Likes

  • Enormous 7-year warranty
  • Heaps of standard features
  • Holding their value very well
  • Rides well thanks to locally-tuned suspension

Dislikes

  • Prices haven’t dropped much at all, so no bargains to be had
  • Non-turbo engine can be thirsty
  • Make sure you investigate that 2.0-litre engine failure recall

Stuff you should know

The Kia Seltos is a small SUV that was launched in Australia in late 2019. It is available in four grades: S, Sport, Sport+, and GT-Line. All grades are powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 146kW of power and 265Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in the S and Sport grades, and an 8-speed automatic transmission in the Sport+ and GT-Line grades.

It was available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system is only available on the Sport+ and GT-Line grades.

The Seltos has a spacious interior for a small SUV. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the rear seats have enough legroom for adults. The boot space is also generous, with a capacity of 433 litres.

The Seltos is well-equipped with features, even in the base S grade. Standard features include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a reversing camera, and a 6-speaker sound system.

In terms of safety, the Seltos came standard with a comprehensive suite of safety features, including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring

The Seltos was well-received by Australian buyers. It was praised for its stylish design, spacious interior, and generous equipment levels. The Seltos has also been awarded a five-star safety rating by ANCAP.

What goes wrong

Exterior:

There are a handful of reports of windscreens and windows spontaneously cracking and shattering. This isn’t common though.

Interior:

Multiple owners have complained about the calibration of the Active Speed limiter. A sentiment shared by both owners and reviewers.

Mechanically:

Most notably, many owners have had issues with the 2.0-litre engines stalling, losing power or completely failing due to defective piston rings

Recalls:

  • August 2020 – The KIA SELTOS models from 2019-2020 are affected by a fault where the anti-theft lock required by Australian Design Rule 25/01 was not installed on the steering column shaft, posing a non-compliance risk.
  • August 2022 – The KIA SP2 Seltos models from 2019 to 2020, equipped with the Nu 2.0L Atkinson Engine, have a defect in the piston rings that may lead to engine failure, stalling, and an unexpected loss of vehicle power, posing a hazard of accidents, injuries, or fatalities to occupants and other road users. Approximately 4,639 units are affected.
  • June 2023 – Non-compliance with Australian Design Rule 04/06 due to a software issue in KIA’s NQ5 Sportage, SG2 Niro, and SP2 Seltos PE models from 2022-2023, affecting 7,163 units, may fail to illuminate the visual seat belt warning, posing an increased risk of injury or death in case of an accident.

Exterior:

There are a handful of reports of windscreens and windows spontaneously cracking and shattering. This isn’t common though.

Interior:

Multiple owners have complained about the calibration of the Active Speed limiter. A sentiment shared by both owners and reviewers.

Mechanically:

Most notably, many owners have had issues with the 2.0-litre engines stalling, losing power or completely failing due to defective piston rings

Recalls:

  • August 2020 – The KIA SELTOS models from 2019-2020 are affected by a fault where the anti-theft lock required by Australian Design Rule 25/01 was not installed on the steering column shaft, posing a non-compliance risk.
  • August 2022 – The KIA SP2 Seltos models from 2019 to 2020, equipped with the Nu 2.0L Atkinson Engine, have a defect in the piston rings that may lead to engine failure, stalling, and an unexpected loss of vehicle power, posing a hazard of accidents, injuries, or fatalities to occupants and other road users. Approximately 4,639 units are affected.
  • June 2023 – Non-compliance with Australian Design Rule 04/06 due to a software issue in KIA’s NQ5 Sportage, SG2 Niro, and SP2 Seltos PE models from 2022-2023, affecting 7,163 units, may fail to illuminate the visual seat belt warning, posing an increased risk of injury or death in case of an accident.

Exterior:

There are a handful of reports of windscreens and windows spontaneously cracking and shattering. This isn’t common though.

Interior:

Multiple owners have complained about the calibration of the Active Speed limiter. A sentiment shared by both owners and reviewers.

Mechanically:

Most notably, many owners have had issues with the 2.0-litre engines stalling, losing power or completely failing due to defective piston rings

Recalls:

  • August 2020 – The KIA SELTOS models from 2019-2020 are affected by a fault where the anti-theft lock required by Australian Design Rule 25/01 was not installed on the steering column shaft, posing a non-compliance risk.
  • August 2022 – The KIA SP2 Seltos models from 2019 to 2020, equipped with the Nu 2.0L Atkinson Engine, have a defect in the piston rings that may lead to engine failure, stalling, and an unexpected loss of vehicle power, posing a hazard of accidents, injuries, or fatalities to occupants and other road users. Approximately 4,639 units are affected.
  • June 2023 – Non-compliance with Australian Design Rule 04/06 due to a software issue in KIA’s NQ5 Sportage, SG2 Niro, and SP2 Seltos PE models from 2022-2023, affecting 7,163 units, may fail to illuminate the visual seat belt warning, posing an increased risk of injury or death in case of an accident.

Should you buy it?

On the whole, the Kia Seltos is a great little SUV. Kia nailed the blend of size, practicality, features and driving ability. So if you’re after a family runabout that isn’t going to break the bank, the Seltos is one of the picks in this class.

What’s not so good are the engine failure concerns in the 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated engines, so if you own, or are looking at one, make sure that issue has been seen to.

There’s a pretty easy way of avoiding that concern, however, just buy the 1.6-turbo instead.  Yes, it’s a touch more expensive and uses a little bit more fuel, but it produces more power and is much better to drive and suits the character of the Seltos far better than the more sluggish, and in some case defective, 2.0-litre engine.

Overall, the Seltos is a great option and probably our pick in the segment.

On the whole, the Kia Seltos is a great little SUV. Kia nailed the blend of size, practicality, features and driving ability. So if you’re after a family runabout that isn’t going to break the bank, the Seltos is one of the picks in this class.

What’s not so good are the engine failure concerns in the 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated engines, so if you own, or are looking at one, make sure that issue has been seen to.

There’s a pretty easy way of avoiding that concern, however, just buy the 1.6-turbo instead.  Yes, it’s a touch more expensive and uses a little bit more fuel, but it produces more power and is much better to drive and suits the character of the Seltos far better than the more sluggish, and in some case defective, 2.0-litre engine.

Overall, the Seltos is a great option and probably our pick in the segment.

Should you buy it?

On the whole, the Kia Seltos is a great little SUV. Kia nailed the blend of size, practicality, features and driving ability. So if you’re after a family runabout that isn’t going to break the bank, the Seltos is one of the picks in this class.

What’s not so good are the engine failure concerns in the 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated engines, so if you own, or are looking at one, make sure that issue has been seen to.

There’s a pretty easy way of avoiding that concern, however, just buy the 1.6-turbo instead.  Yes, it’s a touch more expensive and uses a little bit more fuel, but it produces more power and is much better to drive and suits the character of the Seltos far better than the more sluggish, and in some case defective, 2.0-litre engine.

Overall, the Seltos is a great option and probably our pick in the segment.

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What is the car's build year?

2020

Loan Amount

$5,000

Finance estimate ~

$30

Per week*

8.49%

Comparison rate p.a#

Models, pricing & features

2020 Kia Seltos-1

S

Price when new: $24,990 - $29,500

Price used: $18,400 - $28,400

Standard features: 

12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
6 Speaker Stereo
ABS (Antilock Brakes)
Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
Air Conditioning
Airbag – Driver
Airbag – Passenger
Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
Alarm
Armrest – Front Centre (Shared)
Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
Audio – Input for iPod
Audio – MP3 Decoder
Bluetooth System
Body Colour – Door Handles
Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
Bottle Holders – 1st Row
Bottle Holders – 2nd Row
Brake Assist
Camera – Rear Vision
Cargo Tie Down Hooks/Rings
Central Locking – Once Mobile
Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
Clock – Digital
Collision Mitigation – Forward (Low speed)
Collision Warning – Forward
Control – Electronic Stability
Control – Park Distance Rear
Control – Pedestrian Avoidance with Braking
Control – Traction
Cruise Control
Cup Holders – 1st Row
Daytime Running Lamps
Demister – Rear Windscreen with Timer
Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
Disc Brakes Rear Solid
Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
Driver Attention Detection
Driving Mode – Selectable
EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
Engine Immobiliser
Flip/Fold Out Key
Fog Lamp/s – Rear
Footrest – Drivers
Headlamp – High Beam Auto Dipping
Headlamps – Halogen
Headlamps – See me home
Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x3
Hill Holder
Illuminated – Entry/Exit with Fade
Illuminated – Key Ignition Barrel/Surround
Independent Front Suspension
Intermittent Wipers – Variable
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping – Active Assist
Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
Map/Reading Lamps – for 2nd Row
Mesh Grille
Metallic Finish Door Handles – Interior
Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
Multi-function Steering Wheel
Parking Assist – Graphical Display
Power Door Mirrors
Power Steering – Electric Assist
Power Windows – Front & Rear
Rear View Mirror – Manual Anti-Glare
Rear Wiper/Washer
Remote Boot/Hatch Release
Roof Rails
Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
Seatbelt – Adjustable Height 1st Row
Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
Seats – 2nd Row Reclining
Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
Smart Device App Display/Control
Smart Device Integration – Android Auto
Smart Device Integration – Apple CarPlay
Spare Wheel – Space Saver/Temporary
Spoiler – Rear Roof Mounted
Storage Compartment – Centre Console 1st Row
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Driver
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Passenger
Trim – Cloth
Trip Computer
Tyre Pressure Sensor
Voice Recognition
Warning – Driver Fatigue
Wheel Covers – Full
Cargo Cover
Smart Device Integration – Android Auto Wireless
Smart Device Integration – Apple Carplay Wireless
Wheel Covers – part
16″ Alloy Wheels
Adaptive Speed Limiter – Road Sign Recognition
Air Conditioning – Rear
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot with Active Assist
Brake Emergency Display – Hazard/Stoplights
Collision Mitigation – Forward (High speed)
Control – Hill Descent
Control – Park Distance Front
Digital Instrument Display – Full
Grille – Black
Handbrake – Fold Down
Side Door Exit Warning
USB Socket(s) – Charging
Warning – Rear Cross Traffic (when reversing)
Warning – Seatbelt Reminder

Sport

Price when new: $27,990 - $32,700

Price used: $21,200 - $31,600

Adds:

17″ Alloy Wheels
Air Cond. – Climate Control
Fog Lamps – Front
GPS (Satellite Navigation)
Heat Insulated – Side Windows
Heat Insulated – Windscreen
Leather Look – Gear Knob
Leather Look – Steering Wheel
Power Door Mirrors – Folding
Radio – Digital (DAB+)
Spare Wheel – Full Size Alloy Wheel
Air Cond – Climate Control with Remote Start
Remote Connectivity via App
Telematic – Preparation/Ability
Telematics – Auto Emergency Response Call Ability

Sport+

Price when new: $31,490 - $39,300

Price used: $23,900 - $39,000

Adds:

Armrest – Rear Centre (Shared)
Central Locking – Key Proximity
Cruise Control – Distance Control
Cup Holders – 2nd Row
Illuminated Vanity Mirror for Front Passenger
Keyless Start:- Key/FOB Proximity related
Leather Look – Seats Partial
Power Door Mirrors – Heated
Rear View Mirror – Electric Anti Glare
Rear Windows – Extra Dark/Privacy
Seatback Pocket – Front Passenger Seat
Starter Button
Sunvisor – Illuminated Vanity Mirror for Driver
Cross Traffic Alert – Front
Independent Rear Suspension
Park Brake – Electric
Cruise Control – Lead Vehicle Start Alert

GT-Line

Price when new: $38,790 - $44,900

Price used: $30,400 - $43,500

Adds:

18″ Alloy Wheels
8 Speaker Stereo
Ambient Lighting – Interior
Daytime Running Lamps – LED
Digital Instrument Display – Partial
Electric Seats – 1st Row (Front)
Headlamps – LED
Heated Seats – 1st Row
Information Display – Head Up
Metallic Finish Door Handles – Exterior
Premium Sound System
Rain Sensor (Auto wipers)
Seat – Driver with Electric Lumbar
Seat – Ventilated Drivers Side
Seat – Ventilated Passenger Side
Steering Wheel – Heated
Tail Lamps – LED
Wireless Charging – Compatible Devices
Fog Lamps – Front LED
Sunroof – Electric
Coloured Door Mirrors
Paint – Two Tone
Electric Seat – Drivers with Memory
Electric Seat – Passenger
Leather Look – Seats
Power – Tailgate/Boot (Hands Free Operation)

Tech specs

Body Styles

5 door Wagon

Engines

2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol

1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport+, GT-Line)

Power

110kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol

130kW – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport+, GT-Line)

146kW – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport+, GT-Line)

Torque

180Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol

265Nm – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport+, GT-Line)

Transmissions

1-speed Constantly Variable Transmission

7-speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch (Sport+, GT-Line)

8-speed Sports Automatic (Sport+, GT-Line)

Fuel Consumption

6.8 – 7.6L / 100km

Length

4370 – 4385mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

1800mm (5 door Wagon)

Height

1615 – 1635mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

2630mm (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

1,405 to 1,525 kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

600kg (unbraked), 1100kg (braked)

600kg (unbraked), 1250kg (braked) (Sport+, GT-Line)

ANCAP Ratings

5 stars (tested 2019)

Body Styles

5 door Wagon

Engines

2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol

1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport+, GT-Line)

Power

110kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol

130kW – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport+, GT-Line)

146kW – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport+, GT-Line)

Torque

180Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol

265Nm – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport+, GT-Line)

Transmissions

1-speed Constantly Variable Transmission

7-speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch (Sport+, GT-Line)

8-speed Sports Automatic (Sport+, GT-Line)

Fuel Consumption

6.8 – 7.6L / 100km

Length

4370 – 4385mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

1800mm (5 door Wagon)

Height

1615 – 1635mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

2630mm (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

1,405 to 1,525 kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

600kg (unbraked), 1100kg (braked)

600kg (unbraked), 1250kg (braked) (Sport+, GT-Line)

ANCAP Ratings

5 stars (tested 2019)

Body Styles

5 door Wagon

Engines

2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol

1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport+, GT-Line)

Power

110kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol

130kW – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport+, GT-Line)

146kW – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport+, GT-Line)

Torque

180Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol

265Nm – 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport+, GT-Line)

Transmissions

1-speed Constantly Variable Transmission

7-speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch (Sport+, GT-Line)

8-speed Sports Automatic (Sport+, GT-Line)

Fuel Consumption

6.8 – 7.6L / 100km

Length

4370 – 4385mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

1800mm (5 door Wagon)

Height

1615 – 1635mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

2630mm (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

1,405 to 1,525 kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

600kg (unbraked), 1100kg (braked)

600kg (unbraked), 1250kg (braked) (Sport+, GT-Line)

ANCAP Ratings

5 stars (tested 2019)

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

7 years / unlimited km

Service Intervals

15,000 km / 12 months

100,00 km / 12 months (2019 Sport+, 2019 GT-Line)

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