Kia Has Seven SUV Models to Choose From: Let’s Compare Each Vehicle by Size and Feature

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by Bethan Ostermann



Kia offers a robust SUV lineup. From the compact cult favourite Kia Soul and to the multi-award-winning Kia Telluride. But really, how do they all compare? What’s the difference between the Kia SUV models? How do I make the best choice for my lifestyle?

We’re going to break it all down for you focusing on all of Kia’s SUV offerings, from largest to smallest:




A full-sized SUV, the Kia Telluride looks like nothing else in the Kia lineup. Built on a beefed-up platform, the Telluride is boxy and strong. It has won every award possible including the 2020 World Car of the Year, Auto-Trader Best SUV, AJAC Best Large Utility Vehicle, North American Car of the Year, Motortrend SUV of the Year, IIHS Top Safety Pick. To say it was an immediate success is an understatement. Here are the highlights:

  • SEATING – Seven- and eight-seat layouts are available. The 7-passenger captain seats are available from the SX model up.
  • PERFORMANCE: AWD, 3.8-liter V-6 under its hood, producing 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. 9.7 litres/km.
  • TOWING – up to 5000 lbs
  • ELECTRIC OPTIONS – none currently available
  • CARGO VOLUME – behind 1st row 2455 litres, 2nd row 1304 litres, 3rd row 601 litres
  • PASSENGER VOLUME – 5043 litres
  • COMPARES TO – other 3-row full-size SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, Chevy Tahoe, and other similar models.
  • PRICING – from $46,995
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  • More information / inventory / ordering
  • More Telluride blog posts / reviews / comparisons




The Sorento approaches midsize territory with an optional third row boosting its seating capacity to 6 or 7. Fully redesigned inside and out for 2021, it is one of Kia’s most long-running models, debuting in 2002. Because it’s a bit smaller than traditional midsize family crossovers like the Honda Pilot, Volkswagen Atlas, and Toyota Highlander, it is in a unique position within the marketplace. It truly is in a category all its own – seating for more, in a zippy, maneuverable compact ride.

The most recent model has won the JD Power Best Long-Term Dependability among Midsize SUVs, IIHS Top Safety Pick, and JD Power Best In Initial Quality Among Upper Midsize SUVs.

  • SEATING – the LX trims have seating for 7, while the X-Line, and EX and SX trims have 6-passenger captains chairs
  • PERFORMANCE – AWD 2.5 L 4-cyl 191 hp, 181 lb-ft torque. 2.5 litre Turbo-GDI with 311 lb-ft torque available in X-Line, EX or SX models
  • TOWING – Up to 2800 lbs with the 2.5L and 3500 with the 2.5 T.
  • ELECTRIC OPTIONS – available in HEV and PHEV
  • CARGO VOLUME – behind 1st row 2139 litres, 2nd row 1274 litres, 3rd row 357 litres
  • PASSENGER VOLUME – 4366 litres
  • COMPARES TO – sits in its own category but would compare to other 3-row SUVs or other 2-row SUVs like Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Subaru Ascent, Volkswagen Atlas, Mazda CX-9.
  • PRICING – from $34,595 / HEV/PHEV – from $36,695
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  • More information / inventory / ordering
  • More Sorento blog posts / reviews / comparisons




The EV6 is Kia’s first dedicated EV. The striking crossover is built on the same Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) that will underpin a slew of new Kia EVs. With an estimated range of up to 500 kms and mind-blowing quick-charging rates thanks to its 800-volt architecture, it’s no wonder the first run of EV6 in Canada sold out in just a few minutes. It offers two different batteries, rear- or all-wheel drive, and between 167 and 576 horsepower. The latter applies to the range-topping EV6 GT, which allegedly can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds.

  • SEATING – seating for 5
  • PERFORMANCE – The EV6 offers two battery sizes: a 58.0-kWh and a 77.4-kWh pack. The smaller battery has an EPA-rated range of 373 kms; the larger, long-range battery is EPA-rated at up to 500 kms. Along with an operating voltage of 800 volts, it can be charged from 10 to 80% in under 18 minutes when plugged into a 350-kW fast charger. This same setup is also said to add 110+ kms in less than 5 minutes.
  • ELECTRIC OPTIONS – available in EV only.
  • CARGO VOLUME – behind 1st row 1529 litres, behind 2nd row 792 litres, 53 litres in the bonnet or frunk (front trunk, if you will).
  • PASSENGER VOLUME – The EV6 has a flat floor and a wheelbase as long as the three-row, mid-size Kia Telluride, so passenger space is very generous.
  • COMPARES TO – Tesla model Y or Hyundai Ioniq 5.
  • PRICING – Pricing for the Kia EV6 starts at $46,995 MSRP including freight and PDI
  • More information / inventory / ordering
  • More EV6 blog posts / reviews / comparisons





The Seltos is a 5-passenger compact SUV crossover, which essentially means it’s a small – but not too small – city SUV, perfect for zipping around town and roomy enough for long roadtrips. It is the largest subcompact SUV on the market. Designed to compete with the Hyundai Kona, Honda HR-V, Toyota CH-R, and Nissan Qashqai, the Seltos is sure to be a segment leader. It has won the Auto Trader Best Subcompact SUV award, and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

  • SEATING – seating for 5
  • PERFORMANCE – available in a 2.0 L Nu Atkinson 4-cyl engine or a 1.6 T-GDI 4-cyl (SX). Has 146 ho 132 lb-ft torque / 175 hp 195 lb-ft torque. Standard front-wheel drive for base LX model, but comes in AWD from LX-AWD on.
  • ELECTRIC OPTIONS – none currently available
  • CARGO CAPACITY – behind 1st row 1778 litres, 2nd row 752 litres
  • PASSENGER CAPACITY – 753 litres
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  • More information / inventory / ordering
  • PRICING – from $23,595
  • More Seltos blog posts / reviews / comparisons




The compact Kia Sportage received a completed redesign inside and out for the 2023 model year, expected out later 2022. It will be similar in design to the new Sorento and Seltos, featuring a dramatically new exterior and sleek interior. However, the face of the Sportage is most closely related to the design of the EV6, which debuted earlier this year as our new all-electric crossover. It will be larger than the previous-generation Sportage: 7.1 inches longer, and slightly taller and wider

The Sportage has long been Kia’s most popular SUV. It competes in the compact class with seating for 5. So, it counts vehicles like the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, and Honda CR-V among its main competitors.

The 2023 Sportage will come in LX, EX, SX, SX-Prestige, X-Line, Sportage X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige trim levels.

  • SEATING – seating for 5
  • CARGO CAPACITY – behind 2nd row 1121 litres
  • PASSENGER CAPACITY – the only stat currently available is that it has 41.3” of rear leg room
    • Slightly more power from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder
    • New eight-speed automatic transmission
    • AWD models add 1.5 inches in ground clearance over the previous Sportage
    • Revamped interior with updated dashboard, air vents, center console, and shifter
    • Touchpad for climate and audio controls
    • Increased rear legroom and rear cargo capacity
    • Available dual curved 12.3-inch display screens
    • Wi-Fi Hotspot connects up to five devices to the internet
    • X-Line, X-Pro, and X-Pro Prestige trims join the lineup
    • Available 360-degree view camera and blind-spot view monitor within the instrument cluster
    • Hybrid model is on the way
  • PRICING – from $25,995
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  • More information / inventory / ordering
  • More Sportage blog posts / reviews / comparisons




The Kia Niro is a 5-seater compact crossover SUV. Available in hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid, or full electric, it is has been a winner for eco-minded car buyers since its debut in 2016. The Niro and the Kia Soul are similar in size, although the Niro is considered a compact SUV, and the Soul and subcompact SUV.

  • SEATING – seating for 5
  • ELECTRIC OPTIONS – available in HEV, PHEV and EV
  • PERFORMANCE – 1.6 l Kappa GDI 4-cyl engine. Gas engine: 104 HP; electric engine: 43 hp; combined performance mode 139 hp. HEV fuel economy 4.5-5.8 l/100km; PHEV fuel economy 5.1 l/100km. The EV comes with a FWD permanent magnetic AC synchronous motor with a lithium ion polymer battery in a 356 V option (385 km range).
  • CARGO VOLUME – trunk 635 litres (HEV), 548 litres (PHEV), 629 litres (EV). 1804 litres with 2nd row folded.
  • PASSENGER VOLUME – 2857 litres
  • COMPARES TO – Hyundai Kona or Toyota Prius
  • PRICING – from $26,995 / PHEV – from $34,595 / EV – from $44,595
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  • More information / inventory / ordering
  • More Niro blog posts / reviews / comparisons




The Kia Soul is a 5-seater subcompact crossover SUV that first hit Canadian roads in 2009. Available with a gas engine or as a fully electric vehicle (since 2014). The Soul is iconic and a bit of a cult favourite (think: those catchy hamster commercials). It’s sits higher than the Niro. If you’re looking for cargo options – the Soul has a cargo floor that raises or lowers depending on your cargo needs (110+ litres difference).

  • SEATING – seating for 5
  • ELECTRIC OPTIONS – available in a traditional gas engine or EV
  • PERFORMANCE – FWD 2.0 L Nu Atkinson 4-cyl 147 hp 132 lb-ft torque. The EV comes with a FWD permanent magnetic AC synchronous motor with a lithium ion polymer battery: in a 326 V (248 km range) or 356 V option (383 km range).
  • CARGO VOLUME – trunk 530 litres floor raised; 663 litres floor lowered (gas + EV). 1758 litres with 2nd row folded.
  • PASSENGER VOLUME – 2860 litres
  • COMPARES TO – Hyundai Kona or Toyota Prius
  • PRICING – from $21,195 / EV – from $42,995
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  • More information / inventory / ordering
  • More Soul blog posts / reviews / comparisons








With so many SUV models to choose from, finding your next Kia might be a hard decision! For more information give us a call at 250-360-1111 or email us at Inventory is limited right now. But that just means there’s no need to settle for your second or third choice of colour, model, or features. Your first choice vehicle can be on its way in just a few easy steps – most people opt to factory order in 2022. But feel free to browse our inventory – more vehicles arrives each week.