2021 Kia Seltos vs 2020 Ford EcoSport

The 2021 Kia Seltos is one of the newest vehicles available in the automotive marketplace and one of only a few vehicles available for the 2021 model year. As a result, there are not many other 2021 subcompact crossover models to compare the 2021 Kia Seltos against. This makes it difficult for customers to evaluate how it stacks up against other similar models within its model year. So, the staff here at Kia of Puyallup has decided to compare the 2021 Kia Seltos against one of the best subcompact crossovers from the 2020 model year—the 2020 Ford EcoSport!

Despite their different model years, the 2021 Kia Seltos and the 2020 Ford EcoSport have a great deal in common. Both models feature multiple engine options and both models also offer a very spacious interior with seating for up to five passengers. Let’s find out what else these models have in common and where the 2021 Kia Seltos has the advantage over the 2020 Ford EcoSport together!

Engine Comparison

2021 Kia Seltos


2020 Ford EcoSport

2.0L I-4 Engine 1.6L Turbo I-4 Engine Engine Options 1.0L Turbo I-3 Engine 2.0L I-4 Engine
146 Horsepower 175 Horsepower Engine Power 123 Horsepower 166 Horsepower
132 Pound-Feet 195 Pound-Feet Engine Torque 125 Horsepower 149 Pound-Feet
27 MPG / 31 MPG 25 MPG / 30 MPG Fuel Economy (City/Hwy) 27 MPG / 29 MPG 23 MPG / 29 MPG


Explore the Advantages of the 2021 Kia Seltos at Kia of Puyallup

The preceding table compares the key engine specifications for each of the two engine options of the 2021 Kia Seltos against the same specifications for the 2020 Ford EcoSport’s engine options. As you can see, both of the 2021 Kia Seltos engine options generate better performance output and fuel economy ratings than what the 2020 Ford EcoSport engines are able to generate. Meanwhile, the table shown below compares the interior volume that each of the models offers. You will notice the 2021 Kia Seltos provides significantly more cargo capacity, while the 2020 Ford EcoSport affords slightly more front and rear legroom.

Interior Volume Comparison

2021 Seltos


2020 EcoSport

40.0 In. / 38.4 In. Headroom (Front / Rear) 39.6 In. / 37.5 In.
41.4 In. / 38.0 In. Legroom (Front / Rear) 42.9 In. / 36.7 In.
26.6 Cubic Feet Standard Cargo Capacity 20.9 Cubic Feet
62.8 Cubic Feet Maximum Cargo Capacity 50.0 Cubic Feet


Overall, the superior engine options and a more spacious cargo area of the 2021 Kia Seltos make it the clearly superior option compared to the 2020 Ford EcoSport. If you would like to learn more about how these two models compare, then you should contact the staff here at Kia of Puyallup today!

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