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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Seltos are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Venue doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Seltos S Turbo/EX/SX has standard Rear Cross-Traffic Avoidance Assist that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Venue doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Seltos offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Venue doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
Both the Seltos and the Venue have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked third.
The Seltos’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 25 more horsepower (146 vs. 121) and 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (132 vs. 113) than the Venue’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Seltos S 1.6T/SX’s standard 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder produces 54 more horsepower (175 vs. 121) and 82 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 113) than the Venue’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Seltos’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Venue doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Seltos has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Venue (13.2 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Kia Seltos comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Venue.
The Seltos offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is more internally efficient than a CVT but just as easy to drive. The Venue doesn’t offer an SMG.
For better stopping power the Seltos Turbo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Venue:
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The Kia Seltos has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Venue. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.
For better traction, the Seltos has larger standard tires than the Venue (215/55R17 vs. 185/65R15). The Seltos Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Venue (235/45R18 vs. 205/55R17).
The Seltos 2.0L’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Venue’s standard 65 series tires. The Seltos Turbo’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Venue’s optional 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Seltos 2.0L has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Venue. The Seltos Turbo’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the Venue.
For superior ride and handling, the Seltos AWD has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Hyundai Venue has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Seltos’ wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the Venue (103.5 inches vs. 99.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Seltos is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Venue.
The Seltos has .6 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 3.7 inches more rear legroom, .6 inches more rear hip room and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Venue.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Seltos’ rear seats recline. The Venue’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Seltos has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Venue with its rear seat up (26.6 vs. 18.7 cubic feet). The Seltos has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Venue with its rear seat folded (62.8 vs. 31.9 cubic feet).
The Seltos’ variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Venue’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.
The Seltos SX’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Venue doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.
The Seltos S/EX/SX has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Venue doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Seltos SX has a standard Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Venue doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Seltos EX/SX has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Venue doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
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