The current Kia Seltos went on sale and was released to the Australian market in September 2019 and has been a huge hit for Kia Australia since then. The current model is roughly one year away from its 2022 mid-life update, but will continue as the current generation until at least until 2025-2026 before an all-new Seltos or an equivalent replacement is expected.
The 2021 Kia Seltos range comes with a choice of two engines and four different trim levels or six if you count, as Kia does, models with the optional Safety Pack.
All Seltos models bar the range-topping GT-Line come with a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 110kW and 180Nm. It’s mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The GT-Line comes standard with all-wheel drive and a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 130kW of power and 265Nm of torque, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This powertrain is also optional in the Sport Plus grade.
- 2021 Kia Seltos S: $25,490 ($26,490 drive-away)
- 2021 Kia Seltos S with Safety Pack: $26,490 ($27,490 d/a)
- 2021 Kia Seltos Sport: $28,90 ($29,990 d/a)
- 2021 Kia Seltos Sport with Safety Pack: $29,490 ($30,990 d/a)
- 2021 Kia Seltos Sport Plus: $31,990 ($33,490 d/a)
- 2021 Kia Seltos Sport Plus 1.6T AWD: $35,490 ($36,990 d/a)
- 2021 Kia Seltos GT-Line AWD: $40,900 ($42,490 d/a)
All prices are exclusive of on-road costs unless otherwise stated.
Kia offers seven years of capped-price servicing in addition to its seven-year, unlimited kilometre warranty for the Seltos.
The 2021 Kia Seltos 2.0-litre requires servicing every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first, while the Kia Seltos 1.6T requires servicing every 12 months or 10,000km.
When equipped with the 2.0-litre four cylinder naturally-aspirate engine, the Seltos has an average cost per service of $402 while Seltos models with the turbocharged 1.6-litre have an average service cost of $466.
The Kia Seltos has proven to be a very popular model and at the moment the wait times are estimated to be around six months from time of order, although we are led to believe that those times may start to shorten in the near future.
The interior of the Selto is rather large for its category, it tends to provide a little more room than rivals like the Hyundai Kona, without compromising on what is the current and soon be replaced Kia Sportage.
It’s a good looking interior, specially in the top-spec variants.
When the Kia Seltos was tested by ANCAP upon its release, it received a rating of FIVE stars.
All models received an adult occupant protection score of 85 per cent, child occupant protection score of 83 per cent, vulnerable road user protection score of 61 per cent and a safety assist score of 70 per cent.
All 2021 Kia Seltos models come standard with lane-keeping assist, anti-lock brakes, front, front side and curtain airbags and autonomous emergency braking with forward-collision warning.
Up-spec models and those with the Safety Pack add a more advanced autonomous emergency braking with cyclist detection, while the Sport Plus and GT-Line include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. We feel these features should be standard, otherwise we highly recommend optioning the safety pack.
Base models come equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and reversing camera with rear parking sensors.
Upgrade to the Seltos Sport and you get a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system (also with with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay) as well as DAB digital radio and Satellite navigation.
Go for the top-spec and your tech will get upgraded to include a head-up display, 7.0-inch colour instrument cluster display, ambient lighting, Qi wireless phone charging and a Bose eight-speaker premium sound system.
The Kia Seltos offers a boot space of 433 litres, which is rather large for an SUV in this segment. Cargo space expands to 1393 litres with the second row folded flat.
The 2021 Kia Seltos, when equipped with the standard 2.0-litre four-cylinder, consumes 6.8L/100km on the ADR combined city and highway cycle.
The turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder uses 7.6L/100km on the ADR combined city and highway cycle. Both engines need 91RON regular unleaded fuel and can run on E10.
Each Kia Seltos model measures 4370mm in length, 1800mm in width and sits 1615mm high without the roof rack in place, which bumps up to 1630 mm when attached.
The wheelbase spans 2630mm, the ground clearance 177mm, the front/rear track 1575mm/1584mm, the approach and departure angle comes in at 28.0 degrees.
The front and rear headroom with the sunroof in place spans 978mm, which increases to 1016mm when removed.
The Kia Seltos sits above the Kia Stonic and below the Kia Sportage in terms of SUV sizes for the Korean brand.
So far in 2021 (Jan-April), Kia has sold 617 Seltos vehicles, capturing 11 percent of the small SUV segment, but still behind the likes of the Toyota CH-R, Mazda CX-30, Mitsubishi ASX.
There are nine different colour combinations you can order the Kia Seltos in. Two-tone colour combinations include Starbright Yellow with a cherry black roof and Clear white and Cherry black roof.
Outside of those two-tone multicolours, the other single colours include Starbright yellow, Neptune blue, Mars orange, Steel grey, Gravity grey, Cherry black and Snow White pearl.
The only option available for the Seltos in the base grade S and Sport is the $1000 Safety Pack which we highly recommend. The optional Safety Pack adds the following features to the Seltos S and Sport: more advanced autonomous emergency braking with cyclist detection, electronic parking brake, adaptive cruise control and 15-inch rear disc brakes.
The Seltos is made in South Korea and shares its engine and transmissions with sister company’s Hyundai Kona.
The Seltos should be compared to the Mitsubishi ASX, Toyota CH-R, Hyundai Kona, Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-30, Skoda Kamiq and MG ZS.
The Kia Seltos has only been around for 2 years, nonetheless, with its seven year warranty and Kia’s general reputation for great reliability, we are yet to encounter any anecdotal evidence of systematic issues with the model as a whole.
The Kia Seltos is our favourite small SUV, it presents a very clean package with more room than one might expect from a small SUV. It comes feature packed with a modern interior and all the latest technological gadgets one could ask for in the price point.
It unfortunately misses out on some great features such as automatic boot (tailgate), but other than that, it’s a pretty good package overall and should be very high on your consideration list.