Kia Seltos and Kia Sportage: What Is The Difference?

New Kia Seltos

New Kia Sportage

At Danbury Kia, you're going to find multiple SUVs in our new Kia lineup, and for those looking at smaller options, both the Kia Seltos and Kia Sportage provide you with two choices. The key is deciding what is right for you, and the team here is happy to help as we invite you in to our dealership to explore the different options, and have put together a comparison to help you determine which one among the Seltos and Sportage makes the most sense for your driving needs.

2021 Kia Seltos vs. 2021 Kia Sportage: An Overview

One thing that is important to note is that both vehicles provide seating for five, and space onboard. The Kia Sportage offers a little more room for cargo than the Seltos. Both are standouts for everyday commutes, but with the Sportage, you're looking at a smooth driver that can take you where you need to be, while the Seltos does the same, but also offers capability that provides you with the added element of adventure, as it is built to handle some tough terrain off the path as well.

With each, you're still going to find standout design from the exterior styling which makes both look unique. The Sportage offers a rounded and smooth profile while the Seltos provides a boxy shape. Climb inside and you'll find there are many similar features available too.


Seltos Dashboard

Sportage Dashboard

New Kia Seltos vs. New Kia Sportage: Interior Space

The Sportage is a larger vehicle by size as it is just about four and a half inches longer. This gives you more rear cargo space and room, but both vehicles are quite similar in their overall space onboard. The Kia Sportage has more space in the cargo area behind the second row of seats with 30.7 cubic feet compared to the Seltos' 26.6 cubic feet. For the rest, the head room, shoulder room, hip room and leg room are all comparable, and only within an inch or two of one another meaning you and your passengers are able to be comfortable and you also have the space to fold down these rear seats and get in more gear or shopping items too.

Kia Seltos and Kia Sportage: Technology and Safety

With both SUVs, you'll find similar technology and safety features. This includes:

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ on a standard eight-inch display (Seltos has an options 10.25-inch display)
  • Wireless phone charging pad
  • Premium sound systems available on selected trims

As for safety, you're going to find both the Seltos and the Sportage have plenty of driver assistance options to keep you safe on the road, such as:

  • Forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian protection
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Driver attention warning
  • Blind spot collision warning
  • Rear cross traffic collision warning
  • Smart cruise control with stop and go
  • Highway driving assist

Kia Seltos vs. Kia Sportage: Performance

Both the Seltos and the Sportage offer two different engine options. Each are gas powered, and each has a turbocharged engine. Your choices are as follows:

Kia Seltos Engines

  • A 2.0-liter inline-four with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque
  • A 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four with 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque

Kia Sportage Engines

  • A 2.4-liter inline-four with 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque
  • A turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque

Relative to both vehicle's sizes, these engine choices give you ample power to drive around Danbury as well as Newtown, Ridgefield and New Milford knowing you have the ability to smoothly ride, gain enough speed on city roads or the highways, and with the Seltos, take a trip off the path too.

Learn More About the New Kia Seltos and Sportage Today

Our team here at Danbury Kia serving those across the state like in Patterson, Carmel and Dutches County, NY would be happy to provide more insight and answer your questions on the Seltos and Sportage and arrange a test drive with you soon.


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