“This emboldened spirit, which also lives in the hearts of the younger generation, is what drove us to develop a crossover that embodies sophistication and sportiness. A complete crossover package that delivers innovative driving experiences as well as class-leading cabin space that inspires you to enjoy the thrill of new adventures,” explains Kia PH president Manny Aligada.
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Like all modern Kias, the Seltos carries a certain European feel to it. In particular, the bi-color roof and pillars, the sharp hood strakes, the sleek headlamps, and the large tiger-nose grille are somewhat Land Rover-esque. The rear, meanwhile, features quadrilateral headlamps and a a big chrome strip a la BMW. The 17-inch alloy wheels come standard across the range. The top-spec SX gets LED headlamps, while the SX and mid-range EX get LED daytime running lights and position lamps.
The crossover measures 4,370mm long, 1,800mm wide, and 1,610mm tall (the EX and SX variants are an extra 5mm taller thanks to the roof rails), with a 2,630mm wheelbase. Color options are Starbright Yellow/Cherry Black and Clear White/Cherry Black in two-tone, and Starbright Yellow, Mars Orange, Dark Ocean Blue, Gravity Gray, and Iron Gray in monotone shades.
Inside, the Seltos features a thoughtfully laid out interior with nice-feeling materials. An eight-inch floating touchscreen comes standard—it’s equipped with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The base variant comes with cloth seats, while the rest get a cloth and leatherette combination. The top-spec EX gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. Scuff plates, two cup holders up front, and two front power outlets come standard. The steering wheel is both tilt- and telescopic-adjustable.
Engine and specs
The Seltos is powered by a 2.0-liter in-line-four gasoline engine capable of 147hp and 179Nm, with a 5o-liter fuel tank. All variants are front-wheel-drive, come with full disc brakes, and are equipped with a CVT that Kia calls its Intelligent Variable Transmission. Three driving modes are available: Normal, Eco, and Sport.
The suspension features MacPherson strut and stabilizer up front, and coupled torsion beam axle in the rear.
Tech-wise, the top-of-the-line SX gets push-button start, single-zone automatic A/C, smart keyless entry, rear sensors, electronic stability control, downhill brake control, hill-start assist, and additional side and curtain airbags. Steering-wheel controls come standard: audio and Bluetooth hands-free for the LX, and added cruise control for the EX and SX. Power windows are also available across the range: The LX comes with auto-down for the driver, while the other two variants get the reverse as well. Central power locking is likewise standard.
Variants and prices
Like many subcompact crossovers in 2019, the Seltos breaches the P1-million mark even with its entry-level variants. At launch, it comes in three iterations, which you can find below:
- Kia Seltos LX – P1,098,000
- Kia Seltos EX – P1,198,000
- Kia Seltos SX – P1,498,000
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