Kia will be joining the raft of compact family SUVs currently on sale with its Seltos. Here's how much the newcomer will cost and what spec is inside.
To get some idea of what the Seltos is like to drive, check out our international drive story where we drove the Seltos in India - where it is built.
In terms of size, the Seltos sits at the bigger end of the small SUV spectrum measuring 4 315 mm long, 1 800 mm wide and 1 620 mm high. For reference, it's a bit bigger than the Hyundai Creta and has very similar dimensions to the current Renault Duster.
The Seltos aims to offer as much modern tech as possible and as such all models come with daytime LED daytime running lights. Higher grades of trim get LED indicators and foglights too. Exterior colours are plentiful and quite vibrant. On offer is Glacier White Pearl, Steel Silver, Gravity Grey, Aurora Black Pearl, Intelligency Blue, Intense Red and Punchy Orange, the latter only available as a special order. In addition, the all-new KIA Seltos is also available with three two-tone colour options: Glacier White Pearl with a black roof, Intense Red with a black roof, and Punchy Orange with a white roof, the latter also only available on special order.
Interior spec level on the GT Line is high.
Three grades of spec are available starting with the EX, which gets air-conditioning, automatic headlights, electric mirrors, cloth upholstery, steering wheel-mounted controls, electric windows, cruise control, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system linked to six speakers. Seltos is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and has USB ports for front and rear passengers.
The Seltos EX rides on 16-inch alloy wheels with a full-size spare under the boot.
Under the bonnet is a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine producing 90 kW and 151 Nm of torque. It's available with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox. A 1.5-litre turbodiesel unit will join the fray in early 2020 also with both manual and auto choice. The outputs for this engine are 86 kW and 250 Nm.
The EX+ is the next step up and adds leather upholstery, auto-folding mirrors, centre console armrest with an integrated storage box, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels. This model is only available with an auto 'box for the 1.6-litre engine.
High-spec GT Line
Special seats for the GT Line as well as a turbocharged petrol engine.
The top-spec Seltos gains a GT Line badge. With that, a hefty equipment and price upgrade occurs. The exterior gets satin chrome and red trim, with gloss black and satin chrome detailing on the front grille, as well as 17-inch crystal cut alloys with red brake calipers.
Inside, there are upgrades to the leather seats, a different steering wheel and stainless steel pedals. The GT Line has a drive mode selector which adapts the driving experience from Eco to Normal and then Sport. There is a Terrain Mode too that acts as a traction control system for tricky conditions and basic off-roading.
This model gets an all-new turbopetrol engine: a 1.4-litre turbopetrol unit delivering 103 kW and 242 Nm of torque. It is mated solely to a new 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
In terms of family safety, all models are standard with 6 airbags, ABS, EBD and rear PDC with a camera. The EX+ and GT Line benefit from stability control.
The Seltos is sold with a 5-year/unlimited km warranty (inclusive of roadside assistance), and also includes a 5-year/90 000 km service plan.
KIA Seltos 1.6 EX Manual R353 995
KIA Seltos 1.6 EX Automatic R371 995
KIA Seltos 1.6 EX+ Automatic R389 995
KIA Seltos 1.4 T-GDi GT-Line R444 995