With throngs of consumers flocking toward SUVs, some automakers have taken to marketing jacked-up hatchbacks as part of the group — with varying degrees of credibility. File the 2021 Seltos, Kia’s latest effort that debuted in the U.S. at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, under the more credible end of the body style thanks to available all-wheel drive and a decent 7.2 inches of ground clearance.
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The Seltos is about as long and as wide as the Kia Soul, but it’s closer in length to the larger Sportage. It gets a more rugged look thanks to some two-tone cladding. The front end may look a little busy, but the rear ties it up nicely and it’s not unlike the larger Buick Enclave, itself a pretty good-looking vehicle.
You may be thinking the Seltos is just Kia’s version of the Hyundai Kona, as the two are related automakers. However, Kia officials told us at the show that the Seltos has no platform sibling offered by Hyundai in the U.S., and it is notably larger than the Kona.
That’s what’s going on with the exterior. What’s to be found inside, and how much else did we discover at the show? Watch the video below to see for yourself, and stay tuned for more from the show, which opens its doors to the public today through Dec. 1.
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