The all-new Seltos offers roomy versatility for a small SUV, along with excellent fuel economy and an affordable price. Unfortunately, its stiff ride, loud cabin, and a lack of advanced safety features on the base LX trim keep it from scoring high enough to be recommended.
The Seltos, which slots below the Sportage in Kia’s SUV lineup, certainly has its strengths. One asset is how painless it is to get in and out of the cabin, thanks to large door openings and easily accessible front seats. The refreshingly straightforward controls are another high point, which includes the touch-screen infotainment system.
Even tall drivers had plenty of headroom, though the plastic center console bothered nearly everyone’s right knee. The front seats are comfortable enough for short trips, but they lack lower-back support for longer journeys. The rear seat is surprisingly spacious. Tall windows and mostly slim roof pillars leave the Seltos with minimal blind spots.