Drivers who want to enjoy a smooth-handling vehicle with a small footprint that doesn’t back down in terms of capability have more choices than ever before. Much of this is due to the meteoric rise in popularity of the subcompact SUV – a relatively new segment. Often sharing platforms with subcompact sedans or hatchbacks, this segment borrows mojo from the larger compact SUVs while still delivering an economical and easily-parked experience.
Just around the corner, the 2021 Kia Seltos is an upcoming subcompact SUV that aims to bring Kia’s reliability, technology and industry-best warranty to a segment in which the brand has not fully competed until now. Today, we’re comparing the 2021 Kia Seltos to another very popular model in this class – the Honda HR-V. Let’s see how they do!
2021 Kia Seltos
2020 Honda HR-V
|2.0-liter 4-cylinder (146)||Base engine (horsepower)||1.8-liter 4-cylinder (141)|
|1.6-liter turbo (175)||Available engine (horsepower)||N/A|
|Yes||Base model standard AWD?||No|
|8-inch color touchscreen||Base infotainment system||5-inch color LCD screen|
|10.25-inch color touchscreen||Available infotainment system||7-inch display audio|
|Standard on all trims||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||Available on top trims only|
|26.6 cubic feet/62.8 cubic feet||Cargo space (seats up/folded)||23.2 cubic feet/57.6 cubic feet|
|41.4 inches||Front-row legroom||41.2 inches|
|Yes||Reclining rear seats||No|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
The 2021 Kia Seltos may not be out at the time of this page’s publication, but we can tell from looking at the specs that Kia has invested significant time and energy into sizing up the competition and delivering a vehicle that answers the needs drivers have with existing models like the Honda HR-V.
For starters, the 2021 Kia Seltos gives you two engines to choose from. Although fuel efficiency numbers have yet to be released, we’d be willing to bet that the base model enjoys a higher-than-average fuel efficiency rating, while the heart-racing power of the turbocharged engine is there to trade a few miles-per-gallon for smiles-per-gallon.
The 2021 Kia Seltos is already more capable than the 2020 Honda HR-V, giving drivers more interior space and a more powerful engine that is likely to have a higher tow capacity rating. Speaking of the interior on the 2021 Kia Seltos, drivers who choose the Kia Seltos get a little bit more legroom but a much more enjoyable convenience experience courtesy of standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a standard infotainment unit that is bigger than the HR-V’s range-topping one.
Finally, being a Kia, the 2021 Kia Seltos has an industry-best 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, meaning you’ll be able to rely on your Seltos for twice as long as you would the Honda HR-V.
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