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2022 Kia Seltos

2022 Kia Seltos
Kia
8.3
Price$27,290 - $42,700
Fuel Efficiency6.8 - 7.6 / 100km
ANCAP Rating5-star
Warranty7 years
Price$27,290 - $42,700
Fuel Efficiency6.8 - 7.6 / 100km
ANCAP Rating5-star
Warranty7 years

About the Seltos

The Seltos is Kia's competitor to big sellers such as the Mitsubishi ASX and Nissan Qashqai in the Small SUV sales race.

The Seltos pairs an edgy and well-proportioned design with an unusually large amount of cabin space for the class, and in higher spec levels a massive 10-inch touchscreen and party tricks like pulsing cabin LEDs. 

There are base models of the Kia Seltos with a 2.0-litre engine and CVT, plus front-wheel drive, or 1.6-litre turbo models with a dual-clutch automatic transmission and on-demand all-wheel drive, plus fairly agile dynamics. 

The Seltos is far less vanilla than many of its rivals. 

Summary

Our expert's shortest summary
Hit

Presentation inside and out

Lusty powertrain

Overall package wants for little

Miss

Pricey

Annoying safety camera alerts

Some dual-clutch foibles

Video Review

Seltos Video Review

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Intro
Exterior
Interior
Infotainment
Features
Practicality
On the Road
Verdict

Kia Seltos review 2020

Damn, it looks good! But...what's it like on the inside?
Date
Aug 21, 2020
Views
185,470

Kia has hit it out of the park with the 2021 Kia Seltos GT-Line in terms of design. It looks stylish and really stands out on the road. And, unlike some cars in this segment, it has a turbocharged petrol engine in this top-specification guise. Is it any good? Paul Maric tests it out to see whether you should spend your money on one!

Seltos Price

What is the price of a Kia Seltos?
  • 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.

Reviews

Our expert's reviews of the Kia Seltos

News

All the latest Seltos news

Variants

What are the variants of the Kia Seltos?
S (FWD)
FROM
$27,290
S (FWD) WITH SAFETY PACK
FROM
$28,290
SPORT (FWD)
FROM
$30,290
SPORT (FWD) WITH SAFETY PACK
FROM
$31,290
SPORT+ (FWD)
FROM
$33,790
SPORT+ (AWD)
FROM
$37,290
GT LINE (FWD) LIMITED EDITION
FROM
$38,790
GT LINE (AWD)
FROM
$42,700
GT LINE (AWD) (TWO-TONE)
FROM
$42,700
Variant Name
S (FWD)
Price From
$27,290
Series
SP2 MY22
Style
4D WAGON
Transmission
Continuous Variable
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Economy
6.8L / 100km
Seating Capacity
5
Engine Size
2.0L
Cylinders
four-cylinder
FULL SPECS

Interior

Photos and Images of the Kia Seltos Interior

The interior of the Seltos 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, especially in the top-spec variants.

Seltos Colours

What colours are available for the Kia Seltos?

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.

Kia Seltos Steel Grey
Kia Seltos Starbright Yellow
Kia Seltos Starbright Yellow with black roof
Kia Seltos Snow White Pearl
Kia Seltos Mars Orange
Kia Seltos Gravity Grey
Kia Seltos Clear White with Black roof
Kia Seltos Cherry Black
Kia Seltos Neptune Blue

Safety Rating

ANCAP Safety Rating Australia

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.

5
overall
85%
passenger
83%
infant
61%
pedestrian
70%
detection

Seltos Lifecycle

How old is the current generation and when will there be a new or updated Kia Seltos?

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.

Seltos Options

Options list for the Kia Seltos

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.

Seltos Warranty

What is the warranty period and kilometre limit for the Kia Seltos?

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 $402while Seltos models with the turbocharged 1.6-litre have an average service cost of $466.

Seltos Stock Availability

Is the Kia Seltos available to buy now and what are stock levels and how long are wait times?

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.

Seltos Infotainment

What infotainment do you get within the range?

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.

Seltos Boot Space

How much luggage or cargo capacity and boot space is there in the Kia Seltos?

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.

Seltos Fuel Economy

How much fuel does the Kia Seltos use and what are its emissions?

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.

Depending on the variant, view the 2022 KIA SELTOS fuel usage below.

All Highway, City, and Combined figures below are litres per 100km

VariantSeriesStyleFuel TypeHighwayCityCombinedE10?
S (FWD)SP2 MY224D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--6.8-
S (FWD) WITH SAFETY PACKSP2 MY224D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--6.8-
SPORT (FWD)SP2 MY224D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--6.8-
SPORT (FWD) WITH SAFETY PACKSP2 MY224D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--6.8-
SPORT+ (FWD)SP2 MY224D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--6.8-
SPORT+ (AWD)SP2 MY224D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--7.6-
GT LINE (FWD) LIMITED EDITIONSP2 MY224D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--6.8-
GT LINE (AWD)SP2 MY224D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--7.6-
GT LINE (AWD) (TWO-TONE)SP2 MY224D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--7.6-

Seltos Dimensions

The dimensions of the Kia Seltos

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.

Depending on the variant, the 2022 KIA SELTOS measures as below.

VariantSeriesStyleLength (mm)Width (mm)Height (mm)Wheelbase (mm)
S (FWD)SP2 MY224D WAGON4370180016152630
S (FWD) WITH SAFETY PACKSP2 MY224D WAGON4370180016152630
SPORT (FWD)SP2 MY224D WAGON4370180016152630
SPORT (FWD) WITH SAFETY PACKSP2 MY224D WAGON4370180016152630
SPORT+ (FWD)SP2 MY224D WAGON4370180016152630
SPORT+ (AWD)SP2 MY224D WAGON4370180016152630
GT LINE (FWD) LIMITED EDITIONSP2 MY224D WAGON4370180016002630
GT LINE (AWD)SP2 MY224D WAGON4370180016152630
GT LINE (AWD) (TWO-TONE)SP2 MY224D WAGON4370180016152630

The 2022 KIA SELTOS has a braked towing capacity from 1100kg to 1250kg depending on the variant and an unbraked towing capacity of 600kg.

Seltos Market Fit

Where does it fit in the competitor segment?

The Kia Seltos sits above the Kia Stonic and below the Kia Sportage in terms of SUV sizes for the Korean brand.

Seltos Sales Data

How well has the Kia Seltos been selling?

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.

Seltos Reliability

What's the track record say?

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.

Should you buy the Seltos

Is this the right car for you? Our experts buy or not guide.

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.

Competitor Analysis

What other cars should you look at?

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.

Kia Seltos Interesting Facts

Did you know?

The Seltos is made in South Korea and shares its engine and transmissions with sister company’s Hyundai Kona.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Kia Seltos range kicks off from $27,290 (plus on-road costs) for the "Seltos S (FWD)" variant and finishes at $42,700 (plus on-road costs) for the "Seltos GT LINE (AWD)" variant.

The Kia Seltos is built in Korea and is then shipped to Australia.

The Kia Seltos has a braked towing capacity from 1100kg to 1250kg depending on the variant and an unbraked towing capacity of 600kg.

Kia suggested that owners service their Kia Seltos every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first.

The Kia Seltos has a five star ANCAP safety rating out of five.

The Kia Seltos uses Unleaded Petrol.

The Kia Seltos has 4 doors.

In our latest review the Kia Seltos scored 8.2 out of 10. Read the full Kia Seltos review here.

The Kia Seltos had a 7 year, unlimited km warranty.

Variants from previous years