Step inside the Seltos and you are greeted by an interior that stands apart from its segment rivals. Kia has paid extra attention to keep things premium and it shows; be it the buttons, graphics on the digital screens, or the use of soft-touch materials at essential contact points. Likewise, the fit and finish, and the materials used in the cabin are of high-quality and look durable.
Complementing the plush interiors are the large and comfortable front seats. You get a commanding position with a good view of the surroundings. There’s an electric adjustment for the driver and the steering is adjustable for rake and reach. Kia has also provided a separate tray for wireless mobile charging in the usable centre console. Weirdly though, there’s a provision for a grab handle on the passenger side below the A/C controls in the centre console and not on the driver’s side, which could probably trigger your OCD if you are all for the symmetry.
We are particularly impressed by the floating Mercedes-Benz MBUX-style panel which combines the infotainment screen and instrument cluster. Even the graphics on the 10.5-inch screen is top-notch and it reminds us of a similar user interface employed by BMW and Audi. This system has a quick and precise response to touch and is easy to operate, even when driving. It also gives out a host of information and can control various other functions as well.
Similarly, in the large digital driver information system nestled between two analogue dials, you’ll find trivial yet essential information like wiper setting (both fore and aft), headlamp settings, media details and two trip computers. In the GT-line, this screen doubles up as a blind-spot warning display.
Meanwhile, moving towards the back, the rear seats boast of ample amount of legroom and there’s sufficient headroom as well. Akin to the front seats, the rear bench is comfortable with a decent amount of cushioning. There’s a headrest for all the three passengers and even the middle passenger gets ample knee room despite the rear air vents. The rear seat can be further adjusted for recline by few degrees (four degrees to be precise) which further helps its case. That said, a tad bit of extra under-thigh support here would have made spending time in the rear seats much more comfortable. Lastly, the 433litres of boot space is large and fairly usable because of the low loading lip and flat floor.
Feature-wise, this HTX variant misses out on functions like the heads-up display, 360-camera, blind-spot assist (which turns on ORVM camera’s on the infotainment screen when an indicator is turned on), and contrasting leather upholstery compared to the GT-Line. But you do get powered driver seats, cooled front seats, reverse camera, integrated air-filter, wireless charging, eight-speaker Bose music system with mood lighting (which has a discothèque vibe to it), automatic A/C, TPMS, button start/stop, sunroof, Apple Carplay/Android Auto and Kia’s very own UVO connected car feature.