Recently, Kia also launched the updated 2021 Seltos with the brand’s new logo. But the new model is hardly any different from the previous one which we have already started seeing in the used car market.



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The Kia Seltos is one of the most popular compact SUVs in India.

First launched in 2019, the Kia Seltos has become one of the most popular SUVs in India. It was the first product to be launched by the South Korean carmaker, and the SUV that made Kia a household name in India. It is currently one of the best-selling compact SUVs in the country, and in May alone, Kia India sold 4,277 units of the Seltos. Recently, Kia also launched the updated 2021 Seltos with the brand’s new logo. But the new model is hardly any different from the previous one which we have already started seeing in the used car market. Here are few pros and cons if you’re planning to buy a used Kia Seltos.

Pros

  1. The updated Kia Seltos comes in seven variants – HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+, GTX(O) and GTX+ – including a new high-spec trim – 1.4T-GDI Petrol GTX (O). Based on engine and transmission choices the SUV is further divided into sixteen different iterations.
  2. Among several features, the Kia Seltos comes with a first-in-segment Smart Pure Air Purifier with ‘Virus and Bacteria’ protection, remote engine start even in manual transmission, wireless phone projection on the car’s touchscreen, Over the Air (OTA) map updates, additional voice commands on UVO connected car system including sunroof open & close and driver window control.
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    The well appointed cabin is a nice place to be in and the 10.2-inch touchscreen packs in a host of functions

  3. Under the hood, the 2021 Kia Seltos continues to come with three engine options – 1.5-litre Smartstream naturally aspirated petrol, a 1.4-litre T-GDI turbocharged petrol, and a 1.5-litre CRDi VGT diesel engine.
  4. Kia has also introduced iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) technology for the updated Seltos, which will be available with the 1.5-litre petrol HTK+ variant. Also, the SUV now gets paddle shifters for the automatic variants, which are available with the GTX+ 1.5D 6AT and 1.4T-GDI 7DCT trims. The diesel engine also comes with optional 6-speed AT gearbox.

Cons

  1. Indian customers are obsessed with big sunroof and rivals in the segment like the Hyundai Creta and MG Astor among others get panoramic sunroof. The Kia Seltos even in the top-end trim comes with a single pane sunroof.
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    The Kia Seltos gets DRLs and LED as standard across all variants and Kia’s heartbeat motif

  2. The Kia Seltos is offered as front wheel drive car as standard. The all-wheel drive (AWD) system isn’t offered even as optional on the new Kia Seltos, not even on the X-Line trim.
  3. The used Kia Seltos will also have a higher price compared to any other used model since it’s still fairly new in the market.

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