Your Choice: 2021 Kia Seltos or 2020 Kia Sportage

At Kia of Mankato we are very excited to offer the all-new 2021 Kia Seltos.  It is a “right-sized” crossover that is perfect for young families, as well as busy professionals and empty nesters who want a safe, secure and economical crossover.

Many people when seeing the Seltos for the first time ask how it differs from the venerable Sportage, as, from a distance, they look similar in size.

On the outside, the Sportage is four inches longer overall with an extra inch and a half of wheelbase.  Sportage is also slightly more than two inches wider than Seltos.  In styling, the Sportage looks, well, sporty, while the Seltos draws inspiration from the Telluride.

Inside is where the big surprises are.  Seltos has more front and second row head room that the Sportage due to its more upright styling.  Seltos benefits from next generation platform architecture in being able to off front and second row legroom that are within one-tenth and two tenths of an inch of Sportage!  With the rear seat raised Sportage wins the cargo room contest by four cubic feet.  However when you drop the second row it’s Seltos that comes out on top by one and a half cubic feet.  Seltos is really efficient in size on the inside.



When it comes to materials Sportage has higher grade levels throughout.  It has a higher quality feel that you would expect when you are paying several thousand dollars more than Seltos.

When it comes to powertrain Sportage has a larger 2.0-liter four cylinder turbo with 240 horsepower while Seltos has a 1.6-liter four cylinder turbo engine producing 175 horsepower.  Sportage comes with a traditional six speed automatic transmission in standard or turbo form, while the Seltos comes with a CVT with standard 146 horsepower non turbo four cylinder and a seven speed Dual-clutch transmission with the turbo engine.

All-wheel drive comes standard on Seltos on all trim levels above the base “S” trim level, for Sportage AWD is an extra cost option.

Which is the right choice for you and your family?  Contact us today and we can help you make that decision.  Best of all right now if you want to take a test drive, we bring the vehicle to you, so that you can stay safe with contactless transactions.


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