cruise control, driver attention alert+, electronic parking brake, electric folding mirrors (S only) and 15-inch rear disc brakes.
The Seltos Sport+ gains the option to upgrade to the 1.6-litre turbo AWD drivetrain and brings the Safety Pack as standard, along with other advanced driver assist features including blind-spot detection, and new rear-cross traffic alert with auto braking. Other Sport+ features include:
- Smart key with push button start
- Smart remote start
- Heated side Mirrors
- LED Interior Lights
- Auto-dimming rear view mirror
- Front Parking Sensors
The range-topping Seltos GT Line brings a host of additional features over the Sport+ including:
- Sunroof (not available with two-tone roof)
- Interior sound mood lighting
- Eight-speaker BOSE premium sound system
- Fast wireless phone charger
- 7.0-inch driver’s instrument cluster
- Head-Up Display
- Premium (artificial leather) seats
- Powered 10-way driver’s seat
- Powered 8-way front Passenger Seat
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- LED headlights
- LED DRLs
- LED front fog light
- Rain sensing wipers
- Lane following assist
- Safe exit alert
- Aeroblade Wipers
- 18-inch alloy wheels
The 2020 Kia Seltos arrives in showrooms on October 25. Unfortunately for Kia Australia, numbers will be limited to about 650 per month due to production limits at the Gwangju factory in Korea, due to strong demand for the model in the USA.
2020 Kia Seltos driveaway pricing
- Seltos S, 2.0L FWD: $25,990
- Seltos Sport, 2.0L FWD: $29,490
- Seltos Sport+, 2.0L FWD: $32,990
- Seltos Sport+, 1.6L AWD: $36,490
- Seltos GT Line, 1.6L AWD: $41,990
- Safety Pack (available on S and Sport): $1000
- Premium Paint: $520
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