2021 Seltos SX Turbo AWD

The 2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo AWD is designed to appeal to a wide audience. There really is something for everyone to love about this car and it could appeal to a wide age range. I liked the exterior, it looks a lot like a mini version of a range rover. The interior was designed for comfort and has a lot of tech on the inside to include mood lighting which can be set to music.

The SX Turbo AWD version has the upgraded Bose sound system that connects lighting. There are many features in the upgraded package worth considering.

https://www.kia.com/us/en/seltos/specs

Highlights

The overall highlights for me are the exterior body, I love the look. The interior is built for comfort and has a lot of tech but it’s not overwhelming so I believe it appeals to a wide range of people. The dashboard is well designed with lots of information and it is easy to see at night. It’s also good on gas too.

Driver Experience

The 2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo is a compact SUV that is easy to drive.There are multiple drive modes that offer a noticeable difference when you switch from one mode to the next. You can save gas with Eco mode or turn it up a notch with some power in Turbo mode.

Switching from the Normal mode to the Sport mode was the biggest difference to me. Besides being more responsive when you tap the gas pedal, the steering is more firm in the Sport mode. The Smart mode in the 2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo ilearns from your driving habits and makes automatic adjustments to improve the compact SUV’s drivability. Overall a fun, easy vehicle to drive and parking was very easy.

Interior

The interior was a big highlight for me. The lighting and tech features are mostly what did it for me. The interior cabin looks great but also is comfortable and although it has a lot of tech options, it is easy and intuitive to find everything. The seats were nice and comfortable and easy to get in and out of the vehicle. I am over 6 feet tall but this compact SUV has plenty of space for the driver and passengers.

Exterior

The 2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo exterior is something that appeals to me as I mentioned it looks like a mini version of a Range Rover mixed with a GMC Yukon. On the SX, the LED headlights are located at the top while LED turn signals are in the middle with the fog lights at the bottom. The 18-inch alloy wheels finish off a well designed body.

Engine / Powertrain

The SX trim features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 175 HP and 195 lb/ft of torque, under the hood. It is combined with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that delivers power to all wheels. In general, the engine feels snappy and responsive and is just what you need for daily trips around town.

Safety

Several key safety features are included in the 2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo AWD. They include the Dual front advanced airbags, dual front seat-mounted side, and full-length curtain airbags. It also features electronic stability control and downhill, brake/hill start assist control.

SX Turbo Package

The Bose sound system is only available in the upgraded SX model and is connected to mood lighting, which can be adjusted to the beat of the music. Other upgrades you get with the SX are the large 10.25-inch display as opposed to a standard 8-inch display. There are also LED headlights and fog lights, a 7-inch color instrument display, smart cruise control with Stop & Go, and semi-autonomous driving assist. Other features that come with the SX are the 1-year satellite radio subscription, automatic climate control, wireless phone charger, and 10-way power driver’s seat.

Conclusion

The 2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo AWD is a great compact SUV designed to appeal to a wide variety of drivers. KIA has thought of a lot of things that vehicles with a higher MSRP would have and included them at a lower cost. Anyone shopping compact SUV’s should consider this vehicle especially when you look at all the extras and price. I would recommend spending the extra money for the SX package if you do choose the 2021 Kia Seltos.

Visit the offical KIA website below to check out all things KIA seltos and compare packages.

https://www.kia.com/us/en/seltos/specs

Also, an interesting comparison on KIA’s website to other SUV’s in it’s class. Worth a look if you are shopping.

https://www.kia.com/us/en/compare?model=seltos&year=2021

MSRP
$27,890
As Tested
$29,485