The subcompact crossover segment is one of the most competitive markets in the country. The local market offers subcompact crossovers such as the Geely Coolray and Ford EcoSport that are marketed to come with a larger space than a sedan but more affordable than an SUV.
This is exactly the reason why subcompact crossovers are selling especially for young individuals who are just starting with their respective careers. Lucky for Korean carmaker Kia, it also has an entry in this segment called the Seltos, which was launched last November 2019.
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Perhaps the most noticeable feature of the Kia Seltos is its exterior appeal that looks stylish and striking. The Kia Seltos is a perfect entry to the local subcompact crossover as it undoubtedly can go head-to-head with the reigning vehicles within the said segment.
Unfortunately, it seems like the upcoming 2021 Kia Seltos will most likely be a carryover from the current model offered by Kia Philippines. Kia’s business unit in the country hasn’t released any word regarding the plans for the 2021 PH-spec Kia Seltos.
With all that being said, let’s take a look at what we can expect from the 2021 Kia Seltos and see how it will go against its competition in the subcompact crossover segment.
2021 Kia Seltos: Exterior
You could make a case that the Kia Seltos is the best-looking subcompact crossover available right now in the local market. One of the biggest competitions the Seltos in the local subcompact crossover segment is the Geely Coolray that continuous to impress Filipino car buyers due to its stylish exterior and notable interior features.
The Kia Seltos comes with a fierce front fascia thanks to its sleek LED headlights. Adding to the aesthetic of the headlights are the daytime running lights (DRL) that run above the brand’s tiger-nose grille.
The sleek-looking and stylish Kia Seltos subcompact crossover
The top-spec SX variant gets a blacked-out roof which creates a floating roof effect. Kia Philippines is offering the Kia Seltos with wide arrays of body color finishes such as mars orange, dark ocean blue, iron grey, gravity grey, and Starbright yellow.
The rear of the Seltos comes with LED lights as well. The bulky rear bumper is designed with a wide chrome trim that is shaped to look like the Seltos has a twin exhaust. This design feature makes the Seltos look sportier. However, the exhaust pipe of the Seltos can be found underneath the subcompact crossover and is hidden from view.
Despite no exterior updates for the 2021 model, we can expect that the Seltos will still compete at a high level in terms of styling. The current look of the Seltos looks like it could still last for more years to come.
2021 Kia Seltos: Interior
Since we are not expecting a new update, the interior of the Kia Seltos will still likely hosts passengers with an all-black interior. This type of color scheme creates a more premium and classier feel inside complemented by ambient lighting.
We are expecting to see the same old interior layout
As for the base LX variant, it comes with cloth seating materials. Meanwhile, both the EX and top-spec SX variants are equipped with a combination of leatherette and cloth seating materials. The Kia Seltos can seat up to five passengers with the second row of seats having a 60:40 seating configuration.
2021 Kia Seltos: Engine and performance
The Seltos is offered with a 1.6-liter diesel engine in Korea and a 1.5-liter diesel in India. However, it is unlikely that the 2021 PH-spec Kia Seltos will be offered by Kia Philippines with either of those diesel engines.
The Kia Seltos also comes with a sporty appeal especially when seen from the back
This means that the current 2.0-liter gasoline engine is likely to be carried over to the 2021 Kia Seltos. The said engine is capable of generating 147 hp and 179 Nm of torque. All Seltos variants such as the base LX, EX, and top-spec SX use the same gasoline engine.
The current PH-spec Seltos uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and it seems like it will roll with the same transmission for the 2021 model. CVTs are known for their good fuel efficiency rating as compared to a geared transmission.
2021 Kia Seltos: On-board tech and safety features
We can expect that the current 8-inch infotainment screen that is available for all Seltos variants will be carried over to the 2021 model. The said system supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and sends out its signals to four speakers with two tweeters.
Same old instrument cluster gauge as well
As for safety, the 2021 Kia Seltos is still expected to be installed with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), ISOFIX child anchor, and airbags for driver and front passenger for the LX and EX variants. The top-spec SX variant gets more safety features such as electronic stability control (ESC), downhill brake control (DBC), and hill-start assist control (HAC).
2021 Kia Seltos: Final thoughts
The Kia Seltos is still a relatively new car that was launched only in 2019 and arrived in late 2019 in the country. This means that a facelifted Seltos could happen in 2022 as most car manufacturers generally update their models three years after the production.
Where do you see the Kia Seltos rank in its segment for 2021?
Nonetheless, the Kia Seltos is still expected to compete in the local subcompact crossover fairly since it doesn’t look outdated in terms of its exterior and interior features. Judging by the looks of it, the Seltos is still one of the most stylish subcompact crossovers available in the country.
2021 Kia Seltos: Expected pricing
We are not expecting any changes for the 2021 PH-spec Kia Seltos as other markets also aren’t launching an updated model. With that being said, the 2021 Kia Seltos is still expected to be marketed with the same price range as the current 2020 model.
The base Seltos LX variant is offered at Php 1,098,000, while the mid-spec Seltos EX variant comes with a sticker price at Php 1,198,000. Lastly, the top-of-the-line Seltos SX that comes with a handful of safety features is offered at Php 1,505,000.
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<p>The all-new Kia Seltos is an attractive subcompact crossover made to conquer concrete roads and challenging terrains. It flaunts a muscled physique outside and is packed with the latest innovations inside. Expect safety, versatility, and overall excellent performance from this well-made automobile. Locally, the variants available are the Kia Seltos 2.0 LX IVT, the Kia Seltos 2.0 EX IVT, and the Kia Seltos 2.0 SX IVT. You may choose from exterior color options such as Mars Orange, Dark Ocean Blue, Iron Grey, Gravity Grey, and Starbright Yellow.</p>