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Volvo XC40 vs. Kia Seltos

When we compare the Volvo XC40 to the Kia Seltos, the Volvo XC40 has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The Kia Seltos has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, fuel efficiency and interior volume. Based on this comparison of the Volvo XC40 versus the Kia Seltos, the Kia Seltos is a better car than the Volvo XC40.

Volvo XC40 versus Kia Seltos Pricing

For a new model, the Volvo XC40's price is between $41,887 and $51,530, with the Kia Seltos priced between $24,311 and $32,178.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Volvo XC40’s base engine makes 194 horsepower, and the Kia Seltos base engine makes 146 horsepower. The XC40 is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 454 miles. The Seltos is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 409 miles. The XC40 uses premium unleaded, and the Seltos uses 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, front leg room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Volvo XC40 has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room, rear head room and rear shoulder room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Volvo XC40 has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance, while the Kia Seltos has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Volvo XC40 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, the Volvo XC40 has the better rating with a Top Safety Pick+ award compared to the Kia Seltos’s Top Safety Pick award.

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2023 Volvo XC40

2023 Kia Seltos

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$41,887 - $51,530

Used Asking Price:

$29,999 - $40,994

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

49%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$24,311 - $32,178

Used Asking Price:

-

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

42.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

7.8 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

7.7 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

Not yet available

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 18
6 / 61
53 / 61

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

B4 Ultimate Bright Theme, B4 Plus Bright Theme, B4 Core, B4 Plus Dark Theme, B4 Ultimate Dark Theme, B5 Ultimate Bright Theme, B5 Plus Bright Theme, B5 Core, B5 Plus Dark Theme, B5 Ultimate Dark Theme

Trim Levels

LX, EX, SX, S, Nightfall

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

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:

194 hp @ 4800 rpm

Torque:

221 foot-lbs @ 1500 rpm

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

0.052 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 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

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

24 / 32 / 27

Range (city/hwy):

341 / 454 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium 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:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Standard

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:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

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 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.7 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36.1 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56.3 inches

Cargo Space:

20.7 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

57.5 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

118.7 cubic feet

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:

3726 lbs

Width:

80.1 inches

Height:

65.2 inches

Length:

174.8 inches

Wheelbase:

106.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.1 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:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

235/55R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

215/55R17