What are the Differences Between the Kia Soul, Seltos, and Sportage?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, Kia Seltos, Kia Soul, Kia Sportage on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 at 8:08 pm
2020 Kia Soul vs 2021 Kia Seltos vs 2020 Kia Sportage

The 2021 Kia Seltos recently debuted at the 2019 LA Auto Show. With a sharp and distinct style all its own that will help carve out its own niche audience within the Kia catalog, the Kia Seltos fits between the Soul and Sportage in terms of size and price. Therefore, we wanted to compare these 3 Kia SUV models, all with their own iconic aesthetics. It’s the 2020 Kia Soul vs the 2021 Kia Seltos vs the 2020 Kia Sportage!

2021 Kia Seltos – Specs, Features, Pricing, and Release Date

2021 Kia Seltos exterior overhead side shot with gold paint color driving through a forest under the shadow of branches

2019 Kia Sportage exterior front shot with white paint color parked outside a fancy California home

2020 Kia Soul vs 2021 Kia Seltos vs 2020 Kia Sportage


Model 2020 Kia Soul 2021 Kia Seltos 2020 Kia Sportage
Baseline Engine 2L Inline 4 2L Inline 4 2.4L Inline 4
Horsepower 147 146 181
Torque (lb-ft) 132 132 175
Upgraded Engine 1.6L Turbocharged Inline 4 1.6L Turbocharged Inline 4 2L Turbocharged Inline 4
Horsepower 201 175 240
Torque (lb-ft) 195 195 260
Standard Transmission 6-Speed Manual Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Additional Transmission Option(s) Continuously Variable-Speed Automatic (CVT), 7-Speed Automated Manual 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) N/A
Standard Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive Not Available Available Available
City Fuel Economy (mpg) 25 (Manual)

27 (CVT)

27 (Automated Manual)

TBD 23 (2.4L / FWD)

22 (2.4L / AWD)

20 (2T / FWD)

19 (2T / AWD)

Highway Fuel Economy (mpg) 31 (Manual)

33 (CVT)

32 (Automated Manual)

TBD 30 (2.4L / FWD)

26 (2.4L / AWD)

28 (2T / FWD)

24 (2T / AWD)

Combined Fuel Economy (mpg) 27 (Manual)

30 (CVT)

29 (Automated Manual)

TBD 26 (2.4L / FWD)

23 (2.4L / AWD)

23 (2T / FWD)

21 (2T / AWD)

Front / Rear Legroom (in.) 41.1 / 38.8 41.4 / 38 41.5 / 38.2
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.) 14.3 13.2 16.4
Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft3) 62.1 62.8 60.4
Total Seating 5 5 5
Starting MSRP $17,490 TBD

Under $22,000


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Find Your Kia Crossover or SUV Match in Kenosha, WI

The 2020 Kia Soul and the 2020 Kia Sportage are out now and available at the Palmen Kia dealership, while the 2021 Kia Seltos will be released in the first quarter of 2020.

To test drive any Kia model we have in stock, please browse through our online inventory. To learn more about Kia models and news, please continue to read our blog and contact usThe Palmen Kia dealership is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and serves the surrounding cities of Racine, Milwaukee, Chicago, and more, with Kia vehicle sales and automotive service!

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One Response to “What are the Differences Between the Kia Soul, Seltos, and Sportage?”

  1. Peter M. Olsen says:

    I am now driving my third SOUL. It is a 2016 model with 66,000 miles. I purchased it from ENTERPRISE, which I will never do again. There are a few things that I wanted corrected but they wouldn’t even answer. I love my SOUL and can’t imagine owning or driving something else. I use to be a FORD man but that nomenclature died several years ago. With me current Soul, I found an imperfection on the outside mirror that can’t be removed. The radio has a small defect in the volume. These are such small things I should just forget.
    My problem is: I moved from Palm Springs, CA in November and I am now making my home in ROSWELL, NM. I can’t find a KIA dealer her, but I am bombard by ads about great deals for a 2019. I still owe roughly $13,000 on my 2016. Can you guide me to a decent deal in my vicinity

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