Kia Seltos, which was launched in India and around the world earlier this year has become quite popular. The mid-size SUV has gained a lot of popularity because of various reasons including its looks, features and performance. While the Indian-spec Kia Seltos is yet to be tested by NCAP international safety rating agency, A-NCAP, the Australasian car safety rating agency has tested the Seltos and has awarded it a perfect 5-star score.
The A-NCAP tests vehicles for sale in the Australasian region, i.e. the markets of Australia and New Zealand. The Kia Seltos tested recently by the agency is the base variant of the vehicle which does not get a lot of safety features available with the top-end variant of the car.
The base version of the Kia Seltos in the Australasian region has scored 85% when it comes to Adult occupant protection. It got 32.5 out of 38. For the child occupant protection, the Kia Seltos scored 83% and talking about the numbers, it received 40.9 out of 49. For the vulnerable road user protection, the car scored 61%.
Kia offers advanced Automatic Emergency Braking (AWB) system as an optional safety feature pack the Australasian region. It adds multiple safety features like a sophisticated collision avoidance system, adaptive cruise control, electronic parking brake, electric folding mirrors, larger rear disc brakes and more. The lower-end version of the car gets standard features like camera-based Automatic Emergency Braking system. The higher-end versions of the car also get radar-based and camera-based systems to avoid collisions. The base version of the Seltos also gets features like lane keep assist system (LKA) with lane departure warning (LDW) and emergency lane keeping (ELK).
It should be noted that even the top-end version of the Indian-spec Kia Seltos comes with a long list of safety features including blind-spot detection and a bunch of other features. Even Kia India exports the Seltos to the other countries and it aims to achieve to export about 20% of production capacity. The Kia Seltos has become one of the best-selling vehicles in the Indian market recently. The all-new car has even displaced the long-time favourite Hyundai Creta from the top of the sales charts. In India, the Seltos is offered with three different engine options and as many as four different transmissions. This ensures that a wide range of customers find what they want in the Seltos.
After the Seltos, Kia will launch the Carnival MPV in the Indian market. After that, a range of other vehicles is planned for the market. Kia is currently one of the top-selling brands in the Indian market and with more models coming in, the sales are expected to rise in the future.