2021 Kia Seltos vs 2020 Kia Soul

Yellow 2021 Kia Seltos set against a white 2020 Kia Soul

Are you looking for a small crossover that’s big on style? Then you have come to the right place! Here at Bridgewater Kia, we have two small crossovers that will match your needs perfectly: the all-new 2021 Kia Seltos and the longtime favorite 2020 Kia Soul. We love both of these vehicles equally, but we want to make sure that you drive away happy in the right one that matches your needs and personality, so we’ve created a special comparison to help you out. 

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2021 Kia Seltos VS 2020 Kia Soul
Rugged  Styling Boxy

146-hp 2.0L 4-cylinder 

175-hp 1.6L turbo 4-cylinder 

Engine Options

147-hp 2.0L 4-cylinder

201-hp 1.6L turbo 4-cylinder

Yes  AWD Available No
26.6 / 62.8 cubic feet  Cargo Space 18.7 - 23.4 / 62.1 cubic feet

Differences Between the 2021 Kia Seltos and the 2020 Kia Soul

One of the biggest differences between these two crossovers is the overall styling. The 2020 Kia Soul still sports its iconic funky box-like shape (though the vehicle did receive some cosmetic updates for 2020), which allows it to provide an optimal amount of cargo space for its subcompact size. The 2021 Kia Seltos straddles the subcompact and compact market, which allows it to offer a little more interior space. This new crossover has old-school SUV design elements so that it looks more rugged, but it is still easy to find in a packed parking lot. 

While both vehicles offer the same engines with similar performance, we wanted to point out that the 2021 Kia Seltos comes available with all-wheel drive, which means that you can enjoy more power and traction during the winter months. The 2020 Kia Soul only comes outfitted with front-wheel drive. 

Like we said, we love both of these vehicles equally and to find out which one suits your needs better, we recommend coming to our dealership and taking them both out for some test drives! Thanks and we look forward to helping you drive away happy! 


Yellow 2021 Kia Seltos driving on a rural highway
Green 2020 Kia Soul
Yellow 2021 Kia Seltos on a lakeside highway
Rear profile of a red 2020 Kia Soul