There’s no shortage of small crossover SUVs on the market. That observation makes it rather remarkable that the all-new Kia Seltos manages to stand out among the masses.
Built on the same underpinnings as the funkier Soul, the subcompact Seltos’ most notable advantage is an available all-wheel-drive system that provides drivers with peace of mind in bad weather. The standard 146-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine should be fine for most buyers, but those who find it underwhelming can opt for the 175-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter engine like that propelling the top SX model we tested. The suspension delivers good handling, but the ride quality can be a bit on the firm side.
Inside, the Seltos offers an adult-friendly back seat. There’s a generous-size cargo hold as well, with 62.8 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded and a flat load floor that can be dropped several inches to accommodate larger items.
Figure in a long list of advanced safety features, and the Seltos is an attractive choice in a crowded segment.
- AWD model’s locking center differential offers enhanced traction.
- 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty
- Cabin can be noisy.
- Ride quality could be better.
- The Seltos isn’t perfect, but it’s right up there with best of the bunch.
- Base Price: $21,990
- As Tested: $29,485
- NHTSA: Not yet tested
- 29/34 (2.0L FWD)
- 25/30 (1.6L AWD)