As an all-new crossover SUV, the 2021 Kia Seltos excites consumers in the United States of America. Powered by the Drive Wise technology, more than a dozen advanced driving aides are optional for this five-seat family vehicle. Available with a turbocharged engine and the patented Dynamax all-wheel drive, this compact model has a good combination of toughness and athletic attributes.
What's New for 2021?
When shopping for the 2021 Seltos in the United States, consumers have five trim options. The lineup kicks off with the LX edition, which rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels. In terms of comfort and utility, some of the base model's highlights are the Remote Keyless Entry and Dual-Level Cargo Floor.
When upgrading to the S trim, drivers will get integrated LED light bars and heated outside mirrors. This model is furnished with comfortable seats that are covered in the Sofino material and cloth. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats are optional for this 2021 Seltos edition.
The EX model boasts the Automatic Temperature Control for enhanced all-weather comfort. A wireless phone charger and a rear USB port are some other interior highlights. Additionally, this mid-level trim has a power sunroof for natural climate control.
Exclusively available with a turbocharged engine, the 2021 Seltos S Turbo edition is tuned for sporty performance. An all-wheel drive with the Torque Vectoring and Center Lock functions is standard on this powerful vehicle. The lineup ends with the SX Turbo, which has the Smart Key System and a 10.25-inch navigation system with voice commands. Additionally, the UVO Link technology is at the driver's fingertips inside this high-tier model.
The 2021 Seltos runs on a 2.0 L DOHC engine block that's rated at 146 horsepower. Multi-Point Gasoline Injection manages combustion in this I-4 engine, which cranks out 132 pound-feet of peak torque. Generating up to 175 hp, a 1.6 L DOHC engine with a turbocharger is available for this compact Kia crossover SUV. Running on gasoline direct injection, this turbo powertrain unleashes 195 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 RPM.
Creating a large range of gear combinations, the Intelligent Variable Transmission system is linked to the 2.0 L engine. A dual-clutch transmission system with the Quick-Shift technology is paired with the 1.6 L turbo engine. This DCT system gives the driver access to seven preset gear ratios. Both transmission systems are compatible with an all-wheel drive system that claims the Dynamax label. The driver can easily turn on the Lock Mode for this patented AWD system.
Monitoring the steering angle and yaw rate, the Torque Vectoring Cornering Control keeps the 2021 Seltos balanced on the road. Four-wheel disc brakes also contribute to excellent cornering abilities on pavement. The driver can engage the Sport and Normal modes to further improve handling on highways. Additionally, this athletic Kia car has the Downhill Brake Control that allows the driver to navigate steep slopes at a steady pace.
By holding the braking system for several seconds, the Hill Start Assist Control provides enough momentum for the 2021 Seltos to climb a steep terrain. Linked to electronic sensors that monitor wheel spin, the Traction Control System adjusts the powertrain and brakes in some driving situations. With additional support from the Electronic Stability Control, this lightweight Kia crossover SUV stays fully on track.
When powered by a 2.0 L engine, the 2021 Seltos earns an EPA fuel economy rating of 31 MPG on the highway. When tested in the city with this entry-level powertrain, this Kia crossover SUV attained a maximum rating of 27 MPG. The 1.6 L turbocharged engine reduces the car's gas mileage on the highway by only 1.0 MPG. Additionally, the turbo propulsion system decreases the city fuel economy by 2.0 MPG. Having a 13.2-gallon tank, this all-new model offers a maximum driving range of approximately 410 miles.
This five-seat Kia family car comes standard with the Idle Stop and Go technology that responds to traffic flow in real time. If necessary, the ISG will temporarily halt combustion under the hood. The ISG is usually deactivated when the driver disengages the brake pedal.
Safety and Security
Featuring the all-new Fusion label, the Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist is optional for the 2021 Seltos. This state-of-the-art driving aide detects bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicles in the driver's projected path. Featuring the Stop & Go mechanism, the Smart Cruise Control is another active safety technology that decreases the risk for severe crashes with other cars on the highway. The updated SCC works in tandem with the Lane Following Assist, which scans lane markings in real time.
This all-new Kia crossover SUV offers the Driver Attention Warning, which may prevent accidents due to inattention or fatigue. The DAW generates alerts in the instrument cluster if the driver seems too tired or distracted. The Safe Exit Assist is another class-leading driving aide that's optional in the 2021 Seltos. Using radar to detect other cars that approach from behind, the SEA may lock the rear doors. Thanks to the Rear Camera Display, the driver can cautiously back up or navigate tight spaces.
TechnologyThe Supervision Meter Instrument Cluster measures up to 7.0 inches diagonally inside the 2021 Seltos. This compact Kia crossover SUV also boasts lots of mobile-friendly portals, including Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth and Android Auto. Other mobile applications may be accessed through the UVO Link interface. Coming from Bose's factories, a premium audio system with the Sound Connected Mood Lamp is optional in this all-new model.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here)
Note: All Kia Seltos MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.