With its trendy look, spacious cabin, and fun-to-drive edge, the 2024 Seltos earns its place in Kia’s lineup, which is filled with different automobiles with related values. The Seltos slots in between the smaller Soul and the bigger Sportage, however its slightly-larger-than-subcompact dimension makes room for extra cargo than rivals such because the Hyundai Kona and the Nissan Kicks. A styling refresh for 2024 makes the Seltos much more enticing than earlier than and its inside has been up to date with higher infotainment know-how too. A duo of four-cylinders is offered, together with a 195-hp turbocharged engine that gives good pep. Most fashions come normal with all-wheel drive, and even the base-model Seltos gives good worth and utility, making it one in all our favourite small SUVs.
What’s New for 2024?
The Seltos has obtained a refresh for its exterior and inside styling for 2024. A restyled grille and up to date lighting parts elevate the SUV’s exterior together with new wheel designs and a rear mild bar that connects the taillamps. The cabin receives an up to date infotainment panel with two massive screens and the present mannequin’s extra conventional shift lever seems to have been changed with a rotary controller. The Seltos’s non-obligatory turbo 1.6-liter four-cylinder now makes 195 horsepower, up 20 hp from final 12 months’s mannequin, and provides a brand new eight-speed automated transmission to switch the earlier seven-speed unit. A rugged-looking X-Line mannequin additionally joins the lineup and options distinctive exterior styling.
Pricing and Which One to Purchase
The perfect worth lies with the Seltos’s EX trim. The SX mannequin comes loaded with virtually the whole lot, however the EX is well-equipped, too, and less expensive. It consists of faux-leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated entrance seats, a wi-fi smartphone charging pad, and the brand new dual-screen infotainment system with in-dash navigation. All-wheel drive is offered as an choice for many who want it.
Engine, Transmission, and Efficiency
Kia gives two totally different four-cylinder engines within the Seltos: a 2.0-liter that makes 147 horsepower or a turbocharged 1.6-liter that pumps out 195 hp. We sampled the Seltos with the turbocharged 1.6-liter and located its energy to be greater than enough. Whereas the bottom engine is mated to a constantly variable automated transmission (CVT), the turbo comes with an eight-speed automated. All-wheel drive comes normal on all however the S and EX trims. The Seltos gives a agency however principally easy experience, and dealing with is sharp for an SUV—it’s miles extra entertaining and composed than rivals such because the Jeep Compass and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. After we get an opportunity to check the up to date Seltos at our dwelling base, we’ll replace this story with acceleration check outcomes and extra driving impressions.
Gas Financial system and Actual-World MPG
The EPA estimates that the Seltos will ship pretty environment friendly MPG figures. Freeway gasoline economic system is estimated to be as excessive as 34 mpg for front-wheel-drive fashions with the two.0-liter four-cylinder. On our 75-mph freeway fuel-economy check route, an all-wheel-drive Seltos with the turbocharged 1.6-liter managed 30 mpg. For extra details about the Seltos’s gasoline economic system, go to the EPA’s web site.
Inside, Consolation, and Cargo
Inside, the Seltos gives noticeably extra space for folks and cargo than the Hyundai Kona. The supplies used all through the cabin are refined sufficient to appear proper at dwelling within the showroom subsequent to the model’s wonderful Telluride SUV. Inside ambient lighting is normal on the upscale SX mannequin and might be set to pulse together with the music just like the system Kia gives within the smaller Soul SUV. Throughout our check drive of the pre-facelift mannequin, the cargo space simply swallowed our suitcases, backpacks, and photograph bag; in our testing, we match eight carry-on suitcases within the cargo maintain and 20 with the rear seats folded.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Seltos’s infotainment setup has drastically modified for 2024, with a brand new seamless panel stretching two-thirds of the dashboard serving as each a digital gauge show and an infotainment touchscreen. This association is non-obligatory and just like the choices of different fashionable Kia fashions. A smaller show with an analog gauge cluster is normal. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come on each mannequin however SiriusXM satellite tv for pc radio and an onboard wi-fi hotspot are choices.
Security and Driver-Help Options
Kia gives a regular suite of driver-assistance tech on the Seltos, however higher-tech options akin to adaptive cruise management are non-obligatory. For extra details about the Seltos’s crash-test outcomes, go to the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) web sites. Key security options embody:
- Commonplace automated emergency braking with pedestrian and bicycle owner detection
- Commonplace lane-departure warning with lane-keeping help
- Out there adaptive cruise management with a lane-centering characteristic
Guarantee and Upkeep Protection
Kia’s guarantee is the most effective within the trade, and the corporate continues to supply 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain protection on its fashions. The one different rivals that may match it are SUVs from sister firm Hyundai.
- Restricted guarantee covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain guarantee covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled upkeep
2024 Kia Seltos
Car Sort: front-engine, front- or all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base: LX, $25,715; S, $26,315; EX, $27,115; X-Line, $30,015; SX, $31,315
DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 146 hp, 132 lb-ft; turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 1.6-liter inline-4, 195 hp, 195 lb-ft
constantly variable automated; 8-speed automated
Wheelbase: 103.5 in
Size: 172.6 in
Width: 70.9 in
Top: 63.4–64.0 in
Passenger Quantity, F/R: 53/46 ft3
Cargo Quantity, Behind F/R: 63/27 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 2900–3300 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 6.1–7.0 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.8–15.7 sec
High Velocity: 120–130 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 26–31/25–28/27–34 mpg