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I am considering the Seltos for my next car. As an ExPat living in Mexico, I have to get rid of my foreign plated car this year, so I have been looking at my options in Mexico. For the last five years I have driven a Subrau Forestor. Before that I had a Kia Sportage SX. No complaints on either vehicle. What I’m wondering about is how the Seltos will handle cobblestone streets? The Forestor’s shocks wore out quicker driving on the cobblestones but a new set of shocks resolved the problem. But I know suspensions take a beating on these streets. Also, what about road noise. My Subaru is quite noisy on rough terrain. Finally, I plan to purchase the SX version, what is the fuel economy like on the Highway? Looking forward to taking a test drive in February but it’s always great to hear from current owners!

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I am considering the Seltos for my next car. As an ExPat living in Mexico, I have to get rid of my foreign plated car this year, so I have been looking at my options in Mexico. For the last five years I have driven a Subrau Forestor. Before that I had a Kia Sportage SX. No complaints on either vehicle. What I’m wondering about is how the Seltos will handle cobblestone streets? The Forestor’s shocks wore out quicker driving on the cobblestones but a new set of shocks resolved the problem. But I know suspensions take a beating on these streets. Also, what about road noise. My Subaru is quite noisy on rough terrain. Finally, I plan to purchase the SX version, what is the fuel economy like on the Highway? Looking forward to taking a test drive in February but it’s always great to hear from current owners!

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Last November, I moved from a 16 Sorento to a new SX Seltos, and definitely haven't regretted it. Gas mileage is good, but I can't give you specific numbers. It has a stiff suspension, but having less than 500 miles on mine, no idea about the life of the shocks. Road noise is so-so, however. I'm planning to put sound deadening mats in mine to reduce that greatly. Since this is easily fixed with a little effort and a few hundred dollars, I wouldn't consider it a reason NOT to buy one, though. I've done research into methods and products, so if you decide to buy, I can give you some links.'

I'm very very happy with my Seltos.
 

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I've only driven about 1500 miles in mine so I don't have too much insight into longevity. I will say that I'm coming from an 07' Jeep Compass and by comparison the ride to me is indeed smoother but still stiff when it needs to be. Sometimes it will absorb bumps quite handedly other times it does hit with a bit of a harder bounce, just depends on size of bump and speed of travel. I wouldn't call the ride super quiet although it's 10x better than my Compass was. I had to crank the audio just to get over road noise where here I can listen to it just fine even at low volume. I can't give any direct experience for cobblestone but I would bet you'll feel it a bit in the Seltos as the suspension isn't floaty. Highway I seem to average about 25mpg in my SX and I seem to be around 23mpg combined on average. I do more city driving than highway.
I would say do some research into the transmission (DCT) and it's characteristics if you're unfamiliar with that style. It's very responsive and fun to drive but defiantly is less friendly if you spend A LOT of time in heavy traffic or if you find yourself needing to climb hills slowly. I live in the mountains on NC and haven't had any issues but I have seen the temp rise a decent bit in a few situations. Lack of available parts is also a small concern at the current moment but I think that'll be less of an issue a few years down the road, it's a brand new model and I think it's going to be pretty popular seeing what all you can get for a pretty decent price tag. My biggest plus was the amount of cargo space in the Seltos without needing to go into a larger size vehicle.
I'm enjoying the drive more and more each day and am extremely happy with my purchase (I had 30 cars on a list to look at and this is the one I ended up liking the most).
 

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Install it under the floor coverings, in the door panels and where else you can get to. It's going to be a lot of work
 
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