2020 KIA SELTOS
The 2020 Kia Seltos is a compact SUV that did very well overseas. Launched in India, the vehicle sold over 50,000 units in less than two months. We all wondered if Kia would have a domestic release, it was very likely, and with these numbers, it would be foolish not to bring it ashore. As of October 2019, here are the specs for the 2020 Kia Seltos.
Engines and Trims
So the way the 2020 Kia Seltos is set up is that there’s a number of configurations. According to Kia Motors, the lineup is as follows: HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+, GTK, GTX, and GTX+. The three available engines are a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated (NA) engine, a 1.4-litre T-GDI turbo-gasoline engine, or a 1.5-liter diesel engine. The 2020 Kia Seltos HTE, HTK, HTK Plus, HTX, HTX Plus, and GTX Plus can come equipped with the 115-horsepower 1.5-liter diesel engine, able to generate 184 lb-ft of torque. These trims are also tied to a manual six-speed transmission. The 2020 Kia Seltos HTK Plus, HTX Plus, and GTK Plus can opt-in for a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2020 Kia Seltos THE, HTK, HTK Plus, and HTX can also come with the 1.5-liter NA engine under the hood, also able to generate 115 horsepower but 106 lb-ft of torque. Only the HTX Then the GTK, GTX, and GTX Plus come equipped with the 1.4-litre T-GDI turbo-gasoline engine, able to generate 139 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. HTX can come paired with a manual six-speed transmission or a six-speed continuously variable transmission. The GTX trim can come with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or stick with the manual six-speed transmission.
The 2020 Kia Seltos comes standard with projector headlamps, but the HTX trim and onward come with crown jewel LED headlamps, as well as a sweeping, LED light bar. The HTK Plus and onward also come with heartbeat LED tail lamps and daytime running lights. All trims from HTK onward come with LED turn signals on the exterior mirror and roof rails.
Standard across the lineup are front and rear skid plates. Only the HTX Plus and GTX Plus trim come with an electric sunroof installed. 16-inch wheels are the standard for the HTE, HTK, and HTK Plus trims, whereas the rest of the lineup rides on 17-inch wheels.
Inside the cabin, the 2020 Kia Seltos comes standard with premium black fabric on the seats, but the HTX trim and onward can come with Leatherette upholstery – the GTK, GTX and GTX Plus can even convert the seats into Sport Seats. The HTX and HTX Plus come with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with the Seltos logo, but the GTk, GTX, and GTX Plus with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with the GT-line logo. From the HTX trim onward, the gearknob is also wrapped in leather.
Known for giving consumers a little personalization, select trims come with ambient mood lighting, starting with the HTX onward. LED sound mood lighting is also a secret little Kia Motors trick not many consumers learn about. This feature comes in the HTK Plus trim throughout the rest of the lineup. Also found on the HTK Plus and the rest of the lineup is a Smart Key with push button start and a rear sun-shade curtain. Solar glass comes equipped on the front windshield and windows of the HTX Plus, GTX, and GTX Plus. Lastly, from the HTX onward, consumers can get automatic AC climate control and 60/40 split-folding second-row seats.
Being the base trim, the 2020 Kia Seltos HTE is the only one that comes with a regular stereo. The 2020 Kia Seltos HTk, HTK Plus, and GTK all come with an 8-inch touchscreen with UVO, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability installed. The rest of the lineup comes with UVO-connected on a 10.25-inch HD touchscreen, also with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. A four-speaker system is the lineup standard, but the HTX Plus and GTX Plus can opt-in for a BOSE Premium 8-speaker system and subwoofer.
The 2020 Kia Seltos HTK and onward come with two tweeter speakers in addition to the speaker system and voice recognition. A lineup standard is Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Ventilated front and passenger seats can be found on the HTX Plus and GTX Plus.
Safety Features and Warranty
Safety for the 2020 Kia Seltos is a little odd – the driver and passenger get airbags standard, but only the GTX and GTX Plus come with side-curtain airbags. The usual systems like electronic stability, hill-start assist, and vehicle stability management can also be found on the GTX and GTX Plus. ABS with electronic brake distribution is a lineup standard. A Panic button on the Smart Key can be found on the HTX, HTX Plus, GTX, and GTX Plus trims.
Rear parking sensors are a lineup standard but front parking sensors only come on the HTX Plus and GTX Plus. The 2020 Kia Seltos HTK and trims going forward come with a rearview camera with guidelines. A 360-view camera comes equipped on the GTX Plus trim. The GTX and GTX Plus trim come with a smart, 8-inch heads-up display. These trims also come with traction and multi-drive modes when opting in for the automatic transmission or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 2020 Kia Seltos model is presumably covered by the same warranties as all Kia models - 10-year or 100,000 mile warranty program which includes: a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000 mile-limited basic warranty and a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty.