Since its launch in 2019, the Kia Seltos has become a very popular choice in the small SUV market segment that is heavily populated by most other brands.

The Kia Seltos was given a serious update late last year although Kia worked on making it better without losing the winning platform that they started with.

It has been strengthened through its exterior and interior design enhancements, competitive features, as well as improved driving performance through the application of a new generation powertrain.

The existing Atkinson cycle 2.0 MPI engine with the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) carries over and is available across all trims.

An updated Smartstream 1.6 T-GDI engine is now available exclusively on Sport+ and GT-Line trims with AWD.

The 1.6T Smartstream engine provides an increase in power of over 12 per cent, maintains torque and improves fuel economy. Additionally, the 7-speed DCT has been replaced by Kia’s 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission (8AT) for a more efficient drive.

Interior technology has also been updated, with analogue gauges being replaced in favour of digital displays across the range. Seltos Sport, Sport+ and GT-Line trims gain a dual 10.25” display.

Introduced as standard across the range are rear air vents and USB-C charging for added comfort for rear seat passengers. GT-Line trim features luxuries including heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, tilt and sliding sunroof (not available on two-tone paint), wireless device charging, 8 Speaker Bose premium sound system, sound mood interior lighting, and a head-up display.

New to GT-Line trim are power driver’s seat with two position memory, smart power tailgate and a D-Cut steering wheel.

The Kia Seltos GT-Line with the 1.6 T-GDI engine offers plenty of power for its size. The response from the new transmission is on par with what is needed on Australian roads. The drive is smooth and there is just enough room for the family and the shopping in the back.

Price: Kia Seltos GT-Line Driveaway $47,690

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