4 Reasons to Buy a 2022 Kia Seltos, Not a Toyota Corolla Cross

The first-ever Toyota Corolla Cross has generated a great deal of buzz, but it faces stiff competition from other small crossover SUVs, including the Kia Seltos. Here are four reasons to buy a 2022 Kia Seltos, not a 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross.

2022 Kia Seltos offers a more powerful engine than the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

Starbright Yellow 2022 Kia Seltos parked near some rocks
2022 Kia Seltos | Kia

The first reason to buy a 2022 Kia Seltos instead of a 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is the Seltos offers a more powerful engine than the Corolla Cross. Its available turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine generates 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the Corolla Cross manages only 169 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque.

The more powerful engine in the Seltos translates to quicker acceleration. It has a 0-60 mph acceleration time as low as 7.3 seconds, compared to 9.2 seconds for the Corolla Cross.

2022 Seltos is more maneuverable than the 2022 Corolla Cross

Front view of Wind Chill Pearl 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross driving on a street at night
2022 Toyota Corolla Cross | Toyota

The second reason to buy a 2022 Kia Seltos instead of a 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is the Seltos is more maneuverable than the Corolla Cross. For one, the Seltos is 3.6 inches shorter than the Corolla Cross. Also, it has a shorter turning diameter (34.8 vs. 35.4 feet). 

This greater maneuverability enables the Seltos to more effectively drive through curves and around corners and weave in and out of city traffic. Also, the maneuverability and shorter length make it easier to park the Seltos.

Kia Seltos provides more interior space than the Toyota Corolla Cross

The third reason to buy a 2022 Kia Seltos instead of a 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is the Seltos provides more interior space than the Seltos. It has a total passenger volume of 99.0 cu-ft, compared to 95.0 cu-ft for the Corolla Cross. The more spacious interior is especially beneficial for the rear seats. The Seltos provides 38.0 inches of rear legroom, compared to 32.0 inches for the Corolla Cross.

Also, the Seltos offers more storage space. It has a maximum cargo capacity of 62.8 cu-ft, compared to 26.5 cu-ft for the Corolla Cross. 

2022 Seltos has better warranty coverage than the 2022 Corolla Cross

The fourth reason to buy a 2022 Kia Seltos instead of a 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is the Seltos has better warranty coverage than the Corolla Cross. It has the backing of a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. In comparison, the Corolla Cross only has a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Along with greater peace of mind, this stronger warranty coverage for the Seltos will likely result in having to pay less money for repairs over the long haul.

The 2022 Kia Seltos has advantages for its more powerful available engine, maneuverability, interior space, and warranty coverage. These advantages are key reasons to buy the Seltos instead of the Corolla Cross.

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