We ordered our '22 Seltos LX AWD on 02 Nov 2021, and they still don't even have a build date. Talking with the salesman (nice guy who I know since I used to do photos and the website for this dealer), and he told me a few of the first '23 Sportages are coming in this weekend. One is a base AWD and the only option is floor mats. Same color (steel gray) as the Seltos we ordered. We put our name on it for "first dibs."
After ordering the Seltos, I wondered about the logic of having two almost-identically sized cars - we also have a '20 Soul LX. I think we would miss the room of the Forester on long trips. Seeing that we are both in our mid-60s, retired, and having minor health issues, I'm hoping to do a lot of traveling the next 5 (or more) years.
The '23 Sportage is about 6 inches longer than the '22, and has roughly 74 cubic feet of luggage space in the back with the seats down. For comparison the Soul and Seltos have 62 cu/ft. EPA shows 23 MPG City and 28 MPG highway. That's 3-4 MPG less than the Seltos, but I can live with that.
With the generous trade-in on our '19 Subaru Forester, the Seltos was going to only cost us about $2,000 out-the-door. The Sportage will be about $7,500. That's with no markup on sticker. Sorry kids - there goes your inheritance. HaHa! Remember, too, the true cost of ownership is the difference between what you buy it for and what you sell it for later. I'm guessing the $$ depreciation on a Seltos or Sportage the first 5-6 years will be pretty similar. Plus, the Sportage is a '23.
The Sportage has a 2.5 engine that has been used by Hyundai for 2 years and has a pretty good track record. It has both GDI direct injection AND port injection, so intake carbon build-up should be less of a problem. Although, we had a 2013 Soul 1.6 with GDI and it ran like new when we traded at 95K miles. I do like the simple MPI alone on the Seltos. The '23 Sportage also has an 8-speed automatic (not IVT/CVT), and an extra inch of ground clearance.
If we were going to whittle down to just one car, I think we would wait for the Seltos, since it would have AWD and all the room we need 90% of the time. But, since we have the Soul, we can splurge a little and also have a roomier car for trips.
We'll see if we like it when it arrives. I will update later.