Living in Liberty Village, Rose Cosico had always rented cars when she needed access to a vehicle. However, when the Government of Ontario employee and her partner, Grant Wilson, moved to Grimsby in September she knew she had to purchase a car. Between their move, preparing for the need to return to the office for hybrid work, and moonlighting as a group exercise instructor at GoodLife Fitness, Cosico needed something practical to get around on a permanent basis.
Cosico recalled both parties being impressed with the Kia Forte from an earlier rental experience, with Wilson mentioning it’s a top choice if they ever consider purchasing a car. One of the main factors was comfort: Even though the vehicle would be mainly driven by Cosico, it would also have to fit Wilson – who stands at a lofty six foot two – and always found his knees bumping into the steering wheel or glove compartment.
Heading online to examine Kia’s fleet, they were pleased to spot the Seltos, the brand’s newest addition. Curious about the model, they set appointments at a couple dealerships to test drive the car. When they went to pick up their rental at Enterprise, they were serendipitously given a Kia Seltos to drive for the day. Rolling into Grimsby Kia with their rental Seltos, they were met with a few confused stares, but it was – as they say – written in the stars.
Here, Cosico tells us why she loves her 2022 Kia Seltos EX.
“This is my first car lease,” said Cosico. “I thought it was the perfect option because when I rented, I had the luxury of always changing cars. Our lease is four years, which I think is a long commitment with the same car. [Laughs] There’s the option to buy out, which is most likely going to happen because Grant wants to keep this car. He really likes the car. But knowing me, I’m probably going to want to change it.
“We got the EX, which is the middle tier option. It comes with a sunroof – which was pretty important for us — heated seats, and safety features like a rear camera for blind spot protection. This subcompact SUV was a fit for us because it was within our budget and is the package the rental companies always had whenever we rented the car, which is more than enough for us. There’s a fancier package above it, but we’re happy.
“The customer service at both Kia dealerships I had gone to were exceptional too. They were very accommodating, especially with the stuff that we were looking for. I had my heart set on the 2022, not the 2021, because they refreshed their brand, and I liked their new redesigned logo. So, everything was perfect.
Another consideration for Cosico and Wilson was the vehicle’s performance in the coming winter months.
“The All-Wheel Drive was a pretty important feature for us considering we’re in the Greenbelt. We had to make sure that if we have to go back downtown or if the GO train station’s not built, we can at least drive over the Burlington Skyway Bridge. I know it sounds funny, but that gets really bad when it’s windy, rainy, snowy or icy, so we wanted to get a car that could handle those conditions. One of my favourite features, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but in addition to heated seats, you’ve got a heated steering wheel, so you don’t have to worry about your hands being cold while operating the vehicle! I didn’t know how amazing it was, but I used it the other day because it was cold and it’s quite lovely.
“But what I found interesting — because it’s not really a big car (Kia considers it a subcompact SUV) – was that my insurance couldn’t find the car and classified it as a truck. Kia has SUVs in their fleet, so this was surprising. Maybe it’s because it’s really new, but that made a difference in my premiums. The thing that helped is that I don’t live in the city anymore. [Despite] that, the monthly leasing cost and insurance still fall within our budget.”
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Renée S. Suen is a Toronto-based lifestyle writer/photographer and a freelance contributor for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @rssuen
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“Grant has an Android device, and I have an iPhone. The one thing that surprised me is how Apple CarPlay can connect to both devices. I can be using my Google Maps and Grant can put on his Spotify playlist at the same time. Every time I rented a car, I never connected my personal device, but now that we have our own car, seeing how it transitions seamlessly is pretty cool. We just don’t know whose device it will pick up if anyone calls us [at the same time]. [Laughs]”
“When I got the car, I put all the features on to see what I liked and what I can live without. I love the Lane Keeping Assist, especially for night driving. I think we are really spoiled when you live in the city – there’s a lot of light. But around when you’re on side or service roads around here, it’s not really lit; sometimes in the dark it gets tough to see because the lanes haven’t been touched up. So for night driving in not well-lit areas the Lane Keeping Assist is neat because it pulls you back in the lane. But I turned it off because it’s a feature I’m not used to.”
“We got it also for the size. It’s our first car and we kind of knew that we were going to be using it for buying furniture and this and that. Plus, I needed a car that fits Grant comfortably without him hitting the roof or hitting his knees on the glove compartment. It’s those little things, right? So, we found a happy medium.”
As longtime car renters, Rose Cosico and Grant Wilson enjoyed their experiences with the Kia. When it came time to purchase their first vehicle, the 2022 Kia Seltos EX fit all their practical needs.
In addition to having a sunroof, Cosico notes that comfort and space was another key factor behind their purchasing decision given Wilson’s tall stature.
The couple’s recent move to Grimsby meant they needed a practical vehicle that worked with their budget. They found their solution with the Kia Seltos.
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