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BabyDrive Verdict

The Kia Seltos is a brand new five-seater family SUV, so I am very excited to get behind the wheel and give it our BabyDrive testing! Let's see how it goes!

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The Seltos is a funky looking SUV with its bracket fungi like grille on the front, so it did get a few looks and turn heads! Inside there are some funky touches too, such as the sculpted speaker metal on the doors (don't worry my daughter hasn't dented them in a tantrum)!

The Kia Seltos is a beepy little car! It beeps when you first get in, to warn you of school zones or approaching crossings and lane departure is a beep too!

The Seltos has Kia's latest media system, which is fantastic and still one of the easiest to use and navigate…

…and it has CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Kia Seltos has a rearview camera with clear and crisp image quality.

You can turn it on at any time with a button in the central console and leave it on while you are driving, a bit like in the Tesla Model S.

My daughter loved having this on all the time while we are driving!

There are ISOFix points in the outer rear seats that are not within plastic guides still easy to connect to. The three top tether anchorages across the back of the seats are all within plastic guides and easy to connect to as well. I found there is enough room across the second row for three child seats, which is fantastic! I found a combination of forward and rear-facing to work best as the seatback narrows towards the top making it hard to get three forward-facing seats in. We had space for a 170cm driver in front of the rear-facing child seat.

There were no rear air vents in the back of the Seltos my family tested and we would have preferred there to be, especially in this summer heat!

Storage is practical throughout the Kia Seltos, with two cup holders in the front and back, a small glovebox and central console box and a phone tray in the front.

The door bins will all hold a large refillable water bottle.

The boot of the Kia Seltos is a good size and we could fit eleven shopping bags in there. That is comparable to the Mitsubishi ASX, which will also hold eleven shopping bag. The Hyundai Kona and Subaru XV that will both hold eight shopping bags.

The Seltos has an automatic door lock and unlock feature. With the key in my pocket or bag, I can walk up to the car and it will automatically unlock which is super handy when your arms are full of child and their stuff!

The Kia Seltos has been given a five-star 2019 ANCAP Safety Rating and six airbags come as standard.

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  1. Hello,

    Could you please share the models of the car seats being used. I’d like to replicate this set-up exactly in a Seltos.

    Thanks so much!

  2. Hello!
    Do you think you could fit a RF car seat, small adult and a booster seat/FF care seat across the back of the Seltos?If not, maybe in the Sportage?

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