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MAZDA CX-30 vs Kia Seltos


Your search for your dream SUV has brought you to the Mazda CX-30 and the Kia Seltos, two game-changing sets of wheels. Either one would be a good choice, but do you know the differences between them?

The team at Paretti Mazda is here to point them out for drivers in Metairie, Harvey, and New Orleans, Louisiana, in this Mazda CX-30 vs. Kia Seltos comparison!


Mazda CX-30 Performance

MAZDA CX-30 vs Kia Seltos: Performance

Driving an SUV like the Mazda CX-30 or the Kia Seltos means you’ve got a lot of power in the palm of your hands thanks to the engines you’ll find under the hood. Starting with the Kia, the base engine is a 2.0L 4-cylinder that produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. If you upgrade to a higher trim, you’ll get a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine with 175 horsepower.

While those two engines are nothing to bat an eye at, the Mazda CX-30 has more to say by way of a Skyactiv®-G 2.5 4-cylinder engine that produces 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. Upgrading to a higher trim level means you can truly maximize how much power you’ll have with a Skyactiv®-G 2.5L Turbo engine that produces between 227 and 250 horsepower and between 310 and 320 lb-ft of torque.

With these numbers in mind, if you’re looking for seemingly unlimited power, the Mazda CX-30 is the way to go.


Mazda vs Kia: Trim Levels

Are you someone who likes options? If so, the Mazda CX-30 and the Kia Seltos offer multiple trim levels to choose from, all of which bring something truly unique to the table. Let’s start by looking at the Kia trims:

  • LX
  • S
  • Nightfall Edition
  • EX
  • SX Turbo

Selecting from these five trims would make even the pickiest of drivers happy. However, the Mazda CX-30 ups the ante by offering seven trims, which feature: 2.5 S, Select, Preferred, Premium, 2.5 Turbo, 2.5 Turbo Premium, and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus. So, if you want a bigger selection of trim levels, go with the Mazda CX-30.


Mazda CX-30 Tech

MAZDA CX-30 vs Kia Seltos: Infotainment

While no trip taken in the Mazda CX-30 or the Kia Seltos is boring, it’s always a good idea to make it even more enjoyable by having your favorite songs playing in the cabin. Both automotive beasts have amazing infotainment systems that provide the ability to connect seamlessly to your digital world.

Both SUVs have standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto thanks to wireless Bluetooth® connectivity, but did you know the infotainment screen in the Mazda is bigger? In the Kia, you’ll have an 8-inch screen, while the screen in the Mazda is 8.8 inches.

What further sets the Mazda apart in this realm is its ability to help you answer texts without having to pick up your phone, thanks to the standard SMS text message auto delivery and reply function. So, don’t worry about not being able to answer that important text quickly.

The Mazda CX-30 also comes with a standard mobile 911 automatic emergency notification, which will automatically dial 911 when the vehicle detects you’ve been in an accident. Unfortunately, the Kia doesn’t have a text delivery function or the ability to automatically call 911 for you.


MAZDA CX-30 vs Kia Seltos: Which One Wins?

When you put the Mazda CX-30 and the Kia Seltos against each other, it can be hard to choose. However, due to its powertrain options, trim levels, and infotainment features, the Paretti Mazda team believes the Mazda CX-30 is the superior set of wheels.

For drivers in Metairie, Harvey, and New Orleans, LA, the Mazda CX-30 is available at our Mazda dealership. Contact us today to set up a test drive!


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