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2021 Kia Seltos pricing and specs detailed: Rising cost for MG ZS, Hyundai Kona, Mitsubishi ASX, Mazda CX-30 and Nissan Qashqai rival

The Seltos has become $1800 dearer since its launch 18 months ago.

For the fifth time in about a year, Kia Australia has raised the pricing of the first-generation Seltos small SUV.

On this occasion, all Seltos variants have become $500 more expensive, following the $300, $300, $200 and $500 rises reported in December, August, May and April last year respectively.

As a result, the Seltos line-up has become $1800 dearer since its arrival in October 2019, with it now kicking off from $26,790 plus on-road costs for the S FWD and topping out at $42,200 for the GT-Line AWD (see full pricing table below).

No changes have been made to the MG ZS, Hyundai Kona, Mitsubishi ASX, Mazda CX-30 and Nissan Qashqai rival standard specification, with a Kia Australia spokesperson confirming with CarsGuide that the usual external factors were at play once again.

As such, the Seltos remains available in four grades: entry-level S, mid-range Sport and Sport+, and flagship GT-Line.

The S and Sport are motivated by a 110kW/180Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that’s mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which drives the front wheels.

This combination is also used in the Sport+, although it can be instead optioned with the GT-Line’s 130kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system.

2021 Kia Seltos pricing before on-road costs

S FWDautomatic$26,790 (+$500)
Sport FWDautomatic$29,790 (+$500)
Sport+ FWDautomatic$33,290 (+$500)
Sport+ AWDautomatic$36,790 (+$500)
GT-Line AWDautomatic$42,200 (+$500)