Kia Soul 2021 Review
Kia’s new crossover the 2021 Seltos offers a pleasant of engines and transmissions inside the Seltos – the turbocharged Four, with a 7-speed twin-snatch computerized and a typically aspirated, 146-horsepower Four with a constantly capricious transmission.
Kia’s new crossover the 2021 Seltos offers a first-rate of engines and transmissions in the Seltos – the turbocharged Four, with a 7-speed twin-seize automatic and a commonly aspirated, 146-horsepower Four
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Kia’s new crossover the 2021 Seltos gives a satisfactory of engines and transmissions within the Seltos – the turbocharged Four, with a 7-velocity twin-seize automated and a typically aspirated, 146-horsepower Four with a continuously capricious transmission.
Kia’s new crossover the 2021 Seltos gives a fine of engines and transmissions in the Seltos – the turbocharged Four, with a 7-pace dual-snatch computerized and a typically aspirated, 146-horsepower Four
Drive: Kia adds adventurous and aesthetic Seltos to its 2021 crossover lineup
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“Someday, one capacity desire, Kia will movement a variation of the Soul with all-wheel drive,” we lamented in our evaluation of the 2020 Kia Soul a year in the past. Kia did us one better. The South Korean automaker hasn’t anchored an all-wheel-drive arrangement to the diminutive Soul; instead, it delivered out an all-wheel-drive archetypal that’s a touch bigger than the Soul and a touch bog down than the bunched Sportage sport-application automobile.
Available with front-wheel or all-wheel pressure, the new model, alleged the Seltos, has a added standard actualization than the arbitrary Soul, and a sportier attending than the Sportage. Kia now boasts six crossovers and SUVs, alignment in amount from $17,490 for the auto Soul to $31,990 for the huge Telluride. Slotted amid the Soul and Sportage, the Seltos — its name obtained from age-old Greek legends — fills a alcove that doesn’t count on to accept a call yet. It’s base-priced at $21,990.
Our well-ready evaluation car, a Seltos S with all-wheel pressure, had a sticky label quantity of $27,1/2. The car appeared capable-bodied anticipation out and proper-sized for abounding households appealing for a aggregate of software, abundance and abridgement at a low fee.
While the Seltos has some SUV chops, such as 7.3 inches of area approval and all-wheel power, it has the attending and personality of a bunched base wagon — article amid the Volkswagen Jetta and the antique Volvo 240 wagon. It doesn’t pressure like an SUV, both. We start its alley facilities brittle and subtle, with affluence of alley sense and abounding capacity beneath pleasant altitude from the 175-horsepower turbocharged Four. The ride changed into near however now not unsightly.
With luggage accommodation of 26.6 cubic tension with all the seats upright, and sixty two.8 cubic anxiety of burden lodging with the aback bench decreased, the Seltos qualifies as a tremendous human beings-mover and informal burden provider.
Kia gives a high-quality of two engines and transmissions inside the Seltos — the turbocharged Four, with a 7-pace dual-grab automated and a typically aspirated, 146-horsepower Four with a continuously capricious transmission. Our Seltos turned into rated at 25 mpg metropolis, 30 motorway, utility authorised unleaded gasoline. We averaged approximately 32 mpg in in most cases artery driving. When capable with the front-wheel drive, the beneath able of the 2 engines and the CVT, the Seltos is rated at 35 mpg at the motorway.
Because it fills a alcove aural a gap, the Seltos doesn’t acquisition itself in a lousy competitive bazaar section. Sister automaker Hyundai’s Kona, the Subaru Crosstrek, Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR and Nissan Kicks all abatement aural ambit of the Soul, Seltos and Sportage in settlement of rate, purpose and functionality. Through July, Seltos sales had totaled 18,582, abaft Kia’s added crossovers and SUVs, but outselling all of the brand’s sedans besides for the midsize Optima.
Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged inline Four, 175 horsepower, 195 lb.-toes.Torque
Transmission: 7-velocity dual-grasp adaptable automated
Ground clearance: 7.3 in.
Weight: 3,317 lb.
Suspension: MacPherson strut front, torsion-beam rear
Wheels: 18-in. Alloy
Tires: 235/45R18 all-season
Seating potential: 5
Luggage ability: 26.6 cu. Feet.
Maximum burden capability: 62.Eight cu. Toes.
Fuel ability: 13.2 gal.
Fuel financial system: 25 mpg metropolis, 30 mpg toll road
Fuel type: permitted unleaded fuel
Crash assessments abide to be completed on the Seltos. The Sportage, hardly beyond and taller than the Seltos, has been referred to as a Top Safety Pick through the Insurance Institute for Artery Safety.
Steven Macoy ([email protected]) is an established automobile enthusiast and full-time editor who lives in Bethel.