US-spec Kia Seltos Scores High At IIHS - Features Better Platform than India-spec Model

by Jatin Chhibber | 16/09/2020
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The US-spec Kia Seltos has scored 5-star rating at the IIHS crash test. In India, the SUV rivals with the likes of Hyundai Creta and Nissan Kicks but features a low-cost architecture as compared to the American version

Kia Seltos is one of the top-selling SUVs in its segment. It rivals with the likes of New Hyundai Creta and Nissan Kicks. It was the first product introduced by the Korean automaker in the Indian market and has been doing pretty well in terms of overall sales. Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which is a non-profit organization based in Arlington in Virginia, America conducted a crash test on 2021 US-spec Kia Seltos. The SUV has scored a 5-star safety rating, which is quite impressive. The car scored top safety ratings in the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention. These ratings were given to two variants of the SUV- S (O)/S (O) turbo and EX (O).

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The Korean SUV offers good protection for the driver’s head, neck, chest, hip/thigh and lower leg. Moreover, the bodyshell of the SUV has also been appreciated. The front and side curtain airbags of the SUV deployed on time. Furthermore, the roof strength of the US-spec Kia Seltos is also quite good. But, its headlight rating for three distinctive variations namely- low beam, high-beam and high assist has been rated poor. The US-spec Kia Seltos is offered with optional front crash prevention system that is not offered with the India-spec model. The India-spec Kia Seltos comes loaded with safety features like multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, Isofix child seat mounts, tyre pressure monitoring system, vehicle stability management, hill start assist, electronic stability control, front parking sensors, the rearview camera with guidelines and brake assist.

Side-look-of-the-Kia-Seltos

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In June this year, Kia updated the Seltos with 10 new features - emergency stop signal, smart-key remote engine start, front and rear USB charging ports and much more. Moreover, the company’s AI-based voice recognition system is now offered with the new ‘Hello Kia’ wake up command, while the UVO connected car system now supports the smartwatch app and also controls the air purifier. The automaker has also discontinued GTK and GTX DCT trims from the model lineup.

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