2020 Kia Seltos Review: Get The Funk Up

Derryn Wong

Competitors and Pricing

The small SUV segment is one of the most, if not the most, competitive segments right now and the Seltos makes a good show of it, if not least by aiming to visually one-up the rest.

However, it is expensive. At S$117,999 with COE it’s not bank breaking, but it is on the costlier side of the small SUV spectrum. Realistically, the ‘true’ mainstream ones will be around S$100k with COE and less – the segment-defining HR-V for instance (below).

Around this price level, S$116,999 with COE will net you the very capable Kia Niro in the higher SX trim level with all the goodies the Seltos has, and more.

If you want a conventional car for that money, the Skoda Karoq (above) in base Style trim has more power and more space, though less amenities onboard, but it’s a staggering amount of value in a car.

Mazda’s CX-30 mid-level Elegance model goes for S$113,888 with COE – it’s smaller, but more elegant and powerful, though for all the bells and whistles you need to shell out for the S$121,888 with COE Luxury version (above).

And here’s the kicker you’ve been waiting for: You should see the Seltos GT Line as the equivalent of the Mazda CX-30 Luxury, because the Kia’s GT Line models are the most expensive, kitted-out versions of its cars.

Kia Singapore has plans to launch EX and SV variants that are likely to cost around S$110k with COE or less, but will lose features like the LED headlights, sunroof, ventilated seats, and the GT Line exterior and interior touches.

UPDATE: August 12, 2020: Kia Singapore announces the much less expensive EX, and slightly less expensive SX models


Take away the GT Line dress up and the Seltos is a capable SUV that breaks the monotony of the small SUV world by throwing in visual bravado and more size/space.

The Seltos GT line, at close to S$120k with COE, is likely not to be a hot seller, but that will change once the more affordable EX and SX models hit the market.

Kia Seltos 1.4 GT Line

Engine1,353cc, inline 4, turbocharged
Power140hp at 6000rpm
Torque242Nm at 1500-3200rpm
Gearbox7-speed dual-clutch
0-100km/h9.8 seconds
Top Speed190km/h (estimate)
Fuel Efficiency6.3L/100km
VES Band / CO2B / 143g/km
AgentKia Singapore
PriceS$117,999 with COE
VerdictKia flexes with big space, image and features on the Seltos, but it’s not cheap – wait for the SX model

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1.4 GT Line 5 seat 5-door Kia petrol seltos SUV

About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's former chief editor was previously the editor for Top Gear Singapore and a presenter for CNA's Cruise Control motoring segment.

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