Here's how much you'll pay for a small Kia with AWD.
The Kia Soul is one of the most controversial cars on the market. We love it for its affordable price, efficient use of space, peppy engines, and outstanding technology. But some people just can't get over its boxy styling and it's also missing an important feature - all-wheel-drive. It looks like both issues may be solved when the 2021 Kia Seltos arrives because it will offer everything we love about the Soul, wrapped in a more conventional body with the option of AWD.
Fuel economy has already been announced for the 2021 Seltos in both engine configurations, though we still didn't know how much it would cost. But thanks to an anonymous tip acquired by Motor1, we now know exactly how much the Seltos will cost. To no one's surprise, it's pricier than the Soul.
Kia said the Seltos would start at under $22,000 and it looks like the Korean automaker has kept that promise, barely. The base Seltos LX AWD starts at $21,990 (before destination). It is interesting that the least expensive trim level also has AWD, a feature that is typically optional. LX buyers will be treated to 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The Seltos S FWD costs an identical $21,990, though we assume it comes with more features than the LX. An S AWD trim is also available for $23,490 and the EX trim only comes with AWD for $25,290.
All of these trim levels are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 146 horsepower through a CVT. FWD versions are rated at 29/34/31 mpg city/highway/combined while AWD models shave these numbers down to 27/31/29 mpg city/highway/combined.
If you want the more powerful turbocharged engine, the S 1.6L Turbo and SX 1.6L Turbo trims start at $25,490 and$27,890 respectively. Both of these trims use a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder sending 175 hp out to AWD through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission yielding 25/30/27 mpg city/highway/combined. This is less power than the Soul (201 hp) but the Seltos does offer AWD. The Seltos is also pricier than the Soul, which tops out at $27,490 for the GT-Line Turbo trim.
All of these prices reportedly include a $1,120 destination fee. Since this was only leaked information, we will have to wait for an official announcement from Kia to get a full trim level breakdown. Motor1's sources say the Seltos will arrive at US dealerships in the first week of February, so we may not have to wait long.