In comparing the Kia K5's and the Kia Seltos's specifications and ratings, the Kia K5 has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency and base engine power. The Kia Seltos 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 interior volume. Based on this comparison of the Kia K5's and the Kia Seltos's specifications and ratings, the Kia Seltos is a better car than the Kia K5.
Kia K5 vs. Kia Seltos Pricing
A used 2024 Kia K5 ranges from $26,865 to $36,992 while a used 2024 Kia Seltos is priced between $25,889 to $33,015. For a new model, the Kia K5's price is between $27,135 and $37,290, with the Kia Seltos priced between $26,110 and $33,538.
Kia K5 vs. Kia Seltos Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Kia K5 loses 46.8 percent of its value and the Kia Seltos loses 42.1 percent of its value. This means the Kia Seltos retains 4.7 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Kia K5.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Kia K5’s base engine makes 180 horsepower, and the Kia Seltos base engine makes 146 horsepower. The K5 is rated to deliver an average of 31 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 585 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 K5 the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Kia Seltos. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Kia Seltos, a crossover/subcompact SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more rear head room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The Kia K5, a midsize car, has the advantage in the areas of front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room and rear shoulder room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Kia K5 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.