Article Source: Kelley Blue Book
The 2021 Kia Seltos has won Kelley Blue Book’s 2021 Best Buy Award in the subcompact SUV segment because of its excellent interior packaging, smart combination of practical and upscale interior amenities, and wide array of advanced safety features. It does all of this with a starting price of around $23,000, which makes the Seltos an undeniably good value. Those characteristics impressed KBB so much that they also selected it as this year’s Best New Model in the KBB Best Buy Award program.
As we saw last year with the Kia Telluride – the 2020 Best Buy Awards Best New Model – when it comes to entering a popular segment, Kia does its homework. In the case of the Seltos, that meant ensuring there is enough space in the front and rear rows for all passengers. Kia also placed a high priority on easy-to-use connectivity and tech. An 8-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity come standard on the Seltos. Also standard is Bluetooth technology that allows you to connect two devices at the same time.
It may sound strange to describe a subcompact SUV as roomy, but it’s appropriate here. The Seltos has front seats that are comfortable and there’s plenty of head and legroom, but the real shocker is the space in the second row. Not only is rear-seat legroom the best in its class, but its 38 inches of room is comparable to what you would find in a full-size sedan. And, everyone sitting in the back of the Seltos has reclining seats.
Not only that, the extra interior space does not come at the expense of this Kia’s cargo volume. It has best-in-class space for cargo behind the second row; fold down those seats and the cargo volume swells to 62.8 cu ft., also best in class.
Even the lowest-priced version – the Seltos S – comes standard with safety features such as lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams. This is in addition to standard front airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags, hill-start assist, downhill brake control, rear occupant alert, and tire-pressure monitoring
All-wheel drive (AWD) is standard on the LX, and AWD models come with a lock mode for added traction. Seltos SUVs that come with AWD – standard on every trim level but the S – also come with independent rear suspension for better ride and handling. Stepping up to higher trim levels adds adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, and safe-exit assist. You can also get highway-driving assist. This semi-autonomous system controls steering, acceleration, and braking based on the vehicle’s cruise control settings.
Kia’s pricing of the Seltos gives buyers a choice of trim levels at the same base price. Both the LX and the S start at $23,100. If you want standard AWD, look to the LX. However, if you opt for the S, you still benefit from additional safety features. For a mere $1,500 more, you also get AWD. Even if you wanted to go all out, choosing the Seltos SX with its turbocharged engine and AWD and adding a sunroof and two-tone roof, pricing is still a reasonable $30,000.
But the Kia Seltos isn’t just a vehicle that checks all the right boxes. It’s how Kia integrated these elements into a subcompact SUV that’s versatile, easy to use, and comfortable that makes it such a great choice. The Seltos is one of the best-looking subcompact SUVs on the market. The spacious interior is loaded with features that are intuitive to use. You can get the Seltos at the lowest price with plenty of impressive advanced safety features, with even more available. Not to be forgotten, it’s also backed by one of the best warranties in the business. It’s for all of these reasons that KBB chose the Kia Seltos as the Best New Model for 2021.