2022 Kia Seltos

MSRP $22,140 Est.

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2022 Kia Seltos Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 17, 2021

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Kia has really performed well in the American automotive industry for the past few years. They have made some great cars which have had success in almost all the segments. One of those major models which contributed to Kia's success is the Seltos compact SUV. It is one of the most successful models in the USA right from the day it was launched. It is an all-around compact SUV that strikes the perfect balance between practicality and comfort. The 2022 Kia Seltos is a perfect example of the same. The Kia Seltos debuted in the United States only last year. And now here we are with the 2022 model year which is expected to be made available in the United States from the summer of 2021.

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Pros

Striking and sporty exterior design

Plush and premium interior materials

Good cargo capacity

Spacious cabin

Cons

Barebones base trim level

Uncomfortable front seats

Stiff ride quality

What's New?

No major changes expected

New color options

More standard safety features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22140

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

horsepower

146 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures


Trims

Base $22,140 Est. onwards

146 hp @ 6200 rpm |

Colors and Styles

2022 Kia Seltos in Lava Orange color 2022 Kia Seltos in Neptune color 2022 Kia Seltos in Snow White Pearl color
Lava Orange

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There are actually no changes at all with the 2022 Seltos, which does not come as a surprise, given the current global pandemic situation. And when we say no changes at all, we indeed mean it. We might get some new color options with the 2022 model, and that’s about it. Other than the visual color changes, in terms of features, we do not have any information on the same. But we do expect that the brand might finally offer autonomous emergency braking as standard with the 2022 Seltos. The competition has also spruced up in the segment with the likes of Chevrolet Trax,Honda HR-V, and Hyundai Kona, rivaling the all-new Kia Seltos.

2022 Kia Seltos Features

The 2022 Kia Seltos will be released in five trims, and the base price will start at $23,000 while the topmost SX Turbo trim will start at $27,990. The base three trims get a naturally aspirated engine, while the S Turbo and SX Turbo trim gets a turbocharged engine. The AWD will be standard on all the trims except S trim, which has FWD as standard. 

Trims

LX*

S*

EX*

S Turbo*

SX Turbo*

MSRP (FWD)

-

$21,990

-

-

-

MSRP (AWD)

$21,990

$23,490

$25,390

$25,590

$27,990

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels

Adds or upgrades to ‘LX’

Adds or upgrades to ‘S’

Adds or upgrades to ‘EX’

Adds or upgrades to ‘S Turbo’

 

AWD with torque vectoring and center lock

Heated seats

Automatic Climate Control

18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels

10.25-touchscreen

 

Remote Keyless Entry

LED Daytime Running lights

Wireless Phone Charger

Auto headlights

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

8.0-inch touchscreen display

Heated Outside Mirrors with Integrated LED turn signal

Auto Emergency Braking

Torque-Vectoring AWD with Center Lock

Bose premium audio 

 

Privacy Glass

Blind-spot monitoring

Rear USB Ports

Siri Eyes Free

LED headlights and foglights

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

 

 

Chrome window surround

 

*expected

There are no optional packages or features available individually. You get more or less everything in the trims themselves. Other than standard colors, Kia would expect you to pay a premium for the optional and dual-tone color just like last year. 

We Recommend

We are not fans of Kia Seltos’ naturally aspirated engine, so we would recommend you to look at the S Turbo that gets the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. With a base MSRP of below $26,000, this trim gets you bigger 18-inch wheels, Siri Eyes Free, Auto headlights, and many more features as standard, which are a must by today’s standard.

Price:

The 2022 Kia Seltos is basically a carryover of the 2021 model year. Thus we expect the prices to remain very close to that of the 2021 model. Prices are expected to start at around $23,000 and might go all the way up to $27,990.

Release Date:

Again, no official information is available as of now from Kia regarding the release date of the 2022 Kia Seltos. We expect it to hit dealerships somewhere at the end of summer 2021.

2022 Kia Seltos Engine and Performance

The 2022 Kia Seltos will get the same engine options just like the 2021 model year. These two engine options are spread throughout the five trim levels of the 2022 Kia Seltos. The base trim levels- LX, S, and EX- get the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline four-cylinder engine, which is good for 146 hp and has 132 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a rather dull and slow CVT gearbox. The other engine option is a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, which is standard on S Turbo and the SX Turbo trim levels, putting out 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque and mated to a far superior seven-speed DCT automatic gearbox.

The 2022 Kia Seltos, since it carries forward the same powertrain, will be doing 0 - 60 mph in 10.5 seconds and finish the quarter-mile in 17.5 seconds. The Hyundai Kona though is the fastest in the segment to reach the 0 - 60 mph and quarter-mile figures at 10 seconds and 17.3 seconds, respectively, while Chevrolet Trax remains the slowest with 0-60 mph in 11.5 seconds and quarter-mile coming at 17.9 seconds.

Models

2022 Kia Seltos (expected)

2021 Honda HR-V 

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Chevrolet Trax

MSRP

$23,000

$20,820

$20,100

$21,300

Engine

2.0-liter naturally aspirated 

1.8-liter naturally aspirated inline-4

2.0L GDI inline-4

1.4-liter naturally aspirated inline-four

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

6-speed automatic

Power ( hp @ rpm )

146 hp @ 6200 rpm

141 hp @ 6500 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

Torque ( lb-ft @ rpm )

132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

127 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm

Seltos is a compact SUV and has compact dimensions when compared to a conventional SUV. The vehicle feels more like a hatchback to drive, which is really handy in tight parking conditions. The light steering wheel which feels well connected makes it easy to drive. And these particular attributes help in making it so easy to drive in the city traffic. The ride quality though is on the stiffer side as bumps are felt when driving on bad roads, making it slightly uncomfortable for the passengers. As for the rivals, the Hyundai Kona with a slight margin beats the Kia Seltos to be the most powerful crossover SUV among all. Next comes the Honda HR-V with 141 horses and 127 lb-ft of torque under its hood, followed by the Chevy Trax with 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque.

2022 Kia Seltos Fuel Economy

Fuel economy is undoubtedly at the core for a compact SUV like the 2022 Kia Seltos. Since the 2022 model year shares the same powertrain as the previous model year, we believe that the fuel economy figures will be more or less the same. Thus the 2022 Seltos would offer an estimated 29 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 31 mpg combined fuel economy figures. Combine that to a 13.2-gallon fuel tank, and you are looking at 400 plus miles of combined range from a tankful of gas.

Models

2022 Kia Seltos (expected)

2021 Honda HR-V 

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Chevrolet Trax

MPG (City)

29

28

27

26

MPG (Highway)

34

34

33

31

MPG (Combined)

31

30

30

28

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.2

13.2

13.2

14.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

383 / 449 / 409

369 / 448 / 396

356 / 434 /396

364 / 434 / 392

The fuel economy figures of the 2022 Kia Seltos are pretty impressive, and that combined with its 13.2 gallons fuel tank capacity, makes it a great highway cruiser. Next comes the Honda HR-V with a fuel economy figure of 28/34/30 mpg in city/highway/combined, respectively. Both the Hyundai Kona and Chevrolet Trax are pretty close in terms of fuel economy, but the Trax does have the advantage here in this segment with a bigger fuel tank capacity of 14.0 gallons compared to Kona’s 13.2-gallon fuel tank.

2022 Kia Seltos Interior

One of Kia Seltos's biggest advantages is its interiors, and for 2022, Kia won’t make major changes here. Thus, the interior will not only be premium but also feel plush, which is a rare combination at this price point and the segment. There will be soft-touch plastics on the dashboard which will be of really good quality. That combined with the neat and uncluttered design of the dash and leather upholstery will make the interior feel really upscale than all of its rivals in the segment. Speaking of the seats, they will be well contoured, and the bolstering will be perfect, giving you great support when driving long hours. The comfortable seats combined with the spacious interior on the 2022 Kia Seltos will make for a great experience.

Kia will give the 2022 Seltos a lot of features even to the base trim. But if you want the best features, you need to opt for the higher trims, which though on the expensive side, have a lot of additional useful features. The features include remote keyless entry, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a 12V power outlet, automatic control, six-way manually adjustable driver's seats, rearview camera, and push-button start. A 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with two-way lumbar support is available on the higher trim levels. Features like a wireless charging pad, heated front seats, and heads-up display are available on higher trims.

Models

2022 Kia Seltos (expected)

2021 Honda HR-V 

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Chevrolet Trax

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row Space (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.0 / 55.5 / 41.4

39.5 / 56.8 / 41.2

39.6 / 55.5 / 41.5

39.6 / 54.1 / 40.8

Rear Row Space (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.4 / 54.7 / 38.0

38.3 / 54.5 / 39.3

37.8 / 54.5 / 34.6

38.8 / 52.8 / 35.7

Standard Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

26.6

24.3

19.2

18.7

Moving on to the interior space, the Honda HR-V is overall the most spacious crossover in both rows. Next comes Kia Seltos, followed by Chevrolet Trax in the order of the space available in both rows. The Hyundai Kona has a major disadvantage with a mediocre 34.6-inches of leg space in the rear seats, making it very difficult for even average-size adults to sit comfortably back there. It is very evident from the table above that the 2022 Seltos has the most cargo space at 26.6 cubic feet. Next comes the Honda HR-V with 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Both the Chevrolet Trax and Hyundai Kona have a respectable cargo-carrying capacity of 18.7 and 19.2 cubic feet, respectively. 

In the 2022 Seltos, the infotainment system now sits on top of the dashboard mimicking a floating screen, which both looks cool and helps a lot in terms of visibility and usability when driving. The 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment will come with split-screen capability. For 2022 Kia has updated the virtual assistant, which can now be activated by saying "Hello Kia". The virtual assistant can perform many actions, but what is impressive is that it can recognize a variety of accents. As expected, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available as standard along with an 8-speaker Bose premium audio system available in top trims. Highlights of the infotainment system include:

  • 8- or 10.25- inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Six-speaker audio setup
  • USB ports

2022 Kia Seltos Exterior

Seltos was always a great looker in the segment thanks to its stunning exterior design and sharp elements. The same continues even with the 2022 model year as it is more like a carryover of the 2021 model. One of the important parts which elevate the exterior is that it has really well thought out and impressive color options that help a lot in bringing out its sporty character. Also, with the 2022 model year, the brand is expected to provide yet another attractive color scheme. Other than the design aspect, the 2022 Seltos is a well-proportioned compact SUV that looks like a proper SUV rather than a jacked-up hatchback.

Models

2022 Kia Seltos (expected)

2021 Honda HR-V 

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Chevrolet Trax

Curb Weight (lbs)

2948

2906

2890

3124

Length (inches)

172.0

170.4

164.0

167.6

Width (inches)

70.9

69.8

70.9

69.9

Height (inches)

64.2

63.2

61.0

64.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.3

7.3

6.7

6.2

Wheelbase (inches)

103.5

102.8

N/A

100.6

Dimension-wise also, the 2022 Seltos will see no changes, thus the Seltos will be 172-inch long, 70.9-inches wide, 64.2-inches tall, and will have a 103.5-inches wheelbase. Compared to the rivals, Honda HR-V is 2-inches shorter, 1-inch less wide, and approximately an inch shorter wheelbase. Chevy Trax is around 4-inches shorter, 1-inch less wide, and 3-inches smaller wheelbase. That said, Kia Seltos and Honda HR-V both get the maximum ground clearance of 7.3-inches. Some exterior features of the 2022 Kia Seltos are :

  • Front fog lights
  • Chrome garnished front grille
  • Projector-beam LED headlights with LED DRLs
  • High beam assist
  • Power-adjustable outside mirrors
  • LED taillights
  • Heated outside rearview mirrors (ORVMs)
  • Roof rails
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Metal finished skid plates 

2022 Kia Seltos Safety

Kia has always been associated with making safe cars with lots of emphasis on the chassis and structure of the vehicle. The 2022 Seltos, as we said earlier, is a carryover model of the 2021 model year. So we will refer to the 2021 Seltos crash rating to give you an idea here. The 2021 model was evaluated by both the NHTSA and the IIHS. It secured a 4 out of 5- star rating in the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA. And the IIHS rated it "Good" in all categories, thus making it a very safe SUV in its segment. These are pretty much expected to be the same with the 2022 Seltos. There are some clever driver assistance features onboard the Seltos. Some noteworthy safety features that are expected to come with the 2022 Seltos includes:

  • Smart cruise control
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
  • Anti-theft system with remote keyless entry
  • High Line Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Rollover Sensor
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Forward Collision Avoidance System (FCA) with Assist Camera

2022 Kia Seltos Competition

2022 Kia Seltos vs 2022 Hyundai Kona

Both the Hyundai Kona and the Kia Seltos are cousins because we know that they are vehicles produced by sister companies. Of these two, it is the Seltos which has the upper hand over the Kona in terms of space and overall dimensions. The 2022 Seltos in particular is much newer and rounded than all of its rivals, making it a quality buy over the Kona. The Kona is still a great car, and it even shares its platform, engines, and drivetrain with the former but is more quicker and powerful than the Seltos. That said, the Seltos wins over with its premium and plush cabin along with lots of interior space, features, and performance.

2022 Kia Seltos vs 2021 Chevrolet Trax

The Chevrolet Trax feels pretty outdated in this comparison and lags in almost every department. It lacks the performance, space, and features compared to the Seltos. But still, the Chevy Trax comes with a very comfortable ride quality along with lots of space on the interior. But still, as a whole, the 2022 Kia Seltos easily outsmarts the Chevrolet Trax.

2022 Kia Seltos vs 2021 Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is a stiff competitor of the Kia Seltos and has almost similar attributes to the Seltos. Rumors are there that the new HR-V could get a hybrid powertrain, and if that happens, then the equation will completely change. Till then, we will leave this on you to decide as both the cars are equally good with almost similar performance, fuel efficiency, space, and overall quality.

2022 Kia Seltos Final Verdict

The 2022 Kia Seltos follows the same successful path laid out by the previous model. And to be honest, the 2022 model had quite a lot to live up to, given how successful the previous model has been. To finish things up in one word, the 2022 Seltos will be simply amazing, and it will not disappoint. First of all, the basics of the SUV like interior space and seat comfort are great on the Seltos along with very plush and premium materials used all over the cabin. Then we have lots and lots of features on board which is very much expected from a Kia product. All these combined with its good performance, great reliability, and safety make the Seltos really irresistible.

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