2021 Kia Seltos vs 2020 Kia Sportage

Yellow 2021 Kia Seltos and red 2020 Kia Sportage

Drivers everywhere are making the decision every day to make the switch from traditional sedans to a convenient compact crossover. Crossovers have quickly risen to the top spot in the automotive market and Kia continues to deliver reliable and versatile crossover models. The latest model to join the Kia lineup is the 2021 Kia Seltos, adding yet another option for shoppers to choose from.

When searching for a new Kia crossover, shoppers have more than one option to choose from. One of the top models in the Kia lineup continues to be the Kia Sportage and many shoppers are finding themselves stuck between the Seltos and the 2020 Sportage. In this comparison guide from Friendly Kia we are going to break down the similarities and differences between the 2021 Kia Seltos and the 2020 Kia Sportage. Keep reading to learn more about these two Kia crossovers or click the link below to view our lineup of in-stock Kia models at Friendly Kia.

2021 Kia Seltos


2020 Kia Sportage

2.0-liter engine Base Engine 2.4-liter engine
1.6-liter Turbo engine Available Engine 2.0-liter engine
147 horsepower – 175 horsepower Power Specs 181 horsepower – 240 horsepower
26.6 cubic feet – 62.8 cubic feet Cargo Space 30.7 cubic feet – 60.1 cubic feet
10.25-inch high-resolution touchscreen Infotainment Center 8.0-inch touchscreen
Apple CarPlay® | Android Auto™ Connectivity Apple CarPlay® | Android Auto™
8 monotone | 4 two-tone Exterior Color Options 8 monotone
$21,990 Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price $23,990

Kia Crossovers: Seltos vs Sportage

The 2020 Kia Sportage provides drivers with exceptional cargo and passenger space and its versatility makes it a great option for families. The Sportage has been available on the market since 1993 and it is now in its fourth generation. The Seltos, on the other hand, has just joined the automotive arena and has been making waves since it first debuted. Both the Seltos and the Sportage offer ample interior space, with the Sportage offering just a bit more standard space in its trunk than the Seltos. Behind the rear row of seats in the 2021 Seltos drivers have 26.6 cubic feet of space for everyday essentials. When the rear seats are folded down the Seltos offers up to 62.8 cubic feet of space for cargo. The Sportage offers a more spacious standard trunk size with 30.7 cubic feet of space but falls just short of the Seltos with 60.1 cubic feet of space when the rear seats are folded down.

The 2021 Kia Seltos is a great match for daily commuters and adventure-seekers. This Kia model is powered by a base 2.0-liter engine that pumps out 147 horsepower on the road. Higher Seltos trim grades receive an engine upgrade to a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 175 horsepower on tap. The Kia Sportage is tailored to the power-hungry drivers looking for extra oomph on the road. The Sportage comes equipped with a standard 2.4-liter engine with 181 horsepower on tap or an available 2.0-liter engine that can generate up to 240 horsepower.

Both of these Kia models are available right now at Friendly Kia and both come with the Kia brand’s industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. For more information on either of these Kia crossovers, contact a member of the Friendly Kia team today.