2021 Kia Seltos Vs. 2020 Mazda CX-30

split screen comparison of 2021 Kia Seltos Vs. 2020 Mazda CX-30

If you haven’t been paying attention the sea of vehicles around you on your commute, the subcompact SUV space has become among the most popular and competitive segments for manufacturers to compete. To the general population, these vehicles are appealing for several reasons. Among the top reasons are their comfort, ride height and interior space as well as their fuel economy and budget-friendly price points. Although this segment was arguably catalyzed by the Kia Soul over ten years ago, Kia hasn’t had an all-wheel-drive equipped model in the game until this year.

With the 2021 Kia Seltos, Kia has taken the sensibilities that have made the Kia Telluride the SUV of the Year and applied them to a smaller segment. Another player looking to break into this class is Mazda with the CX-30, another brand-new model. Let’s see how they measure up!

2021 Kia Seltos


2020 Mazda CX-30

2/146 – 175 horsepower Engine options/horsepower range 1/186 horsepower
Standard AWD Available
29 combined MPG AWD combined MPG (base) 26 combined MPG
41.4 inches/38.0 inches Legroom (front/rear) 41.7 inches/36.3 inches
26.6 cubic feet/62.8 cubic feet Cargo space (seats up/folded) 20.2 cubic feet/45.2 cubic feet
Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration Available
Yes Reclining rear seats? No
10 years/100,000 miles Engine/powertrain warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
$21,990 Starting MSRP (AWD) $23,300

Two Debut Models See Gulf in Value, Leaning Toward the Kia Seltos

Mazda has recently become somewhat of a premium brand, offering emphasized design and standard features that are more likely to see the brand contending with the likes of Infiniti, Acura and Buick over the mass-market badges its price would otherwise set it against.

As we can see in the above chart, however, that must mean Kia is one step ahead of even the premium brands. The 2021 Kia Seltos offers more of nearly every metric that might top the list of considerations for subcompact SUV shoppers.

It’s more efficient. It’s less expensive (even the standard FWD Mazda CX-30 is only $90 less than the standard AWD Kia Seltos). It has better technology. It has more interior space. It has more comfort for rear-seat passengers, courtesy of its enhanced legroom and reclining rear seats. It’s an objectively better vehicle.

At Friendly Kia, we’re expecting the first 2021 Kia Seltos models to arrive within weeks rather than months as previously thought. If you’re in the market, simply click the link in the upper section, fill out a short form and we’ll make sure you have a model waiting for you when they arrive!