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We have a limited number of reviews for the 2024 Seltos, so we've included reviews for other years of the Seltos since its last redesign.
5 out of 5 stars

So far, very VERY good!!!

Will, 11/13/2021
2022 Kia Seltos EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
215 of 220 people found this review helpful

A month ago, I traded in my 2013 base Soul for the 2022 Seltos EX, and love it. I've put just over 400 miles on it, most of it cross town commuter driving. I'll start my review discussing what I've read in other reviews, then finish up with some general observations. I agree with most of the reviews concerning front seat head and leg room. I'm 6' tall and find both to be substantial, even with the sunroof, which is standard with the EX. Some reviewers were also impressed with back seat legroom, but I beg to differ there. If you're a 6 footer and will be carting around 2 or 3 other large adults, you should probably opt for a larger vehicle. The back seat passenger(s) will not be very comfortable in the Seltos. That's a non-factor for us, as it's usually just my wife and me. If we'll be taking anyone else, we'll take her Equinox. One of the "cons" from expert reviews is that the standard engine is under powered. I find that it has plenty of pep. Unless you want a car to take to the drag strip or the Indy 500, the base engine will do just fine. When I have taken it on the highway, I've had plenty of power to merge into traffic and pass slower vehicles. One complaint, primarily on owner reviews, is that if you don't want to use ISG (Idle Stop Go), you need to turn it off every time you start the car. Well, that's not unique to the Seltos, or even Kia in the whole. Most modern cars have that feature, and most of them default to "on" every time the car is started. More about ISG later. Now for my general observations. I find the Seltos extremely comfortable. I'm a 70 year old six footer, and have no trouble getting in and out of it. I've got plenty of driver's head and leg room, and my foot goes easily between the accelerator and brake - unlike some cars I've driven. The leatherette seats in the EX are plenty comfortable for short local driving, but may leave a bit to be desired for longer trips. I like the leather padding on the steering wheel. I've put a cover on the wheel of most of the other cars that I've owned, but didn't need to do it with the Seltos. I had never before driven a car with either CVT or all wheel drive. I fully expected that they would take some getting used to, but that has not been the case. If anything, the CVT is smoother and quieter than some of the cars I've had with traditional automatic transmission. When I first got the car, I had the display on that shows how much power goes to each wheel. It showed that under normal situations, all power went to the front wheels. It rained on a couple days and on those days, there was a bit of power going to the back wheels as I was accelerating, the switched to front wheel only once I got up to speed. I've gotten excellent gas mileage. Most of my driving has been in town, and I've been getting 28-29 MPG regularly. The infotainment system, navigation, and driver displays all took a little effort to learn, but they make sense. For the size car, there is ample cargo space - even more when we fold the back seats down. And we can drop the back floor down a bit and give even more space. I like the fact that the Seltos actually came with a spare tire. A lot of cars sold today just have a tire repair kit - no spare. The car came with a complementary 1 year subscription to UVO. It was kind of glitchy at first, specifically using it to remote start the car. However, I was able to get it fixed after a couple of emails to tech support. An interesting note is that for a week or so after I got the car, each time I got home and parked the car in the garage, I got an email reminding me that my doors were unlocked. After that, the emails stopped coming. Maybe the app "learned" my habits and determined that it was the normal situation Back to ISG. I like it. The engine always starts up again as soon as I take my foot off the brake pedal, and it's smooth and quiet. The only way I know that the engine has started again is the tachometer and the engine stopped symbol is not illuminated. I frankly do not understand why anyone would NOT want to use it. One argument I've heard is that more gas is burned each time the engine is started. That is false. It may have once been the case, but not with modern fuel injection engines. Another argument is that it's hard on the starter and the engine. Again, both have been improved. For example, 30 years ago, a starter could typically last 50,000 start events before failing. Now, that's been increased 10 fold - up to 500,000. And motor oils have also been improved. Also, it's COLD starts that put more pressure on the starter and engine - not warm starts where the oil is already circulating. True, ISG does not result in a huge fuel savings, but every little bit helps. And ditto with reduced pollution.

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4 out of 5 stars

Great Car

Brandon, 10/25/2021
2022 Kia Seltos EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
76 of 78 people found this review helpful

Pros: The infotainment system works well and has a lot of features. The touchscreen is one of the biggest I've seen for a car. The Apple CarPlay feature works great. The safety features are also great and not intrusive while driving. The interior is synthetic leather and gives this small SUV an upscale feeling. I love the exterior appearance of the vehicle. The audio sounds good, even though it's not the Bose system. The cargo space can hold quite a bit despite the car's size. Cons: There's quite a bit of wind and road noise while driving. The acceleration is lackluster, but that's to be expected when you don't get the turbocharged engine. The front seats can be a bit uncomfortable on long rides, especially for your lower back.

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5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic gas mileage for SUV

DrJJloveman , 04/04/2022
2022 Kia Seltos S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
32 of 32 people found this review helpful

I love this vehicle. It's the perfect size and mine with the 2.0 4 cylinder engine with AWD gets roughly 28 mpg. It's unbelievable. I have the S AWD trim. It has heated seats and mirrors with a nice 10 inch infotainment screen. The infotainment is a little finicky and I wish there were a few more options to tweak it but it's pretty cool. Has remote start and surprisingly a lot of space inside for cargo. Driver space is actually decent. I'm a 350 pound male and feel very comfortable in it. It will ding forever if you don't buckle up so I just put the passenger seatbelt in the driver slot to stop that. Really annoying and loud. Seats are easy to fold down for more storage space. A blotch on it is the driver seat is manually adjusted which is a little disappointing for $26000. AWD works great so far living up north of USA where we get a lot of snow. One thing is the vents are very lackluster as far as air flow. They just don't seem to produce a very good stream of air where you want it. My biggest gripe by far is that if any water gets on the car and you crack your window a bit to smoke or just want some fresh air water will come pouring into the cabin all over the door instrument panel. I have ordered window shields to hopefully reduce this problem. As far as power goes. It has power. Great acceleration. Especially in sport mode. The lane assist and lane keeping work alright. It's a little disappointing compared to an older model forte I rented. It will turn off randomly especially in the middle of a turn. It's anal about keeping your hands on the wheel but you just have to be touching it with skin so a knee does work if your in shorts. Reverse camera is a nice feature that I have gotten used to now and really appreciate. The door has a button so if you push it with the key nearby you can lock or unlock all the doors. The gdi engine is a bit loud and sounds like a regular car that has a valve issue and there is a noticeable hissing sound from underneath by the back driver wheel that I am told is the fuel pump. All in all I really love the vehicle and especially the great gas mileage.

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5 out of 5 stars

The car I didn't think I would want

Cindy, 08/17/2022
2023 Kia Seltos SX 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
14 of 14 people found this review helpful

I test drove a 2023 white Kia Seltos with plum interior and fell completely in love. It is a turbo, so it is peppy and a very comfortable ride. My boyfriend, who has a 2020 Lexus RC350, and is hard to please became smitten with it after he drove it. Great car.

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Eloi Mumford, 10/19/2021
2022 Kia Seltos S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
29 of 32 people found this review helpful

Coming from a Sorento Lx 2015 , I appreciate smaller , more agile vehicule , sharper turning radius .The 2 liters engine with intelligent cvt gives more acceleration than expected reaching redline easily in sport mode. Wished an electric seat for driver but Lx is Lx . Styling , finish gives ownership a sense of proud.Bay engine breathes modernity with solid components.Too bad that Canadians receive a shorter warranty : 60,000 versus 100,000 miles.Few missing utilities that cost pennies are not there : trunk 12 v outlet , rear seat usb. My final note : one of the leader of the classroom in this price bracket.

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