2021 Kia Seltos Vs. 2020 Hyundai Kona

2021 Kia Seltos Vs. Hyundai Kona comparison with split screen

Brand-new to the already-dynamic Kia lineup, the upcoming 2021 Kia Seltos promises fun and capability in a small SUV. It’s up against a growing class too that is targeted at drivers who have a need for an efficient vehicle with a small footprint during the week and a capable SUV that can take them places on the weekend.

One of those vehicles that the 2021 Kia Seltos is up against is the Hyundai Kona. The unique relationship between Kia and Hyundai mean the vehicles frequently share engines, platforms and more. Where they diverge, however, is the most interesting and compelling points between these two subcompact SUVs. Let’s compare those points and see which model is stronger for the segment.

2021 Kia Seltos


2020 Hyundai Kona

2 (175 horsepower) Engine options (top horsepower) 2 (175 horsepower)
Dyanmax™ All-Wheel Drive Standard drive layout Front-wheel drive
Yes – Standard Smooth and efficient IVT transmission? No – Auto standard
41.4 inches/38 inches Legroom (front/rear) 41.5 inches/34.6 inches
26.6 cubic feet/62.8 cubic feet Cargo space (seats down/folded) 19.2 cubic feet/45.8 cubic feet
Yes – standard Reclining rear seats No
8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Standard infotainment 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

Anything But Too-Close-to-Call in Subcompact SUV Matchup Between Related Brands

The above chart really illustrates the different approaches Hyundai and Kia take with their entries in the burgeoning subcompact SUV class. For Hyundai, it seems to be strictly about value and being the lowest-priced model in the segment, a feat we will not know they’ve achieved until Kia releases pricing for the 2021 Kia Seltos.

For Kia, however, it’s all about “giving it everything,” and living up to their motto. With the upcoming 2021 Kia Seltos, Kia provides standard all-wheel drive, a smooth-shifting IVT in place of the traditional automatic transmission and a larger infotainment screen.

Despite the models being of similar size, the 2021 Kia Seltos is also larger inside for passengers and cargo. Sure, front-row occupants may suffer through the tragedy of one-tenth of an inch less than they would in the 2020 Hyundai Kona, but that’s more than made up for by the enormous rear seat that reclines.

For those looking for a vehicle that prioritizes capability also, the 2021 Kia Seltos is a third bigger than the 2020 Hyundai Kona, pushing its capacity into the larger compact SUV segment and ensuring less has to stay at home.

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