There’s an interesting aspect of automotive reporting and news that seemingly ignores the most popular segments out there. For instance, the compact crossover segment isn’t typically one where you find 400-horsepower engines, 0-60 times in the 3-second range or 8,000 lbs. of towing capacity. Crossovers did, however, make up 40.8% of automotive sales in 2019. So, it’s important to pay attention to it.
Today, we’re looking at a class that has exploded in popularity due to its ability to balance weekday comfort with weekend capability. The subcompact crossover space has grown astronomically in the last few years. The release of the upcoming 2021 Kia Seltos can attest to this. Up against the 2021 Kia Seltos today is the 2020 Ford EcoSport, another newer model. Let’s see how they compare!
2021 Kia Seltos
2020 Ford EcoSport
|2.0-liter 4-cylinder (146)||Base engine (horsepower)||1.0-liter 3-cylinder (123)|
|1.6-liter turbo (175)||Available engine (horsepower)||2.0-liter 4-cylinder (166)|
|29 EPA-estimated||Combined MPG for base model||28 EPA-estimated|
|8-inch standard||Infotainment system||4.2-inch standard|
|Standard||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||Available|
|Yes||Reclining rear seats?||No|
|26.6 cubic feet/62.8 cubic feet||Cargo space (seats up/folded)||20.9 cubic feet/50 cubic feet|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
|$21,990||MSRP starts at||$19,995 (FWD)/$21,590 (AWD)|
Although the Kia Seltos starts a bit higher for MSRP, the difference in comfort, capability, convenience and coolness can’t be understated. The second you upgrade your 2020 Ford EcoSport to an all-wheel-drive model, it’s pretty close.
From the inside out, the 2021 Kia Seltos is a completely different vehicle with an objectively better handle on sportiness and comfort. It’s big but not cumbersome. It’s got plenty of space inside (almost 25% more cargo volume) but still gets better fuel efficiency even with its standard all-wheel drive.
Inside, it’s a refreshing and luxurious experience compared to the Spartan EcoSport. The 2021 Kia Seltos features standard amenities like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, reclining rear seats and a decadent 8-inch, full-color, high-definition touchscreen – none of which are standard on the 2020 Ford EcoSport.
Finally, as a member of Kia’s award-winning lineup, you’ll also find confidence in your 2021 Kia Seltos courtesy of an industry-best 10-year/100,000-mile warranty for the engine/powertrain and 5-year/60,000-mile warranty for the rest. Both of these coverage periods beat out those offered on the Ford EcoSport by as much as 100%.
If you’re in the market for a reliable small SUV, Kia has it with the Kia Seltos. If you’re looking for the best dealer experience available, you’ll find it at Friendly Kia.