Hyundai Kona vs. Kia Seltos for Sale in Fairfield, CT




The era of subcompact crossovers is upon us, and leading the charge is the 2021 Hyundai Kona and the 2021 Kia Seltos. While they’re similar in many respects, these two models weren’t quite created equal. Despite the fact that the 2021 Kia Seltos rides on the same platform as the 2021 Hyundai Kona, there are several key areas where it doesn’t quite stack up to its close relative.

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Pricing and Warranty

The 2021 Hyundai Kona starts its pricing at just $20,400, while the 2021 Kia Seltos’ base MSRP is more than $1,500 higher, at $21,990. While the gap isn’t exactly deal-breaking, consider the fact that the 2021 Hyundai Kona brings with it 3 years/36,000 miles of complimentary, factory-scheduled maintenance, which covers necessary services like oil changes and tire rotations. Kia does not offer complimentary maintenance for any of their vehicles. Plus, even though both automakers flaunt industry-leading basic and powertrain warranties, the 2021 Hyundai Kona’s corrosion warranty is two years longer (with no mileage cap) than the 2021 Kia Seltos’ (7 years/unlimited miles compared to 5 years/100,000 miles).


The 2021 Hyundai Kona Ultimate comes with a head-up display that shows important data readouts just within your line of sight so that you don’t need to avert your eyes from the road to check your speed and other essential stats. The 2021 Kia Seltos lacks the availability of a head-up display. Also, the 2021 Hyundai Kona Ultimate delivers convenient rain-sensing wipers that adjust their speed and turn on or off automatically depending on the amount of rainfall. The 2021 Kia Seltos only comes with variable intermittent wipers that need to be adjusted manually.

Suspension and Handling

The 2021 Hyundai Kona is provided with motor-driven power steering, which adjusts to the vehicle’s speed and helps to make parking smoother; it also feels really nice during highway cruising. The 2021 Kia Seltos doesn’t come with variable-assist power steering. What’s more, the 2021 Kona is 8 inches shorter than the 2021 Seltos, making it easier to handle, park, and maneuver. This helps out those who frequently drive in busy urban areas where a more compact car is preferable.


The Kia Seltos is an all-new vehicle for the 2021 model year, and so its reputation for safety hasn’t yet been well established. In its first run, it earned a 4-star crash-test safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Even though the 2021 Hyundai Kona has yet to be tested by the NHSTA, the 2020 model was awarded a 5-star crash-test rating and was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), while the 2021 Kia Seltos was not. In terms of active safety technologies, both models provide many of the same features, such as forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, and a driver attention warning system. Keep in mind, though, that the 2021 Hyundai Kona gets more of these active driver aids on its lower-level trims.

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