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Kia Seltos Australia

The Kia Seltos was a late arrival in the small SUV category when it first launched in late 2019, but the new kid on the block was an instant standout among its many established alternatives.

Key strengths have been its compact exterior dimensions and a smartly packaged cabin, as well as strong safety tech available and an enviable ownership program. 

The Kia Seltos line-up currently starts at $26,790 for the Seltos S (fwd) and ranges through to $42,200 for the flagship Seltos GT Line (awd).

Kia Seltos Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Kia Seltos varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $19,200 and going to $42,790 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $19,200 $42,790
2021 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $26,790 $42,200
2020 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $19,200 $42,790
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $18,100 $40,260
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Kia Seltos Colours

  • Clear White
  • Starbright Yellow
  • Neptune Blue
  • Mars Orange
  • Steel Grey
  • Gravity Grey
  • Cherry Black
  • Snow White
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Kia Seltos Interior

The Seltos's interior isn't particularly plush with plenty of hard plastics used through the cabin - even on the top grade GT-Line although it does have much nicer 'premium' seats. That said the cloth seats on the grades below are comfortable and tasteful in their design.

Kia Seltos Accessories

The entry grade Kia Seltos S comes standard with an eight-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, six-speaker stereo, air conditioning and steel wheels with hub caps.

The grades above this (the Sport, Sport + and GT-Line) have alloys wheels, a larger 10.25-inch touch screen, sat nav and climate control.

Kia Seltos Dimensions

The dimensions of the Kia Seltos SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 SUV 1615x1800x4370 mm 177 mm
2020 SUV 1615x1800x4370 mm 177 mm
2019 SUV 1615x1800x4370 mm 177 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Kia Seltos Dimensions

Kia Seltos Boot Space

The Kia Seltos SUV has a boot space size of 498 VDA.
Kia Seltos Boot space Kia Seltos Boot space

Kia Seltos Fuel Consumption

The Kia Seltos is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.8L/100km for SUV /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 SUV 6.8L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 6.8L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 6.8L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Kia Seltos Pricing and Specs for 2021

Kia Seltos Towing Capacity

The Kia Seltos has maximum towing capacity of 1250kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 SUV 1100kg 1250kg
2020 SUV 1100kg 1250kg
2019 SUV 1100kg 1250kg
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Kia Seltos Seats

The Kia Seltos has five seats.

Kia Seltos Seats

Kia Seltos Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Kia Seltos here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What is the best small car for under $30000?

    You don't need to spend $30,000 to get a great small car to run around town in. A Suzuki Swift GL Navigator from $17,690 plus on-road costs ($1000 more for the auto) makes for an excellent choice, with a surprisingly roomy interior, a refined, frugal and lively engine, great handling and superb reliability. Great value for money, in other words.

    Moving on from there, to the next size up and in our order of preference, are the Mazda 3, Ford Focus Active, Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Corolla Hatch, Honda Civic (turbo only) and Subaru Impreza. All are quality small cars that should fit the bill perfectly.

    There's also merit in considering a small SUV, chiefly because their higher roofline and loftier seating positions make them easier to get in and out as well as see out of. Our value pick is the Kia Seltos S with Safety Pack. The Mazda CX-30 and Toyota C-HR are also high-quality and refined choices, though they're right at the cusp of your budget so you may have to search for a discounted demo model. Going small SUV does  mean extra outlay, but they do generally offer better resale value, as their popularity seems endless.

    As you can see, there's lots of choice, so take your time, drive the ones you like the look of, and see which feels best. Out of scores of alternatives, these 10 are our top recommendations at under $30K.

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  • Can the 2020 Kia Seltos be serviced by an authorised motor mechanic?

    There are two main reasons to service a car. The first is to keep the vehicle running in an efficient, clean, safe and comfortable way. The second is so that you maintain your factory warranty. A car-maker is not obliged to honour some aspects of a new-car warranty if the vehicle hasn’t been serviced correctly, so it’s important, especially since the Kia warranty is such a good one at seven-years/unlimited kilometres. In fact, the Kia warranty is the best in the business in Australia.

    With that in mind, provided you use a properly accredited workshop that is authorised to stamp your service book, yes you can use a non-Kia workshop or dealership to have your car serviced and retain your factory warranty. That said, the Kia isn’t an especially expensive vehicle to have serviced with 12 month or 15,000km service intervals.

    Have you investigated Kia’s seven-year capped price servicing deal? It stacks up very well over the full seven years and, in fact, a Seltos is really no more expensive to service than the little Kia Picanto under the capped-price schedule. Definitely talk to the dealer about capped price servicing if you go ahead and buy a Kia, you might be surprised how cost-effective it is.

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  • Kia Seltos 2021: Will it come with AWD standard?

    My Kia insiders tell me that Kia is likely to retain its current mix of two and four-wheel-drive options for the Seltos into the future. It may well be true that only the base-model will get two-wheel-drive in some markets, but here, I am told, a greater mix of price points is the aim, meaning that you’ll still have plenty of choice.

    As for an LX-badged model, that’s a real left-field one. Kia’s badging structure in Australia generally follows the S, Sport, Sport Plus and GT (for turbocharged models) so even if there was a new LX badge to emerge, I have no idea where that would fit into the range. Neither does Kia Australia (because I checked with head office). Even then, it would be likely that a new badge or naming policy would be introduced for a new model or at least a facelift of the current car, but since the Seltos is only about 12 months old here, that isn’t due to happen for some time. Perhaps the LX is a model in, say, the US market. Always check the country of origin when using websites to research.

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  • What small or mid-sized SUV should I buy?

    For a start, some owners are not mad about the Subaru’s CVT transmission. It’s not that it’s necessarily unreliable, they just don’t like the way it works with an occasional hesitation and a slight jerkiness at light throttle applications. Some people never notice it, but others find it a real distraction. The Kia meanwhile, has been getting good reviews across the trade, largely thanks to the Australian-input into the model’s suspension settings.

    Of course, you need to personally drive all three cars on your short-list as there will be things you like and dislike about each one, some of which will be deal-breakers.

    The SsangYong is certainly the unknown quantity, but mainly because of the brand’s on-again-off-again relationship with the Australian market. But now, with head-office support (the Australian operation is the only factory-owned distributorship outside the brand’s native South Korea) things are looking a bit brighter for buyers and that’s backed up by the factory seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty that also includes fixed price servicing and roadside-assistance for seven years. That’s got to represent peace of mind.

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Kia Seltos Wheel Size

The Kia Seltos has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 205x60 R16 for SUV in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 SUV 205x60 R16 205x60 R16
2020 SUV 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 SUV 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x60 R16 16x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Kia Seltos Wheel Sizes

Kia Seltos Speed

The Seltos has a 0-100km/h time of about 12 seconds