Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Auto Review: 2020 Kia Seltos Sport (2WD)

THE missing piece in the Kia model range has been found. A small SUV with city chic appeal and functionality. The 2020 Kia Seltos Sport is the piece of the puzzle that fills the gap, and it does so at an affordable price.

Fast gaining a reputation for cool and hip cars, including the ball tingling Stinger, pocket rocket Cerato GT and the edgy Sportage range, Kia are definitely serving up cars that younger buyers want.

The Kia Seltos Sport gives off a funky city vibe. From its stylish 17-inch alloy wheels to the colour keyed door handles and rear spoiler, it has a contemporary feel, and in Neptune Blue (our test vehicle), it looks super trendy.

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If that colour doesn’t take your fancy, there is, among others, Cherry Black, Snow White Pearl, Mars Orange and Starbright Yellow on offer as well. Jump inside and you’ll find durable yet comfortable cloth seating, with 6-way adjustment for the driver.

Aesthetically and ergonomically the Seltos ticks most of the boxes. Height adjustable headrests and front seat belts, and four cup holders add additional niceties to the second tier Sport variant (there are four specification choices in the range).

A 10.25-inch colur LCD touchscreen infotainment screen houses satellite navigation, with live traffic information adding a premium feature feel to the inside the cabin. The 6-speaker sound system is lacking though, and takes away from the overall experience.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and Bluetooth connectivity is simple and easy to operate. Steering wheel mounted controls for the audio help make for a more road focused driving experience as well.

The 2020 Kia Seltos Sport does get a massive tick for luggage and storage capacity though, offering 60/40 split rear seats and a removable parcel shelf. There’s 433-litres of boot with the seats up, and 1,393 litres, when they’re laid flat.

Under the hood of the Seltos Sport lies an inline 4-cylinder 16-valve 2.0-litre motor, producing 110kW of power and 180Nm of torque. It’s paired to a 7-speed CVT automatic transmission, driving the front wheels.

There are three driving modes, including Sport, Normal and Eco, with Sport the pick of the bunch. It offers a good combination of revs and power, without trashing the fuel economy. Kia claims 6.8-litres/100km, and it’s right on the money.

The 2020 Kia Seltos Sport comes fitted with a host of safety features including ABS, electronic stability control, downhill brake control and hill start assist. It also picks up reverse parking sensors, and a good quality rear view camera.

Driving assistance comes in the form of autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, and driver attention alert. It offers a lot of bang for your buck, bundled up in a reasonably small package.

Pricing starts at $29,990 drive away, and includes Kia’s 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

Our test vehicle was provided by Kia Australia. To find out more about the 2020 Kia Seltos Sport (or it’s range topping GT-Line sibling), contact your local Kia dealer.


Driving experience
Exterior styling
Interior look and feel
Technology and connectivity
Family friendliness
Value for money


Pros - purchase price; funky personality; great versatility.
Cons - poor quality sound system.
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is a motoring enthusiast, with a passion for two and four wheels. It's pretty much a given there'll be at least two motorbikes in his garage and he needs no excuses to hit the open road. Andrew grew up reading magazines like Street Machine and Heavy Duty and has a love for all things performance.


  1. It’s paired to a 7-speed DCT automatic transmission, driving the front wheels.

    Above statement should be read after corrections as follows:
    It’s paired to a CVT automatic transmission, driving the front wheels.


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Auto Review: 2020 Kia Seltos Sport (2WD)<strong>Pros -</strong> purchase price; funky personality; great versatility.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> poor quality sound system.