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    2020 Honda City New vs Kia Seltos - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    by Lakshya Khanna Dates: 23 Jul 2020

    Which car is better: Honda City or Kia Seltos? We compare prices, dimensions, engine specs, mileage and performance to find out which car offers better value for money.


    2020 Honda City New vs Kia Seltos

    City 2020 vs Seltos 2020 | Price Comparison - Which One Is Cheaper?

    CITY VS SELTOS | PRICE COMPARISON

    EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI

    PETROL MANUAL

    Honda City

    Kia Seltos

    Variants

    Price (in lakh)

    Variants

    Price (in lakh)

    V

    ₹10.90

    HTE

    ₹9.89

    VX

    ₹12.26

    HTK

    ₹10.29

    ZX

    ₹13.15

    HTK+

    ₹11.49

     -

    HTX

    ₹13.09

     -

    GTK

    ₹13.79

       

    GTX

    ₹15.29

       

    GTX+

    ₹16.29


    Honda City prices start from Rs. 10.90 lakh and go up to Rs. 13.15 lakh for petrol manual powertrain. The Kia Seltos petrol manual prices start from Rs. 9.89 lakh and go up to Rs. 16.29 lakh. Kia Seltos has a lower starting price but its top variant is much more expensive than the Honda City’s top ZX variant.

    CITY VS SELTOS | PRICE COMPARISON

    EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI

    PETROL AUTOMATIC

    Honda City

    Kia Seltos

    Variants

    Price (in lakh)

    Variants

    Price (in lakh)

    V

    ₹12.20

    HTX

    ₹14.09

    VX

    ₹13.56

    GTX

    ₹16.29

    ZX

    ₹14.45

    GTX+

    ₹17.29


    For the petrol automatic powertrain, Honda City prices start from Rs. 12.20 lakh and Kia Seltos starts from Rs. 14.09 lakh. With the petrol automatic powertrain, The Seltos petrol automatic is more expensive than the new City.

    CITY VS SELTOS | PRICE COMPARISON

    EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI

    DIESEL MANUAL

    Honda City

    Kia Seltos

    Variants

    Price (in lakh)

    Variants

    Price (in lakh)

    V

    ₹12.40

    HTE

    ₹10.34

    VX

    ₹13.76

    HTK

    ₹11.54

    ZX

    ₹14.65

    HTK+

    ₹12.54

     -

    HTX

    ₹14.14

     -  

    HTX+

    ₹15.34


    2020 Honda City prices start from Rs. 12.40 lakh and go up to Rs. 14.65 lakh for diesel manual powertrain. The Kia Seltos diesel manual prices start from Rs. 10.34 lakh and go up to Rs. 15.34 lakh. Kia Seltos has a lower starting price but its top variant is a lot more expensive than the top-spec City diesel ZX.

    City 2020 vs Seltos 2020 | Dimension Comparison - Which One Is Bigger?

    Honda City is 4549mm long, 1748mm wide and 1489mm tall and rides on a wheelbase measuring 2600mm. The Honda City has a boot space of 506 litres. The Kia Seltos measures 4315mm in length, 1800mm in width and 1645mm in height. The wheelbase of Kia Seltos is 2610mm and it has a boot space of 433 litres.

    A wider body normally results in better shoulder room inside the car while a higher roof makes it easier to get in and out of the car. A higher ground clearance makes it easier to go over tall speed breakers or drive on broken roads. The wheelbase is the distance between the centre of the front and rear wheels. A longer wheelbase often results in more cabin space. A larger boot allows you to carry more luggage.

    Also read - New Honda City 2020 vs C-Segment Competition - Price, Specs, Mileage, Dimensions Comparison

    CITY VS SELTOS | DIMENSION COMPARISON

    Dimensions

    Honda City

    Difference

    Kia Seltos

    Length (mm)

    4549

    234

    4315

    Width (mm)

    1748

    52

    1800

    Height (mm)

    1489

    156

    1645

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2600

    10

    2610

    Boot Space (litre)

    506

    73

    433

    Ground Clearance(mm)

    165

    25

    190

    Fuel Tank (litre)

    40

    10

    50


    Dimension Review

    • City is longer than Seltos by 234mm.
    • Seltos is wider than City by 52mm.
    • Seltos is taller than City by 156mm.
    • Seltos has a longer wheelbase than City; by 10mm.
    • City has 73 litres more boot space than Seltos.
    • Seltos has 190mm ground clearance, which is 25mm more than than the 5th gen City.

    Also read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Skoda Rapid - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    In terms of dimensions, Seltos is a larger car compared to City. Although the 5th gen City is much longer than the Seltos, the high roofline of an SUV gives it better road presence.

    City 2020 vs Seltos 2020 | Engine Specs Comparison - Which One has Better Performance?

    CITY VS SELTOS | ENGINE COMPARISON

    PETROL ENGINE

     

    Honda City

    Kia Seltos

    Kia Seltos

    Engine Type

    Petrol

    Petrol

    Turbo Petrol

    Displacement

    1.5L

    1.5L

    1.4L

    Cylinder

    4

    4

    4

    Maximum Power

    121PS @ 6600rpm

    115PS @ 6300rpm

    140PS @ 6000rpm

    Peak Torque

    145Nm @ 4300rpm

    144Nm @ 4500rpm

    242Nm @ 1500-3200rpm

    Manual Transmission

    6-speed

    6-Speed

    6-Speed

    Manual Claimed FE

    17.8kmpl

    16.8kmpl

    16.1kmpl

    Automatic Transmission

    CVT

    CVT

    7-Speed DCT

    Automatic Claimed FE

    18.4kmpl

    16.8kmpl

    16.2kmpl


    City Petrol vs Seltos Petrol

    Honda City gets a 1.5L petrol 4-cylinder engine that makes 121PS of maximum power and 145Nm of peak torque. It is available with a 6-speed manual and a CVT type automatic transmission. The Honda City petrol manual has a fuel-efficiency of 17.8kmpl while the automatic claims to return a figure of 18.4kmpl.

    The Kia Seltos gets a 1.4L 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine that makes 140PS of maximum power and 242Nm of peak torque. It is only available with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT type automatic transmission. The Kia Seltos turbo petrol manual has a fuel-efficiency of 16.1kmpl while the automatic claims to return a figure of 16.2kmpl.

    There’s also a 1.5L petrol 4-cylinder engine that makes 115PS of maximum power and 144Nm of peak torque. It is available with a 6-speed manual and CVT type automatic transmission. The Kia Seltos 1.5 petrol manual has a fuel-efficiency of 16.8kmpl while the automatic claims to return a figure of 16.8kmpl.

    Petrol Engine Review

    • The City has a more powerful engine than Seltos 1.5.
    • City's engine produces more torque than Seltos's 1.5.
    • Seltos turbo has much better power and torque output than the Honda City. The Seltos turbo petrol engine will have the best drivability because of better torque-to-weight ratio.
    • The new City petrol manual is more fuel-efficient than the Seltos petrol.

    Also read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Volkswagen Vento - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    CITY VS SELTOS | ENGINE COMPARISON

    DIESEL ENGINE

     

    Honda City

    Kia Seltos

    Engine Type

    Diesel

    Diesel

    Displacement

    1.5L

    1.5L

    Cylinder

    4

    4

    Maximum Power

    100PS @ 3600rpm

    115PS @ 4000rpm

    Peak Torque

    200Nm @ 1750rpm

    250Nm @ 1500-2750rpm

    Manual Transmission

    6-speed

    6-Speed

    Manual Claimed FE

    24.1kmpl

    20.8kmpl

    Automatic Transmission

    -

    6-Speed AT

    Automatic Claimed FE

    -

    17.8kmpl


    City 1.5L Diesel vs Seltos 1.5L Diesel

    Honda City gets a 1.5L diesel 4-cylinder engine that makes 100PS of maximum power and 200Nm of peak torque. It is available with a 6-speed manual transmission and returns a fuel-efficiency of 24.1kmpl.

    Kia Seltos gets a 1.5L diesel 4-cylinder engine that makes 115PS of maximum power and 250Nm of peak torque. It is available with a 6-speed manual and 6-Speed AT type automatic transmission. The Kia Seltos diesel manual has a fuel-efficiency of 20.8kmpl while the automatic claims to return a figure of 17.8kmpl.

    Diesel Engine Review

    • Seltos has a more powerful engine than the new City.
    • Seltos' engine also produces more torque than the 2020 City.
    • City diesel manual is a lot more fuel-efficient than Seltos manual.
    • The City is not available with a diesel engine and an automatic transmission.

    City 2020 vs Seltos 2020 | Feature Comparison - Which Is Better?

    Notable top features of City 2020 are:

    • LED headlamps w/ LED DRL
    • Electric sunroof
    • R16 alloy wheels
    • 8-inch touchscreen w/ Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
    • Side & curtain airbags
    • Lane watch camera
    • 7-inch MID screen w/ digital speedometer & tachometer
    • Smart key w/ push start/stop button
    • Auto AC w/ rear vents
    • Auto headlamps
    • Internet-connected telematics features with Alexa voice commands
    • Auto-dimming IRVM
    • Front and rear armrests

    Also read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Toyota Yaris - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    Notable top features of Seltos 2020 are:

    • LED Headlamp & LED DRL w/ LED Lightbar
    • Auto-Dimming IRVM
    • R17 Alloy Wheels
    • 25-inch Touchscreen w/ Navigation
    • Automatic Headlamps
    • Ambient Mood Lighting
    • Cruise Control
    • Internet-connected telematics features
    • Smart Key w/ Push Start/Stop Button
    • Auto AC
    • Telescopic Steering
    • Rear Door Window Sunshade Curtain
    • Front and rear armrests

    Is the Honda City Better than the Kia Seltos?

    Price of the base variant of Honda City is Rs. 10.90 lakh and Kia Seltos is Rs. 9.89 lakh (both ex-showroom). Entry-level price of Kia Seltos is lower. Higher variants of the Seltos are more expensive than the new City.

    In terms of dimensions, Seltos is bigger than the City. So, it’ll have better road presence than the 2020 City.

    For petrol powertrain, City's engine offers more torque than the Seltos 1.5. But, the Seltos turbo is far more powerful and torquier than the City. The Seltos turbo will have the best drivability because of strong torque in the bottom and mid-range. The City is more fuel-efficient than the Seltos regardless of which engine-transmission option you pick.

    Also Read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Hyundai Verna - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    For diesel manual powertrain, Seltos's engine offers more torque, so it will offer better driveability compared to City diesel. But, the City has far better fuel efficiency than the Seltos. So, it’ll have lower fuel costs.

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he’s mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He’s usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars’ editorial team. 

    Twitter handle: @lakshya_khanna



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