2021 Kia Sportage vs. 2021 Kia Seltos: What Are the Differences?

2021 Kia Sportage vs. 2021 Kia Seltos

The 2021 Kia Sportage and Kia Seltos are two very similar small SUVs, but which one is right for you? Our team at Kia of Stamford in Stamford, CT, is here to help. We crafted the following page highlighting the key differences between the two models in order to help you determine which one is best suited for you and your family. Keep reading to learn more.

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2021 Kia Sportage and Kia Seltos: Performance

Having a hard time deciding between the 2021 Kia Sportage and Kia Seltos? Looking at each engine available on both models may help you decide. If you’re looking to maximize performance, you’ll enjoy the 2021 Kia Sportage, as it features a turbocharged four-cylinder as one of its top performers. For a more relaxed driving experience, opt for the 2021 Kia Seltos. Learn more about each engine in the table below.

2021 Kia Seltos Engines
  • 2.0L I4
    • 147 HP
    • 132 lb.-ft. of torque
    • Intelligent variable transmission
  • 1.6L turbo I4
    • 201 HP
    • 195 lb.-ft. of torque
    • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
2021 Kia Sportage Engines
  • 2.4L I4
    • 181 HP
    • 175 lb.-ft. of torque
    • Electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic®
  • 2.0L turbocharged I4
    • 240 HP
    • 260 lb.-ft. of torque
    • Electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic

2021 Kia Sportage and Kia Seltos: Exterior Design

You’ll find that one of the main differences between the 2021 Kia Sportage and Kia Seltos is their exterior styling. The Sportage has high-mounted headlights with a rounded profile, while the Seltos has a more muscular, boxy shape to it. The Seltos has more defined contour lines surrounding the body, while the Sportage boasts smoother body lines. Regardless of which trim you choose, you’ll find there are 17-, 18-, or 19-inch wheels available, as well as an assortment of styling choices. Check out the following lists to learn more about the exterior styling of the 2021 Kia Sportage and 2021 Kia Seltos.

2021 Kia Sportage

2021 Kia Sportage LX

  • Front and rear skid plates
  • Body-color or chrome door handles
  • Rear spoiler
  • Roof rails
  • Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Smart Power Liftgate™
  • Projector beam headlights
  • LED headlights, daytime running lights, and fog lights

2021 Kia Seltos

2021 Kia Seltos

  • Black front grille
  • Front and rear metal-look skid plates
  • Black window surround
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Body-color, power-adjustable outside mirrors
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Heated rear glass with timer
  • Front intermittent windshield wipers with rear intermittent wiper/washer
  • Projector beam headlights with auto headlight control
  • Electric remote locking fuel-filler door

2021 Kia Sportage and Kia Seltos: Interior Features

Many of the interior features of the 2021 Kia Sportage and Seltos are very similar, from the leather-wrapped steering wheel to the push button start. Both models have very comfortable cabins, packed with conveniences that will make your drive smoother. The Seltos and Sportage have 60/40 split folding rear seats and are available with cloth-, tricot cloth-, or Sofino synthetic leather-trimmed seats. Only on the Sportage will you find genuine leather-trimmed seats within the SX Turbo trim. Each model also has heated front seats available, however the Sportage offers ventilated seats as well. Same goes for the steering wheel — both models have a leather-wrapped steering wheel, but the Sportage is the only one that offers a heated steering wheel. If you’re looking for those extra amenities, opt for the Sportage, otherwise the Seltos is just as exceptional.

Size & Capacity

The 2021 Kia Seltos and Sportage are two SUVs that are close in size. Both models are awfully similar, as many of the interior dimensions come down to a matter of inches. Check out the table below to learn more about the size and capacity of the 2021 Kia Seltos and Kia Sportage.

2021 Kia Seltos Kia Model 2021 Kia Sportage
62.8 cu.-ft. / 26.6 cu.-ft. Cargo Volume

(behind first/second row)

60.1 cu.-ft. / 30.7 cu.-ft.
40 in. / 38.4 in. Head Room

(front/rear)

39.3 in. / 39.1 in.
55.5 in. / 54.7 in. Shoulder Room

(front/rear)

57.1 in. / 55.1 in.
53.5 in. / 52.8 in. Hip Room

(front/rear)

54.3 in. / 51.2 in.
41.4 in. / 38 in. Leg Room

(front/rear)

41.5 in. / 38.2 in.


2021 Kia Sportage and Kia Seltos: Technology Features

Stay connected on the go when you’re behind the wheel of either the 2021 Kia Sportage or Kia Seltos. Both are standard with an 8-inch touchscreen display and have Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility. When you upgrade your infotainment system to UVO Link, you’ll receive SiriusXM® Satellite Radio on each model, however, you’ll also get a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen display on the 2021 Kia Seltos. Both models also have a wireless phone charger and upgraded audio systems on their respective top-of-the-line trims.

2021 Kia Seltos

2021 Kia Sportage and Kia Seltos: Safety Features

Both the 2021 Kia Sportage and Seltos have a plethora of safety features that will be essential for your drive, such as rollover sensor, anti-lock braking system, traction control, and more. These models also have plenty of driver assist technologies to give you that extra peace of mind behind the wheel. These technologies include:

  • Forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian protection
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Driver attention warning
  • Blind spot collision warning
  • Rear cross traffic collision warning
  • Smart cruise control with stop and go
  • High beam assist
  • Highway driving assist