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I know this is an old topic but wanted to clarify that I have the "S" model and it does NOT have the PUSH BUTTON START, or the PROXIMITY KEY FOB, nor does it have the BUTTON on the outside door handle. I had all these features on my previous Challenger & outside door handle button was a great option but they also allowed the lock button inside the car to work.

Unfortunately, Kia really screwed up on disabling the inside door lock button after parking your car. Every morning, I get to work & exit my car carrying my coffee, breakfast tacos, & Laptop. Every freaking day, have to walk to the front of the car, set down my coffee, just to pull out my keys and lock the door. If it as only once in a blue moon it would be fine, but I find myself always carrying something out of the are & always fumbling for the key fob.

Anyone ever found a work-around?
Ok I just looked up the spec of the S model and I would half to agree in your case with the s model that is screwed up.
 

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Interesting. I didn’t read through everything in the post since the door locks work to my satisfaction and notice no difference from any other modern car we’ve owned. That and I got a bit confused so couldn’t understand the issue.
There are settings, though, that can be changed to your preference such as having only the drivers side door unlock/lock or all 4 at first press. I always set it at all.
If the locks work differently than other cars we haven’t noticed.
 

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Someone asked for images of my Seltos with NO push button start & no outside door handle “lock” button. Images attached.

Summary: Park car, as you exit vehicle, lock button on door is disabled, only way to lock doors is button on keychain. Very difficult when you are carrying stuff & cannot be locked until you shut the door. Requires you to set your stuff on the hood of the car so you can lock the door and go on.
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I deleted that post sry, I looked up the spec's on s model and realized it doesn't have any of those options :(
 

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No worries, just wanted to share the information, as it seems most people with the "Higher end" version of Seltos don't have that issue, as they most likely have push button start & lock button outside the door.

Tomorrow, I am installing Lumbar Support and a Roof mount LED light. Since I'll be messing with the fuse box, if I have time, I'll see if there's a workaround for those who have my same door lock issue. Also, I might adventure to check out the "Auto Stop/Start Engine" button, to see if it can be permanently set to "disabled" by default. Although it's good for fuel economy, I am told it's not good for your Starter but also really only because it's annoying. My thought would be to have it disabled by default and by pushing the button it turns it on. Basically the opposite of what it does today. Will see....
 

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Someone asked for images of my Seltos with NO push button start & no outside door handle “lock” button. Images attached.

Summary: Park car, as you exit vehicle, lock button on door is disabled, only way to lock doors is button on keychain. Very difficult when you are carrying stuff & cannot be locked until you shut the door. Requires you to set your stuff on the hood of the car so you can lock the door and go on. View attachment 622 View attachment 623
Blake- I have the same model seltos as you and the exact same complaint. I took my car to the dealership where I bought it last week and they were just as perplexed as I was why the door lock button wouldn't work. They initially told me bc the car is so new they haven't worked out all the kinks. Then they messed around with trying to get it to lock (just as I did myself before bringing it in) and realized that it doesn't work as we would like it to. They then called some kia specialist and they said it's a safety feature. To me, it's a pretty stupid safety feature. They said "sorry, you have to use the key fob the lock your doors...." 🙄 I hope they do come up with a work around bc like most everyone else, I have tons of crap in my hands for work and now I have to make sure I keep my keys in my hand, shut the door and try to juggle everything without dropping just to lock the dang doors. Super annoying.
 
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