In recent years, Kia has moved from simple mass-market players to high-quality brand that dominates the mass market and gives the luxury brands a run for their money. Modern entries in the Kia portfolio like the Kia Stinger sports sedan and Kia Telluride SUV embody Kia’s higher calling to produce vehicles of which its drivers can be proud.
We’re surprising our past selves by yet again matching up Kia and Mercedes-Benz, two unlikely competitors who have wound up with models that will likely go head-to-head on the automotive market. Both he Kia Seltos and the Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 are new for the year and both want to offer subcompact SUV prowess with comfort, convenience and capability in tow.
2021 Kia Seltos
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250
|2.0-liter 4-cylinder (146 hp)||Standard engine (horsepower)||2.0-liter turbo (221 hp)|
|29 combined MPG/regular||Base fuel economy/fuel type||26 combined MPG/premium|
|62.8 cubic feet||Maximum cargo space||62.0 cubic feet|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||4 years/50,000 miles|
The Kia Seltos is Kia’s first all-wheel-drive entry in the subcompact SUV segment that it helped found with the Kia Soul. For this reason, the Seltos is expected to be a huge seller, bringing Kia’s excellent reliability and warranty coverage into the capable and agile segment.
When compared to the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250, we see a few glaring points of difference. The value-minded Kia Seltos foregoes a standard turbocharged engine, preferring instead to demand fewer trips to the pump for standard gasoline instead of the GLB’s lower fuel economy and premium requirement.
Inside, the standard 8-inch touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration delights, showing Kia to possess luxury ambitions of its own and challenging the Mercedes-Benz “everything is an option” ethos with a straightforward value proposition.
Finally, Kia’s subcompact SUV comes in at nearly $15,000 less than that of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB and includes standard all-wheel drive, making it the perfect vehicle for all-weather and multi-terrain travels.
While some will simply prefer the Mercedes-Benz brand without considering how the models objectively compare on paper, it’s clear that Kia is focused on offering a superior driver/passenger experience at nearly half the cost.
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