2023 Kia Seltos First Look Redesign, Performance & Release Date

The 2023 Kia Seltos is a compact SUV that seats five and comes standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. The Seltos is powered by a 147-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Read: 2023 Kia Sportage And Kia sportage 2023 hybrid.

A 176-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine is optional. Standard features include LED headlights heated front seats and a 7.0-inch touch screen. Available features include

The 2023 Seltos may seem redundant, but it has carved out a niche. The Seltos’ size puts it at the larger end of the sub-compact SUV segment giving it an edge over smaller offerings like the Hyundai Venue and Nissan Kicks in terms of interior volume.

It is also offering a more engaging driving demeanour than those crossovers, and it’s also quicker than those rivals when equipped with the optional turbocharged 1.6 litter four-cylinder. The Seltos’ entry-level powertrain is a less powerful 2.0 litter many litter four-cylinder but all-wheel drive is standard on most models. Depending on the decoration many litter functions are available.

2023 Kia Seltos Review

2023 Kia Seltos Review

The Kia Seltos may suffer from Neutron Syndrome, but it may not receive as much attention as its Kia siblings on either side. On the one hand it’s priced higher than the funky-cool Kia Soul. On the other hand the all-new Kia Sportage is making waves with its sharp and aggressive styling which is likely to determines the look and feel of the brand’s future line-up determines.

Getting stuck isn’t the only reason you might pass Seltos. While we like the Seltos for its large cargo capacity and unique styling its front seats could be improved in terms of long-distance comfort. Driving is not so inspiring either in winding mountain roads and even the turbocharged engine upgrade can feel underpowered as soon as it comes to a stop.

Kia may update the styling of the 2023 Seltos and add a hybrid powertrain to the line-up to improve fuel economy. If the rumour proves true and the seats are redesigned, and the suspension retuned this could take the Seltos out of its fairly low position in the subcompact SUV class as recorded in the expert rating below. For now,recordedrecorded it’s nowhere close to challenging Edmunds’ top-of-the-line Volkswagen Taos Chevrolet Trailblazer and Mazda CX-30.

2023 Kia Seltos Performance

2023 Kia Seltos Performance
2023 Kia Seltos Performance

We tested the top-of-the-line Seltos SX with its turbocharged engine. Acceleration is slow from a stop but after that the small SUV is punchy. In Edmunds’ testing the Seltos sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. This is great for this class and means you can quickly reach highway speed. The transmission shifts smoothly and quickly.

Once the road curves however the Seltos is less impressive. Responsive steering and taut suspension tuning should be beneficial but drive with some enthusiasm and the Seltos just feels too heavy for the task.

2023 Kia Seltos Engine

Kia offers two different four-cylinder engines in the Seltos: a 2.0 litter that makes 146 horsepower or a 1.6 litter turbo that makes 175 horsepower. We were able to taste the 1.6 litter turbocharged seltos and found that it had more than enough power.

All-wheel drive comes standard with four turbos but a non-turbo base engine is optional. The Seltos offers a smooth but mostly smooth ride and its handling is sharp for an SUV—more entertaining and quieter than rivals like the Jeep Compass and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

2023 Kia Seltos Fuel Economy

2023 Kia Seltos Fuel Economy
2023 Kia Seltos Specifications

The Kia Seltos has some powertrain combinations. We tested the SX with its more powerful turbo engine and our vehicle also had all-wheel drive. The EPA estimates combined 27 mpg (25 city/30 highway). Although the basic Seltos has Front-wheel drive gets a more respectable 31 mpg combined.

We recorded 27.9 mpg on our 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation route. Overall we believe you should be able to easily match the EPA numbers.

2023 Kia Seltos Safety Features

Kia offers a standard range of driver-assistance tech on the Seltos, but high-tech features like adaptive cruise control and cyclist detection are limited to the SX trim.

For more information on Seltos crash test results visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IHS, but) website. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection;
  • Standard lane departure warning with the help of lane guards;
  • Adaptive cruise control and cyclist detection are available.

2023 Kia Seltos Storage

2023 Kia Seltos Storage

You can put a lot of stuff on the back of the Seltos. It’s one of the best in its class with a maximum cargo capacity of 62.8 cubic feet. Put the rear seats up and there are 26.6 cubes left. Loading cargo is also not a hassle due to the wide lift gate opening and decent cargo depth.

Interior storage space for the front passenger is sufficient. There are plenty of water bottle-sized pockets in front of the gear lever a small phone tray a small console and a glove box.

As for child safety seat installation Seltos’ car seat anchor points are clearly marked and easy to install right to use. You can easily install a rear-facing car seat.

2023 Kia Seltos Release Date

As for a potential US launch we believe the new hybrid Seltos will be the new base model in the US

On the economy front the EPA rates the Niro 23/30/26 mpg highway/city/combined, but we expect the larger Seltos hybrid to be a little more frugal.

As part of the facelift we also expect the Seltos to be updated with redesigned front and rear bumpers a revised grille and new graphics for the headlights and tail lights.

2023 Kia Seltos Release Date

A prototype is being watched in complete secrecy in South Korea but hopefully soon our spy photographers have caught the American model in the wild.

Since the Seltos is only available in the US for the 2021 model year the facelifted model is likely to arrive in late 2022 as early as the 2023 model. The Kia Seltos 2023 is scheduled to launch in the first half of next year and in Australia in the second half of 2022.

2023 Kia Seltos Colors

  • Steel Gray
  • Cherry Black
  • Snow White Pearl
  • Gravity Gray
  • Mars Orange
  • Neptune Blue
  • Dark Ocean Blue
  • Star bright Yellow
  • Dark Ocean Blue / Clear White
  • Dark Ocean Blue / Cherry Black
  • Star bright Yellow / Cherry Black
  • Clear White / Cherry Black

2023 Kia Seltos Models

The Seltos is available in five trim levels: LX S EX Nightfall Edition and SX. Typically, you’ll gradually gain more power coupled with the more powerful engines of the Nightfall Edition and SX.

2023 Kia Seltos Price

We expect the base model of the Kia Seltos 2023 subcompact SUV to start around $23,000.

That includes a 146-horsepower 2.0 litter 4-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Notably even the base model Seltos comes standard with all-wheel drive (AWD).

This is the case on all Seltos trims except the S which comes standard with front-wheel drive and optional AWD.

2023 Kia Seltos Price

Many SUV buyers will consider upgrading at least one level from the entry-level 2023 Kia Seltos as long as it can use features like the larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen that comes standard on all but the base model.

The Seltos SX Turbo comes standard with a 175-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with Bose Audio System Highway Driver Assist with adaptive cruise control digital instrument cluster and safe exit assist.

Pricing for the Kia Seltos SX Turbo 2023 is expected to be around $28,000.

The Kia Seltos is a subcompact SUV that made its debut in 2019. It’s based on the same platform as the Hyundai Kona and shares many of its features with that SUV. The Seltos is available with a variety of engines including a turbocharged 1.6 litter four-cylinder, and it has standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.

It’s also available with a host of features including an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a 7-inch driver information display.

The Seltos has a comfortable and commodious interior, and it rides smoothly over bumpy roads. It’s also relatively fuel efficient for an SUV; the front-wheel-drive model has an EPA rating of 30 mpg combined (27 city/32 highway).

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