At first, it wasn’t clear whether or not the Kia Seltos, the compact SUV from Kia Motors, would have a global release following its debut. Many automakers tend to release vehicles only in their home market (South Korea for Kia) or in international markets with different regulations and standards. First released in India, then Australia, the Kia Seltos quickly became a hit overseas. So much so, the Kia Seltos came to America. The 2020 Kia Seltos has amazing features, and just the other day, Autotrader has recognized Kia Seltos and placed it on it’s “10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates” list. We know with the current state of the world, many graduates are missing out on graduation, a milestone that will never come again. What better way to cheer up a college grad with a new set of wheels once people are out and about?
“Kia’s new Seltos SUV has exactly what grads will be looking for in a car that transports them to the next phase of life…Kia’s super-long warranty, low price and generous standard features make the Seltos a small SUV that can weather just about any storm. We like that all-wheel drive is standard on nearly every model and that the overall footprint is small, but the interior feels very spacious.” – Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader
To be placed on Autotrader’s “10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates in 2020” list, the Kia Seltos impressed editors with its combination of elegance and upscale feel while also having a rugged feel to it that gives it a refined style like no other. Well-engineered as a sports utility vehicle, it’s not too big, but can handle a variety of lifestyles and adventures. Spacious and offering great tech options, the interior comes with reclining rear seat functionality for storing cargo, available leather-wrapped steering wheel for a little more comfort on long drives, and an available 10.25-inch high-resolution color touchscreen with an available 8-speaker Bose premium sound system.
Don’t worry, parents – There is also an available suite of driver assistance features to keep drivers of any age safe. In fact, these safety features come standard: forward collision avoidance, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control with stop and go. Plus, with the base model of the Kia Seltos powered a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as the standard setup, able to generate 146 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, and the second engine option a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, able to generate 175 hp and 195 lb-ft. of torque, parents also won’t have to worry about any joy rides in this compact SUV.
The 2021 Seltos starts at $21,990 (plus destination fee), making it affordable with some breathing room to choose other options for a little personalization. In the summer, a sunroof might be beneficial, and a sunroof package is available for an additional $700. For those that love music and mood lighting, the latter can also be added for $300. Available in two-tone paint job options that include Dark Ocean Blue/Clear White, Dark Ocean Blue/Black Cherry, Starbright Yellow/Black Cherry, and Clear White/Black Cherry, any college student will be stoked to get behind the wheel of a 2021 Kia Seltos.