2021 Kia Seltos – Review, features and specs

The new 2021 Kia Seltos car is a Small Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD that arrives in US with modern styling for adventure and comfortable and tech-savvy cabin, brings some interesting features and specs for this model. This edition has new improvements in the engine, speed, power and others. The review for this model with the new specifications are detailed next.

2021 Kia Seltos
2021 Kia Seltos

Vehicle/Engine type

The 2021 Kia Seltos is a 4-door wagon vehicle type, it has a front-engine, a all-wheel-drive for traction and there are 5-passenger seats in the interior. The engine is a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with features like aluminum block and head and direct fuel injection.


On the dimensions specs, the vehicle length is 172.0 in, width of 70.9 in, a wheelbase of 103.5 in and a height size of 64.2 in. It has a passenger volume of 99 ft3 (cubic foot), the cargo volume is about 27 ft3 (cubic foot) and a curb weight of 3271 lb (pounds).

Transmission and Power

This model comes with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, has a power of 175 hp (horsepower) at 6000 rpm, a torque of 195 lb-ft (pound-foot) at 1500 rpm and a displacement of 97 in3, 1591 cm3 cylinder volume.

2021 Kia Seltos
2021 Kia Seltos


Coupled Torsion Beam Axle (CTBA) rear suspension on front-wheel drive models and Multi-link rear suspension on the all-wheel drive models
Available “Kia Drive Wise” Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)
Available 10.25-inch high-resolution color touch-screen with satellite radio, navigation and split-screen display and UVO telematics
Clean and advanced gauge cluster – 3.5″- in. OLED (LX, S, EX versions) and 7-in. Supervision (SX)
MacPherson strut frontside suspension
Connected Notifications: Sends alerts in case of car malfunction of light bulb status on headlights or taillights, 12V battery status and low fuel level
Big  and versatile cabin with hip, shoulder, leg and head room in both rows, offering more interior volume than most rivals
With a push of a button on the Kia Owner’s app, users can carry their favorite radio stations with them and have full control to the suite of remote commands
2021 Kia Seltos
2021 Kia Seltos


The base and starting price for this model is about $29,010 without the optional extra features implemented.


The 2021 Kia Seltos is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph nearly (96 km/h) in 6.6 sec, the standing start quarter (1/4) mile or 402 meter time racing is about 15.3 sec at 91 mph and reach a top speed of 125 mph (miles per hour).

The rollout of 1 foot (one foot measure between where a car starts on a drag strip and where the timing actually starts) for this model is about 0.4 sec, however the rollout of 1 foot from 5 to 60 mph is about 7.0 sec.
In other speed testings, the vehicle goes from 0 to 100 mph in just 19.5 sec.
The top gear acceleration from 30 mph to 50 mph is around 3.5 sec.
and from 50 mph to 70 mph is around 5.0 sec.
Talking about the vehicle braking from 70 mph to 0, it needs 160 ft.
In the roadholding test with 300 foot-dia skipad, the car gets about 0.84 g.

2021 Kia Seltos interior
2021 Kia Seltos interior


In the chassis, we have a struts/multilink suspension, 11.0-in vented disc/10.3-in disc brakes and Kumho Majesty 9 Solus TA91 and 235/45R-18 94V M+S tires.

EPA Fuel Economy

The amount of fuel consumed for the 2021 Kia Seltos in the city is 25 mpg , for the highway is 30 mpg mpg and gets a combined consuming of about 27 mpg.

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