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2023 Kia Seltos | Benchmark Aims For Another Benchmark | First Drive Review

Benchmark aims for another benchmark

For

Powertrains, improved ride quality, ADAS level 2

Against

Misses cooled glove box and wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay

Overview

The Kia Seltos launched with features galore back in 2019 in India. This was one of those cars that set a benchmark regarding features, powertrain and transmission options. How does one improve a once-set benchmark met by almost every manufacturer in the years of the ever-changing automotive industry in India? Introduced in other countries way ahead of the launch in India, the 2023 Kia Seltos is definitely a worthwhile new iteration of one of the most popular mid-size SUVs. Kia has taken all the feedback and marketing research to improve one of their most successful products in India, the 2023 Kia Seltos. The hype for this car was so high it garnered 13,424 bookings on the first day across dealerships in India, a segment record in the Indian automotive industry! 

Kia Seltos is not just targeting new customers but also aims at retaining Seltos customers, offering an upgrade and update to match this time and era. The Seltos was a fantastic package, and Kia has somehow cut corners where required and added some for enthusiasts to bring multiple engine, transmission and trim options ranging from INR 10.90L - 19.99L. For a little more, Kia plans to offer a whole lot more. The marketing team has been targeting this product as a Badass 2.0, but between marketing B, and S, the ADAS is what you should concentrate on. 

 

Verdict

A worthy successor 

The 2019 Kia Seltos set a benchmark for the 2023 Kia Seltos. Kia has been taking feedback over the years and has improved the 2023 Kia Seltos as an overall product. The new Seltos has improved on a significant aspect, ride and comfort. Along with the multiple powertrain and transmission options, the car also gets a new modern, stylish fascia differentiating their performance buyers and ADAS level 2 features with one of the best implementations of 360-degree cameras. The Kia Seltos is revamped to become a substantial potential offering in India's most competitive mid-size SUV segments.



TopGear Magazine June 2024