2021 Kia Seltos vs. 2020 Jeep Cherokee

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Safety

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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 Cherokee doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Seltos S/EX/SX’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Seltos and the Cherokee 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 all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Seltos comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Cherokee’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Seltos 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Jeep covers the Cherokee. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Cherokee ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 41 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 17 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Seltos gets better fuel mileage than the Cherokee:

Seltos

Cherokee

2WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/34 hwy

22 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

23 city/31 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/31 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./7-spd. Auto

25 city/30 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Seltos uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Cherokee with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The Seltos has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a CVT.

The Seltos offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Cherokee doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Tires and Wheels

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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 Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The Seltos Turbo’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Seltos has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better maneuverability, the Seltos’ turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Cherokee’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The Seltos’ turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Kia Seltos may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 950 pounds less than the Jeep Cherokee.

The Seltos is 10 inches shorter than the Cherokee, making the Seltos easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Seltos has .6 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and 2.9 inches more rear hip room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity

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The Seltos has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (62.8 vs. 54.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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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 Cherokee doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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