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Autocar India made this great review that goes though which one of the trims you should get. Yes it's tailored to the Indian market but it's still worth the watch.

 

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What to buy for yourself is personal and subject to your needs and whims. I don't know how an article somehow determines what you should purchase. If you need someone to tell you what you should buy, I don't know what to say.

It seems simply enough to me. Find out what you want and what you need. Figure out if you can afford it. Adjust accordingly if necessary. Then negotiate your best price.
 

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lx awd -canadian version in grey or silver works for me
 

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my consideration is the EX in Lunar Orange based on features and my budget, but till you can get to a dealership to check it out it's going to have to wait on the back burner, certainly not purchasing something this expensive without driving it.
However, the CX-30 GS in FWD is a very serious contender against this model.
 

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my consideration is the EX in Lunar Orange based on features and my budget, but till you can get to a dealership to check it out it's going to have to wait on the back burner, certainly not purchasing something this expensive without driving it.
However, the CX-30 GS in FWD is a very serious contender against this model.
I know you from the Soul message boards :) . Theres been a lunar orange ex Soul at local dealer almost all winter that I've kept an eye on .Its in the upper half of the color choices I'd make since its not too loud compared to red or white. I've yet to test drive one even though I've been interested in them since 2013 .I've informed my honda dealer that I'm buying out the lease of my 2016 crv in june ; this way I can be a free agent during the summer when I shop around or heck just keep the crv until powertrain gets closer to expiring which would be june 2021

I take it your not interested in the new souls (generation 3) ? The transmission problems faced by some are scaring me off but the Seltos has same engine / tranny so thats of concern too .Theres no longer a mazda dealership in my small city canada ; the owner changed it to a Hyundai dealership so I havent bothered researching the mazda suv's even though I've heard good things .

Have you looked into the Tuscon awd or fwd essential ? Only negatives would be steel wheels instead of alloys and no heated steering wheel which I know you love according to your posts at the Soul board :) . I'd hate to lease a tuscon and have this fella that owns the place shut down or change to another brand .

cant wait to start actually taking these assorted suv's on test drives when things settle down with covid .
 

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waynorth - please fill out your location under Account Settings. (Canada is a big country)

You are right I'm not interested in the G3 Soul anymore, I've own two Soul's (been great vehicles) but just want a change. I did check out a 2020 Soul EX Premium at my last visit to my local dealer when my current Soul was in for service.
I don't like large vehicles, so the Tuscon would be the case, same as why I'm not considering the Sportage, the Seltos is plenty large enough for my use. In the Honda lineup the H-RV would be similar size to the Seltos, but I don't like it. Checked it out when I was making my change to my current 2016 Soul SX, it had some good features (just like every vehicle you look at) but the overall package and price was not good for my use.

At the moment, based on all the photos I've been able to take (prior to all this shut-down) and info I've been able to gather from the internet, the CX-30 GS FWD is still the top of my list.
I've composed many side-by-side shots of the Seltos EX vs the CX-30 GS on my computer, which I can study in detail to the comparisons between the two vehicles.
 

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yeah honda needs to lower the price on the HRV and also lower the lease rates . Its remained a contender for me due to my loyalty but its lacking in features that come standard in some kia models .
 

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I was focused on SX Turbo since it has the features I really wanted and that’s what I bought in Lunar Orange.
Could have done without AWD and the ”drivers assistance“ stuff but all the manufacturers force those on you if you want options found only in upper trims. I can live with the AWD and most of the DA can be turned off or made less intrusive.
Only other serious contenders were CX-30 GT, CX-5 Signature and Tiguan Highline.
 

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Forgot one other contender, Kia Soul GT line Limited which is the top trim in Canada and it has the 2.0/IVT. It was a tough choice between it and the Seltos especially considering the difference in price with incentives.
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I was focused on SX Turbo since it has the features I really wanted and that’s what I bought in Lunar Orange.
Could have done without AWD and the ”drivers assistance“ stuff but all the manufacturers force those on you if you want options found only in upper trims. I can live with the AWD and most of the DA can be turned off or made less intrusive.
Only other serious contenders were CX-30 GT, CX-5 Signature and Tiguan Highline.
Out of those ones, which one do you think gives the Seltos the biggest run for its money?
 

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That's a tough one. Out of those 3 the CX-5 was the only that matched up in space and features I wanted but was way more money and not real exciting. The CX-30 was closer in price but less room and missing some desired features. The Tiguan was only in it because I've been a VW/Audi guy pretty much all my life but it's too big, slow and expensive for what you get. TBH the Soul GT Limited (no turbo in Canada) comes closest and I seriously considered it as well. It had good incentives and the dealer was very willing to negotiate. The extra space, styling and driving dynamics made the extra cost for the Seltos worth it. I looked at Kona, RAV4, CRV, Crosstrek and a few others. The Subaru was the only one of those I drove and it didn't take long to eliminate it.
 

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That's a tough one. Out of those 3 the CX-5 was the only that matched up in space and features I wanted but was way more money and not real exciting. The CX-30 was closer in price but less room and missing some desired features. The Tiguan was only in it because I've been a VW/Audi guy pretty much all my life but it's too big, slow and expensive for what you get. TBH the Soul GT Limited (no turbo in Canada) comes closest and I seriously considered it as well. It had good incentives and the dealer was very willing to negotiate. The extra space, styling and driving dynamics made the extra cost for the Seltos worth it. I looked at Kona, RAV4, CRV, Crosstrek and a few others. The Subaru was the only one of those I drove and it didn't take long to eliminate it.
I've found VW's to be great cars but in terms of pricing I've always felt you're not always getting what you pay for. As for the Crosstrek, I've driven one and I found it to be a decent drive, what did do it for you?
 

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I've found VW's to be great cars but in terms of pricing I've always felt you're not always getting what you pay for. As for the Crosstrek, I've driven one and I found it to be a decent drive, what did do it for you?
I found it decent as well. Powertrain, NVH and infotainment were the downsides along with price and cost of ownership. Didn’t like the CVT and being used to the early torque from VAG turbo engines I find the 1.6T more to my liking. I also really like the DCT having had one in an A3. Just hope it holds up. Subaru infotainment requires using the touchscreen too much and I find I can do most things quickly and easily in the Seltos without needing to touch the screen. I really like Mazda’s approach which is what I was used to in my A4.
 
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