Auto123 reviews the new 2021 Kia Seltos, and tries to help you navigate the ever-more complex market consisting of smaller SUVs.
As customer demand for SUVs continues to grow – and grow and grow - we shouldn’t be too surprised at automakers’ inventiveness in finding places for new segments were there weren’t any before. Didn’t think there was any daylight between the subcompact and compact SUV categories? Think again. In the past few years we’ve witnessed the birth of the in-betweenies, the Mazda CX-30s and the Nissan Qashqais and the like (Hyundai, meanwhile, saw an open spot below its current subcompact model, the Kona, and produced the Venue). All of them, from the teeny Venue to the roomy Qashqai, are “subcompacts”.
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But I digress. Fact is, whether consumers knew it or not, they were primed to welcome a vehicle format that provides more bring-crap-home practicality than a tiny CX-3, for example, but delivers more coziness and fuel economy and is better suited to urban living than a CX-5. In the case of Kia, the Korean automaker saw an opportunity in the tight opening between the Niro (small) and Sportage (compact-sized). And it brought forth, for the 2021 model-year, the Seltos.