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

Benchmark aims for another benchmark


Powertrains, improved ride quality, ADAS level 2


Misses cooled glove box and wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay


Easefulness and features galore

The new Kia Seltos is offered in multiple trim options with multiple powertrains. Trim options include HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+, GTX+ and X-Line. We drove the latter with GT-Line batches on the petrol and diesel variants. These were dual-tone interiors with light grey accents and primarily black with comfortable cushioning and GT-Line brands on seats. The most significant improvement is the natural illumination from the panoramic openable sunroof. Our drive units featured six airbags, all the safety features Kia advertises and the safety net of level 2 ADAS with 17 features, similar to the Hyundai Verna ADAS. The GT-Lines also feature a flat bottom compact steering wheel with paddle shifters and ample features, including adaptive cruise control and voice commands in regional languages, including hinglish! 

The seats are fairly comfortable for all passengers, with ample lumber support for front-row occupants. Rear passengers get rear door sunshade curtains, 3 adjustable headrests, an armrest, an air purifier with touch controls, two-AC vents, two Type-C ports and storage areas. The car also features dual-zone climate control, individual buttons for adjustments, a wireless charger with a dedicated bay, type-A and type-C ports up front, rollable covers for the cup-holders, an armrest with storage, and two large 10.25-inch screens. The touch infotainment setup features all ADAS controls with neat graphics and 65 connected car features via Kia Connect but supports only wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 360-degree camera with sensors is one of the highest resolution cameras in the market and features dynamic parking assistance with the help of ADAS. Electric seat adjustments allow excellent visibility and a commanding driving position. Surprisingly, there is no cooled glove box; how much do you think avoiding that saved their manufacturing cost?

TopGear Magazine July 2024