The 2022 Kia Seltos is an excellent subcompact crossover SUV because of its roomy interior, class-leading cargo space, intuitive infotainment system, and awe-inspiring technology. It may be no surprise that the 2022 Kia Seltos will appeal to most shoppers who are seeking a budget SUV for driving enjoyment, but how fuel-efficient is the car, and what are its fuel economy ratings? Keep reading to learn more!
The 2022 Kia Seltos is offered in two engine options. There is a 2.0-liter Multi-Port Injection (MPI) Atkinson engine that cranks out 146 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. This engine delivers power to the wheels using IVT transmission. It is available on the LX, S, and EX trims.
The second engine option is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), which churns out 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The engine sends power to the wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The 1.6-liter Turbo engine is available on the SX turbo and Nightfall Edition trims.
2022 Kia Seltos MPG
The most efficient 2022 Kia Seltos (the LX model) with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and the IVT transmission sees mileage fall to 29 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. Those are some of the best fuel economy figures in the subcompact crossover category.
The least efficient 2022 Kia Seltos is any 2.0-liter equipped engine trims with all-wheel-drive, which is rated at 27/31/29 mpg in the city, highway, and 29 combined, respectively. Further, models with the turbocharged engine with front-wheel drivetrain get, fuel economy estimates of 29 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and 31 mpg combined. On the other hand, the 1.6-liter Turbo engine with all-wheel drive, boasts impressive fuel economy figures at 30/25/27 mpg in the city, in the highway, and combined, respectively.
2022 Kia Seltos Fuel Economy Versus Competitors
For purposes of comparison, Kia Seltos stand toe to toe with other small SUVs that are equipped with FWD. These are the Mazda CX-30, Nissan Sport Rogue, and Hyundai Venue, boast an estimated combined fuel rating of 28, 28, and 32 mpg, respectively. But all these are short of the 31 mpg for the 2022 Kia Seltos.
With regards to Kia Seltos’ rivals with all-wheel drive, the Subaru Crosstrek (with automatic transmission), the CX-30, and the Rogue Sport both deliver a combined fuel rating of 29 mpg. And in the turbo engine segment, the car ranks among the Hyundai Kona and the Jeep Renegade, which deliver a combined 27 mpg.
As far as car wheelbase goes, the Seltos edges out the Renegade and the Kona by 5.4 inches and 8 inches, respectively.
Kia Seltos is one of the strongest candidates in the subcompact crossover segment that strike the perfect balance between practicality and comfort. Other than boasting generous passenger and cargo space, Kia is one of the most fuel-efficient sports utility vehicles around, and it offers zippier handling.