November 07, 2019 By Chris Van Hoven Photos by Author and Press

Kia Philippines Launches Kia Seltos

The Philippines gets the first Kia Seltos in the ASEAN region

Last July, we had an opportunity to test drive the B-Segment Crossover SUV Kia Seltos in Korea, where it impressed with a combination of excellent build quality, equipment, and performance. We spent the most time testing their top-of-the-line variant, and while we knew that bringing that specific variant to local shores would place it in a price bracket outside a competitive range, we were curious to find out how they would package it to suit the Philippine market in terms of equipment and pricing. With the Kia Seltos now officially available in the Philippines, we can finally stop wondering – and the answer is pretty interesting.


Three variants were introduced, starting from the base model Kia Seltos LX 2.0 IVT, the mid-variant Kia Seltos EX 2.0 IVT, and the top-of-the-line Kia Seltos SX 2.0 IVT, priced at PhP 1,098,000, PhP 1,198,000, and PhP 1,498,000 respectively. It’s quite a big jump in pricing from the base model to the top, but before we get into what differentiates each, let’s take a look at what the model range has in common.

Kia Philippines has done a great job in packaging the Seltos so that even buyers of the base model don’t feel like they’re missing out. All models share the same powertrain: a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder DOHC engine that produces 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque mated to Kia’s version of a continuously variable transmission which they call Intelligent Variable Transmission, or IVT, which utilizes a chain belt over the more common push belt. In addition, all models receive the same sporty 17-inch alloy wheels across the range. All models also share an excellent 5-year/160,000 kilometer warranty. They also receive a drive mode selector for Normal, Eco, or Sport driving modes. Customers will also get to enjoy some extra comfort at the second row with two-step reclining rear seats. Lastly, Kia has made an effort in ensuring that even LX-trim customers get to enjoy the same infotainment system as the rest of the line, with the range sharing an 8-inch touchscreen system connected to six speakers with dual-Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Unique to the top-of-the-line SX variant are two-tone exterior colors, LED headlamps, LED front foglamps, leather for the steering wheel and gear shift knob, smart remote keyless entry, a push start button, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, stability control, downhill brake control, hill-start assist control, and six airbags (the LX and EX variants get two).

The Kia Seltos sports classic SUV styling with a modern twist using Kia’s design language that is in line with Kia’s global strategic direction for SUVs, defined by a long hood, strong, sharp character lines, a dynamic side profile, black wheel arch cladding and Kia’s identifiable Tiger Nose grille.

Available in dual tone colors Starbright Yellow/Cherry Black and Clear White/Cherry Black for the SX variant, and monotone colors Starbright Yellow, Mars Orange (LX, EX), Dark Ocean Blue (LX, EX, SX), Gravity Grey (LX, SX), and Iron Grey (LX, EX), the Kia Seltos is set to take on the likes of the Hyundai Kona, Honda HR-V, and Mazda CX-3. We’ll give you a more in-depth look once we get to do a proper test drive.

In the meantime, those who place a reservation until the end of November get an extra PhP 50,000 discount, so those in the market for a sub-compact crossover would do well to add it to your list of considerations.



Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1,999cc
Cylinder Head dohc, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel Injector Dual Continuously Variable Timing
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 147 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
Drag Coefficient (cd) 0.33 cd
Transmission CVT


Suspension System Front: McPherson Strut & Stabilizer, Rear: Coupled Torsion Beam Axle
Brakes Front: Disc, Rear: Disc
Tires 215/55 R17

Weight and dimensions

Length 4,370 mm
Width 1,800 mm
Height 1,615 mm
Wheelbase (mm) 2,630 mm
Curb Weight 1,295 kg
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