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Kia Sportage vs. Kia Seltos

When we compare the Kia Sportage to the Kia Seltos, the Kia Sportage has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The Kia Seltos has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Kia Sportage versus the Kia Seltos, the Kia Seltos is a better car than the Kia Sportage.

Kia Sportage versus Kia Seltos Pricing

For a new model, the Kia Sportage's price is between $29,437 and $39,961, with the Kia Seltos priced between $24,311 and $32,178.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Kia Sportage’s base engine makes 187 horsepower, and the Kia Seltos base engine makes 146 horsepower. The Sportage is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 458 miles. The Seltos is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 409 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Kia Sportage and Kia Seltos are comparable in regards to front leg room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Kia Sportage has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity, while the Kia Seltos has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Kia Sportage 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. When comparing IIHS evaluations, both the Kia Sportage and the Kia Seltos have the same Top Safety Pick award.

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2023 Kia Sportage

2023 Kia Seltos

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,437 - $39,961

Used Asking Price:

$18,884 - $29,861

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

42.8%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$24,311 - $32,178

Used Asking Price:

-

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

42.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.1 / 10

Reliability:

7.6 / 10

Retained Value:

7.6 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

7.7 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

9 / 14
10 / 24
11 / 24
15 / 24
16 / 28
18 / 61
21 / 61
30 / 61
34 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 18
6 / 61
53 / 61

Summary Review

The Kia Sportage is a compact sport utility vehicle and a mainstay of Kia’s model line, going through several generations prior to the current Sportage, which debuted in 2017. The Sportage is known for its sharp looks, feature-packed interior, and low cost of entry, with new models costing an average of $28,105 and 3-year-old models averaging $20,380.

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Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • Smooth ride quality with a quiet interior
  • Spacious seating front and rear
  • Smart instrumentation and control layout

  • Smaller cargo capacity than many rivals
  • Acceleration can be sluggish
  • Fuel economy adequate at best

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

LX, EX, SX, SX-Prestige, X-Line, X-Pro, X-Pro Prestige

Trim Levels

LX, EX, SX, S, Nightfall

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

187 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque:

178 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.055 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

146 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque:

132 foot-lbs @ 4500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.047 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

25 / 32 / 28

Range (city/hwy):

358 / 458 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD / FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

27 / 31 / 29

Range (city/hwy):

356 / 409 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.6 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.4 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.5 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41.3 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.6 inches

Cargo Space:

39.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

74.1 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

Not yet available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.4 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.5 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54.7 inches

Cargo Space:

26.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

62.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

126.2 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3373 lbs

Width:

73.4 inches

Height:

65.4 inches

Length:

183.5 inches

Wheelbase:

108.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.1 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3087 lbs

Width:

70.9 inches

Height:

63.6 inches

Length:

172 inches

Wheelbase:

103.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.3 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

235/65R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

215/55R17