Kia Seltos now on sale in Malaysia, from RM115,888

Kia Seltos now on sale in Malaysia, from RM115,888

Last week, Naza Kia Malaysia revealed pricing for the Seltos, and now it has announced that the B-segment crossover has finally gone on sale. The car enters the market more than a year after it was teased on social media, entering a hotly-contested market with the likes of the Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona and, yes, the Proton X50.

As previously reported, the Seltos is being sold in two variants. The base EX is priced at RM115,888, while the sportier-looking GT Line retails at RM133,888. Both figures are on-the-road without insurance and include a 50% reduction in the sales and services tax (SST) and a five-year warranty. One thing of note is that Naza no longer offers unlimited-mileage coverage for its warranty, which is now capped at 150,000 km.

Whichever model you pick, the Seltos is powered by a 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated Gamma MPI four-cylinder engine, producing 123 PS at 6,300 rpm and 151 Nm of torque at 4,850 rpm. Drive is sent only to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic, while the car’s Traction drive modes – which include Snow, Mud and Sand settings – provide increased grip in slippery conditions.

The styling of the Seltos is certainly distinctive, with a large “tiger nose” grille that leads into slim LED daytime running light strips, while the larger main lamps sit below. A wraparound windscreen design, upswept window line and black D-pillar strips give the car a “floating roof” look, and the rear sports broad two-piece taillights joined together by a silver trim piece.

Kia Seltos now on sale in Malaysia, from RM115,888

Setting the GT Line apart is a chrome grille with extended daytime running lights, more prominent front and rear skid plates, a chrome window line strip, fake twin tailpipes and red exterior highlights. The range-topping variant also adds LED headlights, fog lights and taillights to replace the EX’s halogen items, plus 17-inch Y-spoke two-tone alloy wheels (with red centre cap trim) instead of the EX’s grey rollers.

Inside, the Seltos features a Mercedes-Benz-aping freestanding display panel, which houses an analogue instrument cluster and a standard eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. There’s also a Sound Mood ambient lighting system that pulses with the beat of the music being played through the six speakers, with six themes and eight colours to choose from.

The EX comes with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, gloss black interior trim and quilted black leather upholstery, while the GT Line adds a GT Line-badged steering wheel, a soft-touch dash with fake stitching, linear red seat stitching and alloy pedals.

Kia Seltos now on sale in Malaysia, from RM115,888

As the Seltos is a competitor to the Honda HR-V, it’s no surprise that the dimensions are roughly similar. Measuring 4,315 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,645 mm tall, the Kia is 19 mm shorter, 28 mm wider and 40 mm taller, while its 2,610 mm is identical to the Japanese car’s. The 433-litre boot can be expanded to 900 litres with the 60:40-split rear seats folded.

Standard kit includes roof rails, keyless entry, push-button start, a 3.5-inch multi-info display, cruise control, reverse sensors and a reverse camera. Step up to the GT Line and you get a seven-inch multi-info display, a head-up display, ventilated front seats with eight-way driver’s side power adjustment, dual-zone automatic climate control, a Qi wireless smartphone charger and front parking sensors.

Both cars come with identical safety kit, consisting of six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill start assist and ISOFIX rear child seat anchors. Unfortunately, active safety features like autonomous emergency braking are nowhere to be found.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • Knightrider on Jan 15, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    selamat maju jaya kia seltos, it will difficult to fight into very competitive b segment suv..berjaya grup will berjaya or kiok went take over from naza

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    • Rimau on Jan 16, 2021 at 11:45 am

      not too belittle kia seltos, but is no brainer not too picked our superior proton X50 yet cheaper and Volvo engined too

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  • Avenger on Jan 15, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Launch during MCO when nobody can go see, by the time MCO lifted nobody will remember it. Another dead fish for serving to almighty proton X50.

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  • Uncle Joe Low on Jan 15, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Top specs model will raise total price to 150k including interest…Wah are we still having rosy non covid times like before,?Either the buyer is loaded or just too gungho to go ahead in perilous times.

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  • Petrol Head on Jan 16, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Kia and Hyundai is a joke in Malaysia. Continue to offer FWD and zero active safety. Its like they are just in Malaysia for the sake of being here. The marketing folks are just sleeping at their desk. Too bad 2 good cars brand that got spec so wrong.

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  • Very good, cheaper than Proton X70

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  • azrai on Jan 16, 2021 at 8:38 am

    As sam loo always says, RV.

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  • Semput on Jan 16, 2021 at 9:30 am

    So underpowered

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  • Bel Jin on Jan 16, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    i heard NazaKia kolos shop oredi

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  • PT reader on Jan 17, 2021 at 1:27 am

    KIA, really? the air-con knob for 1.6EX is so ugly. Sorry should call Switch not knob..

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  • Cili Boh on Jan 17, 2021 at 9:58 am

    The driver seat design looks so outdated. Reminds me of those of Toyota Corolla of the 70s.

    Come on, Kia.

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  • ThePolygon on Jan 18, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    The b-segment SUV market already saturated.
    Should have brought in Kia Soul instead to test the market…

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  • Why so expensive? Here in Indonesia we got the 1.4 turbo Seltos for Rp 355 Million or RM 102.000.
    which are also imported from India.

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  • Ben Yap on Jan 20, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    123 PS at 6,300 rpm and 151 Nm of torque at 4,850 rpm is about the same output as a decade old Gen.2 CPS but we’re now in 2021.

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  • Elylye on Jan 21, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Since KIA sales office already closed? So where to purchase their car?

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  • Why is KIA Malaysia trying to kill itself? Constantly bring outdated engines!

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