The Kia Seltos Compact SUV in Blue

Kia Seltos Wins Car of the Year 2019 Under $30k

Still fresh on New Zealand roads, the all-new Seltos has already won big. NZ Autocar Magazine has named it the Car of the Year 2019 in the under $30k category, and we couldn’t be more proud.

The Seltos has impressed since its unveiling, but winning this highly regarded category may give you another reason to look twice at this SUV. Who doesn’t want quality, space, and style jam-packed into an affordable price?

Kia went big on the Seltos, hoping to crack the SUV market with luxurious features, heaps of space, and a competitive price. Kia has listened to what vehicle their consumers are looking for in today’s marketplace and delivered it, with all the bells and whistles. So what makes this SUV award-winning? Matthew Hansen from Driven explains:

“We knew that the Seltos would be compelling in its field but didn’t quite predict its most accessibly priced model to be such a comprehensive all-rounder. Sweet to drive and smartly packaged with a boot cavernous enough to form a gateway to Narnia, it’s hard to argue that the Seltos is anything other than a new segment benchmark.” – Matthew Hansen, Driven

Standout Features

So why are we so excited about the Seltos? The best way to find out is to come in for a test drive, but since you’re here, we’ll count the ways.

  • The Seltos offers a stylish look, packs in five passengers and their gear, and offers a comfortable ride with”precise and pleasant steering“. The visibility offered – especially to the rear – is above par, especially for a vehicle sitting below the $30k mark.
  • With the seats down, the Seltos packs an “utterly monstrous 1428L of space“, making it one of the largest in its class. Kids, dog, sports gear, mountain bikes – pack it all in.
  • The Seltos packs an Atkinson cycle engine that offers 110kW/180Nm. The Atkinson cycle has suffered some bad press, being labeled as a subpar engine only good for fuel consumption. However, Kia has found a way to make the Atkinson cycle engine a point of celebration. Kia has gained more power out of the CVT-type transmission, which they refer to as IVT (intelligent variable transmission). How? By offering mock shifts to push the motor harder and installing a Sport mode. This means that you’ll save fuel around town, but when you need more power on an open road, you can have it. That’s a win.
  • The standard LX model comes with a myriad of features sure to surprise and delight. Cruise control, rear parking sensors, reverse camera with dynamic guidelines, and a 8″ touchscreen that connects with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For safety, the Seltos comes with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and driver attention alert.
  • All this comes at a very low $26,990+ORC for the base model LX. According to NZ Autocar – “Value buy of the year? Could well be.“

Ready to take the Seltos for a spin and see for yourself? Talk to our team today to book a test drive or virtual demonstration!