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Compact, city-ready size; efficient engine choices; available all-wheel drive; well-appointed interior with lots of tech; sporty styling
The Kia Seltos is a brand-new vehicle for Kia, positioned above the box-like Kia Soul and below the compact Sportage and Niro in their SUV and crossover lineup. However the Soul, while nominally a crossover, likely won't be confused with an SUV, while the Seltos with it's available all-wheel drive and higher ride height firmly fits into that category. It's a rapidly growing segment in America and the Seltos looks like a strong contender for the crown of best sub-compact SUV.