2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo AWD: Packing a Punch In More Ways Than One

20 Sep 2020 | 229 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds   If ever there was a car that watches its occupants , entertains them in royal style, and a car which manages to be a complete pleasant surprise regularly, its Kia's all-new 2021 Seltos, a small CUV that packs a powerful punch against competitors. [caption id="attachment_10390" align="alignnone" width="675"] 2021 Seltos[/caption] Driving the Seltos is a pretty astonishing product.  The first thing you notice is the absolutely impeccable construction, with no gaps, misalignments and exterior quality control issues. Everything fits together well, and once inside, the high quality of materials used, as well as the interior design, and the clarity of the gauges and controls are such that you can really operate everything intuitively, with little hesitancy. And the Seltos has literally dozens of built in warning lights and displays to keep you out of trouble.  If there's something or someone in the back seat when you shut off the evening, it will tell you.  If the car in front of you is moving ahead after a traffic light changes, and you're still sitting there for some reason, it will tell you that, too. And the Seltos manages to have their lane control features and other systems designed in a way that when they are activated by your driving actions, you aren't jolted by loud buzzers that scare the living daylights out of you because they are unexpected. The Seltos also manages to be pretty roomy.  There was enough stretch room up front for the passenger, and generous spacing in the back seat as well/. And if you plan to carry gear, know that the Seltos ranks at the top with 62.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the back if you have lots of things to carry. Let's take a closer look: Our tester: 2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo AWD Price: $27,890 base price, $29,485 price as tested Economy: 27 miles per gallon overall; 25 city and 30 highway.  The Seltos uses 3.7 gallons per 100 miles.  The annual fuel cost  over five years is about $1,500, depending on using gasoline costing $2.70 a gallon for 15,000 miles annually for five years. Performance: This is a CUV meant to be driven for sheer fun.  The acceleration is considerably quicker than on comparable vehicles, and the handling is both sporty and stable.  Corners are special fun!  Braking seems very sensitive for a bit before you get used to the car.  Once you get used to it, you're fine. The car: Kia is growing to be quite the company to go to for small to large SUVs.  Its mid-sized Telluride is astoundingly popular, generously equipped and winning applause fro car writers and consumers alike.  Meanwhile, its Kia Soul has been popular for years, and gaining new fans annually. The Sportage, though due for a redo, still looks way better than most of its competitors with a very cool, forward thinking design. But the Seltos?  It's a knockout.  I can't think of a single thing short of a rather tough to understand audio infotainment system (thanks to whoever drove it before me and took the instruction booklet)--which you really need on the Seltos. Technology: There's a pretty generous helping of standard equipment features on our Seltos S Turbo. They include: Eight-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Car Play; Rear camera with dynamic guidelines; eight inch touchscreen/ w Android Auto & Apple Car Play; USB Multimedia port; Heated front seats, combination Sofino Leatherette and The Cloth Seat Trim; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; sliding front center armrest;  power heated outside mirrors/ with LED Turn Signal Indicators; a compact spare tire; Bose Premium Audio, sound-connected lighting; UVO link with navigation, 10.25 inch display; one year trial for UVO; seven-inch color instrument cluster; smart cruise control with Stop and Go; highway driving assist; rear seat center armrest; remote keyless entry; steering wheel mounted controls (Bluetooth/Audio/Cruise; 60/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats; dual level cargo floor; 18 inch alloy wheels, roof rails; fog lamps; upgraded grille with integrated LED Light Bar; LED Daytime Running lights and taillights; 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar; smart key and pushbutton start; remote start on key fob; wireless phone charger, full automatic temperature control; auto-dimmng rearview mirror; auto-dimming rear view mirror; LED interior lighting; rear USB charge port; cargo cover and safe exit assist. Safety: Again, an example of a list chock full of standard safety equipment: Forward-Collision-Avoidance Assist-Pedestrian; blind spot collision warning; Blind Spot Collision avoidance assist in the rear; rear Cross Traffic C0llision Warning & Avoidance assist; Lane-Keeping Assist and Lane-Following Assist; Lane Departure Warning; Driver Attention Warning, and High BVeanm Assist. All of this is in addition to the multitude of standard safety stuff found in every new car and truck these days. Styling/Aesthetics: The Seltos manages to look aggressive and contemporary and claiming its own special cues like a two toned look and a really cool, sporty front end that distinguishes it quite a bit from other cars on the road.  But my favorite feature was inside the Seltos: a multi-choice system of ambiance experiences that includes a crackling fire, crunchy snow, a crowded cafe bistro, a rainy day, and a trip to the ocean I had a few cool nights in the Kia Seltos, and as I turned on the heated seats and the warm side of the climate control system, I was also treated to the quite authentic sound of a crackling fire through the cars speakers--a very cool way of providing ambiance. My other favorite experience with the multimedia experience was the sounds of crashing waves at the beach.  Imagine driving the Seltos along the ocean and hearing those waves with the windows open!  Way cool. Warranty: 10 year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty. five year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty; and five year/60,000 mile roadside assistance program.  

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