It’s a smaller sized SUV and you would think that means mounting a phone, tablet or GPS will be difficult, but surprisingly that’s not the case. We have previously looked at a few Kia SUVS including the Kia Sorento which proved to be equally easy to find good mounting spots.
The biggest impediment to mounting anything in this vehicle is the extended display console. It blocks the dash enough to rule that location out. It also makes the windshield a bit challenging but not impossible. The middle vents are horizontal and could make a good option. There is no CD player so that’s out. The cup holders might be ok but this is a small vehicle so aren’t likely to work too well. The seat bolt mounts are accessible and can be used as a mounting location for a tablet.
Now, let’s take a look at a few specific mounts that should work well in the Kia Seltos. The attached photo is from the interior of a 2021 model.
Windshield and Vent Mount Recommendations for a Kia Seltos
A good spot for a smartphone or GPS will be the center air vents. The center vents are in a great position because they are within eye level and easy to reach. You will want to rotate the phone into landscape mode to avoid blacking the view of the extended center console display.
The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount is one that we have recommended for other Kia models and will do it again here. The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can be used to hold most phone models with or without a case or skin. It has a ball and socket so the cradle swivels into any orientation. This mount will work on flat vent slats that are 3/8 to 1 inch deep. The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches which is fairly large.
The Kia Seltos supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so using an app like Waze from your phone will work quite effectively. However for Garmin purists, the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can also be used. All Garmin vehicle GPS devices made over the past ten years include a custom cradle that has a 17mm socket on the back. Remove the cradle from the Jelly-Grip mount and you have a 17mm ball. Just snap the Garmin cradle onto the Jelly-Grip mount minus the cradle and your GPS can be mounted to the air vent.
We did a full review of the Square Jellyfish mount awhile back and it’s worth reading for more information.
A windshield mount will work fine in a Kia Seltos but must be positioned to avoid that big center display while ensuring you maintain a clear view of the road.
Consider the Arkon Ultra Slim Grip Suction Mount which has an expandable cradle that opens to almost 7 inches. Unlike the vent mount just discussed, this one uses a cradle that holds the phone from the top and bottom. The legs can separate to allow connection of the USB-C cable. The accompanying suction attachment can be adjusted in the middle for the best view.
Other Mount Recommendations for a Kia Seltos
A small to midsize tablet can be mounted using a seat bolt mount. This location is not well suited for apps that need to be referenced while driving. For apps that can be setup prior to driving and don’t need to be referenced while driving, the seat bolt is worth consideration.
Consider the Arkon 22″ Seat Bolt and Floor Mount for Tablets. These mounts feature a claw at the bottom that attaches to the seat bolt. The best location will be the passenger seat bolt located on the left side of the passenger seat. Follow the manufacturer directions and be sure to use a wrench or pliers to tighten the bolt back into place tightly.
If looking to entertain the back seat riders with a tablet or smartphone, consider a headrest mount. We covered a variety of head rest mounts in our article entitled Car Headrest Mounts for Tablets, Phones or Cameras.