2021 Kia Seltos vs. 2020 Toyota C-HR

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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 C-HR 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 C-HR 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 C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Seltos and the C-HR 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.

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 C-HR’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 Toyota covers the C-HR. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the C-HR 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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Seltos S 1.6T/SX’s standard 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder produces 31 more horsepower (175 vs. 144) and 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Seltos FWD CVT with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the C-HR CVT (29 city/34 hwy vs. 27 city/31 hwy).

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 C-HR doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Seltos uses regular unleaded gasoline. The C-HR requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Seltos Turbo’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the C-HR:

Seltos Turbo

C-HR

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.2 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Seltos Turbo’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-HR (235/45R18 vs. 225/50R18).

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 C-HR LE’s standard 60 series tires. The Seltos Turbo’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the C-HR XLE/Limited’s 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 C-HR’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Seltos is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-HR.

Chassis

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The Kia Seltos may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Toyota C-HR.

Passenger Space

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The Seltos has 1.9 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 6.5 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 6.3 inches more rear legroom, 4.8 inches more rear hip room and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-HR.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Seltos’ rear seats recline. The C-HR’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Seltos has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the C-HR with its rear seat up (26.6 vs. 19.1 cubic feet). The Seltos has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the C-HR with its rear seat folded (62.8 vs. 37 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Seltos EX/SX has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The C-HR doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Seltos and the C-HR offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Seltos S/EX/SX has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The C-HR doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 C-HR doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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