2022 Kia Seltos Towing Capacity
Kia produces reliable, safe, efficient, and feature-heavy vehicles with broad appeal, and the 2022 Kia Seltos is no different from its predecessors. This subcompact SUV has much to offer, with its roomy, comfortable interior, a myriad of infotainment features, and smooth driving performance. The new Kia Seltos can also do a lot, and its potential towing abilities are one of its most impressive qualities. This guide will provide all the juicy details about this sleek SUV’s towing capacity, including the different engine options available.
How Much Can the 2022 Kia Seltos Tow?
The towing capacity of the 2022 Kia Seltos ultimately depends on the engine. The 2-liter inline four-cylinder engine churns out 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. A turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque are also available on the higher trims. Kia generally doesn’t recommend using the Seltos for towing purposes and hasn’t listed the towing capacity yet. Based on the information about trims sold in Australia, the SUV does have a predicted capacity somewhere between 1,323 pounds without trailer brakes and an impressive 2,425 pounds with the trailering brakes.
With a tow hitch, it’s still possible to tow smaller trailers, boats, and heavier items. While Kia doesn’t manufacture a hitch specifically for the Seltos, it’s possible to order it online. You can have it installed professionally to be sure the SUV and its passengers are safe during a tow. If you decide to use the Seltos for towing, it’s also essential to stay under 2,425 pounds so you don’t put too much strain on your vehicle.
Once you’ve broken your vehicle in and have a trailer hitch properly installed, you can haul various items. With its impressive cargo capacity, the Seltos can also fit many items in the back should you decide you’d instead use the rear seat. If you’re planning on moving and have a lot of things to haul, it’s also possible to pull a decent-sized cargo trailer while staying under the recommended towing capacity. You can also easily tow lightweight watercraft, such as a jet ski or a small fishing boat.
If you’re going on a camping trip, the SUV may also be able to haul smaller, more compact campers. Hauling ATVs, dirt bikes, and various smaller vehicles is a breeze, as long as the Seltos is properly equipped with the right hitch. Regardless of what you tow, it’s essential to adjust your trailering brakes based on the size of the load. You may also want to practice driving with a trailer and have someone spot you when you back up.
Best Engine for Towing on the 2022 Kia Seltos
Both the 2-liter inline four-cylinder and turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines contain plenty of power; you may want the slightly more powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter under the hood especially if you’re planning on hauling a camper, boat, or trailer. The 2-liter inline engine is excellent for daily commutes, but the turbocharged engine adds a little more capacity for hauling light trailers and heftier items.
The turbocharged engine pairs with a seven-speed automatic transmission, while the base engine pairs with a continuously variable automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard with the turbo engine and optional with the 2-liter base engine. Front-wheel drive is standard on the lower trims. Both engines make it easy to tackle the road, and changing gears while hauling larger loads is a breeze.
Other Options for Carrying Cargo on the 2022 Kia Seltos
For a compact SUV, the Seltos offers plenty of extra cargo space if you don’t feel like testing its towing capacity. The SUV is one of the best in its class regarding cargo space. It has 26.6 cubic feet of cargo space in the back and a whopping 62.8 cubic feet behind the front row with the 60/40 split-folding rear seats pulled down. The low cargo floor makes storing extra items even more convenient. This space makes it easy to store luggage, light equipment, school supplies, and shopping bags.
Some of the SUV’s high-end trims also contain functional roof rails, making it easy to carry bikes, scooters, or extra cargo that doesn’t quite fit in the back. There’s also plenty of headroom and legroom, even when using part of the SUV’s cargo space. The Seltos comfortably seat five passengers, with plenty of space to move around in both rows. Even taller adults will be able to stretch their legs with the roomy legroom in the backseat.
Additional Performance and Safety Features on the 2022 Kia Seltos
There are a number of impressive performance and safety features on the newest Seltos, including standard high beam assist, a lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection. It also features an automatic climate control system, a rear parking camera, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, an upgraded LED grille, a power-steering system, and a driver attention warning system. Higher trims even get a standard dual-level cargo floor that makes it easy to adjust the cargo floor height, depending on the situation.
Additional active and passive safety features include forward collision avoidance assist, lane-following assist, safe exit assist, dual front advanced airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and rollover sensors. A rear occupant alert system can remind you to check the back row if you’re driving with your pets or children. Electronic stability control and traction control systems, a hill start assist control system, and a downhill brake control mechanism can make it easier to tow over rougher or hillier terrains.
Now that you know a little more about the towing capacity of the 2022 Kia Seltos, along with some of its other great features, our team at Kia of Streetsboro invites you to explore the Seltos trims we’ve got in our showroom or check our online inventory to see what’s available. Have a question about the Seltos and what else it’s capable of? Contact us online, and we’ll be sure to get back to you with an answer. Our professional team of auto experts looks forward to assisting you with whatever your needs.