2023 KIA Seltos Preview, Pricing, & Features

2023 KIA Seltos – The new Kia Seltos include the compact Sportage and the hatchback-like KIA Soul. Seltos is a combination between a simple yet elegant design and greater Sportage flexibility. All Seltos are equipped with all-wheel drive. The soul is only front-wheel drive. The price is somewhere in between the two siblings. Seltos shares the platform with Hyundai Kona’s engine train, which allows it attractive driving habits as well as a competitive fuel economy. The base model has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The top-end trim features a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that generates 175 horsepower. The LX base model comes with the most popular driver aid features. You also get a wide range of standard infotainment options. Seltos trims are more appealing for modern SUV buyers who desire additional options and hospitality. The Seltos is slightly larger and thus more spacious than subcompact SUVs such as the Mazda CX-30 or Nissan Kicks.

2023 KIA Seltos Small SUV
2023 KIA Seltos Small SUV

2023 KIA Seltos Review

Many driver assistance features are standard on the vehicle, including automatic emergency braking and automatic lane guard assist. Seltos trims now come with a 10.3-inch screen for their infotainment screens. All trims, except LX, now have remote start and automatic climate control. SX, the highest-spec model, gets a flat-ground steering wheel and new Plum interior colors. Nightfall Edition is a new product in our lineup. It has black-painted aluminum rims (18 inches) and black exterior trim.

Trims Level

The Kia Seltos 2023 will likely be offered in five trims. The base price of the Kia Seltos 2023 will be $23,000, while the SX Turbo trim will run $27,990. Turbocharged engines are available in the S Turbo and SX Turbo trims. AWD will be standard on all trims, except for the S trim, which has FWD.

Engine

Two types of four-cylinder engines are available from Kia in Seltos. The 2.0-liter engine produces 146 horsepower, while the turbocharged 1.6 liter makes 175. The turbocharged 1.6-liter engine was our favorite and we were amazed by its power. All-wheel drive is standard with four turbos. You can also order an all-wheel-drive with a nonturbo engine. Seltos offers a comfortable, smooth ride and is firm. It handles well for an SUV, and it is quieter than competitors like the Jeep Compass Sport or Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

MPG and Fuel Economy

The EPA predicts that Seltos will achieve a high MPG. The highway fuel economy for the front-wheel-drive 2.0-liter four cylinder front-engine model is 35 mpg. On our highway fuel-economy test route, the all-wheel-drive Seltos with a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine achieved 30 mpg at 75 mph. For more information on Seltos fuel efficiency, visit the EPA website.

Interior

The cabin’s Seltos box shape is spacious and gives it a more spacious feel than other cabins. You can store your luggage and groceries in the ample space, while four adults are comfortable. Seltos has a variety of driving aids. Except for the basic LX model, all LX models come with forwarding collision mitigation, driver awareness monitors, and Lane departure alerts. The top trim replaces the standard 8-inch touchscreens by a 10.25-inch unit with clear graphics, Bose sound system and Bose sound. Seltos offers more people and cargo space than Kona. Seltos’ cabin is constructed from high-quality materials and looks great in the showroom, alongside Telluride’s SUV.

2023 KIA Seltos Small SUV Review
2023 KIA Seltos Small SUV Review

You can change the standard interior ambient lighting to SX models. You can adjust it according to music, much like the Kia system in smaller Soul SUVs. The cargo area is large enough to hold our bags, suitcases, and photo bags. Eight suitcases were placed in our cargo hold and 20 were folded back.

Connectivity and infotainment

All Seltos models will have a touch screen infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. An optional 10.3-inch unit will be available on all Seltos models, except for the basic LX. Navigation is an optional feature. It allows you to split your screen so that you can see directions and change the radio station. Seltos could also include a wireless charging pad, three USB ports, and a head-up display. Bose’s 8 speaker audio system will come with a fractal texture speaker grille.

Safety Features

The Seltos come standard with Kia’s driver-assist systems, while the SX trims offer more advanced features such as adaptive cruising control and cyclist detection. To learn more about Seltos’ crash statistics, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety websites. These security features are essential:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection;
  • Standard lane-departure warnings can be given with the help of lane guards
  • Available: Adaptive cruise control, cyclist detection
  • Driver-Assist Technology
  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist-Rear (BCA-R)
2023 KIA Seltos Small SUV Specs
2023 KIA Seltos Small SUV Specs

2023 KIA Seltos Price and Release Date

The 2023 Kia Seltos model years are basically the same as those of 2022. The 2022 model is expected to remain the most affordable. Prices start at $23,000 but can rise to $27990. Kia has yet to release any information about the 2023 Kia Seltos’ launch date. It should reach dealers by the end of 2022.