2021 Kia Seltos vs. 2021 Nissan Kicks in Mississauga, ON

Crossovers are only becoming more and more popular, and what better way to highlight the segment than by putting the all-new 2021 Kia Seltos up against the 2021 Nissan Kicks! Both of these compact SUVs are relative newbies, but present gorgeous modern styling, peppy capability and the best in safety and tech to outfit any city or country adventure. Read on and see how the new 2021 Kia Seltos, slotted in between the Soul and Sportage, competes against the quirky 2021 Nissan Kicks, all here from us at 401 Dixie Kia in Mississauga!

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Exterior Design & Features

Kia Seltos Exterior

Kia has expertly designed the Seltos to offer the best of both worlds. Its boxy frame is reminiscent of older-style SUVs that originally popularized the segment, while its offset with a modern twist that keeps it compact and with flowing lines that help curve around the vehicle, preventing it from looking rigid. This versatile performer fits in anywhere you take it, whether on downtown roads or out into the Ontario country for the weekend.

Nissan Kicks Exterior

If you want to drive something that looks off the beaten path, the 2021 Nissan Kicks is for you. Eschewing much of traditional SUV design elements, this is a crossover, through and through, with a bold design that starts from its grille and doesn’t let up all the way to the rear. As such, this quirky SUV may be a bit too out there for some drivers, alongside its slightly smaller proportions from the Seltos.

Specifications:2021 Kia Seltos LX2021 Nissan Kicks
Length (mm/in)4,370 / 1724,309 / 169.6
Width (mm/in)1,800 / 70.91,760 / 69.3
Height (mm/in)1,630 / 64.11,609 / 63.3
Wheelbase (mm/in)2,630 / 103.52,620 / 103.1

Interior Design & Features

Kia Seltos Interior

Even though the Kia Seltos seems like it’s a lot bigger than the Kicks, given their design styles, they have a pretty equal give-and-take when it comes to their passenger and cargo space capacity. Within all of those dimensions is illustrious quality in every feature inside, from heated and air-cooled Sofino leather seats to a seamless smart key and push-button start. Helpful and entertaining tech comes in the form of a 10.25-inch screen, wireless charging, Bose sound system and heads up display.

Nissan Kicks Interior

While the Nissan Kicks is certainly a small SUV, it’s definitely deceptive in size, surprisingly able to fit a lot inside of it, whether it be for passengers or cargo. You’ll enjoy both 60/40 rear-fold seats and a convenient rear hatch to store your gear how you see fit. Comfortability for any season is brought out with Zero Gravity front seats that are heated, alongside a heated steering wheel and outside mirrors, with Automatic Climate Control also onboard. Tech in the cabin includes an 8-inch touchscreen and its typical NissanConnect infotainment system.

Specifications:2021 Kia Seltos EX2021 Nissan Kicks S
Head Room (front) (mm/in)977 / 38.41,027 / 40.4
Head Room (rear) (mm/in)975 / 38.3977 / 38.5
Shoulder Room (front) (mm/in)1,409 / 55.51,347 / 53.0
Shoulder Room (rear) (mm/in)1,395 / 54.91,351 / 53.2
Hip Room (front) (mm/in)1,347 / 53.01,294 / 50.9
Hip Room (rear) (mm/in)1,240 / 48.81,247 / 49.1
Leg Room (front) (mm/in)1,051 / 41.31,111 / 43.7
Leg Room (rear) (mm/in)965 / 38824 / 32.4
Cargo Capacity (L/cu-ft)752 / 26.5716 / 25.3

Performance & Capability

Kia Seltos Performance

Outside of their exterior look, much of the exterior and interior specifications leave the Seltos and the Kicks in a similar ballpark, but with performance and power is where the Kia truly shines as the top capable crossover. Its base-level engine is head-and-shoulders better than the Kicks, and that’s not even mentioning the top tier Seltos engine on the SX Turbo trim, reaching heights of 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque on its 1.6L Turbo GDI.

Nissan Kicks Performance

Not only can the Kicks not hold a candle to the engine specifications of the Seltos, but it can’t with its drivetrain features either. Rough weather is no stranger to us here in Mississauga, especially in winter, which requires a vehicle ready for the elements, and the Kicks can’t quite cut it with its front-wheel drive. The Seltos, on the other hand, boasts all-wheel drive for superior traction when the going gets tough.

Specifications:2021 Kia Seltos LX2021 Nissan Kicks S
Engine2.0L Nu Atkinson1.6L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder
Torque (lb-ft)132114
TransmissionIntelligent Variable TransmissionCVT
Fuel Efficiency (combined) (L/100 km)8.27.2


Kia Seltos Safety

From traditional safety elements like its 6 airbag system to advanced modern features like Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and more, your Seltos has every base covered for terrific peace-of-mind. Safety and support is even available when you’re not in your vehicle, thanks to the UVO Intelligence app connection through your smartphone, allowing you to keep tabs on your SUV at all times.

Nissan Kicks Safety

While coming in a small package, the Nissan Kicks packs quite a bit of safety tech inside its slight frame. Onboard is advanced technology in the Safety Shield 360, itself a member of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility set of features that help monitor all around the vehicle. Further driver-assist technologies like Intelligent Cruise Control and the Intelligent Around View Monitor help round out a solid selection of modern safety tech in the Kicks.

Kia Seltos vs. Nissan Kicks Verdict

Starting at a price of $23,095 for the 2021 Kia Seltos and $19,898 for the 2021 Nissan Kicks, when it comes down to it the Kicks is more style over substance, while the Seltos is a versatile option through every section and ticks each style and substance box. The two may be similar in interior and exterior features, and the Kicks with a few more safety features, but the Seltos is better suited for diverse needs and maintains a huge gulp in the power and capability section. That price difference is easily made up when you factor in all that the Seltos offers that the Kicks can’t quite keep up with in ability.


The only true way to feel this Kia Seltos difference is to drive one yourself, so book a test drive and experience the wonders of this all-new Kia model. Our convenient location in the GTA allows us to expertly serve all of our local Mississauga and Toronto customers with all of their Kia needs, from sales to service to parts. If you have any questions about this 2021 Seltos, or our dealership at large, please just contact us, today!

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