Tested: 2024 Kia Seltos X-Line

The Kia Seltos gets a mild makeover for the 2024 model year.

At the front there is a new grill with updated lights, from the side you’ll see new wheels, and at the rear, a horizontal light bar spans the space between the taillights.


2024 Kia Seltos X-Line
Photo: Garry Sowerby


The interior is spruced with a pair of large (26-cm) screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment on upper trim levels. The suspension had been revised for improved ride quality, and added insulation reduces road noise.


Prices for all Kia Seltos models are up about $1,500 from last year but that includes upgrades across the full lineup.

The trim grade walk, including $1,900 for freight and PDI (Pre-Delivery Inspection) starts with the front-wheel-drive LX at $27,095. All-wheel-drive adds $2,000. The EX AWD is $32,095 and the EX Premium AW, $35,395. The SX AWD is $37,695 and the all-new range topping X-line is $40,295.

All 2024 Seltos models come with lane keep and lane follow assist, blind spot, forward and rear cross traffic collision avoidance assist.

In addition, the standard equipment list on the least expensive front-drive LX adds 17-in alloy wheels, signal lights in the side mirrors, and a new 11-cm TFT cluster for the instrument panel, and a 20-cm central touchscreen.


2024 Kia Seltos X-Line
Photo: Lisa Calvi


The EX gets LED lights and the EX Premium a panoramic display stretching two-thirds of the width of the vehicle. The seamless panel consists of a pair of screens totalling 50-cm. The EX also gets a cargo cover, power liftgate and memory for the power driver seat.

The price hike for the SX is justified by a new eight-speed automatic transmission and Kia’s slick digital key, which allows you to lock, unlock and start the car from your smart phone. You can also set the climate control to warm or cool the interior upon remote start.

The new X-Line trim is an appearance package added to the SX model. It includes black wheels and exterior trim, a unique grill and roof rails and gunmetal grey skid plates front and rear.


2024 Kia Seltos X-Line
Photo: Lisa Calvi


As with the outgoing model of the Kia Seltos, there are two different engines under the hood.

The LX and EX get a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder producing 147 horsepower and 132 lb. ft. of torque. It is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission.

The SX and new X-Line get a turbocharged 1.6-litre four, putting out 195 horsepower and 195 lb. ft. of torque. That is an increase of 20 horses from last year.


2024 Kia Seltos X-Line
Photo: Lisa Calvi


This engine is mated to a conventional eight-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the dual-clutch seven-speed used previously. This change is in response to owner complaints about the sometime clunky feel of the more efficient dual clutch transmission.

The torque converter of the eight speed unit slurs shifts, making them all but imperceptible.


2024 Kia Seltos X-Line
Photo: Lisa Calvi


The Seltos, with an impressive amount of standard equipment and class-leading cargo space, slots into the Kia ute lineup beneath the Sportage.

Its main selling points are value and interior space. The amount of standard equipment at each rung of the trim ladder is impressive, very much so when compared to the competition.

The interior is much larger than the shadow would have you expect, especially for second row occupants. The Seltos leads the category in the amount of cargo space.


2024 Kia Seltos X-Line
Photo: Kia Canada


The base engine and CVT transmission offer mediocre performance, but the turbo four in the SX and X-line tester are more than competitive in this segment.


Handling in the Kia Seltos is a notch above the competition

All is not perfect however. There is some turbo lag, delay between ask and answer, with sudden heavy throttle inputs.

The all-wheel-drive system defaults to front drive in the interest of fuel efficiency, calling the rear wheels into use as required. The system can be locked into a 50/50 split at low speeds to tackle deep snow.


2024 Kia Seltos X-Line
Photo: Garry Sowerby


Some might consider the ride slightly stiff. But the upside is the fun-to-drive factor. The ride is firm, but handling is a notch above the competition. The Seltos handles turns and on and off ramps with aplomb.

As Canadians continue the flight from cars to utility vehicles, the Kia Seltos has become immensely popular. It is the best seller in the extensive Kia lineup. Updates for the 2024 model pretty much ensure that popularity will only grow.


2024 Kia Seltos X-Line
Photo: Lisa Calvi


Check out artist Michael Doyle’s vision of the Pluton Blue Kia Seltos here.


FACTS & FIGURES – 2024 Kia Seltos X-line



Base: $38,395

As tested: $40,645 including freight



LED headlights, Blind spot and forward collision avoidance assist, lane keep and follow assist, highway driving assist, rear cross traffic alert



Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, wireless charger, 26-cm infotainment screen



Power sunroof, adaptive cruise control, power tailgate, cargo cover, digital key, Bose premium audio system, automatic climate control, heated and cooled front seats, heated second row seats, heated steering wheel, mirrors, and washer nozzles; tilt & telescope steering wheel, leather seats, power driver’s seat, heads-up display, 18-in alloy wheels



Pluton blue paint, $250



Turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder, 195 horsepower, 195 lb.-ft. of torque, regular fuel. Eight-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive. NRCan rating (litres/100km city/highway): 9.4 / 8.7



Length, 4,385-mm; width, 1,800- mm; wheelbase, 2,630-mm; weight, 1,525- kg



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