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Kia Seltos 2023: refreshed Seltos now adds torque-converter auto for 1.6-litre, larger dual-10.25-inch screens


The Kia Seltos has been refreshed by the Korean car giant and now adds a smoother torque-converter transmission to the range

The Kia Seltos small SUV has been refreshed for 2023, with the range now a little bit smarter, smoother and with more safety tech than before. 

The Seltos is one of the best-selling small SUVs on sale, having sold 5398 units so far in 2022, sitting behind only the Hyundai Kona (7572), Mazda CX-30 (9520) and the Mitsubishi ASX (6697).

The refreshed Seltos is set to launch in Australia during the fourth quarter of 2022. 

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The Kia Seltos looks and goes a little bit differently than before

Australian pricing for a refreshed Seltos has not yet been confirmed. 

Changes to engines and powertrain

The Kia Seltos will remain to be powered by two different engines; a 2.0-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with outputs of 110kW/180Nm and a smaller displacement 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 130kW/265Nm

The 2.0-litre unit carries over from the outgoing Seltos, along with its CVT automatic transmission. 

Kia Seltos 2023 rear 3/4
The refreshed Kia Seltos is available with two powertrain options

The SmartStream 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available exclusively in the higher Sport+ and GT-Line trim levels and is now mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, rather than a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. 

A tweaked Seltos exterior 

The front of the updated Seltos will look a little different to before, thanks to a new headlight graphic, a larger radiator grille as well as a new front bumper. Also new for 2023 are garnishes for the front skid plate. 

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Inside the facelifted Kia Seltos

Slight differences can be spotted at the rear of the Seltos, too, such as more ‘athletic’ design improvements to the rear bumper and rear lamp. 

All Seltos variants now receive alloy wheels, with Sport, Sport+ and GT-Line being machine-finished items.

Changes to technology and safety 

Analogue gauges in the Seltos range have been replaced with digital items, which means that the base Seltos S now features a 4.2-inch LCD instrument cluster, while the rest of the range gain dual 10.25-inch displays that Kia says are inspired by the new Sportage and EV6 models. 

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The dual 10.25-inch displays in the Seltos are inspired by the Kia EV6

Also now introduced to the base Seltos and up is a range of safety aids including speed limit assist, lane-follow assist, rear-cross traffic avoidance and blind-spot collision avoidance.

Rear air vents with a USB-C charging port along with a full-size spare are also included as standard. 

The GT-Line gains two extra niceties; a powered driver’s seat and a powered tailgate. 

A new Pluton Blue premium paint colour brings the available paint scheme choice to a total of nine, including a pair of two-tone options.    

Kia Seltos 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • S: $TBA
  • Sport: $TBA
  • Sport +: $TBA
  • GT-Line: $TBA