Kia Seltos
2020 Kia Seltos

KIA’s latest arrival is set to shake up the vibrant small SUV segment, with the much anticipated Seltos set to bring sophistication, cutting edge technology, eye catching design, safety and class leading space to the market.

Unveiled just over three months ago, the Seltos is already drawing record inquires in the Korean and Indian markets where it is already available, with Australia to be the third, when it hits showrooms on October 25.

Aimed at youthful, tech savvy buyers, the Seltos offers a striking interior and exterior design, and plenty of technology and safety, all backed by Kia’s 7-year warranty, 7-year capped price servicing, and 7-year roadside assistance.

Smaller than its mid-sized Sportage sibling, the Seltos packs a lot into its compact footprint, with more space for passengers and luggage than any rival B-segment SUV, and a choice of multi point injection and turbo petrol engines.

For Australia, the Seltos will be available in four specification levels S, Sport, Sport+ and GT-Line. The S, Sport and Sport+ is available in front wheel drive, powered by a 4-cylinder 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle engine producing 110kW and 180Nm.

The engine package is coupled to the latest generation CVT. The Sport+ and GT-Line also come in all-wheel drive (exclusively on the GT-Line), and will feature the proven 1.6T-GDI coupled to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission producing 130kW and 265Nm.

Starting from $25,990 drive away for the S through to $41,990 for the GT-Line, the Seltos is available in Starbright Yellow as a standard colour, and Neptune Blue, Gravity Grey, Mars Orange, Snow White Pearl, Steel Grey and Cherry Black (all premium colours).

A special two-tone treatment is available on GT-Line at no extra cost, in Clear White with Cherry Black Roof and Starbright Yellow with Cherry Black Roof. Spec levels are rich across the grades, and impressive for a small SUV.

The S boasts standard AEB (car and pedestrian), an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, lane keep assist, cruise control, driver attention alert, halogen daytime running lights, and a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines.

It also gets rear parking sensors, six airbags, six speakers and auto headlights, while an optional safety pack brings improved safety features, an electronic parking brake, electric folding mirrors, auto up and down driver’s window and 15-inch rear disc brakes.

Step up to Sport and the extra equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, 10.25 inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and satellite navigation with SUNA traffic and 10 year MapCare updates.

In addition, you’ll also get single zone climate control, electric folding mirrors, auto up and down driver’s window, auto window defogger, front halogen fog lights, solar windows and a full size spare.

The optional safety pack for the Sport adds full AEB, advanced smart cruise control, driver attention alert+ and electronic parking brake. The Sport+ gets cloth and artificial leather seats, full AEB, driver attention alert+, and advanced smart cruise control.

It also scores blind spot detection, rear cross traffic collision avoidance, smart key with push button and remote start, electronic parking brake, heated side mirrors, LED interior lights, electrochromic rear view mirror, front parking sensors and a luggage screen.

At the top of the tree is the GT-Line. Think of it as the full package. There’s a sun roof (not available with two-tone paint), 18-inch alloy wheels, interior sound mood lighting, and an 8-speaker BOSE premium sound system.

In addition, you’ll find fast wireless phone charging, 7-inch driver instrument cluster, head-up display, premium artificial leather seats, powered driver and front passenger heated and ventilated seats, and LED headlights, daytime running and fog lights.

It also comes with rain sensing wipers, lane following assist, safe exit alert and aero-blade wipers.

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