June 7

Kia Sportage vs. Kia Seltos: Which SUV Is Right for You?

The 2024 Kia Sportage and 2024 Kia Seltos are two of Kia’s most popular SUV models, appealing to different market segments. The Sportage is a compact crossover that offers a spacious interior, powerful engine options, and a premium feel. On the other hand, the Seltos is a subcompact SUV that boasts a more affordable price point, efficient powertrains, and a rugged, adventurous design. In this article, we’ll compare these two vehicles to help you determine which is better for your needs, budget, and lifestyle.

Exterior Design

The 2024 Kia Sportage and 2024 Kia Seltos feature Kia’s latest design language but have distinct styling elements that set them apart. The Sportage has a bold, futuristic appearance with its wide, cascading grille and V-shaped LED headlights. It also features a sleek, coupe-like roofline and sculpted body lines, giving it a premium, sophisticated look. Available in several unique monotone and dual-tone color combinations, you can personalize your Kia Sportage by choosing from the following lineup of paint options:

  • Everlasting Silver.
  • Ebony Black.
  • Steel Gray.
  • Snow White Pearl.
  • Glacial White Pearl.
  • Wolf Gray.
  • Sapphire Blue.
  • Dawning Red.
  • Jungle Green.
  • Gravity Gray.
  • Fusion Black.
  • Glacial White Pearl / Ebony Black.
  • Wolf Gray / Ebony Black.
  • Jungle Green / Ebony Black.

The Seltos, in contrast, has a more rugged, adventurous aesthetic with its larger, upright grille and chiseled body lines. It also offers a range of bold exterior color options, including a two-tone paint scheme with a contrasting roof. Choose from the following list to customize your Seltos:

  • Clear White with Fusion Black roof.
  • Dark Ocean Blue.
  • Dark Ocean Blue with a Clear White roof.
  • Fusion Black.
  • Gravity Gray.
  • Mars Orange.
  • Neptune Blue.
  • Pluton Blue.
  • Pluton Blue with Fusion Black roof.
  • Snow White Pearl.
  • Steel Gray.
  • Valais Green.
  • Valais Green with Fusion Black roof.

Both SUVs have alloy wheels, roof rails, and other exterior accents that enhance their capabilities.

Interior Comfort and Space

Inside, the 2024 Kia Sportage and 2024 Kia Seltos offer high-quality materials, user-friendly technology, and ample passenger and cargo space. The Sportage’s interior features a modern, driver-focused layout with available leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a large, 12.3-inch touch-screen display on higher trims. It offers 102 cubic feet of passenger volume and up to 74.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. 

The Seltos also boasts an impressive interior with features such as a 10.25-inch infotainment system, wireless charging, and a Bose premium audio system. It provides 99.6 cubic feet of passenger volume and up to 62.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Both SUVs offer comfortable seating for five passengers, with the Sportage having a slight edge in overall interior space.

Performance and Powertrain Options

The 2024 Kia Sportage comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 187 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive and achieves an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway/28 mpg combined. 

The 2024 Kia Seltos offers two engine options: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 146 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 195 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The base engine is paired with a CVT, while the turbo engine gets an eight-speed automatic. The Seltos is also available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, with the base engine achieving up to 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway/30 mpg combined. The turbocharged Seltos is rated at 25 mpg city/27 mpg highway/26 mpg.

Safety Features

The 2024 Kia Sportage and the 2024 Kia Seltos have advanced driver-assistance technologies to help keep you and your passengers safe. Standard features on both models include forward collision avoidance, lane-keeping assist, and rear occupant alert. Higher trims have additional safety tech, such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and highway driving assist. The Sportage and Seltos have also earned impressive safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with the Sportage receiving a five-star overall safety rating and the Seltos earning a Top Safety Pick+ award.

Technology and Infotainment

Regarding technology and infotainment, the 2024 Kia Sportage and 2024 Kia Seltos offer a range of features to keep you connected and entertained on the road. The Sportage comes standard with an 8-inch touch-screen display, while higher trims get a larger 12.3-inch widescreen system that seamlessly integrates with the digital gauge cluster. 

The Seltos also starts with an 8-inch screen but can be equipped with a dual 10.25-inch panel that combines the infotainment system and digital instrument cluster. Both SUVs offer wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available navigation, and premium audio systems from brands such as Harman Kardon and Bose.

Pricing and Value

The 2024 Kia Sportage’s starting MSRP is $28,565 for the base LX trim, with the range-topping SX Prestige model priced at $39,365. The 2024 Kia Seltos’s base LX trim is more affordable at $25,865, with the top-of-the-line SX Turbo AWD priced at $31,315. 

Despite their different price points, both SUVs offer excellent value for money. They have a wealth of standard features and available options to suit a variety of budgets and needs. Kia also backs both models with an industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Customer Testimonials

“It has an amazing amount of tech and safety features for this price range, including lane departure, collision avoidance, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance.” Clyde H., Kia Sportage owner.

“As a first-time SUV buyer, I was drawn to the 2024 Kia Seltos for its affordable price point and efficient powertrains. I went with the turbocharged engine, and it’s been a blast to drive. The interior is also surprisingly upscale for a subcompact SUV, with plenty of room for my gear and passengers. I’ve already taken it on a few road trips, and it’s been the perfect companion.” Michael T., Kia Seltos owner.

Explore the Kia Sportage and Seltos at Huffines Kia McKinney

Choosing between the 2024 Kia Sportage and the 2024 Kia Seltos ultimately comes down to your specific needs and preferences. The best way to decide is to experience both models in person and see which speaks to you. Visit us at our dealership in McKinney, Texas, and get behind the wheel for a test drive today. Our knowledgeable sales staff will answer your questions and help you find the perfect SUV.


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