2020 Kia Seltos Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

2020 Kia Seltos Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

Read on to find out which variant of the 2020 Kia Seltos diesel is the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the 2020 Seltoss diesel variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Kia Seltos with its competitors and other diesel C-segment SUVs.

 

2020 Kia Seltos

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Kia Seltos Diesel?

The pros or advantages of Seltos diesel 2020 are:

  • Aggressively priced base and well-equipped top variants.
  • Healthy torque-to-weight ratio of 186Nm/tonne and satisfactory mileage as well.
  • Option of a 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission with the diesel engine.
  • Non-polarizing style - both, inside and outside.
  • A decent number of luxurious touches in higher variants like power driver seat, rear window curtains, air purifier, UV cut glass, Bose music system, etc.
  • A healthy list of safety features - 6 airbags, ABS, TPMS, ESP, HSA, 360 camera, lane watch camera, front and rear parking sensors, etc.

The Kia Seltos diesel 2020 has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Missing features like power-adjustable front passenger seat, powered tailgate and a panoramic sunroof.
  • No auto AC lower three variants.
  • The base diesel variant costs more than a million bucks ex-showroom. Many states have a much higher registration fee for cars with a 7-digit price tag. It greatly affects the on-road pricing for the buyers.
  • The MG Hector and Hector Plus are within reach for Seltos diesel manual buyers. MG’s SUVs are bigger and they have more torque and more features.

Instead of reading, if you prefer watching, then here’s our Hindi Kia Seltos diesel variant breakdown video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxpc-Cb0wKQ

What Is The Price Of 2020 Kia Seltos Diesel?

As of August 2020, the Kia Seltos diesel variants cost between Rs.10.34 lakh and Rs. 17.34 lakh. The prices were revised in June 2020 but the price range remains unaffected by that because only the mid variants’ prices were updated.

The Seltos with a diesel engine and a manual transmission is available in 5 variants - HTE, HTK, HTK Plus, HTX and HTX Plus. The prices of Seltos diesel manual range between Rs. 10.34 lakh and Rs. 15.49 lakh. These prices are Rs. 15,000 - 30,000 higher than before.

 

KIA SELTOS DIESELMANUAL PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI  | AUG 2020

VARIANT

OLD PRICE

DIFFERENCE

NEW PRICE

HTE MT

₹10,34,000

NIL

₹10,34,000

HTK MT

₹11,54,000

₹15,000

₹11,69,000

HTK+ MT

₹12,54,000

₹15,000

₹12,69,000

HTX MT

₹14,14,000

₹30,000

₹14,44,000

HTX+ MT

₹15,34,000

₹15,000

₹15,49,000

 

The Seltos diesel with an automatic transmission is available in 3 variants - HTK Plus, HTX Plus and GTX Plus. Their prices start at Rs. 13.69 lakh and go up to Rs. 17.34 lakh. In this case, the prices went up by Rs. 15,000 for the lower two variants.

KIA SELTOS DIESEL AUTOMATIC PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI  | AUG 2020

VARIANT

OLD PRICE

DIFFERENCE

NEW PRICE

HTK+ AT

₹13,54,000

₹15,000

₹13,69,000

HTX+ AT

₹16,34,000

₹15,000

₹16,49,000

GTX+ AT

₹17,34,000

NIL

₹17,34,000

 

These prices are about Rs. 1.0 - 1.1 lakh higher than the variants with the 1.5-litre normal petrol engine. So, the Seltos diesel engine variants carry a reasonable price hike.

2020 Kia Seltos Diesel HTE - Base Model Features & Review

The base HTE variant of the Seltos diesel costs Rs. 10.34 lakh. For this price, you get the following features:

  • Music system
  • 2 airbags
  • ABS
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Day/night inside mirror
  • Projector halogen headlamps
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • All power windows
  • Remote central locking
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Rear AC vents
  • Front armrest
  • Wheel covers
  • Sunglass holder
  • Tilt steering

This variant covers the basics very well but still misses out on power mirrors, which are critical in such a wide SUV. Other than that, the aggressive price makes it difficult to ignore and the Seltos HTE diesel gets a buy rating from us. The only thing worth considering is its >Rs. 10 lakh price, which may greatly add to its on-road price in some states where the registration fee is much higher for million-rupee cars.

SELTOS HTE FEATURES

₹10,34,000 (DIESEL MT) | AUG 2020

Safety

Entertainment

Functional & Style

Std. Safety Features

Audio System

Front & Rear Skid Plates

Front Armrest w/ Storage

Emergency Stop Signal

Bluetooth

Height-adjustable Driver Seat

Front & Rear USB Charger

Rear Disc Brakes

4 Speakers

4 Power Windows

Tilt Steering

Projector Headlamps

Steering Mounted Controls

Remote Central Locking

R16 Steel Wheels w/ Wheel Covers

Day/Night IRVM

 

Rear AC Vents

Sunglass Holder

   

Shark Fin Antenna

 

2020 Kia Seltos Diesel HTE vs HTK Variant

The HTK variant of the Seltos diesel costs Rs. 11.69 lakh, which is Rs. 1.35 lakh more than the Seltos HTE. for this additional cost, the HTK variant adds the following features:

  • Rear parking camera
  • Projector fog lamps
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • 2 extra speakers
  • Power mirrors
  • Mudguards
  • Boot lamps
  • Roof rails

While most of its features are must-have, they don’t justify the Rs. 1.35 lakh higher asking price. The HTK variant of the Seltos diesel is not recommended. You should either buy the HTE variant and accessorize it or consider one of the higher variants.

SELTOS HTK | FEATURES OVER HTE

₹11,69,000 (DIESEL MT) | AUG 2020

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Rear Parking Camera

8” Touchscreen Infotainment

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs 

Roof Rails

Driver Rear View Monitor

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

Mud Guards

Turn Indicators on ORVMs

Projector Fog Lamps

4+2 Speakers

Luggage Lamp

 

2020 Kia Seltos Diesel HTK vs HTK Plus Variant

The HTK Plus variant of the 2020 Kia Seltos diesel costs Rs. 12.69 lakh, which is Rs. 1.0 lakh higher than the HTK variant. There’s also an option of an automatic transmission with HTK Plus diesel, which adds another Rs. 1.0 lakh to the ex-showroom price. The additional features of the HTK Plus variant over the HTK are:

  • Rear washer wiper
  • Rear defogger
  • Keyless entry with push-button start/stop
  • Cruise control
  • Auto-folding outside mirror
  • Auto headlamps
  • Rear window curtains
  • LED DRLs
  • LED ambient lighting
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear parcel tray

The HTK Plus variant justifies its incremental price over the HTK variant but it doesn’t cover up the price gap between HTK and HTE. The HTK Plus diesel manual is a better VFM variant than the HTK but it’s not the most VFM option in the list.

For diesel automatic buyers, the HTK Plus is an acceptable starting point and it’s worth buying. But, if you want better value for money, then consider the GTX Plus automatic variant.

SELTOS HTK+ | FEATURES OVER HTK

₹12,69,000 (DIESEL MT) |  ₹13,69,000 (DIESEL AT) | AUG 2020

Safety

Functional

Style

Rear Wiper & Washer

Smart Key w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Printed Dashboard Garnish

Rear Defogger

Cruise Control

LED DRLs

 

Auto Folding ORVM

LED Sound Mood Lights

 

Auto Headlamps

R16 Alloy Wheels

 

Rear Door Sunshade Curtains

Dual Muffler Design

 

Rear Parcel Tray

 

2020 Kia Seltos Diesel HTK Plus vs HTX Variant

The HTX variant of the Seltos diesel costs Rs. 14.44 lakh - Rs. 1.75 lakh more than the HTK Plus manual. That’s quite a jump in price and for that, you get the following notable features:

  • Larger touchscreen
  • Telematics features
  • LED headlamps 
  • LED tail lamps
  • Auto-dimming inside mirror
  • Rear armrest
  • Sunroof
  • Larger 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Auto AC
  • Telescopic steering
  • Reclining rear seat
  • LED light bar
  • Split rear seatback
  • Air purifier
  • TPMS

The HTX variant justifies its big price gap with a good mix of must-have and good-to-have features. For Seltos diesel manual buyers, the HTX is our top recommended variant and worth buying.

SELTOS HTX | FEATURES OVER HTK+

₹14,44,000 (DIESEL MT) | AUG 2020

Safety

Entertainment & Functional

Style

LED Headlamps & Tail Lamps

10.25” Touchscreen Infotainment System

Adjustable Rear Headrests

Sunroof

LED Fog Lamps

Connected-Car Tech

Rear Center Armrest

R17 Alloy Wheels

Auto-Dimming IRVM

Telescopic Steering

Rear Seat Recline- 2 Step

LED Light Bar

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Auto AC

Air Purifier

Ambient Lighting

 

Navigation

60:40 Split Rear Seat

Leatherette Seats w/ Black-Beige Interior

     

Leather-wrapped Flat-bottom Steering

     

Metal Scuff Plates

     

LED Cabin Lights

2020 Kia Seltos Diesel HTX vs HTX Plus Variant

The HTX Plus variant of the Seltos diesel is another Rs. 1.05 lakh more expensive and costs Rs. 15.49 lakh. For Seltos diesel automatic buyers, the price jump for the HTX Plus from HTK Plus is almost Rs. 3.0 lakh. The additional features of the HTX Plus over the HTX are:

  • Front parking sensors
  • Bose music system
  • Ventilated front seats
  • 8-way power driver seat
  • Wireless phone charger
  • UV cut glass
  • Rear spoiler
  • Full-colour instrument cluster

The HTX Plus variant mostly adds luxurious features to the list and we don’t see any of them as must-have. It’s asking price is acceptable and we leave the decision to buy this variant in your hands as nothing is compelling enough to warrant an upgrade.

If you’re interested in the automatic transmission, then you should skip this variant and jump straight to the GTX Plus.

SELTOS HTX+ | FEATURES OVER HTX

₹15,49,000 (DIESEL MT) |  ₹16,49,000 (DIESEL AT) | AUG 2020

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Front Parking Sensors

Bose Sound System w/ 8 Speakers

Ventilated Front Seats

Rear Spoiler

   

8-way Powered Driver Seat

7-inch Full-Colour Screen In Instrument Cluster

   

Wireless Charger

 
   

UV-Cut Glasses

 

2020 Kia Seltos Diesel HTX Plus vs GTX Plus Variant

The GTX Plus variant of the Seltos diesel is only available with an automatic transmission and it’s Rs. 85,000 dearer than the HTX Plus automatic. For this additional price, you get the following notable features:

  • 2 front thorax airbags
  • 2 curtain airbags
  • 360-degree camera
  • Blindspot lane watch camera view in the instrument cluster
  • ESC
  • HSA
  • Multiple driving modes
  • Metal pedals
  • Red accents for the interior and exterior and GT badging
  • Difference alloy wheel design

The GTX Plus variant adds enough critical safety features for a great price to justify upgrading. For the Seltos diesel automatic buyers, the GTX Plus is worth buying over the HTX Plus.

 

SELTOS GTX+ | FEATURES OVER HTX+

₹17,34,000 (DIESEL AT) | AUG 2020

Safety

 

Functional

Style

Side & Curtain Airbags

Electronic Stability Control

Multi-Drive Modes (Normal, Eco & Sports)

GT Line Related Red Inserts on Outside

360-degree Parking Camera

Hill Start Assist

Traction Modes (Sand, Mud & Wet)

Alloy Pedals

Blind-view Monitor in Instrument Cluster

Vehicle Stability Management

 

Red Brake Callipers

Which Variant Of The 2020 Kia Seltos Diesel Should You Buy?

Let’s first tackle this question for the diesel manual buyers.

The HTE’s price is very appealing and it’s worth buying - IF - you’re okay with the higher taxes that come with a car with over Rs. 10 lakh ex-showroom price. Even with that higher price, it’s worth buying but if your state registration fee does not vary too much for cars > Rs. 10 lakh, then you can buy it. You should buy it even if you can upgrade to the HTK or HTK Plus variant. Because these don’t justify the higher price with more features over the HTE variant. The HTK Plus is better but still worse than the HTX.

Sure, price jump to the HTX is steep but equally better is the experience. HTX offers a great mix of functional and style features to justify the price gap. This is our top recommended variant for Seltos diesel manual buyers as it also offers great value for money.

The HTX Plus is well priced for the additional luxurious features, and you can consider it if you want an elevated cabin experience. But, there’s nothing critical enough to make it a must-have upgrade.

SELTOS DIESEL MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM

Price

Recommendation

HTE

Rank 1

₹10,34,000

Aggressively priced, compromises on features, but it’s worth buying

HTK

Rank 5

₹11,69,000

Not recommended

HTK+

Rank 4

₹12,69,000

Not recommended

HTX

Rank 2

₹14,44,000

Top recommended

HTX+

Rank 3

₹15,49,000

Not a compelling upgrade

 

For the Seltos diesel automatic buyers, the HTK Plus is a great starting point with a satisfactory number of features. But, if you want better value for money and more features, then the upgrade to the GTX Plus is highly recommended as it gets the luxurious and functional touches of the HTX Plus and some very important safety features as well. An asking price of just Rs. 85,000 over the HTX Plus makes it a must-have upgrade.

SELTOS DIESEL AUTOMATIC | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM

Price

Recommendation

HTK+

Rank 2

₹13,69,000

Buy if you don’t want to stretch your budget further

HTX+

Rank 3

₹16,49,000

Buy the GTX+ for safety features

GTX+

Rank 1

₹17,34,000

Top recommended



What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Kia Seltos Diesel?

The Kia Seltos uses the same 1.6-litre diesel engine as the Creta, Verna and Venue. It makes 115PS of power and 250Nm of torque. The Seltos diesel has a healthy torque-to-weight ratio of 186Nm/tonne, which is a shade better than the Elantra diesel’s figure.

This engine is also very fuel-efficient and promises 18kmpl with the automatic and 21kmpl with the manual transmission. There’s no competition for the Seltos diesel other than from the sister company Hyundai as no other C-segment SUV offers a diesel engine option. If anything, the Seltos is often fighting it out with potential D-segment buyers considering the Tata Harrier or MG Hector/Hector Plus. It shows that it has the potential to satisfy the needs of buyers with deeper pockets for bigger cars.

SELTOS vs CRETA

DIESEL ENGINE SPECS

 

Seltos

Creta

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Cylinder

4

4

Capacity

1493cc

1493cc

Maximum Power

115PS @ 4000rpm

115PS @ 4000rpm

Power:Weight

85.63PS/t

85.57PS/t

Peak Torque

250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

Torque:Weight

186.15Nm/t

186.01Nm/t

Manual Transmission

6MT

6MT

Claimed FE

21kmpl

21.35kmpl

Automatic Transmission

6AT

6AT

Claimed FE

18kmpl

18.46kmpl

What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Kia Seltos?

In terms of dimensions, again, the Seltos only has to deal with the Crta, which is a bit shorter, a bit narrower and a bit lower than the Seltos. But other than that, they’re identical. They have the same fuel tank capacity, tyre sizes, and ground clearance.

CRETA vs SELTOS

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Kia Seltos

Hyundai Creta

Length

4315mm

4300mm

Width

1800mm

1790mm

Height

1645mm

1635mm

Wheelbase

2610mm

2610mm

Boot Space

433-lt

433-lt

Ground Clearance

190mm*

190mm*

Fuel Tank

50-lt

50-lt

Tyre Size (Base)

205/65 R16

205/65 R16

Tyre Size (Top)

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

*unofficial

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Kia Seltos?

The 2020 Seltos is available in a total of 13 colours. There are 8 monotone colours:

  • Red
  • Black
  • Orange
  • Blue
  • Grey
  • Silver
  • Metallic white
  • Non-metallic white

There are another 5 dual-tone colour options to pick from:

  • Red with black roof
  • Metallic white with black roof
  • Metallic white with orange roof
  • Silver with orange roof
  • Orange with white roof

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700-3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

B2

3850-3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000-4499mm

Ciaz, New City (Exception), Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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