Learn more about the technical specifications of the 2023 Kia Seltos.
Kia’s newest addition to the SUV segment, the Seltos, has arrived.
It falls into the compact SUV category and is a rugged looking vehicle that is beautifully designed, inside and out. Comfortable, modern, and safe to drive, the Seltos is a winner!
The Kia Seltos is an SUV that is designed to tackle harsh road conditions. It comes equipped with a 1.6-liter turbo 175-HP engine and available AWD, which, when combined with its torque vectoring control, makes it fun to drive in even the harshest conditions.
There are a lot of bases to cover when talking about the 2023 Kia Seltos specifications, so let’s get right to the technical data, as well as a host of other details that will tell you all you need to know about this amazing compact Kia SUV.
2023 Kia Seltos specs
- horsepower & torque ratings
- transmission options
- recommended fuel
- fuel tank capacity
Available engine options
There are a pair of different engine options available with the Kia Seltos. The base engine is the 2.0-liter 4-cyliner, which comes standard on the LX entry level trim, as well as the S and EX trim levels.
If you opt for the top of the range Seltos SX, you get the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine, which is also available as an option on the S trim level!
Engine specs, horsepower & torque ratings
|Type||2.0L Multi-Port Injection (MPI)||1.6L Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)|
|Displacement (cc)||1,999 cc||1,591 cc|
|Horsepower||146 hp @ 6,200 rpm||175 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||132 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm||195 lb.-ft. @ 1,500-4,500 rpm|
|Recommended fuel||Unleaded gasoline (RON 95 or higher)||Unleaded Gasoline (RON 92 or higher)|
|Engine oil capacity||4.0 liters||4.5 liters|
|Fuel tank capacity||to be updated||to be updated|
The base 2.0-liter engine on the Kia Seltos delivers 146 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque, while the more potent turbo engine on the SX delivers 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque.
When it comes to the available transmissions, there are also two different options available. The intelligent variable transmission (IVT) comes with the 2.0-liter model, while the other transmission, the 7-speed DCT is exclusive to the 1.6-liter turbo engine.
Front & rear brakes
|Brakes||Size front / rear|
|LX||15 in. / 14 in.|
|S||15 in. / 16 in.|
|S||16 in. / 16 in.|
|EX||16 in. / 16 in.|
|SX||16 in. / 16 in.|
The brake size on the Kia Seltos is dependent on the trim level. The base LX trim comes with 15-inch brakes up front and 14 in the back. The other trim levels feature larger 16-inch brakes in front and back.
Chassis & suspension
|S||MacPherson Strut||Coupled Torsion|
|SX||MacPherson Strut||Coupled Torsion|
There are a pair of different chassis and suspension setups on the Seltos SUV. All trim levels come with MacPherson struts up front, while at the back the vehicle comes equipped with either a multilink suspension or a couple torsion beam axle.
|Type / Power source||Motor power assisted|
Rack and pinion type
|Motor power assisted|
Rack and pinion type
|5.3 ft||5.3 ft|
|Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)||?||?|
|7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)||?||?|
- Kia Seltos weight data (to be updated)!
2023 Kia Seltos ground clearance
- 7.2 inch
Seltos is the first compact Kia SUV to offer all-wheel-drive with the available active on-demand AWD system being similar to the one found on the more premium Telluride SUV!
What that means is that the Kia Seltos is the very much a vehicle for those who drive in poor weather conditions or who like to go on regular driving adventures.
The 7.2 inch ground clearance also ensures that the Kia Seltos will have no major problems on light trails or snowy roads.