“Someday, one might hope, Kia will offer a version of the Soul with all-wheel drive,” we lamented in our review of the 2020 Kia Soul a year ago. Kia did us one better. The South Korean automaker hasn’t bolted an all-wheel-drive system to the diminutive Soul; instead, it brought out an all-wheel-drive model that’s a little bigger than the Soul and a little smaller than the compact Sportage sport-utility vehicle.
Available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the new model, called the Seltos, has a more conventional appearance than the quirky Soul, and a sportier look than the Sportage. Kia now boasts six crossovers and SUVs, ranging in price from $17,490 for the subcompact Soul to $31,990 for the big Telluride. Slotted between the Soul and Sportage, the Seltos — its name derived from ancient Greek legends — fills a niche that doesn’t seem to have a name yet. It’s base-priced at $21,990.