Kia Seltos vs Sportage

Kia Seltos vs Sportage Novi MI

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One trip through the Kia catalog and you’ll find no shortage of reliable, stylish, and versatile Kia SUVs. But out of them all, which are the best to lead you on rides around Novi, Livonia, and Southfield, MI?

At Feldman Kia, we believe both the Kia Seltos and Kia Sportage are among the top options.

To learn more about each ride and how the battle of the Kia Seltos vs. Sportage unfolds, keep reading below!

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Seltos vs Sportage Performance

Both the Seltos and Sportage are well equipped to power your rides around town, each boasting two high-powered engine options—depending on your trim level choice.












2.0L 16-valve 4-cylinder


132 lb-ft


S Turbo, SX Turbo

1.6L 16-valve 4-cylinder with Turbocharger


195 lb-ft


LX, EX, Nightfall Edition

2.4L 4-cylinder


175 lb-ft


SX Turbo

2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder


260 lb-ft

Smooth handling and improved efficiency come naturally to both the Seltos and Sportage. Each is paired with its own unique transmission. For the Seltos, it’s either an intelligent variable transmission (IVT) or a 7-speed quick-shift DCT automatic transmission. In the Sportage, an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission overdrive with Sportmatic®.

Kia Seltos vs Sportage Novi MI

When it comes to fuel efficiency, both the Seltos and Sportage are fit to keep you out on the road and free from constant stops for fuel. While the Sportage might have a slight leg up with its superior power, the Seltos does grab the advantage in fuel efficiency.

Both the EPA-estimated 23 city/30 highway MPG of the front-wheel drive Sportage, as well as the EPA-estimated 22 city/26 highway MPG of the all-wheel drive are certainly impressive.1 However, they fall just short of the EPA-estimated 27 city/31 highway MPG of the Seltos.2

Seltos vs Sportage Comfortability & Connectivity

When you step inside either the Seltos or Sportage, you’ll find fairly similar interior cabins. Both come standard with plenty of identical comfort and convenience features like a 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and Smart Key with push-button start.

Kia Seltos vs Sportage Novi MI

The two do differ somewhat in their climate control systems. In the Sportage you’ll also enjoy dual-zone automatic climate control, while the Seltos offers automatic temperature control air-conditioning with an auto de-fog system.

These rides also share remarkably similar interior dimensions, but the Seltos does manage to get ahead of the competition in one crucial area. With all the seats in place, the Sportage boasts 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Seltos offers 26.6 cubic feet. However, when you utilize the 60/40 split-folding rear seat, the Seltos’ 62.8 cubic feet of cargo space just outdoes the 60.1 cubic feet of the Sportage.

Now, to interior technology. Here, you really won’t see much difference between the two. Both run their infotainment systems through 8-inch touchscreen displays, with plenty of overlapping connectivity features, such as:

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • Bluetooth® Calling and Music Playback
  • Voice Recognition
  • 6-Speaker Audio System

Whether you opt for the Seltos or Sportage, you can expect advanced comfort, convenience, and connectivity every time you get behind the wheel.

Seltos vs Sportage Standard Safety

On the surface, the Kia Seltos and Sportage both share a good deal of intelligent safety features. Both come standard with rear-view cameras, plenty of traction and stability control features, and advanced airbag systems.

Kia Seltos vs Sportage Novi MI

The Sportage finds a way to pull ahead when it comes to safety, however, in large part because of the Kia Drive Wise Driver Assist Technology. With it, the Sportage is equipped with a unique suite of intuitive safety technology, including:

  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning

While the standard safety of the Kia Seltos is plenty to keep you and your passengers protected on the adventures ahead, these additional intelligent features can provide a bit more peace of mind in the Sportage.

Kia Seltos vs Sportage: Finding What Fits

Kia Seltos vs Sportage Novi MI

At the end of the day, there’s no wrong decision when it comes to the Kia Seltos vs. Sportage. It all depends on what better fits your lifestyle. If you’re looking for a bit more power with advanced safety, maybe the Sportage is for you. If you value fuel efficiency and additional space, perhaps the Seltos is the one.

Luckily, Novi, Livonia, and Southfield, Michigan, drivers can get a better sense of both versatile Kia SUVs with the help of our team at Feldman Kia.

Contact or visit us to schedule a test drive of the Seltos or Sportage today!

1EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.

2EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.