A minor MSRP bump doesn't hurt the SUV's budget-friendly appeal.
Here at CarBuzz, we're quite big fans of the handsome Kia Seltos. Aside from the appealing exterior styling, Korea's compact crossover has plenty to offer, including a spacious cabin and impressive in-car technology. Most of all, we're impressed by the sheer value for money; 2022 models start at just $22,590. However, MY2023 has arrived with very minor tweaks - and a price bump, too.
Thankfully, it's nothing to worry about. The Seltos retains its value-driven pricing, with the base LX trim coming in at $22,840. This represents a $250 increase, not bad when you consider the entire range benefits from improved noise insulation and enhanced driver assistance systems. The standard all-wheel drive is a bonus.
Moving up in the range, you'll find the S models. Pricing for the front-wheel-drive model now sits at $22,890 with the AWD derivative commanding an additional $1,500 outlay. This represents a $100 increase compared to the 2022 Seltos, a small price to pay considering the S trim level now receives rear blindspot collision avoidance and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance as standard.
Posher models are also affected by the spate of MSRP hikes. The EX trim level, previously $25,890, is now priced at $26,140 while the Nightfall Edition is now $250 dearer than before. The most expensive model is the SX trim which, at $28,340, is also $250 pricier than last year's model. We're guessing not too many consumers will be worried by this marginal increase, considering the improved safety of the S model and enhanced refinement.
It's worth noting all prices listed here exclude Kia's $1,295 destination fee.
Those wanting more changes will be disappointed, but we expect Kia to usher in a mid-cycle update anytime now. According to reports, the facelift will introduce fresher styling and, possibly, a hybrid drivetrain. The newcomer will most likely arrive as a 2024 model, with a spied prototype suggesting significant changes are in the cards.
We could see the rumored all-electric derivative around the same time. Leaked internal documents showed us some time ago that Kia would introduce a battery-powered Seltos, but for the Chinese market only. However, the brand has a strategy to lead the EV segment and we anticipate that a well-priced Seltos EV would go down a treat with consumers.
As a reminder, the Seltos is available with two powertrains in the USA. The 146 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-pot does duty in the LX, S, and EX trims while the Nightfall Edition and SX gain exclusive access to the sprightlier 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.