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Compare 2020 Kia Soul vs 2021 Kia Seltos

2020 Kia Soul vs 2021 Kia Seltos
2020 Kia Soul 2021 Kia Seltos


2.0L I-4 2.0L I-4


147 146

  MPG (City/Highway)

25/31 * 27/31 *

2020 Kia Soul vs 2021 Kia Seltos

Serving Meridian, MS

The Kia Soul is known for its stand-out exterior styling and its exciting capabilities on the road. For many years, it has been a top pick among drivers who want to get noticed on the road. If you are thinking about heading home soon in a 2020 Kia Soul, you may also have your eye on the 2021 Kia Seltos. The Seltos is an all-new option in the Kia SUV line. These two models are both subcompact crossover SUVs that show of geometric inspiration across their exteriors, but they will impress you in different ways. Kia of Meridian is the local dealership that you can trust to assist you with a comprehensive comparison of these two vehicles.


The 2020 Kia Soul and the new Seltos have comparable powertrains, but their supporting features are unique. In the Soul's five lower trims, you can benefit from a 2.0-liter, inline-4 engine that produces 147 horsepower. This engine is combined with a 6-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission. The top-of-the-line Soul comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter, inline-4 engine with a 7-speed DCT transmission, and it will impress you with 201 horsepower. The Seltos has a slightly higher price tag on a trim-by-trim basis. The first three Seltos trims have an intelligent variable transmission with a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine, and they benefit from 146 horsepower. The upper two trims have a 7-speed DCT quick-shift transmission with a turbocharged 1.6-liter, inline-4 engine. This pairing generates 175 horsepower. Notably, the Seltos for 2021 also comes with idle stop-and-go, torque vectoring corner control, all-wheel drive, and other equipment.


When you compare the 2020 Soul and the 2021 Seltos next to each other at Kia of Meridian, you will discover that they both have sharp, solid angles across the hood and roof surfaces. The Soul also has narrow, slanted LED headlights that are linked by a single bar. Below this bar, you will find a large air vent. This vent has black mesh backing, and it sits next to stunning foglamps. The Soul also has a power sunroof, privacy glass, 16 to 18-inch alloy wheels, and more. The 2021 Kia Seltos, on the other hand, has a deeper angle throughout the front windshield. This characteristic creates a sporty feel across the exterior design, and this quality is elevated by sharp side contours and bold rocker panels. The front of the Seltos is defined by a chrome-outlined grille that is connected to multi-elemental LED headlights. The dramatic styling of the headlights and the modern look of the grille create individuality. The Seltos also comes with fog lamps, black body molding, a skid plate, a sunroof, and more.


If you demand excellent things from your next SUV, neither of these models will disappoint you. They carry several standard features across their trims. Some of these are assistive safety features like a lane departure warning, lane change assist, forward collision sensing with mitigation, and more. Additional gear found in both models at various trim levels are a premium sound system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, power-adjusting front seats, smart device integration, an automatic temperature control system, and other items.

Visit Kia of Meridian Today

The 2021 Kia Seltos and the 2020 Kia Soul are both impressive vehicles that require further review. Our team at Kia of Meridian is available to assist with a test drive comparison of your preferred trims. Visit our Kia dealership soon to pick out your next Kia SUV.

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