Sitting second from the top of the Seltos range, the Sport+ all-wheel drive variant comes with eye-catching alloys, and is packed with technology. With seven colours to choose from, it offers more than ever before.
Sit inside and you immediately notice the sharp, crisp, and lovely-looking twin 10.25-inch displays. Plug a smartphone in and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto will come to life (there’s no wireless integration, that’s exclusive to the base S variant).
There are ample options to charge your mobile devices though, with a single USB-A and USB-C slot available in the front, with two USB-A at the rear. Exclusive to the Sport+ is cloth and artificial leather seating, which we found to be quite comfortable.
You’ll also find a small, yet deep, centre console with a sliding armrest. It’s reasonably comfortable to rest on, unlike the door trim, at least if you put your arm up on top of the door, against the glass. It’s a hard surface that’s less forgiving.
A smart key is offered as part of the package, ensuring the vehicle unlocks on approach and does the reverse as you walk away. It’s a premium touch for the mid-range, mid-size (ish) SUV.
If you thought the key was smart, wait until you experience Kia Connect. A simple smartphone application that you put on your mobile and pair with the car, it offers a range of features, including remote start and vehicle status monitoring.
It will let you set that perfect temperature and power up the air-conditioning before you sit inside. While it’s free for the first seven years, the application will likely morph into a subscription service (although the Korean car maker hasn’t decided if that’s the case yet).
Rear leg room is pretty decent, and while the full-size alloy spare tyre hampers the boot space a little, you do get 433-litres with the seats up, or 1,393-litres when they’re dropped down. It’s roomy enough for a small family, and will fit a pram and some groceries.
Kia offers two powertrains for the Sport+, allowing you to choose between a 110kW/180Nm front-wheel drive, with a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a CVT gearbox, or a more powerful 146kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged offering.
Paired to a punchier 8-speed auto and all-wheel drive, it’s the latter we’re testing here. Eco, Normal and Sport are offered as drive modes, with the last of these the most fun (as you might expect). It offers plenty of oomph.
What’s nice is that each mode has its own unique set of graphics, displayed on the dash. For those keen to tow, this small to medium SUV has a 1,250kg braked towing capacity and 130kg ball weight. It’s not a lot, but for a little trailer with some gear in it, that’s not bad.
Fuel economy in the AWD variant sits at around 7.4-litres/100km and the Sport+ rides on some rather appealing 17-inch machined alloys. A tyre pressure monitoring system will let you know if anything goes wrong with your rubber too.
Packed with safety technology, this mid-spec offering features autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning and driver attention alert that includes lead vehicle departure. It also comes loaded with intelligent speed limit assist (ISLA).
While we understand its purpose, it’s not a piece of safety tech we love, and its annoying chime every time you exceed the speed limit will grate on your nerves very quickly. To add insult to injury to insult, we found, it had moments of rather poor accuracy.
The most impressive was when it decided we were in a 120km/h zone (a speed limit that doesn’t exist in NSW). Thankfully this feature can be turned off, although it must be done every time the vehicle is started.
The 2024 Kia Seltos Sport+ is priced from $39,300 before on-road costs in its all-wheel drive form. Tested here in Neptune Blue, it’s available in two duo-tone options; Pluton Blue or Clear White, with a Fusion Black roof.
Other single colours include Pluton Blue, Steel Grey, Gravity Grey, Fusion Black, Mars Orange and Snow White Pearl. It comes with a 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty, 7-years capped price servicing.
A single year of roadside assistance is provided, but that can be extended to 8-years if you get your car serviced at an authorised dealership. You can find out more on the Kia Australia website. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.
Our test vehicle was provided by Kia Australia. To find out more about the 2024 Kia Seltos Sport+ AWD, contact your local Kia dealer.