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That is correct but that is what the original poster required "I am an avid mountain biker and would like to get a platform hitch bike rack "
Good point! :LOL:

I do wonder, however, how often people accidentally overload Cl 1 hitches with cargo shelves. Those things can take a lot of cargo and could easily surpass tongue weight if not careful!

Here's the Curt Class one installed on my Seltos. No cutting or trimming required. Tows my utility trailer like there's nothing there.
K-ville, that hitch setup looks deadly! Now you've got me wanting to get a hitch sooner than I was planning :D. SO will not be pleased ;).
 

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Very interested to hear what they tell you! Thanks for keeping us (me) updated.

I checked out kiasoulforums.com and found quite a few discussions on this topic. People there have received a variety of information from Kia US, their dealerships, and mechanics. Kia seems to stick to the recommendation in the manual. According to forum members, at least, dealerships don't seem to have a problem with it, even when it comes to warranty replacement/repair of transmissions that may have been damaged as a result of taking it too far. And mechanics seem to be pretty common sense about it - stick to a reasonable limit, and don't drive like an idiot on the road ('2x the stopping distance with no trailer brakes!'). The main recommendations for the vehicle itself seem to be that if you plan on going into very hilly terrain or very long distances, consider a beefed-up transmission cooler and upgraded front brakes.

I don't have the need right now, but I am planning on getting a small ute trailer for my Seltos to help with small renovations, landscaping, etc. Look forward to trying it out!
This is KIA response for what its worth ( To tow a trailer you would have to install a hitch. This would involve an alteration or a modification that may affect operational systems of your vehicle. This would not be covered under the vehicle’s warranty (see page 8 under “What is Not Covered”).
 

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This is KIA response for what its worth ( To tow a trailer you would have to install a hitch. This would involve an alteration or a modification that may affect operational systems of your vehicle. This would not be covered under the vehicle’s warranty (see page 8 under “What is Not Covered”).
That's an interesting reply, because it's a direct bolt-on hitch to the brackets that are already part of the vehicle. There is no modification or alteration required. In fact, the hitch that KIA sells, bolts onto the same bracket as the Curt hitch.
Also, if you download the PDF of the owners manual and search for towing, there are numerous references to "When towing a vehicle or trailer". They want owners to know that safety systems, like rear cross traffic alert and such, will not operate properly when a trailer is in place. There are idiot owners who will hook up a 24 ft camper trailer and wonder why their transmission burned up, but I have no worries about my little utility trailer and a trip to the lumber yard or the dump.
The Seltos will tell you if your transmission is overheating, long before you do any damage. You can see the warning in this uphill test which starts at 10:10 in this video
 

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Ya I don't see any worries, insurance is good with it, DOT doesn't seem to care and warranty not covered if you do something stupid. Other than Insurance, the DOT and KIA were pretty gray .
 

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k-ville, did you install it or have someone do it for you?
I had my local utility trailer guy install it.

One last point that I forgot to mention above.
From the Seltos manual:
Vehicle capacity weight:
390 kg (860 lbs.)
Vehicle capacity weight is the maximum
combined weight of occupants
and cargo. If your vehicle is equipped
with a trailer, the combined weight
includes the tongue load.

The Seltos is still pretty new, so not much info on the internet about towing, but the Soul has similar specs and there are hundreds of pics and posts about people towing with it with no issues.

Good video on the Soul towing a 2300 lb U-haul across the US.
 

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Hi K-ville, I saw your post about installing a hitch receiver on the Seltos and that you didn't have to do any cutting/trimming. The only one I've been able to find so far (besides from the dealer) is from Curt (Class 1 Trailer Hitch, 1-1/4" Receiver, Select Kia Seltos), but it says it requires some underbody trimming. Can I ask which hitch you installed? Thanks!

Here's the Curt Class one installed on my Seltos. No cutting or trimming required. Tows my utility trailer like there's nothing there.
When the trailer is connected, I can stand on the hitch - I'm 240lbs - and the Seltos barely flexes.
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Hi K-ville, I saw your post about installing a hitch receiver on the Seltos and that you didn't have to do any cutting/trimming. The only one I've been able to find so far (besides from the dealer) is from Curt (Class 1 Trailer Hitch, 1-1/4" Receiver, Select Kia Seltos), but it says it requires some underbody trimming. Can I ask which hitch you installed? Thanks!
That's the one I had installed and on my EX Premium and no trimming was required. Maybe different models have slightly different requirements?
 

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Hi K-ville, I saw your post about installing a hitch receiver on the Seltos and that you didn't have to do any cutting/trimming. The only one I've been able to find so far (besides from the dealer) is from Curt (Class 1 Trailer Hitch, 1-1/4" Receiver, Select Kia Seltos), but it says it requires some underbody trimming. Can I ask which hitch you installed? Thanks!
Hello, I have the SX and installed the curt hitch, had to do minor trim, not a big deal at all to do.
 

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Super, thanks to both of you for the replies! I have the EX Premium trim, so perhaps I'll give that one a try.
 

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Looks like a fun challenge :)
The tricky part for me was holding the bolt after removing fish wire to start the nut without pushing bolt back through frame, other than that its very simple. Installing trailer wire kit actually took more time.
 

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Did you order the kit on amazon.ca? I would like to haul a little trailer too.
 

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Did you order the kit on amazon.ca? I would like to haul a little trailer too.
Purchased the Curt Trailer hitch from online U haul $163.00 CAD (took a couple weeks to come from USA) no tax or shipping fee :) .Plug and play trailer wiring CURT 56442 from RockAuto $99.00 CAD Tax and shipping (took two days)
 

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Right, and I definitely want to get a small utility trailer like you're describing, but what does that mean, legally speaking, that the manufacturer doesn't recommend it? Does it affect insurance while towing? Warranty?

Thanks! I'm quite curious about and grateful for others experience and knowledge here
2021 Kia Seltos Towing Capacity
The 2021 Kia Seltos gets a 2-liter Inline 4 under the hood that makes 146 hp @ 6200 rpm and 132 lb-ft. @ 4500 rpm of torque. The truck can tow a total of 2800 lbs. and has a Payload capacity of - lbs., that means, you can tow your everyday gigs with comfort and ease.

The Kia also offers a bigger and more potent 1.6-liter Inline 4 that spills out 175 hp @ 6000 rpm. It comes paired with a 7-speed auto-shift Manual that helps to throw out the total available torque of 195 lb-ft. @ 1500 rpm for even higher towing capacity. The 2021 Kia Seltos equipped with this engine offers a Payload capacity of 2800 lbs. and can tow a maximum of - lbs.
2021 Kia Seltos Towing Capacity
Trim NameTowing CapacityCurb Weight
LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)2800 lbs.2948 lbs.
S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)2800 lbs.3087 lbs.
S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)2800 lbs.3087 lbs.
EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)2800 lbs.3087 lbs.
S 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl 7AM)2800 lbs.3317 lbs.
SX 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl 7AM)2800 lbs.2890 - 3358 lbs.
Used Kia Seltos for Sale
The 2021 Kia Seltos is one of the most capable one in its class that offers a total towing capacity of 2800 lbs. and has a Payload capacity of - lbs. However, it falls short of the 2021 Hyundai Kona that boasts a segment-leading towing figure of 5000 lbs. and payload capacity of 999 - 1105 lbs. The 2021 Kia Seltos even weighs less than the 2021 Hyundai Kona but it still fails to take advantage of its lower curb weight.,
2021 Kia Seltos vs. Competitor's Towing Capacity
Car NameTowing CapacityPayload CapacityCurb Weight
2021 Kia Seltos2800 lbs.-2948 - 3317 lbs.
2021 Honda HR-V2959 lbs.1024 - 1100 lbs.2763 - 3142 lbs.
2021 Chevrolet Trax1263 lbs.1095 - 1263 lbs.3124 - 3292 lbs.
2021 Hyundai Kona5000 lbs.999 - 1105 lbs.2890 - 3358 lbs.
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Thank you so much for the info. I'll check it out.
2021 Kia Seltos Towing Capacity
The 2021 Kia Seltos gets a 2-liter Inline 4 under the hood that makes 146 hp @ 6200 rpm and 132 lb-ft. @ 4500 rpm of torque. The truck can tow a total of 2800 lbs. and has a Payload capacity of - lbs., that means, you can tow your everyday gigs with comfort and ease.

The Kia also offers a bigger and more potent 1.6-liter Inline 4 that spills out 175 hp @ 6000 rpm. It comes paired with a 7-speed auto-shift Manual that helps to throw out the total available torque of 195 lb-ft. @ 1500 rpm for even higher towing capacity. The 2021 Kia Seltos equipped with this engine offers a Payload capacity of 2800 lbs. and can tow a maximum of - lbs.
2021 Kia Seltos Towing Capacity
Trim NameTowing CapacityCurb Weight
LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)2800 lbs.2948 lbs.
S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)2800 lbs.3087 lbs.
S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)2800 lbs.3087 lbs.
EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)2800 lbs.3087 lbs.
S 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl 7AM)2800 lbs.3317 lbs.
SX 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl 7AM)2800 lbs.2890 - 3358 lbs.
Used Kia Seltos for Sale
The 2021 Kia Seltos is one of the most capable one in its class that offers a total towing capacity of 2800 lbs. and has a Payload capacity of - lbs. However, it falls short of the 2021 Hyundai Kona that boasts a segment-leading towing figure of 5000 lbs. and payload capacity of 999 - 1105 lbs. The 2021 Kia Seltos even weighs less than the 2021 Hyundai Kona but it still fails to take advantage of its lower curb weight.,
2021 Kia Seltos vs. Competitor's Towing Capacity
Car NameTowing CapacityPayload CapacityCurb Weight
2021 Kia Seltos2800 lbs.-2948 - 3317 lbs.
2021 Honda HR-V2959 lbs.1024 - 1100 lbs.2763 - 3142 lbs.
2021 Chevrolet Trax1263 lbs.1095 - 1263 lbs.3124 - 3292 lbs.
2021 Hyundai Kona5000 lbs.999 - 1105 lbs.2890 - 3358 lbs.
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2021 Kia Seltos Towing Capacity
The 2021 Kia Seltos gets a 2-liter Inline 4 under the hood that makes 146 hp @ 6200 rpm and 132 lb-ft. @ 4500 rpm of torque. The truck can tow a total of 2800 lbs. and has a Payload capacity of - lbs., that means, you can tow your everyday gigs with comfort and ease.

The Kia also offers a bigger and more potent 1.6-liter Inline 4 that spills out 175 hp @ 6000 rpm. It comes paired with a 7-speed auto-shift Manual that helps to throw out the total available torque of 195 lb-ft. @ 1500 rpm for even higher towing capacity. The 2021 Kia Seltos equipped with this engine offers a Payload capacity of 2800 lbs. and can tow a maximum of - lbs.
2021 Kia Seltos Towing Capacity
Trim NameTowing CapacityCurb Weight
LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)2800 lbs.2948 lbs.
S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)2800 lbs.3087 lbs.
S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)2800 lbs.3087 lbs.
EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)2800 lbs.3087 lbs.
S 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl 7AM)2800 lbs.3317 lbs.
SX 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl 7AM)2800 lbs.2890 - 3358 lbs.
Used Kia Seltos for Sale
The 2021 Kia Seltos is one of the most capable one in its class that offers a total towing capacity of 2800 lbs. and has a Payload capacity of - lbs. However, it falls short of the 2021 Hyundai Kona that boasts a segment-leading towing figure of 5000 lbs. and payload capacity of 999 - 1105 lbs. The 2021 Kia Seltos even weighs less than the 2021 Hyundai Kona but it still fails to take advantage of its lower curb weight.,
2021 Kia Seltos vs. Competitor's Towing Capacity
Car NameTowing CapacityPayload CapacityCurb Weight
2021 Kia Seltos2800 lbs.-2948 - 3317 lbs.
2021 Honda HR-V2959 lbs.1024 - 1100 lbs.2763 - 3142 lbs.
2021 Chevrolet Trax1263 lbs.1095 - 1263 lbs.3124 - 3292 lbs.
2021 Hyundai Kona5000 lbs.999 - 1105 lbs.2890 - 3358 lbs.
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Hey Steve, I'm curious did you find that info on a NA site ?
 
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