Kia’s long-awaited small SUV for Australia has finally arrived, with the local launch of the new Seltos.
On sale from October 25, four variants will be offered: S, Sport, Sport+ and GT-Line.
Two engines will be available, depending on variant. S, Sport and Sport+ models come standard with a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder petrol engine developing 110kW of power and 180Nm of torque – it drives the front wheels solely through a CVT transmission.
Standard on the GT-Line and optional on the Sport+ is a more potent 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which sends 130kW and 265Nm to all wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 0-100km/h sprint is completed in 8.0 seconds, while fuel use is rated at 7.6L/100km on the combined cycle.
The Seltos range kicks off with the S, priced from $25,990 drive-away. Standard equipment includes an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 16-inch steel wheels, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, six airbags, six-speaker sound system, automatic headlights and halogen daytime-running lights.
Standard safety kit on the S consists of a ‘standard’ autonomous emergency braking system with pedestrian detection, in addition to lane-keep assist, cruise control and driver attention alert.
However, the camera-based nature of the AEB system means the base Seltos will likely miss out on a five-star ANCAP safety rating – an optional $1000 Safety Pack adds a full radar-based AEB system with cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, advanced driver attention alert, electric parking brake, electric folding mirrors, auto up-down driver’s window and larger rear brakes.
Step up to the Sport grade – priced from $29,490 drive-away – and you get 17-inch alloy wheels, a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation with SUNA traffic and 10 years of updates, single-zone climate control, electric folding mirrors, window defogger, front fog light, auto up-down driver’s window and a full-size spare wheel (compared to the S’ temporary unit). Both the standard safety equipment list and optional Safety Pack carry over to the Sport.
Above the Sport is the Sport+, priced from $32,990 and $36,490 drive-away in 2.0 FWD and 1.6T AWD trims respectively. Additional equipment consists of part-leather seats, radar AEB, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, push-button start, keyless entry, electric parking brake, heated side mirrors, LED interior lights, electrochromatic rear-view mirror, front parking sensors and larger rear brakes.
Sitting atop the range is the $41,990 drive-away GT-Line, which adds a sunroof, 18-inch alloys, ambient cabin lighting, eight-speaker Bose sound system, wireless phone charging, semi-digital instrument cluster, artificial leather seats, head-up display, power heated and ventilated front seats, LED headlights, DRLs and fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, Lane Following Assist, Safe Exit Alert and premium wipers.
All variants boast 498 litres of boot space, with the rear seats able to be folded in a 60:40 configuration.
The new Kia Seltos goes on sale on October 25.
2020 Kia Seltos pricing (drive-away):
- S (2.0 FWD): $25,990
- Sport (2.0 FWD): $29,490
- Sport+ (2.0 FWD): $32,990
- Sport+ (1.6T AWD): $36,490
- GT-Line (1.6T AWD): $41,990
- Safety Pack: $1000 (S and Sport)
- Premium paint: $520