Long Term Updates
Long Term Updates
Date: October 2020
The newest member of our long-term fleet is this 2021 Kia Seltos. An all-new addition to the brand, the Seltos is Kia’s smallest all-wheel drive SUV yet.
But, even though it’s slight in stature, it has big utility looks, and plenty of features to go along with it.
Our SX-trimmed Seltos has the upgraded 1.6-liter I4 turbo engine. It sends 175-horsepower through a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission; and all-wheel-drive is standard.
DAVE SCRIVENER: I’m just finishing up a 3,000 mile solo road trip in our new Kia Seltos long term. First off I appreciate the seat comfort and how quiet the cabin is. The ride is smooth and composed and not jarring. The 1.6 Turbo 4 has plenty of power to keep up with Texas interstate traffic. And some of the high tech features like Highway Steering Assist and Smart Cruise make a long trip like this less tiring for the driver. So thumbs up for me.
We’ll see how well the Kia Seltos holds up to a year of MotorWeek-style road work.
Date: November 2020
We are rapidly driving towards the holiday season; and though this 2021 Kia Seltos has been in our fleet for only a month, we’ve racked up a quick 3,500-miles.
Its 175-horsepower 1.6-liter I4 turbo engine is the gift that keeps on giving; feeling both punchy and responsive, and delivering 28.0 miles-per-gallon so far.
In the subcompact crossover segment, it turns out there IS a replacement for displacement; turbochargers. And the turbo in this Seltos spins up ample torque to get it going in a hurry. The 7-speed dual clutch transmission can be a bit hesitant to engage when there’s a sudden need to accelerate, but flipping it up to Sport mode really sharpens that response.
Like most vehicles these days, it’s very aero-dependent, and driving with the sunroof open can cause some wind buffeting unless you have the windows down fully. Something we’ll be doing less of in the colder months that lie ahead.