The subcompact SUV segment is red hot. Over the last four years, names like Hyundai Kona, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Toyota C-HR, Ford EcoSport, Nissan Kicks and Mazda CX-30 have emerged or been resurrected in the U.S. The 2021 Kia Seltos joins that list, but it falls on the larger side of the pack—at 172 inches long, it’s closer to the size of the larger Sportage than the smaller Soul, its two siblings.
The Kia Seltos arrives to the U.S. market from South Korea, and it differentiates itself from the pack with its attractive looks and roomy interior. We had a chance to test a Seltos SX with the 1.6-liter turbo and were pleased with the way it drove and handled around the track.