We’ve been impressed with the Kia Seltos ever since it debuted as a 2021 model. Highlights include its “just right” sizing (occupying the middle ground between subcompact and compact SUVs) and zippy available turbocharged engine (one of the strongest in its class). In fact, in its freshman year, the Seltos nabbed first place in our most recent Affordable Small SUV comparison test. The 2022 and 2023 model years brought minor updates, but for 2024, the Seltos gets a more substantial refresh, and we got to check it out in person at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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The available turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder should be even zippier for 2024 as it receives a 20-horsepower bump, from 175 hp to 195. The engine should also deliver its power more smoothly than before thanks to a switch from a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to a conventional eight-speed automatic. One of our primary gripes with the Seltos was the balky, hesitant shifts from the turbo engine’s dual-clutch automatic, so we’re hopeful that the new eight-speed will deliver a smoother, more refined feel.