2021 Kia Seltos Vs. 2020 Buick Encore GX

Yellow 2021 Kia Seltos and white 2020 Buick Encore GX

Subcompact SUVs offer drivers the perfect balance of capability and smooth handling in a perfectly sized package. This ever-growing genre of vehicles is changing the game in the automotive world and bringing more and more drivers over to the SUV side. Kia has recently amped up its subcompact SUV presence with the addition of the 2021 Kia Seltos.

The 2021 Seltos is bringing the fun-to-drive spirit of the Kia brand together with a fully capable build and package. This adventure-ready subcompact SUV is about to take the market by storm, taking down each competitor one by one. This 2021 Kia Seltos vs 2020 Buick Encore GX comparison is going to take a look how the Seltos stacks up against another new member of the automotive market to see who comes out on top. Keep reading to find out!

2021 Kia Seltos


2020 Buick Encore GX

$21,990 Starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price $24,100
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (146) Base engine (horsepower) ECOTEC 1.2-liter Turbo (137)
1.6-liter turbo (175) Available engine (horsepower) ECOTEC 1.3-liter Turbo (155)
8-inch color touchscreen Base infotainment system 8-inch color touchscreen
Standard on all trims Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ Standard on all trims
26.6 cubic feet / 62.8 cubic feet Cargo space (seats up/folded) 23.5 cubic / 50.2 cubic feet
12 available colors Exterior color options 9 available colors
10 years/100,000 miles Powertrain warranty 5 years/60,000 miles

Sporty Seltos Rises High Above Luxury-Priced Encore GX

Not only does the 2021 Kia Seltos start off at a lower MSRP than the competing 2020 Buick Encore GX, but the standard and available amenities propel the Seltos even further ahead of the competition. The Seltos comes standard with an impressive lineup of comfort and convenience features with a powerful engine to back it up. The 2020 Encore GX offers a notable lineup of features, however, its price makes it hard to justify.

The sporty and adventure-set 2021 Seltos comes packed with a 146-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired to an Intelligent Variable Transmission. The available 1.6-liter turbo engine takes the power capabilities of the Seltos up a notch, pumping out 175 horsepower on the road. The competing Encore GX is fitted with a less powerful standard engine than the Seltos and its available upgraded engine still falls short of the power the Seltos can provide.

In terms of style and personality, the 2021 Kia Seltos knocks it out of the park. With 12 available color options to choose from, four different interiors, and three wheel options, the Seltos hits all of its marks. The Kia Seltos not only offers single-tone paint options but also two-tone variants that are guaranteed to catch eyes and win hearts. The paint palette for the 2021 Seltos includes Black Cherry, Snow White Pearl, Steel Gray, Gravity Gray, Mars Orange, Neptune Blue, Dark Ocean Blue, Starbright Yellow, Dark Ocean Blue/Clear White, Dark Ocean Blue/Black Cherry, Starbright Yellow/Black Cherry, and Clear White/Black Cherry.

For additional information on the 2021 Kia Seltos or its availability in the Tampa Bay area, contact a member of our team at Friendly Kia today!