2021 Kia Seltos vs. 2021 Toyota C-HR in Mississauga, ON

The 2021 Kia Seltos is all-new and the Toyota C-HR is only a few years old itself, so it’s the perfect opportunity to compare these subcompact crossover SUVs! With similar drives to stay modern, thanks to the Seltos’ update on a traditional look and the C-HR’s new-age spin, their exterior style and the Kia’s performance upgrades help set them apart. Similar in a lot of categories, but separate on big sections like power and ability, explore below and compare how the 2021 Kia Seltos matches up against the 2021 Toyota C-HR, from us at 401 Dixie Kia in Mississauga!

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Exterior Design & Features

Kia Seltos Exterior

Do you want a fun-loving compact SUV with styling that represents the ultimate in modern design? Then you’ve got it in the Kia Seltos and the Toyota C-HR. The Seltos exists as a brand-new model with perfectly angled proportions that lead toward its bow-like grille. It expertly balances traditional SUV style with a modern flair that sets it apart from others on the road.

Toyota C-HR Exterior

The Toyota C-HR is firmly in the future, with a bold design that is sure to catch eyes. The entire vehicle is framed by dramatic side haunches that create a bulging look on the compact, mimicking the theme of curves around the vehicle. As such, its non-traditional design may not be for some with its fully-realized new crossover style, in comparison to the more traditional Seltos that maintains a classic look but more subtly modifies it for the current driver.

Specifications:2021 Kia Seltos LX2021 Toyota C-HR LE
Length (mm/in)4,370 / 1724,352 / 171.3
Width (mm/in)1,800 / 70.91,796 / 70.7
Height (mm/in)1,630 / 64.11,565 / 61.6
Wheelbase (mm/in)2,630 / 103.52,642 / 104.0
Ground Clearance (mm/in)185 / 7.3150 / 5.9
Curb Weight (lb/kg)3,185 / 1,444.73,3300 / 1,496.86

Interior Design & Features

Kia Seltos Interior

Being a new model, you can expect the best in the most aesthetically pleasing and constructed interior to enjoy on each and every drive. A beautiful look that balances function, everything from the centre console to the shift knob is just a convenient reach away. Even though the Seltos may be behind the C-HR in front row legroom, it more than makes up for that with its copious amount of head and shoulders room. Features include smart-key push-button start, Sofino leather seats with heated and air-cooled ability, 10.25-inch touchscreen, wireless charging and a Bose sound system.

Toyota C-HR Interior

Like the Seltos, the C-HR’s interior prioritizes comfort over all. Even still, it does offer a little bit less room to stretch out in, overall, than the Seltos, especially with that rear leg room, incredibly important for your passengers onboard. Highlighted interior features on the C-HR include standard heated front seats on the XLE Premium and Limited, 60/40 rear seats, available leather-wrapped steering wheel and a standard 8-inch touchscreen.

Specifications:2021 Kia Seltos EX2021 Toyota C-HR LE
Head Room (front) (mm/in)977 / 38.4968 / 38.1
Head Room (rear) (mm/in)975 / 38.3973 / 38.3
Shoulder Room (front) (mm/in)1,409 / 55.51,245 / 49.0
Shoulder Room (rear) (mm/in)1,395 / 54.91,334 / 52.5
Leg Room (front) (mm/in)1,051 / 41.31,105 / 43.5
Leg Room (rear) (mm/in)965 / 38805 / 31.7
Cargo Capacity, behind 1st row (L/cu-ft)1,778 / 62.81,031 / 36.4

Performance & Capability

Kia Seltos Performance

While their base-level trims have almost dead-even performance specifications, this is just the start for the Seltos, while that’s it for the C-HR. That’s the only engine available for the C-HR, the height of its power, whereas the 2021 Seltos on its SX Turbo top-level trim provides a 1.6L Turbo GDI engine, complete with 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft! Power is not all, as the Seltos also boasts all-wheel drive functionality, a must for our Mississauga winters.

Toyota C-HR Performance

The 2021 Toyota C-HR is only stuck with that 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, which is competitive on its base-level, but can’t match the upper tier of the Seltos. As well, no extra bad weather and road help is found on the C-HR, as it only comes in FWD with no AWD availability. To help, it does have features like Vehicle Stability Control, traction control and Hill-Start Assist Control to try and make up for the deficiency.

Specifications:2021 Kia Seltos LX2021 Toyota C-HR LE
Engine2.0L Nu Atkinson2.0L 4-cylinder VALVEMATIC
Torque (lb-ft)132139
TransmissionIntelligent Variable TransmissionCVTi-S
Fuel Efficiency (city/highway) (L/100 km)8.8 / 7.68.7 / 7.5


Kia Seltos Safety

Like its modern look would suggest, so will you enjoy the modern systems that one would expect to follow suit in a technologically-minded model such as the Seltos. You’ll find safety systems like Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, a rearview camera and more.

Toyota C-HR Safety

Toyota vehicles pride themselves on safety, and you’ll be met with a variety of systems to make your drive as safe as can be. This is centred around two major systems, the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 and the Star Safety system, each containing a selection of active and driver-assist technology to help you make informed decisions when out on the road.

Kia Seltos Vs. Toyota C-HR Verdict

Starting at $23,095 for the 2021 Kia Seltos, and $23,950 for the 2021 Toyota C-HR, these two subcompact crossover SUVs are incredibly comparable and similar on the surface, but digging down a bit deeper makes the decision quite clear. The C-HR is a unique city option that is sure to stand out on any downtown street, whereas the all-new Seltos provides a bit more versatility, from the city to off-road, in its still modern design, along with a host of upgraded performance features like AWD that come in clutch living in Mississauga.


You can read all about them, and we’re here to help you research all of our models here online, but what truly helps you feel the difference is a test drive, which you can book down below. However you want to shop or learn more, we at 401 Dixie Kia are happy to meet your needs in the GTA, whether it’s new or used sales, service, parts or more. Please contact us for more on the 2021 Kia Seltos, or with any questions you may have about our dealership!

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