Kia dominated the auto industry awards season in 2019 with the launch of the Telluride, their largest SUV ever. This year, they are introducing its cousin, the 2021 Seltos. Featuring a rugged look paired with a versatile design, the Seltos is a subcompact SUV that does not skip on utility.
“It’s an all-wheel drive vehicle with all the modern safety equipment starting at $21,000,” said Tom Seely, General Manager of Thomas KIA of Highland. “That’s just great value, absolute bang for your buck.”
The Seltos is a five-seat SUV, and beats almost all its rivals in cargo volume while also offering top-class fuel economy. There are two engines available to choose from, the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder offers 146 horsepower, while the turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder delivers 175. For drivers who prefer front-wheel drive, that is an available option as well.
The engine, paired with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission offers a smooth, quiet ride that affords all the versatility needed to handle the Region’s diverse weather.
“It’s being reviewed very well,” Seely said. “It’s already being talked about as a candidate for the different 2021 compact SUV of the year awards.”
While compact, the Seltos strikes a bold profile, forgoing the soft, rounded design many SUVs in its class share. There are 12 different colors available, including four two-tone options.
“Kia did an impressive job with the styling,” Seely said. “It almost looks like a mini-Telluride.”
Even with the high-value price point, Kia did not cut corners on the interior. Four choices of trimmings provide a variety of tones to choose from, and the second-row seating reclines and offers a USB charging port and AC vents.
Like all modern Kia vehicles, the Seltos is on the leading edge of technology. It offers a class-leading 10.25-inch LCD touch screen, eight high-performance Bose Premium Sound speakers, and a wireless charging station. There are also an array of driver assist features available, including blind-spot warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
To learn more about the Kia Seltos visit Thomas KIA of Highland at www.thomaskia.com, or stop by their showroom on 9825 Indianapolis Boulevard.