2021 Kia Seltos Vs. 2020 Volvo XC40

Yellow 2021 Kia Seltos and white 2020 Volvo XC40

The Kia brand is continuing to give luxury competitors a run for their money. After starting off as your average everyday vehicle brand, Kia has now pummeled through competitors and climbed the rankings towards the top, becoming one of the most trusted and desired automotive brands on the market. The 2021 Kia Seltos is a perfect example of the Kia brand’s dedication to furthering its position among the entry-luxury automotive class. With features and a style reminiscent of luxury paired with an affordable price tag, it’s no wonder why the Seltos is continuing to dominate any competitor in its path.

In this Friendly Kia comparison, we are going to look at how the 2020 Volvo XC40 stacks up against the market-dominating 2021 Kia Seltos. Let’s see how they compare below.

2021 Kia Seltos


2020 Volvo XC40

2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine Base Engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
146 horsepower | 132 pound-feet of torque Standard Power Specs 187 horsepower | 221 pound-feet of torque
All-Wheel Drive Standard Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive
1.6-liter 4-cylinder Turbo engine Available Engine N/A
26.6 cubic feet / 62.8 cubic feet Cargo Capacity (Rear seat up / down) 20.7 cubic feet / 47.2 cubic feet
8-inch touch-screen display with rear camera Base Infotainment Center 9-inch touch-screen display
10.25-inch touch-screen display Available Infotainment Center N/A
8 monotone color options and 4 two-tone color options Exterior Color Options 6 monotone colors
10 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain warranty 4 years / 50,000 miles
$21,990 Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price $33,700

Well-Rounded Seltos Outweighs Luxury-Priced Competition

To start off, the 2021 Kia Seltos ranks above the competing 2020 Volvo XC40 based on price alone. With the Seltos, shoppers are getting an all-wheel-drive compact SUV for an affordable $21,990. With the XC40 shoppers will be paying a starting price of $33,700 for the base front-wheel-drive model, with an additional $2,000 added to the price tag for an entry-level AWD variant.

In terms of base power, the XC40 comes out just ahead of the 2021 Seltos, with 187 horsepower in the Volvo and 146 horsepower in the Kia. However, the exceptional lineup of interior and exterior features, design elements, versatility, and customization options propel the Seltos even further ahead of the XC40 despite the power bump the Volvo offers.

The 2021 Kia Seltos offers a roomy cargo area whether the rear seats are fixed in place or folded down. When both rows of seating are needed in the Seltos drivers can work with 26.6 cubic feet of space behind the back row. If cargo carrying is a priority, Seltos drivers can fold down the second-row seats to expand the cargo area to a generous 62.8 cubic feet. The competing XC40 has a cargo area that measures in smaller than the Seltos no matter what position its rear seats are in.

When it comes to style and customization options the Seltos has the XC40 beat. Not only does the 2021 Seltos offer eight exciting monotone color options in its lineup but also four distinct and eye-catching two-tone color combinations. The competing XC40 limits shoppers to just six monotone color options.

From its price to space to features to personalization, the 2021 Kia Seltos more than outweighs the 2020 Volvo XC40. If you’re ready to take the dive into the 2021 Seltos then fill out our form below to get the process started here at Friendly Kia in New Port Richey FL.