Two of Kia's most popular models just became more expensive.
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The prices of Kia's Seltos city SUV and Sportage mid-size SUV model ranges have risen by $300 across the board for the second half of 2020.

For the Seltos, Kia says the price increase is due to varying exchange rates and cost-of-doing-business pricing, while the Sportage's price hike is in line with the car's 2021 model-year.

However, neither model has received any specification updates in line with the pricing changes.

Above: The 2020 Kia Seltos S.

Pricing for the Seltos range now starts at $25,990 plus on-road costs for the front-wheel-drive S grade, with Kia offering a national deal of $26,990 driveaway, which is $1000 more than previous driveaway pricing.

The flagship all-wheel-drive GT-Line, meanwhile, now costs $300 more than before at $41,400 plus on-road costs, or $42,990 driveaway.

An optional Safety Pack for the S and Sport grades – which adds AEB with cyclist detection and adaptive cruise control – is an extra $1000, while Kia's premium paint choices add an additional $520 to the purchase price.

Above: 2020 Kia Seltos S interior.

Meanwhile, the 2021 Sportage line-up has also risen by $300 across the board and now kicks off from $28,690 plus on-road costs for the S grade with manual transmission.

It tops out with the diesel-powered, all-wheel-drive GT-Line at $48,190 plus on-road costs. Kia is yet to share national driveaway pricing for the MY21 Sportage.

Above: The 2020 Kia Sportage SX manual.

All four Seltos grades are petrol-powered and with automatic transmission, but buyers have the choice of front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.

Front-wheel-drive Seltos S, Sport and Sport+ grades receive a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine that produces 110kW and 180Nm and is coupled to a continuously variable transmission.

Meanwhile, all-wheel-drive Sport+ and GT-Line grades feature a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 130kW and 265Nm and coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Above: The 2020 Kia Sportage S interior.

Sportage buyers have the choice of three engines – a 114kW/192Nm 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine for Si, Si Premium and SLi grades, a 135kW/237Nm, 2.4-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine in the GT-Line only and a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine producing 136kW and 400Nm across all grades.

All petrol Sportage models feature a six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels only in the Si, Si Premium and SLi models and linked to an AWD system in GT-Line. Diesel models are AWD but with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Both the Sportage and Seltos ranked in Australia's top 20 top-selling cars for July 2020.

2020 Kia Seltos prices for Australia

FWD petrol

  • S $25,990 (+$300) – $26,990 driveaway
  • Sport $28,990 (+$300) – $30,490 driveaway
  • Sport + $32,490 (+$300) – $33,990 driveaway

AWD petrol

  • Sport + $35,990 (+$300) – $37,490 driveaway
  • GT-Line $41,400 (+$300) – $42,990 driveaway

All prices exclude on-road costs.

2021 Kia Sportage prices for Australia

FWD petrol

  • S manual $28,690 (+$300)
  • S automatic $30,690 (+$300)
  • SX manual $30,790 (+$300)
  • SX automatic $32,790 (+$300)
  • SX+ $37,990 (+$300)

AWD diesel

  • S $36,090 (+$300)
  • SX $38,190 (+$300)
  • SX+ $43,390 (+$300)
  • GT-Line $48,190 (+$300)

AWD petrol

  • GT-Line $45,290 (+$300)