New 2023 Kia Seltos for Sale in Bassett, VA

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Self-complementing, not self-competing

Kia has been producing one of the best-loved subcompact crossover SUVs in the market for a while now. If you’re shopping for a subcompact SUV in Bassett, Danville, Rocky Mount, and Greensboro, you might think it’s a little odd for Kia to introduce a new model that competes directly with its existing big-seller. However, although the 2023 Kia Seltos competes in the same segment as the Soul, the two models are very different. The exterior styling couldn’t be more different, and the Seltos is widely available with AWD to bolster its SUV credentials.

A broad lineup

The only things that are genuinely subcompact about the 2023 Kia Seltos are the exterior dimensions. Not only is the Seltos available with a choice of front-drive and AWD drivetrains, but it also comes in five distinct trim levels and a choice of engines. The lineup starts with the entry-level LX and then goes to the S, EX, Nightfall Edition, and finally to the top-of-the-line SX.

The 2023 Kia Seltos S is the only front-wheel-drive model in the family, and the rest of the lineup gets the Dynamax all-wheel drive system with Center Lock as part of their standard specification. And if the Seltos S specification appeals to you but front-wheel-drive doesn’t, AWD is available as an option for that trim level.

2023 Kia Seltos models and trim levels

Powertrains and performance

2023 Kia Seltos powertrains and performance

It’s common for these small SUVs to use the same engine across their entire lineup. But as well as the Seltos being almost exclusively all-wheel-drive, it’s also available with a choice of powertrains. The LX, S, and EX trim levels have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood that develops 146 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. The power then gets sent to the front or all four wheels through Kia’s Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT).

If you go to the Nightfall Edition or the range-topping SX version of the 2023 Kia Seltos, the standard powerplant gets upgraded to a 1.6-liter turbo-four that puts out 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. This time, the power goes to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Regardless of the engine, transmission, or drivetrain, every Kia Seltos comes with Drive Mode Select, which does what its name suggests by allowing you to choose between Eco, Normal, and Sport driving characteristics.

Spacious, versatile, and well-equipped

You might assume that the interior of a subcompact crossover SUV would only really be suitable for four adults to travel comfortably. However, the cabin of the Kia Seltos is genuinely spacious and flexible enough to accommodate five. All models are well-equipped with standard features and equipment, and it wouldn’t be right to dismiss the entry-level Seltos LX as a fleet-only model. It comes with a smaller touchscreen and manual air conditioning rather than dual-zone climate control, but it also has 17-inch alloy wheels and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility.

From the EX and higher, the 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen grows to a 10.25-inch unit that also features navigation, Kia Connect, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Please pay close attention to the specifications, as they are not always as straightforward as expected. For example, although the EX and SX trim levels get standard wireless phone charging and synthetic leather upholstery, the Night Edition that sits between them in the range doesn’t.

2023 Kia Seltos interior features and equipment

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The 2023 Kia Seltos is a stylish, agile, and surprisingly spacious small SUV that appears to remember much that rivals have forgotten. It checks all the city car boxes for size, efficiency, versatility, practicality, and value for money while delivering the modern SUV styling and AWD that so many shoppers want today. Come and see for yourself with a test drive from Nelson Kia, 4730 N Virginia Ave, Bassett, VA, or call us at (276) 647-1775 for more information and schedule an appointment for a time that best suits you.

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