Introducing the Kia Seltos

The subcompact crossover market does not lack for a healthy number of offerings. However, the Seltos is a welcome addition for this model year. Riverside Kia in Riverside, CA will be impressed with its smooth yet aggressive-looking exterior profile and lots of tech for its class, thus guaranteeing a long and enjoyable ownership. Five trim levels are available on the Seltos; they are the LX, EX, S, S Turbo, and SX Turbo.

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Performance

If you don't want to be limited to just one engine, you will appreciate the Kia Seltos. Although the standard engine is a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine with 147 horsepower, you can go with either of the two "Turbo" variants, which are powered by a leaner but more powerful 1.6-liter I4, which provides 28 more horsepower. To the 2.0-liter is a continuously variable transmission, which eschews traditional gear shifting for a more energy-efficient change through a continuous range of effective gear ratios. The 1.6-liter is hitched to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, which has two clutches: one for controlling the even gears and the other for controlling the odd ones.

As a result of these drivetrain components, fuel economy is especially great on the Kia Seltos. With the standard all-wheel drive, the vehicle provides 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway during your commute from Corona to San Bernardino. For even better efficiency, the S trim offers a front-wheel-drive choice to improve fuel economy to 29 mpg and 34 mpg, respectively.

Seating and Interior Space

The Kia Seltos is a five-seater, with two cloth-trimmed seats that can accommodate up to five occupants. Front seating consists of a 6-way manually adjustable driver's seat and a 4-way manually adjustable passenger seat, and the 60/40 split-folding rear seat enables you to expand cargo space from 26.6 cubic feet to 62.8 cubic feet.

To enhance the Seltos experience, upgrade from the base-level model to get any of the following features:

  • Power adjustability with power lumbar support on the driver's seat
  • Combined leatherette-and-cloth or synthetic leather seat trim
  • Front-seat heating
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Front-seat storage

Comfort and Convenience

For entertainment, the Kia Seltos comes with a six-speaker stereo system, which comes with an AM/FM radio tuner and is hooked up to an 8-inch touchscreen display for Fontana and Montclair drivers. There's a USB port and an audio auxiliary jack to hook up and play music and other types of media from your portable devices. Upper-level trims are more likely to have the following:

  • Power sunroof
  • 7-inch LCD color instrument cluster
  • Smart keyless entry with push-button engine start
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Wireless phone charging ability
  • UVO infotainment integration
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation
  • Auto-dimming ability on the rearview mirror
  • Bose premium stereo system (in place of the six-speaker system)

Safety

Two frontal impact airbags, two front seat-mounted side impact airbags, and two roof-mounted side curtain airbags provide restraint and cushioning when there's an impact to the Kia Seltos. A rear camera flashes a video image when you drive in reverse to monitor what or who is behind you. Electronic stability and traction control combine to always keep you on your intended driving path. Daytime running lights make pedestrians and fellow drivers aware of your presence on the roads of Moreno Valley. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes provide quick stopping power and prevent lockup. And security is provided with the combination of remote keyless access and a panic alarm.

Upgrading from the base-level LX trim introduces the following enhancements or additions:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Smart cruise control with stop-and-go technology
  • Safe exit assist
  • Auto emergency braking
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Pre-collision safety system
  • Blind-spot detection
  • Engine immobilization to bolster the security system

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