2024 Kia Seltos SX Turbo AWD
Written by Marco Carvajal
If you want to find a compact SUV that gives you more space and that gives more added value for your money, then the Kia Seltos 2024 is one of the best options when it comes to finding an SUV at a very low price, starting at $24K, and with many standard options included in the base price.
The Seltos is one of Kia’s most generous models, it reminds me of the first Kia cars, from a few years ago, where KIA includes so many standard options that are normally charged separately in other car brands, but with the Seltos you have them included in the base price, and when you add up everything you get included in the price of this car, plus Kia’s excellent 5-year or 60,000-mile basic warranty, the Seltos is truly a bargain, but aside from its good low price, It has a very attractive design.
On this occasion I am testing the top-of-the-line model, the 2024 Kia Seltos SX, with a base price of $29,990. There are several options and different trim styles of Seltos, starting at $24,390. Many used cars, without warranty, would cost you more than it costs to buy a new 2024 Seltos, “out of the oven.”
Kia Seltos an excellent compact SUV that gives you a lot
KIA practically gives you many of these extras for free, so you have a great saving of thousands of dollars comparing buying a Kia Seltos, against what it would cost you to buy another similar compact SUV with the same features.
I love the configuration and distribution of the seats and that despite being a compact SUV you have plenty of room to stretch your legs and interior space everywhere to enjoy any trip aboard this SUV.
Some of the generous extra features that the Kia Seltos SX that I’m testing gives you at no additional cost include roof rails, LED projector headlights and fog lights, SynTex seat upholstery, power driver’s seat, heated front seats, screen touchscreen with navigation, Kia Connect and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bose premium audio system with connected ambient lamp, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, smart key with push button start and remote start, wireless phone charger, auto-dimming rearview mirror.
If you add the cost of these options or features on other brands or even other Kia models, we would be talking about several thousand dollars, but with the Seltos all this is included at no additional cost. The Kia Seltos seriously offers you too much added value.
Kia Seltos warranty
Kia’s generous warranty program consists of a 10-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty. 5-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty. 5-year/100,000-mile anti-perforation limited warranty.
In addition to many extra options included, and a good price, the Seltos has an excellent KIA warranty that allows you to buy your KIA with the assurance that if something goes wrong, KIA will fix it at no cost to you, as part of its warranty for 5 years or 60 thousand miles, whichever comes first.
The Seltos is an excellent SUV at a very low price, and is designed to handle difficult terrain in the countryside, or in the city. Although the Seltos does not have the most powerful engine, with less than 200 horsepower, compared to other SUVs, it has enough power for certain difficult or country roads, especially if the Seltos you drive includes all-wheel-drive.
The new Seltos SUV is available with two engine configurations.
- 2.0 MPI I-4 with Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), 146 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque
- 1.6 GDI Turbo I-4 with 8-speed automatic transmission, 195 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque
The 2024 Seltos continues to provide a comfortable driving experience that gives confidence to its owners. The Seltos SX I’m testing offers a more powerful, 1.6-liter turbo GDI four-cylinder engine with 195 horsepower and 195 lb-ft. of torque, an increase of 20 horsepower over the previous model, combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission for good versatility in gear changes.
The standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers 146 horsepower and 132 lb-ft. of torque, sent through an Intelligent Variable Transmission and is included on LX, S, X-Line, and EX models. Normal, Intelligent and Sport driving modes use specific settings for the powertrain, powertrain, suspension and steering, to deliver a very good driving experience.
AWD Four Wheel Drive
The new Seltos is available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. Obviously, the ideal is to pay a little more and have your Seltos with four-wheel drive, so you can drive on any type of difficult road. I can not say that the Seltos is made for the off-roads, but with AWD you could drive in some off-roads.
Available Active On-Demand All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is designed to deliver all-weather capabilities and improved driving performance in a variety of circumstances, with a center locking differential that can split power equally between the front and rear wheels. Torque vectoring is designed to increase traction as needed by predicting which wheel will best use power, improving cornering stability and giving the vehicle more precise driving dynamics.
Both of the available engines in the Kia Seltos have reasonably good power, but compared to other SUVs, the Kia Seltos is not as powerful, with less than 200 horsepower.
There are many SUVs and cars on the market that have much higher power, close to 300 or 400 horsepower, however let’s not forget that this is a compact SUV, although it seems larger, and that it includes many features for a price low, and a lot of added value. Putting everything on the balance, the Seltos is still an excellent purchase option.
“Our group of capable SUVs is stronger than ever, and despite being the smallest of the group, the Seltos has been a powerful performer since its introduction,” said Steven Center, chief operating officer and executive vice president of Kia America.
All-wheel drive system with lock mode
Designed to help improve traction and control in a variety of conditions, the available torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system with lock mode can be configured to distribute power 50/50 between the front and rear wheels with the push of a button.
Powerful turbocharged option
No matter your lifestyle, the 2024 Seltos offers a capable driving experience with a powerful available 1.6L turbocharged engine, 195 hp and 195 lb-ft. of torque. This engine is standard on the last two trim models of the Seltos, including the SX trim that I am driving.
The Kia Seltos SX I’m testing has a fuel economy of 25 MPG City, 27 MPG Highway, and 26 MPG Combined. Considering that the Seltos is a normal car, not hybrid or electric, it has excellent gas mileage with an average of 26 miles per gallon.
It seems that Kia has thought of everything to create a very economical SUV with a lot of added value and that is also economical to drive with such low gasoline consumption. Your wallet will be very happy with the big savings to drive this SUV for many miles on a single tank of gas.
The full tank of the Seltos has the capacity to store 13.2 gallons of gasoline, and with the full tank it can be driven with a combined range of approximately 343 Miles, which is a very good range for a small tank of gas.
New Kia Seltos from 2024
The new 2024 Seltos gives drivers a more comfortable and engaging driving experience with a new redesigned exterior design, a modern cabin with colors and lights, sought-after technology features and increased turbocharged power available on the two top trim models, but what’s incredible is that the Seltos’ asking price It is still very low, very affordable, contrary to most cars that have increased pricing in the last two years.
The new KIA Seltos features new exterior design details including a larger tiger nose grille and signature lighting with available LED projector headlamps. The design has also been improved with improved rear lighting.
The interior space of the Seltos is a bit trendy and very attractive, with a futuristic feel with glowing screens and clean geometric shapes that make it look more expensive than it really is.
The centerpiece of the Kia Seltos interior cabin is an optional widescreen driver display that harmoniously integrates the 10.25-inch instrument cluster and the 10.25-inch center display.
When you travel inside the Seltos you feel good about having a lot of space, attractive decorative details and the trip is very enjoyable whether you are the driver in the first row, or a passenger in the second row.
An option that you can add to your Seltos is Lighting your surroundings and make your presence known with available LED lights
Prices and Models of the 2024 Seltos
The Seltos is one of the most affordable SUVs you can find on the market, not only cheaper but also offers you many extra options that are already included in the price, and other options that you can add for an additional charge.
The base model LX starts around $24k and the top of the line Seltos SX model that I’m driving starts at around $29k which is also a good price compared to other SUVs on the market.
- 2024 Seltos LX, MSRP $24,390
- 2024 Seltos S, MSRP $24,990
- 2024 Seltos EX, MSRP $25,790
- 2024 Seltos X-Line, MSRP $28,690
- 2024 Seltos SX, MSRP $29,990
I am driving the Kia Seltos SX which is an excellent top of the line model of the Seltos family. The previous model at the top of the Seltos SX line, the Seltos X-line model is a very special model and is worth paying attention to it as well.
X-Line Resistant Molding
The 2024 Seltos is the latest Kia to get a top-of-the-line, X-Line trim. This trim adds exterior upgrades, the 195-hp 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, and makes it a superior Seltos. With standard turbocharged power, all-wheel drive, high-utility roof rails and new 18-inch wheels, the new 2024 Seltos X-Line is purpose-built for adventure driving, with sportier, more aggressive styling.
Highlights of the 2024 Kia Seltos SX that I am testing
- 1.6L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 195 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque
- All-wheel drive with torque vectoring and central locking
- Roof rails
- 8-speed automatic transmission
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED projection headlights and fog lights
- SynTex seat upholstery
- Electric driver’s seat
- Heated front seats
- Ventilated front seats available optionally
- Dual 10.25-inch widescreen displays
- Touchscreen with navigation, Kia Connect and SiriusXM satellite radio
- Bose Premium Audio with ambient lamp connected to sound
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Smart key with push button start and remote start
- Wireless phone charger
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Advanced Security Features
Kia’s list of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) keeps the 2024 Seltos up to date with some of the latest technologies with very nice recently added features.
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection: Designed to detect approaching vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists under certain conditions. If the system detects that a collision is likely, the system can apply the brakes to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions.
Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW). Designed to detect vehicles traveling in the adjacent lane under certain circumstances. If the system detects a vehicle in your blind spot, the system is designed to provide an audible and visual warning when the turn signal is activated (standard on S trim and above).
Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) and Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW). These are designed to detect the maximum speed limit of a road in some cases, provide alerts to the driver and even limit the car’s speed depending on the settings (standard in the Seltos SX version).
Additional standard ADAS features are many and include Driver Attention Warning (DAW), High Beam Assist (HBA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Rear View Monitor (RVM), and Rear Occupant Alert (ROA). ).
The Seltos S and higher trims add Safe Exit Warning (SEW) and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), while the top-of-the-line Seltos SX I’m driving offers Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Cross-Traffic Turn Smart Cruise with Stop and Go (SCC), Navigation-Based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC, Curve) and Highway Driving Assistant (HDA). Excellent features for safe driving on the road.
Overall I think the Kia Seltos SUV is an excellent purchase option. The 2024 Kia Seltos is a compact SUV straight from the oven with a lot of added value at a low price.