If the Seltos follows convention on the outside, it’s quite the opposite when it comes to its interiors. It’s a modern tech fest inside! But, we will get to that in a bit.
First up – the quality, the fit and finish, and the choice and finish of materials, are all top-notch, especially for its class. The various buttons, toggles, stalks, and dials have a nice tactile feel to them. And everything inside the Seltos seems to have been designed and engineered with a lot of thought.
It has large, cushy, and comfortable seats. The ones at the front offer more than ample support for the thigh and back, while the rear row also offers a two-step recline function. And the space on offer is fantastic too.
The rear knee or legroom, in particular, is probably the best in class; but we will have to wait until we test it to confirm that. And even the head and shoulder room is ample. And lest we forget, the boot is big too. Plus, the 60:40 split for the rear seats and the flat loading bay, makes the boot both flexible and practical.
The star of the show when it comes to the Seltos’ interiors though, is the central touchscreen system. It instantly reminds you of screens modern BMWs use. Which is high praise, of course. The touch sensitivity is good, the display is crisp, and there’s so much info in there, it took us the better part of a half-hour to explore it all. Okay, maybe half an hour is an exaggeration, but it did take us a while.
This multimedia system also allows one to choose between various settings from different disco lighting for the front door pads to connectivity options to navigation settings, and driving info as well. The latter is all about how the driver chose to use the accelerator and brake pedals during his or her last outing. Then there’s a whole lot more under just the ‘settings’ menu. One can customise the assistance systems, the light settings, lock and unlock settings for the doors and outside rearview mirrors, and much more.
Additionally, the Seltos comes with an air purifier – a first in the world. It gets HUD, a first in this segment and easily in some segments above as well. There’s a high-def 7-inch colour screen as part of the driver information system, which also doubles up as the display for the blind spot recognition camera.
The driver’s seat is 8-way adjustable, electrically; the multifunctional steering adjusts for reach and rake; it gets auto headlamps and wiper; there’s wireless phone charging; cooled seats; a single zone climate control system with rear AC vents; a 360 degree camera; parking sensors; ambient lighting; many stowage options; and of course, UVO.
UVO for the uninitiated is Kia speak for its voice-activated butler service. And Kia says it uses artificial intelligence to better learn the accent and commands of its user. So, after spending some time with the Seltos, we could make it call anyone from our phone book, set up navigation, find a restaurant, change the aircon temperature, and get weather info. And if that weren’t enough, there’s also a button on the inside rear review mirror with UVO written on it. Press it and you can interact with a human who will help you with your needs; much like royalty if you ask me. What’s more, Kia has also thrown in one-touch SOS and RSA services into the mix.
As far as safety equipment goes, this top-spec version gets six airbags, ABS, traction control, stability program, and blind-spot recognition.