In the very competitive category of small utility vehicles, two new products set to experience great success: the Mazda CX-30 and the Kia Seltos. These two vehicles will have to make their mark, especially against the Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek, Nissan Qashqai, Hyundai Kona and Chevrolet Trailblazer of this world.
To help you see more clearly, we have analyzed their specifications. Here is what came out.
Powertrain: Mazda CX-30 advantage
In this regard, the two manufacturers offer comparable approaches. At the entry level, Kia offers a 2.0-liter four-cylinder having a cavalry of 146 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, while Mazda also provides a 2.0-liter engine, but which generates 155 horsepower and 150 lb- ft of torque. One is mated to a continuously variable transmission that simulates eight gears and the other uses a six-speed automatic transmission.
The two manufacturers also offer optional engines for better performance:
- Kia: 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder / 175 horsepower / 195 lb-ft of torque / seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
- Mazda: 2.5-liter four-cylinder / 186 horsepower / 186 lb-ft of torque / 6-speed automatic
All powertrains can be paired with two or four wheel drive cogs.
Mazda sets itself apart with a more efficient third engine. The latter, a turbocharged 2.5-liter, develops 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque with 87-octane gasoline (the figures go up to 250 and 320, respectively, with octane gasoline). 93).
Consumption: Kia Seltos advantage
Although the two vehicles have similar fuel consumption ratings, the Advantage goes to the Kia Seltos. In the front-wheel drive version, the Seltos obtains a combined consumption of 7.7 L / 100 km, while that goes up to 8.1 L / 100 km for the CX-30 with its smaller engine.
The trend continues with all-wheel drive variants:
- Kia: 8.2 L / 100 km (2.0 liters) / 8.7 L / 100 km (1.6 Turbo)
- Mazda: 8.6 L / 100 km (2.0 liters) / 8.9 L / 100 km (2.5)
Safety: the Mazda CX-30 advantage
The Mazda CX-30 earns an overall five-star rating in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reviews. Thus, the vehicle obtained a perfect score in frontal and side collisions. It did, however, lose a star in the rollover stress test.
On the Seltos side, the average is lowered to four stars because of the lower score in frontal collisions on the passenger side.
Space: Kia Seltos advantage
By its vocation, an SUV must be practical, so space management becomes a key element in the segment. In this sense, Kia wins thanks to its square design at the rear, unlike Mazda’s more elusive styling.
In the trunk, the Seltos has a volume of 752 liters against 572 for the CX-30. By lowering the seats, the figure rises to 1,778 liters for the Kia and 1,280 liters for the Mazda.
In addition, the Seltos trunk sill is at the same level as the floor, which makes loading much easier. On the other hand, note that towing is not recommended for both vehicles.
Infotainment system: tie
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Let’s start with the similarities. First, both come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The head-up display is only found in the most upscale models. The Bose-branded luxury audio system is optional for both vehicles.
The differences, though not very notable, can influence a consumer’s choice of viewing and use experience. The Mazda CX-30’s infotainment screen measures 8.8 inches for all versions of the model. At the same time, the entry-level versions of the Seltos receive an eight-inch screen, but 10.25 inches for the more opulent versions.
Same principle for the dashboard screen. Only one dimension at Mazda – 7 inches – while from the start, the Kia arrives with a screen of 3.5 inches and seven inches for the more upscale models. Finally, the CX-30 allows users to connect two devices through USB inputs. The Seltos has only one USB port and one audio port.
Price: Kia Seltos advantage
Generally, the price range of the Kia Seltos is more attractive than that of the Mazda CX-30. The Seltos LX costs $ 22,995 ($ 24,995 for all-wheel drive) versus $ 24,550 for a CX-30 GX ($ 26,050 for all-wheel drive).
This trend continues up to more high-end models:
GS: $ 27,350 (TA) and $ 28,850 (AWD)
GS with Luxury Package: $ 30,750 (AWD)
GT: $ 33,850 (AWD)
EX: $ 27,595 (TI)
EX Premium: $ 30,595 (TI)
SX: $ 32,595 (TI)
Warranties: the Mazda CX-30 advantage
As much at Mazda as at Kia, the guarantees are rather generous. By comparing basic coverage, Mazda is playing the short-term card by offering three years of protection, but with unlimited mileage.
Kia, for its part, goes there with a five-year warranty, but limited to 100,000 km.
On the other hand, Mazda offers a program that allows it to have a specific guarantee. Indeed, its powertrain warranty (5 years) and its protection against perforation (8 years) are extended to an unlimited mileage. At Kia, it’s 5 years / 100,000 km and 5 years / unlimited respectively.