Kia Seltos 2020 Review – Small SUV | carsales

Kia Seltos 2020 Review – Small SUV | carsales


It might sound like the perfect garnish for
mashed potato, but Seltos could be the next big thing in the compact SUV segment. Expected to be sharply priced, the new Korean
SUV sports a butch new look. The bold visuals evoke an angular motif, which
helps set this apart from its rivals such as the Mazda CX-3, Honda CR-V, and Mitsubishi
ASX. At first glance it’s not just its looks that
will raise eyebrows. The Seltos has got a better warranty than
any of its rivals, covered for seven years and unlimited kilometres, with roadside assistance. There’s nothing entry level about this interior,
and I really love that long dashboard design, but probably best of all is this 10.2 inch
infotainment screen, it look fantastic. The big screen is class leading terms of size,
and if you don’t like the intuitive menu system, just plug in your phone for Android
Auto or Apple Carplay. The cool thing about this system is that you
can have two bluetooth devices hooked up at once, so you can have your Google Maps running
alongside your Spotify Music. From the gear shifter to the temperature controls,
everything looks fantastic, and it’s even got wireless phone charging too. Kia may sell cars at budget prices, but there’s
a serious upmarket feel to this machine. It does really well in terms of cabin space
too. This SUV is seriously roomy and makes the
Mazda CX-3 feel puny by comparison. The wide front seats offer loads of room,
as do the back seats with plenty of legroom. But it’s not perfect, cheap dash plastics
take away a little bit of the interior shine. This is the range toping all-wheel drive model
and that means it gets a 1.6 litre turbo engine and a 7 speed dual clutch automatic. Now it’s got a fair bit of zip when you give
it a bit of shtick, but I did notice off the line there’s little bit of a lag and it does
feel that there’s a bit of weight playing here. Base grade Kia Seltos models will get a naturally
aspirated engine with a less advanced but more frugal continuously variable transmission
or CVT. Now, when it comes to ride and handling this
model leaves a little bit to be desired. It’s the Korean spec suspension and it’s a
bit wishy washy. Simply put, it wallows through corners like
a pig in mud. But there’s good news for Australian and maybe
even European customers too, that’s because the suspension will be recalibrated by Kia’s
Aussie suspension boffins, who in the past have been very effective at improving the
driving dynamics and steering response. Overall this is a solid little unit. I quite like the Seltos, and when Kia fixes
the suspension it will be a very competitive all-rounder.