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The 2023 Kia Seltos five-seater small SUV has had a few updates since the last time I drove one, namely a new media system and air-conditioning vents being added for the rear passengers. 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 Kia Seltos is still a funky-looking small SUV on the exterior and the interior retains the funky touches too, such as the sculpted speaker grilles on the doors (don't worry my daughter hasn't dented them in a tantrum)!

a car with a pink bottle in the back seat.

When it comes to installing child seats in the back of the Seltos there are ISOFix points in the two outer rear seats that are not within plastic guides and are easy to connect to.

2023 Kia Seltos isofix points

There are top tether anchorages in the back of all three rear seat backs that are all clearly labelled within plastic guides and easy to connect to through the boot.

2023 Kia Seltos top tether anchors

I installed three Infasecure child seats across the back seats of the 2023 Kia Seltos. I installed one Infasecure Attain More rear-facing and one forward facing and an Infasecure Achieve More forward facing too. I found there is not enough room in the back seats however to have three forward-facing child seats across the back row as the car tapers in at the window height preventing three fitting across. Not all families need to fit three child seats across.

the back seat of a 2023 Kia Seltos with three child seats installed

We found a 182cm driver could fit in front of the rear-facing Infasecure Attain More which is great news for families.

legroom with rear-facing child seat fitted in the back seat of a 2023 Kia Seltos

Rear air vents have been added to the back of the central console box in the 2023 Kia Seltos which is a very welcome addition for keeping rear passengers cool in the summer. There are also two USB-C sockets for charging devices and storage for phones, which is great if you have kids on devices in the back.

the interior of a car with an air conditioning unit.

Rear passengers get more good storage with two cup holders in a fold-down armrest in the central seat back…

a cup holder in the back seat of a car.

…A map pocket on the back of the front passenger seat…

the back seat of a car with a baby car seat.

… and the door bins will hold a refillable water bottle and have storage wells in the handles too.

a car with a pink bottle in the back seat.

In the front, the door bins are larger and will hold an iPad as well as a refillable water bottle.

a car door with a notebook and a bottle of water.

There are two cup holders in the central console for your coffee cup and a little storage tray beside them for the key.

a cup of coffee is sitting on the steering wheel of a car.

The central console box is lined and a practical size.

a cup holder in the back seat of a car.

In front of the gear lever are two shelves for phones. In this top-spec GT-Line version one has a wireless phone charging mat and for the other, there are USB and USB-C charging sockets.

the center console of a car with a touch screen.

The glove box is a generous size and will store an iPad and wallet with the manual.

a car with a cell phone in the center console.

The media system in the 2023 Kia Seltos has had a major update with a new wrap-around digital media display. The media system is lovely and modern and intuitive to use and to navigate.

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There are lots of features and functions I like in the Kia media system, one is Quiet Mode, which at the press of the button brings the sound from the rear speakers to the front. This is great when my kids fall asleep in the back or are on devices so whatever I'm listening to doesn't disturb them.

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The 2023 Kia Seltos has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can easily access your phone's communication, navigation and music/podcast apps while driving.

a person is driving a car with an ipad on the steering wheel.

You can control the air-con easily through the media screen as well as the traditional controls below the vents.

a person is driving a car with a touchscreen dashboard.

When you put it in reverse the cameras in the 2023 Kia Seltos GT-Line are lovely and clear with a nice big image that fills the screen.

the dashboard and steering wheel of a car.

You can turn the parking sensors off easily with a button in the central console, which is handy if you have driven your little ones to sleep so you don't wake them up pulling into your driveway! You can also turn the rear camera on while you are driving with a button in the central console which is especially helpful when you have three child seats installed in the back so you can see easily out while driving.

the interior of a car with a steering wheel and gear shifter.

The 2023 Kia Seltos is a very beepy car to drive! It still beeps when you first get in and to warn you of school zones or approaching crossings and lane departure is a beep too! Aside from that, the Seltos is a very nice car to drive, it is carefree and simple. It is has a small footprint and the steering is nice and light and the turning circle is pretty good too, which makes it agile around town and perfect for school and supermarket carparks. Visibility is good in the Kia Seltos, even with three Infasecure child seats installed in the back I could see over them and out of the back windscreen.

a white suv parked in a parking lot.

The boot of the 2023 Kia Seltos is a good size and we could fit twelve shopping bags in the boot the same as the Nissan Qashqai. That is comparable to the Mitsubishi ASX which will hold eleven shopping bags, the Hyundai Kona which will hold nine and the Subaru XV that will hold ten shopping bags.

the trunk of a 2023 Kia Seltos is filled with blue bags.

A twin side-by-side pram will fit in the boot of the 2023 Kia Seltos with two shopping bags…

the trunk of a 2023 Kia Seltos with a twin side by side stroller in it.

… Or a double pram will fit with three shopping bags.

2023 Kia Seltos boot space for tandem stroller and shopping

A single pram will fit in the boot of the 2023 Kia Seltos with four bags of shopping.

2023 Kia Seltos boot space for single stroller and shopping

If your family has a fur baby we found a medium size dog will fit comfortably in the boot of the 2023 Kia Seltos, the floor is flat and carpeted making it perfect for that and for emergency nappy changes!

room for dog in the boot of a 2023 Kia Seltos

The 2023 Kia Seltos has been given a five-star 2022 ANCAP Safety Rating, scoring 83% for child occupancy crash testing and 85% for adult occupancy crash testing and has six airbags as standard; Dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags.

 

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Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.

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