The 2023 Kia Seltos S is the range’s entry level model, but it comes with a tonne of features that make it anything but basic. Among them are wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an impressive continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Those wireless devices connect to an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with slightly fuzzy clarity, that’s paired with a decent 6-speaker sound system. It’ll play all your tunes and even has a funky design.
The angled speaker covers capture the light when you open the door. Although there is no fancy wireless charging pad for your mobile device, there is a USB-A and USB-C port in the front, or dual USB-C ports in the rear.
The air-conditioning controls are manual but simplistic and will be treasured by those who feel overwhelmed by tech. Adding to this, there is also a manual park brake and a folding key, so that means no fancy electronics to get you going.
It feels oddly cool because it’s a bit retro. The external mirrors do fold though, which is a nice touch. The interior has five cloth trim seats and one thing that really stood out for us was just how firm the driver’s seat was, particularly the section which supports your back.
Short-distance driving was fine, but on a long journey, you might need to take a break. The centre console has an armrest on top, although it has no sliding function, which can make for some uncomfortable positioning.
That said, for a small SUV there’s plenty of room, with good storage options. With the seats up, you’ll score 468-litres of boot space, while dropping the second row gives you 1,428-litres. There’s a space saver spare under the rear floor.
There’s a stack of safety tech too, including one handy yet slightly annoying feature called ISLA. Intelligent Speed Limit Assist as it’s known, uses information from the detected road signs and navigation system to inform the driver of the speed limit on the current road.
Typically this worked okay and very rarely missed a sign. It even has a yellow school zone tile for when you enter and leave said areas, although this would appear 24/7 as the system doesn’t factor in school hours.
If you do exceed the limit, an audible tone will sound five times and that is where it can get on your nerves – think school zone at 10pm at night. Cruise control is fitted as standard too, although it does struggle to hold your desired speed down hills.
Powering the 2023 Kia Seltos S is a 110kW 2.0-litre MPI petrol engine driving the front wheels, and connected to that silky smooth CVT we mentioned earlier. Kia claims 6.9-litres/100km, which is pretty damn close to real world testing.
The fuel tank is decent, sitting square on 50-litres and only requiring regular unleaded. Priced at $29,500 plus on-roads, it comes in six colours, including the Steel Grey of our test vehicle, and Mars Orange.
It comes with a 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty, 7-years capped price servicing and 1-year of roadside assistance that can be extended to 8-years if you get your car serviced at a Kia dealership.
Our test vehicle was provided by Kia Australia. To find out more about the 2023 Kia Seltos S, talk to your local Kia dealer.