When we compare the Honda HR-V's and the Kia Seltos's specifications and ratings, the Honda HR-V has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, resale value and base engine power. The Kia Seltos has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency and interior volume. Based on this comparison of the Honda HR-V's and the Kia Seltos's specifications and ratings, the Honda HR-V is a better car than the Kia Seltos.
Honda HR-V vs. Kia Seltos Pricing
A used 2024 Honda HR-V ranges from $25,399 to $32,992 while a used 2024 Kia Seltos is priced between $25,889 to $33,015. For a new model, the Honda HR-V's price is between $25,425 and $31,479, with the Kia Seltos priced between $26,110 and $33,538.
Honda HR-V vs. Kia Seltos Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Honda HR-V loses 34.2 percent of its value and the Kia Seltos loses 42.1 percent of its value. This means the Honda HR-V retains 7.9 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Kia Seltos.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Honda HR-V’s base engine makes 158 horsepower, and the Kia Seltos base engine makes 146 horsepower. The HR-V is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 448 miles. The Seltos is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 409 miles.This gives the Kia Seltos the advantage in fuel efficiency and the Honda HR-V the advantage in maximum range. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/subcompact SUVs, the Kia Seltos has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, rear head room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The Honda HR-V has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room, front leg room and rear shoulder room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Honda HR-V has higher safety ratings than the Kia Seltos, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4 out of 5 Stars.