2021 Kia Seltos Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical system, engine, and suspension issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

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The 2021 Kia Seltos is a crossover that turns heads. In fact, the automaker claims it is “made to do more,” but customers only find that the “more” means additional time at the dealership service department. This vehicle suffers from a defective electrical system, a malfunctioning engine and poor suspension.

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Problems with the Electrical System

A properly functioning electrical system can make or break a car. With the Seltos, it’s clear that the engineers didn’t know what they were doing.

Just look at this Edmunds review. “The entertainment system is full of bugs and limited on features. If I do a call with my phone while connected by Bluetooth or Android auto it won’t let me use the hands free option. Once I make a call it will time 2 times then disconnect from The system and can only use phone speaker. But if I turn my phone Bluetooth off and on a few times or unplug my cord and then replug my cord for the android auto, then sometimes it will connect with my phone and allow me to use handsfree. Either way its severe inconvenience.”

Aside from this, Kia did issue a communication about trouble with the electrical system. Service Bulletin #TSB_ELE198 states that there could be trouble with the Blind Spot Collision Warning that requires an update to the software. In this situation, the defect is more than just an inconvenience, but could also lead to trouble on the road. Obviously, this vehicles tagline should be “made to break more.”

Problems with the Engine

While no one expects the Seltos to break world speed records, it should still be equipped with a functioning engine, which it is not.

Here’s another Edmunds review. “But the worst part about this car is the upgraded engine and transmission. It is absolutely horrible, the turbo in the S Turbo and SX trims whistles and while I may just be crazy, it is enough that I cannot drive with my windows down. It bothers me so much that if it is so hot I need my windows down I have to blare my music so I don’t feel like my cars gonna stop working. Even if Kia says that it is supposed to sound like that it still worries me, as well the Dual Clutch is clunky. At slow speeds it can be very jerky, the car acts very weird and jerks you around when you are in reverse, and it just feels like Kia rushed the Powertrain into service with the new model.”

With this situation, Kia chose not to issue any bulletins. In fact, it’s probably better for the company’s image if it pretends that there’s nothing wrong with the motor at all. What “more” is this engine supposed to offer because it’s impossible to see it? Maybe the automaker meant it would create “more” headaches or “more” trouble.

Problems with the Suspension

Finally, it’s vital to look at the suspension of any vehicle to determine how smooth the ride will be. 

Here’s one more Edmunds review to consider. “First few days I had it I kept hearing a thump noise from the rear passenger side that had me thinking bad shock or spring. Then mysteriously it went away. Rides as if the rear end has been lowered or with front lifted because I can clearly see the front hood, which creates a left turn blind spot. Just for record I’m not a tall person.”

This is another system that Kia doesn’t want to address. Instead, all that customers get from Kia is “more” quiet and plenty of secrets.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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