2021 Kia Seltos: First Drive Review

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience
Powerful Engine
The 1.6-liter T-GDI engine is a great match for this vehicle, offering plenty of power. The 7-Speed DCT provides quick, smooth shifts while doing a fine job keeping the engine in the power band as necessary. When starting from a standstill the Seltos DCT has a slight lag, although once the engine reaches maximum torque at 1500 rpm things feel quick. The 2021 Kia Seltos also has three drive modes for different conditions: Comfort, Smart and Sport, which adjust settings for the engine, transmission and steering. One quibble: Sport mode keeps the transmission in a lower gear, even at cruising speeds — the best way to compensate for this would be shifting back to Comfort or shifting up manually.

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