Although the subcompact SUV class is one of the youngest on the market, it’s quickly rising to become one of the most popular. Populated by vehicles that offer ample cargo space, a high ride height and easy parking courtesy of their compact size, this class is attractive to drivers looking for urban daily drivers and outgoing weekend warriors alike.
With the 2021 Kia Seltos arriving this coming spring, we’re already taking stock of the work Kia has put in to make the Seltos a class leader, the same way it did with the Kia Telluride this year. In order to be the best, the 2021 Kia Seltos will need to overcome other recent entries like the 2020 Nissan Kicks. How does the Kicks do on paper against the Seltos? Let’s find out!
2021 Kia Seltos
2020 Nissan Kicks
|2.0-liter 4-cylinder (146)||Standard engine (horsepower)||1.6-liter 4-cylinder (122)|
|1.6-liter turbo (175)||Available engine (horsepower)||N/A|
|Standard on base model||All-wheel drive||Not available on any model|
|8-inch touchscreen||Standard infotainment||7-inch touchscreen|
|38 inches||Rear-seat legroom||33.2 inches|
|26.6 cubic feet/62.8 cubic feet||Cargo space (seats up/folded)||25.3 cubic feet, 53.2 cubic feet|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
With SUVs replacing sedans and cars on the market, the subcompact SUV space looks a lot like the compact car class did fifteen years ago. For that reason, it’s easy to see which brands have invested the time and effort into crafting something of which their drivers can be proud rather than simply engineering a vehicle that meets the bare minimum for automotive transportation.
We see these diverging attitudes in the specs that the Kia Seltos presents. Drivers who choose the base model Kia Seltos, after all, get to enjoy all of the go-anywhere, all-weather benefits of standard Dynamax™ all-wheel drive. Additionally, you’ll have more horsepower and confidence that can be further upgraded with the available turbocharged engine.
Infotainment is another area where the Kia Seltos shines, giving you a larger touchscreen display system as a standard feature with the option to upgrade to a massive 10.25-inch display. All Kia Seltos models feature standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration. Finally, both passengers and cargo ride easier in the Kia Seltos thanks to the model’s extra interior space which gives you nearly ten cubic feet of additional cargo space and almost five inches of legroom for rear seat passengers.
Through and through, the 2021 Kia Seltos is set to be a world-beater. While the Nissan Kicks isn’t a bad option in the class, it’s no match for Kia’s ruthless focus on value. To reserve the Kia Seltos, click below!