2022 Kia Seltos vs. 2022 Honda HR-V Comparison

You have many options in the world of affordable subcompact SUVs. The Kia Seltos and Honda HR-V are two popular options you should know about. They’re both fuel-efficient, easy to drive, and roomy for their size, but there are some key differences that we’ll point out below.

2022 Kia Seltos

2022 Kia Seltos

Most trims of the Kia Seltos are powered by a 4-cylinder engine rated at 146 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The Nightfall Edition and SX Turbo models get a stronger, turbocharged 4-cylnder engine making 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The base engine with front-wheel drive (FWD) gets 29 city/35 highway mpg but those numbers drop to 27 city/31 highway mpg with all-wheel drive (AWD). The turbo engine comes standard with AWD and returns 25 city/30 highway mpg.

Kia Seltos Highlights

Great tech features — The standard infotainment system is an 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Most trims have a bigger 10.25-inch screen with more features like navigation, SiriusXM, and a Bose premium audio system. These systems are preferable to the relatively outdated tech features in the HR-V. Other available tech features in the Seltos include wireless charging, a digital gauge cluster, remote start, and more.

Available turbo engine — Unlike the HR-V, the Seltos is available with a punchy turbocharged engine. Standard in the Nightfall Edition and SX Turbo models, this engine brings a big boost in performance to the Seltos, making it more fun to drive. Another perk is that every turbocharged Seltos has standard all-wheel drive for improved grip on dry pavement and better all-weather traction. If you’re looking for a small SUV that’s fun to drive, a turbocharged Seltos is a good pick.

IIHS Top Safety Pick — The Seltos has earned the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick designation. The SX Turbo trim gets the best safety ratings because of its LED reflector headlights. However, every Seltos is well-equipped with standard safety tech features like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, a driver attention monitor, automatic high beams, and more. Additional optional safety features include full-speed adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and the Highway Driving Assist semi-autonomous driving system.

2022 Honda HR-V

2022 Honda HR-V near buildings in blue

Every Honda HR-V is powered by a 4-cylinder engine that produces 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. This little SUV gets up to 28 city/34 highway mpg with front-wheel drive, 27 city/31 highway mpg with all-wheel drive. These performance and fuel economy numbers are similar to the base engine in the Seltos.

One thing to keep in mind about the 2022 Honda HR-V is that it’s in its final model year before a full redesign. If you’re considering the HR-V, do a little research on the all-new 2023 model on the way, which looks like it will be worth the wait.

Highlights:

Small SUV, big interior — Despite its small size, this subcompact SUV has a super roomy interior. While the Seltos has more cargo room, the HR-V boasts more space in the back seat.

Affordable pricing — The Honda HR-V is an affordable choice in subcompact SUVs and it has a lower starting price than the Kia Seltos. This Honda is a great value not only because of its sticker price, but it’s also reliable, fuel-efficient, and comes with low ownership costs. Even the top EX-L trim with AWD starts at less than $30,000.

Magic Seat — The exclusive Magic Seat system is a clever feature that you’ll only find in the HR-V. You can fold the back seats down for more cargo space like you can in any SUV. But you can also fold the rear seat bottoms up against the rear seatbacks, to accommodate taller items in the back with almost 4 feet of vertical space. The front passenger seat also folds all the way back to accommodate long items up to 8 feet long. If you need flexible cargo space in a small SUV, you’ll love the HR-V.

Similarities

Similar sizing, available AWD, 4-cylinder base engine, roomy interior, good fuel economy

Conclusion

The Honda HR-V is a more value-conscious SUV, but the Kia Seltos has more going for it if you have a little extra room in your budget. The Seltos has more modern tech features, more standard safety features, and an available turbocharged engine, all at an affordable price point. The IIHS Top Safety Pick designation and a lengthy warranty are other nice perks for the Seltos.

2022 Kia Seltos 2022 Honda HR-V
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.0-liter inline-4 1.8-liter inline-4
Horsepower 146 hp @ 6,200 rpm 141 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm 127 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm
Transmission CVT automatic CVT automatic
Fuel Economy 31 mpg (29 city/35 hwy) 30 mpg (28 city/34 hwy)
Also Available 1.6-liter turbo inline-4; 7-sp automatic; AWD AWD
Specs
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety 4 stars 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 103.5 inches 102.8 inches
Overall Length 172.0 inches 170.4 inches
Width 70.9 inches 69.8 inches
Height 64.2 inches 63.2 inches
Turning Diameter 34.8 feet 37.4 feet
Headroom, Front 40.0 inches 39.5 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 38.4 inches 38.3 inches
Legroom, front 41.4 inches 41.2 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 38.0 inches 39.3 inches
Shoulder Room, front 55.5 inches 56.8 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 54.7 inches 54.5 inches
Cargo Volume 26.6 cubic feet 24.3 cubic feet

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