2021 Kia Seltos: a little bit disappointing…

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I have to say that while I was pleasantly surprised by the Chevrolet Trailblazer, the new Kia Seltos was a bit disappointing.
Maybe just due to the fact that I was expecting much more (and much less from the Trailblazer…)

The front end of a car is quite a busy mess. Just too much. Too many lines, too many lights. Too much of everything.
Which makes the whole thing look cheap instead of a bit upscale.

The interior is OK. The screen looks much nicer than the grey plastic one in the Hyundai Kona.
Still. It is also quite busy. It seems that it is trying too hard to look fancy. But it’s not. Some of the plastics feel and look quite cheap. (Like the shiny black weirdly designed speaker covers)

Sure it’s not that expensive, with a starting price of around $22 000.
But that’s $2000 more than the Trailblazer. And about the same price as the much nicer new Mazda CX-30. The interior alone on the Mazda looks like it is from a car costing much more…

Conversation 5 comments

  1. I don't know Vince- The Seltos seems to have quite a bit more than the Trailblazer- A/C seats, A stereo which uses adaptive ambient lighting (like the kia soul), Full LED lighting up front, Highway drive assist which uses speed limit info for semi-autonomous driving, a DCT tranny, Auto Hold, and Dual smartphone connectivity capability. I could go on, but taking your bias about styling out of the equation, I feel the Kia will be a better value- especially considering all of those higher end features you can't even get on a loaded trailblazer. Plus it comes in Yellow which I love. Dare to be different.

  2. The main problem with the Seltos is that you can get almost all the same things (save for AWD) on the Soul for a marginally better price, and arguably better looks. But since Chevy, Buick, Hyundai, Mercedes, Mitsubishi and many other makers are sliding all these extra SUV models in between the traditional subcompact and compact classes, Kia might as well have another offering here as well.

  3. It is hard to say that now. For other family, kia sletos maybe a good enough car. And I am curious about the kia seltos vs mg hector comparison.

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