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Kia Seltos 1.6 EX

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Technology the whole family can enjoy
Kia’s reputation for vehicles equipped with an abundance of high-quality features is part of their worldwide success. The newest addition to the family is certainly no different. Inspired by Greek mythology, the new Seltos is a true embodiment of Hercules’ brave and spirited son, Celtos. It promises to confidently conquer the urban jungle as well as explore the great outdoors, and I couldn’t wait to test this out for myself. I simply adored the Kia Sportage when on test, so I had high expectations that the fresh-faced Seltos would not disappoint. With tremendous advancements promised, even the most routine drives should be something to look forward to.

The Concept
Although labelled as a compact SUV, I perceive the Seltos as a striking integration of the compact Sportage and Soul hatchback. Five seats mean that it is able to comfortably meet a medium-sized family’s needs without compromising on any of the other equally important aspects every family desires. It’s an affordable family vehicle that doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to features and driving pleasure.

The Look
The new Seltos puts the sporty in SUV with sophisticated bodylines, athletic roof rails and 16-inch wheels. It’s available in six rich colours, with the Intense Red a personal favourite of mine. What really had impressed me when first laying eyes on the Seltos was the LED headlights, which paired with the daytime running lamps for an assertive and active appeal. The longer hood, styled front bumper and rear spoiler gives the vehicle a larger appearance, emphasising the practicality and spaciousness it strives for. The criss-crossed grille is complimented by a striking pair of fog lights, and this adds to the fresh and modern design theme of the vehicle. Overall, it’s an attractive and sporty vehicle complimented by stylish trimmings and sophisticated accents.

The Feel
Inside you will find stunning cloth upholstery (leather for the higher trims) and overall stylish finishing. A feature that immediately caught my attention when I first set foot in the Seltos interior was the electric sunroof, which adds to the ambience as well as providing the passengers with a sense of freedom and airiness. As an added bonus, it also kept my kids occupied. Furthermore, the cabin is complemented by brilliant LED lighting which you can adapt however you see fit. The Seltos’ rear seats have the ability to recline, a feature that is not generally seen in all SUV’s. This is an ideal example of Kia’s forward-thinking when it comes to designing the interior of their vehicles to provide families with ultimate comfort and space. The driver’s position is exceptionally comfortable thanks to leather wrapping on the gear lever as well as on the steering wheel, which is enabled with a manual tilt and telescope adjustment. A 3.5-inch Mono TFT LCD instrument cluster invites a classy quality into the cabin for the driver to stay relaxed and focused on the road, too. Visibility is also good from this point, thanks the high seating position and large windows. A manual air conditioning system is also fitted with rear air vent that provides cooling air for the passenger in the rear as well. Their seats are able to fold in a 60:40 split to accommodate a massive 433–litre cargo capacity in the boot - this means that the whole family’s luggage can be hauled for the road trip and even those pesky abnormally bulky items such as surfboards and bicycles can be strapped onto the roof. When taking this into account, it’s easy to identify how the Korean design team have carefully mapped out the inside of this car to satisfy all of the family’s demands.

The Features
An 8-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition, radio with RDS and six speakers, two USB inputs (one in the front and one in the rear), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Intuitive features in terms of luxury have also been integrated to simplify life for the driver and passengers and guarantee to make every journey pleasurable. Also included is cruise control, electrically powered front and rear windows. Safety features include ABS, EBD, six airbags counting driver, passenger, side as well as curtain, a central locking system with an immobilizer, Data dot, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, and rear parking assist sensors with a rear-view camera. Additionally, Kia has enforced the vehicles body with an advanced body shell design that consists of an Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). Hot Stamping technology is also utilised to improve body structure connections so as to distribute the stress caused by impact more effectively, and also to enhance collision performance, a highly impressive feat.

The Drive
A Gamma 1.6-litre engine produces 90 kW of power and 151 Nm of torque. The Seltos sips fuel as is expected of a car in the segment, with claims ranging from mid-six litres per 100km, up to 7.2 depending on your chosen gearbox (manual or auto) and how heavy your foot is. It offers a smooth, responsive drive with loads of confidence inspired by sufficient feedback from the steering wheel and easy-to-pilot nature which is so characteristic of the brand. Take-off is satisfactory and merging with traffic is no problem at all – you’re not going to burn any rubber here, but that’s not what it was designed for. The soft suspension and quiet cabin are noteworthy, and makes for an ideal, value-for-money, family cruiser.

Where to Drive it
Visit www.kia.co.za to if you would like to learn more about this sassy Seltos.

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