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2021 Kia Seltos Sport+ review

November 30, 2020

Bowen's Report Card

2021 Kia Seltos Sport+ review


Aussie motorists continue to have an addiction that needs to be satisfied. The thirst for SUVs of all shapes and sizes is relentless. The Kia Seltos is a smallish-sized SUV sold by a brand that has universally earned the respect of the motoring public over a couple of decades. I’ve just spent a week in the $32,900 drive-away Seltos Sport+ model, so here we go…


A petrol drinking 2.0-litre four-cylinder sits under the bonnet. It produces 110kW at 6,200rpm and 180Nm at 4,500rpm. Drive is sent via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to the front wheels. There’s also the option of a 1.6-litre turbo all-wheel drive version priced from $36,490 drive-away. The entry level S and Sport have Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

The Drive

The Seltos does a reasonable job of putting up with our goat tracks here in NSW. However, those 17-inch rims shod with 215/55 R17 rubber much prefer A-grade roads. It does tilt around a little when on spirited road duty. I will say though, those low outputs are deceptive, the Seltos 2.0-litre petrol engine has long legs when given a boot full.

Via a rotary dial the car can be placed in eco, sport and normal modes. The sport mode simply makes the accelerator feel a little livelier and the steering meatier. Although basically I suspect the car will be used in normal mode about 90 per cent of the time.

Road noise is mostly kept at bay, although there were times the ride was a tad too firm. I’m prepared to look over all that, because Kia now build very solid vehicles. You can feel the craftsmanship immediately. Things like a window rattling inside a door was normal for the brand years ago. Now the cabin is as quiet as a church mouse, free from creaks and rattles.

I also reckon the Seltos in general is a good sort. The front end is sharp and sophisticated, while fun colours like this “Starbright Yellow” can rematched with a black roof. Its’s a car that shows off your personality. 

Comfort and Technology

The interior is a pleasant place, mixed with crafty styling and great wow factors such as a massive 10.25-inch colour touchscreen. The fabric seats aren’t the most attractive I’ve seen, but they do provide a good level of comfort both up front and in the rear.

Need to charge something? Well there’s 1 x 12-volt power outlet and 2 x USB ports up front. Two one-size fits all cup holders sit between the front seats. They can’t contain the slender Red Bull cans, but most cans should find a snug fit. There are another two in the rear arm rest.

The Seltos is bigger than you think. Head room is great all-round and the cargo space is rated at 433-litres with a full-sized spare or 468-litres with a space saver.

Single zone air-conditioning is automatic, I prefer dual-zone usually, basically so me and my wife don’t have a temperature setting war.

Value for Money

The as-tested Seltos Sport+ can be had for $34,200. Capped priced servicing adds up to $2,818, that’s at 15,000km intervals right up to 105,000km over seven years. Given Kia offer a seven-year unlimited-kilometre warranty, there’s a lot to feel relaxed about. Fuel economy is rated as 6.8L/100km, the turbo option craves more at 7.6L/100km.

What I Love

The as-tested Kia Seltos Sport+ did turn plenty of heads, that’s good thing because where I live dual-cabs and massive RAM utes are taking over.

Bowen’s Report Card

The Kia Seltos Sport+ is the pick of the range. It meets the criteria of an SUV, higher seating position, good levels of space, safety, technology, and great looks. It’s an 84 out of 100 from me!