The Kia Soul and Kia Seltos are the brand’s twin subcompact crossovers, but they’re far from identical. Here we explore the differences that buyers should know before taking their pick between the 2022 Kia Soul and the 2022 Kia Seltos this year at Friendly Kia.
2022 Kia Soul
2022 Hyundai Kona
|$19,190 ||Starting MSRP ||$22,490|
|147-201 horsepower||Engine Output||146-175 horsepower|
|24.2 cubic feet||Cargo Volume||26.6 cubic feet|
|Not Available||All-Wheel Drive||Available|
Two main factors separate the Kia Soul from the Seltos: form and powertrain. At first glance, it’s clear that the Soul and the Seltos are different breeds of SUV. The Soul’s iconic boxy design contrasts the sleeker, more traditional proportions of the Seltos. The differences don’t translate to any notable difference in passenger or cargo space, though.
In terms of powertrain, both models are powered by a standard 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine on most trim levels. The engine returns up to 147 horsepower on the Kia Soul or 146 horsepower on the Kia Seltos. It’s the powertrain options that draw the dividing line. The 1.6-liter turbocharged engine on the Soul Turbo model is the pinnacle of subcompact performance at 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The optional 1.6-liter turbocharged engine on the 2022 Seltos comes close second at 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, but most Seltos SUVs come equipped with the Dynamax torque-vectoring AWD system.
Are you shopping for a new SUV? You probably won’t want to make a decision before getting behind the wheel. For drivers in the Tampa Bay area, Friendly Kia is your local hub for all things Kia serving drivers in New Port Richey, FL, as well as the surrounding communities of Clearwater and St. Petersburg. Visit us and test drive models from our Kia Soul and Seltos inventories today!