2022 Kia Seltos

MSRP $22,140 - $31,290

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2022 Kia Seltos Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 Kia Seltos is an all-around compact SUV that strikes the perfect balance between practicality and comfort. One of the strongest sellers in the segment, the Seltos now comes with a new Nightfall Edition, which includes new 18-inch matte black alloy wheels and a unique black grille. Further changes to the tune of the latest safety features have been also added as standard across the Seltos trim lineup. Prices for the 2022 Kia Seltos start from an MSRP of $22,490, for the lowest LX trim.



Coming to the interior, the 2022 Kia Seltos now gets a standard 10.25-inch infotainment system as standard. The powertrain duties are handled by a standard 146 hp 2.0L Inline-4 engine, and an optional 175 hp 1.6L turbocharged Inline-4 engine. Moreover, it is also one of the more better-looking compact SUVs out there. Sharing its platform with the Hyundai Kona, the driving dynamics part of the 2022 Seltos is certainly looked after.

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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?

New 10.25-inch infotainment display

New standard driver assistance features

New Nightfall Edition added


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22490

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

146 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

1-Speed Cvt W/Overdrive

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12/11.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

103.5 in.

length

172 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

63.6 in.

curb weight

2948 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

62.8 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/29/31 mpg

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Base$22,140 onwards

LX$22,490 onwards

  • 8-Inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic headlights
  • Keyless entry
  • Tinted rear windows

S$22,690 onwards

  • Cloth and simulated leather upholstery
  • Foglights
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Rear center armrest
  • Roof rails

EX$25,790 onwards

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Power-Adjustable driver's seat
  • Sunroof
  • Wireless phone charger

Nightfall$26,690 onwards

  • 18-Inch wheels
  • Unique blacked-out exterior trim and wheels

SX$27,990 onwards

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Bose premium audio system
  • Lane keeping system
  • Sport steering wheel

Colors and Styles

2022 Kia Seltos in Lava Orange color
Lava Orange

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Engine and Performace

9.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


There are actually no major changes being introduced with the 2022 Seltos, apart from a new special Nightfall Edition which does not come as a surprise, as it was released as a whole new model in 2020. We might also get some new color options with the 2022 model, and that’s about it. Other than the visual color changes, we do not have any information on the same in terms of features.

But we did expect that the brand might finally offer autonomous emergency braking, and many other active and passive latest safety features as standard with the 2022 Seltos. The competition has also spruced up in the segment with the likes of Chevrolet TraxHonda HR-V, and Hyundai Kona rivaling the all-new Kia Seltos.

What is the Price of the 2022 Kia Seltos?

The 2022 Kia Seltos is basically a carryover of the 2021 model year. Thus we did estimate the prices to remain very close to that of the 2021 model. Prices are expected to start at around an MSRP of $22,490 and will go all the way up to $27,990 for the top-most SX AWD trim.

What is the Release Date of the 2022 Kia Seltos?

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 2021.


7.5/10
Features

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2022 Kia Seltos Buying Advice

We are not fans of Kia Seltos’ naturally aspirated engine, so we would recommend you to look at the S Turbo variant that gets the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. With a base MSRP of about $27,990, 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.

2022 Kia Seltos Features

7.5/10

The 2022 Kia Seltos will be released in over five trims, namely LX, S, EX, Nightfall Edition, and SX. The base price will start at $22,490 while the topmost SX trim will start at $27,990. The base three trims get a naturally aspirated engine, while the Nightfall Edition and SX trim gets a turbocharged engine. The AWD will be standard on all the trims except the S trim, which has FWD as standard. 

Trims

LX

S

EX

Nightfall Edition

SX

MSRP (FWD)

-

$22,690

-

-

-

MSRP (AWD)

$22,490

$24,190

$25,790

$26,690

$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 ‘Nightfall Edition'

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Heated seats

Automatic Climate Control

18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels

10.25-touchscreen

 

Remote Keyless Entry

LED Daytime Running lights

Wireless Phone Charger

Unique blacked-out exterior trim

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

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.

2022 Kia Seltos Engine and Performance

7.5/10

The Seltos offers a firm but mostly smooth ride, and handling is sharp for an SUV - it's far more entertaining and composed than rivals such as the Jeep Compass and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport - Car and Driver

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 the Nightfall Edition 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 the 0-60 mph sprint 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 9.2 seconds and 16.3 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

2022 Honda HR-V 

2022 Hyundai Kona

2022 Chevrolet Trax

MSRP

$22,490

$21,420

$21,900

$21,300

Engine

2.0-liter naturally aspirated Inline-4

1.8-liter naturally aspirated Inline-4

2.0L GDI inline-4

1.4-liter naturally aspirated Inline-four

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

6-speed automatic

Power

146 hp @ 6200 RPM

141 hp @ 6500 RPM

147 hp @ 6200 RPM

138 hp @ 4900 RPM

Torque

132 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

127 lb-ft @ 4300 RPM

132 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

148 lb-ft @ 1850 RPM

0-60 MPH 10.5 secs 10.6 secs 9.2 secs 11.5 secs
Quarter Mile 17.5 secs 17.8 secs 16.3 secs 17.9 secs

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.

2022 Kia Seltos Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The fuel economy quotient is undoubtedly a core subject 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 in 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

2022 Honda HR-V 

2022 Hyundai Kona

2021 Chevrolet Trax

MPG (City)

29

28

27

26

MPG (Highway)

35

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. On opting for the AWD variant, these figures drop by at least 2 units. Moreover, go for the turbocharged engine option, and the 2022 Seltos is rated at 25 and 30 MPG in the city and highway 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

7.5/10

The micro-ute is a handsome-looking thing, with overall design that's hampered only by some mediocre plastic surfaces in its roomy cabin - Motortrend

One of Kia Seltos's biggest advantages is its interiors, and for 2022, Kia will be bringing in certain minor changes to the lineup. 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 of 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. Moreover, for 2022, a 10.25-inch display with UVO connectivity is now standard in the majority of the trims.

Models

2022 Kia Seltos

2022 Honda HR-V 

2022 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.

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 10.25-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

8.0/10

The Kia 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. 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's HR-V is approximately an inch shorter in wheelbase, which translates to a slightly smaller cabin space. That said, Kia Seltos and Honda HR-V both get the maximum ground clearance of 7.3-inches, which allows them to wade through small boulders, etc.

Models

2022 Kia Seltos

2022 Honda HR-V 

2022 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

102.4

100.6

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

8.0/10

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 have mentioned earlier, will be getting loads of active and passive safety features as standard from this year. Moreover, we can also expect the decent safety ratings that the 2021 Seltos got for the year, to be carried forward into this year. 

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.

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

8.0/10

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 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. 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 loads of premium features onboard which is very much expected from a Kia product. All these combined with its good performance, great reliability, and safety make the 2022 Kia Seltos really irresistible.


2022 Kia Seltos FAQs

What are the trims on offer with the 2022 Kia Seltos?

There are about 5 available trims on offer, namely LX, S, EX, Nightfall Edition, and the SX trim, with prices starting from $22,490.

What takes care of the audio requirements in the 2022 Kia Seltos?

A 6-speaker surround sound system is offered as standard across the lower trims of the 2022 Kia Seltos, whereas the higher trims such as the SX and the Nightfall Edition trims get a premium Bose 8-speaker sound system.

How much can the 2022 Kia Seltos tow?

The 2022 Kia Seltos, with either of the engines running point, is able to tow up to 2000 lbs.

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