In comparing the Hyundai KONA's and the Kia Seltos's specifications and ratings, the Hyundai KONA has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, interior volume and base engine power. The Kia Seltos has the advantage in the area of resale value. Based on this comparison of the Hyundai KONA's and the Kia Seltos's specifications and ratings, the Hyundai KONA is a better car than the Kia Seltos.
Hyundai KONA vs. Kia Seltos Pricing
A used 2024 Hyundai KONA ranges from $25,655 to $34,590 while a used 2024 Kia Seltos is priced between $25,889 to $33,015. For a new model, the Hyundai KONA's price is between $26,053 and $34,990, with the Kia Seltos priced between $26,110 and $33,538.
Hyundai KONA vs. Kia Seltos Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Hyundai KONA loses 43.3 percent of its value and the Kia Seltos loses 42.1 percent of its value. This means the Kia Seltos retains 1.1 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Hyundai KONA.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Hyundai KONA’s base engine makes 147 horsepower, and the Kia Seltos base engine makes 146 horsepower.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/subcompact SUVs, the Hyundai KONA has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Kia Seltos has the advantage in the areas of front head room, rear head room and cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Hyundai KONA 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.