Kia Seltos First Impressions (By Australian Media)

Kia Seltos SUV - first drive

3 video reviews provide us a good look at the upcoming Kia Seltos compact SUV.

The all-new Kia Seltos is set to go on sale in Australia later this year, with members of the automotive media in that country invited to South Korea to take the vehicle for a test drive.

We have a trio of videos pulled from the most popular car blogs – Caradvice, Carsales and Carsguide – in Australia, with those publications sharing their feelings about the Kia Seltos.

They have a lot of love for the vehicle, believing that it will likely become the gold standard in the small SUV segment.

We are going to take a moment to summarize those videos, where we find a bunch of things that the media loves, plus one that they are not so fond of.

4 things to love & 1 minor dislike

#1 Exterior design

The first thing that you notice with the new Kia Seltos is how beautifully it has been designed. This is a vehicle with a big road presence and a bold style, highlighted by the large tiger nose grille and the raked windshield, both of which add a sporty style to the small SUV.

There are a couple of really cool colors available and little design touches, too, such as the lighting strip atop the grille that stands out in a big way during nighttime drives. That little addition is framed by a diamond effect strip that gives the appearance of extra width up front.

#2 Interior

The vehicle that the Australian media tested was the top of the range GT Line model, so it goes without saying that they were seeing the interior at it’s very best.

The agreement was, though, that the attention to detail in the interior design was outstanding, with the belief being that the high level of quality seen in the Kia Seltos GT Line would carry through the rest of the trim levels.

#3 Big cargo room

The Seltos comes with a wheelbase of 2630 mm and dimensions of 4730 mm long and 1615 mm high. It is that lengthy wheelbase that makes the cabin such a comfortable place to be. While the Seltos rides on the same platform as the Hyundai Kona, it is a full 30 mm longer.

As far as trunk space goes, the Seltos absolutely crushes the competition, making it the ideal SUV for people who like to get out and about with a lot of cargo on board.

#4 Kia Seltos price in Australia

Australian consumers will be able to get their hands on the 2020 Kia Seltos in October 2019, with the starting price coming in at between $25k and $26K. That pricing is on par with competitors like the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V.

If it’s a vehicle that is fully loaded that you are after, then you can expect to pay around $40k for the Kia Seltos GT Line trim level.

#1 Name

The media down under agreed on one negative, which is the name of the vehicle. They all felt that the Seltos name was uninspiring, a sentiment that Kia Australia actually agrees with.

In the grand scheme of things, though, it’s a small complaint amid a sea of positive that make the new Kia Seltos a sure winner!

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