Adding yet another compact crossover to its lineup, the Kia Seltos delivers the brand’s usual qualities of style and content. You can always count on a Kia to have the latest technology in an affordable package, and at a reasonable price too.
If it’s time for new tires for your Seltos, we’ve laid dow our list of the best Kia Seltos tires based on performance, tire life, price and overall value.
Kia Seltos Tire Size
Below is a list of each Kia Seltos trim level and the tire sizes available from the factory for that model.
- EX 215/55/17
- LX 215/55/17
- S 215/55/17 or 235/45/18
- SX 235/45/18
Best Tire for Kia Seltos
Michelin Defender T+H
Offering the best combination of tire life, performance and price, the Michelin Defender T+H is an easy pick as the best tire for the Kia Seltos. Handling is well above average and while braking performance in the dry is slightly less aggressive than some rival tires, there’s a good reason for that, namely, that these Michelins offer better year round performance. So when there’s water on the road or the temperature starts to drop, these tires still perform admirably while others see a more significant drop-off in grip. This is due primarily to the tread design as the tread makeup is engineered for long life. And wth an 80,000 mile warranty there’ sonly one tire that offers more.
Priced on the premium side, they aren’t prohibitively expensive by any means, so these are our easy top pick.
Best Tire for Kia Seltos (alternative)
Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring
As a runner-up to the Michelins there are a lot of tires you could select. And they all cost about 10-15% less. Included in that list are these Coopers.
The 70,000 mile warranty is still quite impressive, while we’re mostly impressed by this tire’s overall handling dynamics and fantastic braking in both the wet and dry. The reinforced shoulder blocks go a long way to add extra stability and grip when cornering.
Beyond that it’s an excellent highway tire, with a comfortable and quiet ride.
Best All-Season Tire for Kia Seltos
Goodyear Assurance Weather Ready
Never swap you tires in winter again, with this tire that’s certified for extreme winter use and wears the three-peak mountain snowflake logo on its sidewall as proof.
Year round performance is delivered in the summer months thanks to tread blocks that lock together to make for a contact patch with less flex. A unique feature for prolonged wet weather performance are water evacuation channels that widen as the tire wears.
A 60,000 mile warranty is about average, though impressive considering the modifications that have to be made to make this tire winter-ready. Pricing is on the high side, but for good reason. You don’t have to worry about winter tires again!
Longest Lasting tire for Kia Seltos
Goodyear Assurance Max Life
Keep going like the Energizer bunny. With an 85,000 mile tread life warranty, that’s the most you’ll get out of any tire for the Kia Seltos.
Beyond that, these tires do offer decent handling, solid braking performance and a quiet and comfortable ride.
They’re on the expensive side, but you won’t be buying a new set for a long, long time.
Cheapest Tire for Kia Seltos
Far and away the cheapest tire you can equip your Kia Seltos with, the Sentury Touring tire isn’t all that bad. Wet and dry braking tests deliver very solid results and large shoulder tread blocks make for decent handling. Where these tires do faulter is in colder temperatures where the rubber compound just don’t have the ability to perform.
Still, if that’s not a big concern for you, this tire’s 50,000 mile tread life warranty and price of less than $70 per tire make it extremely hard to say no to.
Best Budget Tire for Kia Seltos
Kumho Solus TA31
As it turns out, the best replacement tires for your Kia Seltos might just be new versions of the ones you’re already running. The Kumho Solus TA31 came as factory equipment on many Seltos models and for good reason. It’s a reasonably sporty tire, with impressive responsiveness and connected shoulder blocks to deliver ideal handling through the corners.
With a 60,000 mile warranty, that’s not amazing, but it’s far from bad. And costing under $100 per tire, these are a solid bargain and unlikely to disappoint the vast majority of owners.
Best Winter Tire for Kia Seltos
Bridgestone Blizzak WS90
A directional winter tire that offers exceptional grip in deep snow, impressive evacuation of slush and great grip on ice! This winter tire really does it all.
The wide center tread section gives impressive stability, while angled siping on the tread blocks offers grip under acceleration, under braking and cornering. On a microscopic level, the tire tread includes tiny pores that help wick away the thin layer of water that develops between the ice on the road and the tire, vastly improving grip.
These Bridgestones are some of the more expensive winter tires available, but we think they are definitely worth it.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Tires come on the Kia Seltos?
How Long do Kia Seltos Tires Last?
Depending on the specific tires equipped on your Kia Seltos, expect between 45,000 and 55,000 miles on a set. The standard Kumho Solua TA31+ tires don’t come with any tread life warranty but based on their UTQG rating 55,000 miles should be achievable. The more performance-focused SX model with the Majesty 9 Solus TA91 tires will wear much faster and will only last 45,000 miles – assuming proper inflation and rotation inervals.