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    Kia Seltos 2020 Petrol vs Competition - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    by Mahesh Yadav Dates: 28 Jun 2020

    We compare Seltos against other C-segment SUVs on the basis of prices, engine specs and dimensions to analyse how it holds up against the competition.

     


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    Kia Seltos Petrol vs Rivals | Price Comparison

    Kia Seltos prices start from Rs. 9.89 lakh (ex-showroom) and it rivals the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross in the segment. The complete price list of the petrol-powered Seltos is as follows:

    C-SEGMENT SUV | PETROL MANUAL | PRICE LIST

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | OCT 2020

    Kia Seltos

    Hyundai Creta

    Nissan Kicks

    Renault Duster

    Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

    -

    -

    -

    RXE

    ₹8,49,000

    Sigma

    ₹8,39,000

    -

    -

    1.5 XL

    ₹9,49,990

    RXS

    ₹9,29,000

    Delta

    ₹9,60,000

    HTE

    ₹9,89,000

    E

    ₹9,81,890

    1.5 XV

    ₹9,99,990

    RXZ

    ₹9,99,000

    Zeta

    ₹9,95,000

    HTK

    ₹10,29,000

    EX

    ₹10,60,900

    -

    RXE Turbo

    ₹10,49,000

     

    HTK+

    ₹11,49,000

    S

    ₹11,83,900

    1.3 XV

    ₹11,84,990

    RXS Turbo

    ₹11,39,000

    Alpha

    ₹11,15,500

    -

     

    1.3 XV Premium

    ₹12,64,990

    RXZ Turbo

    ₹11,99,000

    -

    HTX

    ₹13,09,000

    SX

    ₹13,57,900

    1.3 XV Premium(O)

    ₹13,69,990

    -

    -

    GTK

    ₹13,79,000

    -

    1.3 XV Premium(O) DT

    ₹13,89,990

    -

    -

    GTX

    ₹15,29,000

    -

    -

    -

    -

    GTX+

    ₹16,29,000

    -

    -

    -

    -


    Kia Seltos petrol manual is available in 6 variants: HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, GTX and GTX+.

    • Kia Seltos starts at Rs. 9.89 lakh. Seltos HTE costs Rs. 1.5 lakh more than Maruti Suzuki S-Cross's entry-level variant.
    • Seltos GTX+ costs Rs. 16.39 lakh and that makes it the most expensive petrol manual C-segment SUV.

    C-SEGMENT SUV | PETROL AUTOMATIC | PRICE LIST

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | OCT 2020

    Hyundai Creta

    Kia Seltos

    Nissan Kicks

    Renault Duster

    Maruti Suzuki S-Cross

    -

    -

    -

    -

    Delta

    ₹10,83,500

    -

    -

    -

    -

    Zeta

    ₹11,18,500

    -

    -

    1.3 XV

    ₹13,44,990

    RXS Turbo

    ₹12,99,000

    Alpha

    ₹12,39,000

    -

    HTX

    ₹14,09,000

    1.3 XV Premium

    ₹14,14,990

    RXZ Turbo

    ₹13,59,000

    -

    SX

    ₹15,05,900

    -

    -

    -

    -

    SX(O)

    ₹16,26,900

    -

    -

    -

    -

    1.4 Turbo SX

    ₹16,27,900

    GTX

    ₹16,29,000

    -

    -

    -

    1.4 Turbo SX(O)

    ₹17,31,900

    GTX+

    ₹17,29,000

    -

    -

    -


    Kia Seltos petrol automatic is available in 2 variants: HTX and GTX+.

    • Kia Seltos starts at Rs. 14.34 lakh. Seltos HTX costs Rs. 3.5 lakh more than Maruti Suzuki S-Cross's entry-level petrol automatic variant.
    • GTX+ is Seltos's most expensive variant with the petrol automatic powertrain. It costs Rs. 17.29 lakh and that makes it more affordable than the most expensive petrol automatic C-segment SUV, Hyundai Creta 1.4 Turbo SX(O), by Rs. 2.9k.

    Kia Seltos Diesel vs Rivals | Price Comparison

    Kia Seltos prices start from Rs. 10.34 lakh (ex-showroom) and it rivals the Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass, MG Hector and Tata Harrier in the segment. The complete price list of the diesel-powered Seltos is as follows:

    C-SEGMENT SUV | DIESEL MANUAL | PRICE LIST

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | OCT 2020

    Kia Seltos

    Hyundai Creta

    -

    E

    ₹999,900

    HTE

    ₹10,34,000

    -

    HTK

    ₹11,69,000

    EX

    ₹11,60,900

    HTK+

    ₹12,69,000

    S

    ₹12,88,900

    HTX

    ₹14,44,000

    SX

    ₹14,62,900

    HTX+

    ₹15,49,000

    SX(O)

    ₹15,90,900


    Kia Seltos diesel manual is available in 5 variants: HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX and HTX+.

    • Kia Seltos starts at Rs. 10.34 lakh. Seltos HTE costs Rs. 34.1k more than Hyundai Creta's entry-level variant.
    • HTX+ is Seltos's most expensive variant with the diesel manual powertrain. It costs Rs. 15.49 lakh and that makes it more affordable than the most expensive diesel manual C-segment SUV, Hyundai Creta SX(O), by Rs. 41.9k. 

    C-SEGMENT SUV | DIESEL AUTOMATIC | PRICE LIST

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | OCT 2020

    Kia Seltos

    Hyundai Creta

    HTK+

    ₹13,69,000

    -

    HTX+

    ₹14,69,000

    -

    -

    SX

    ₹16,10,900

    GTX+

    ₹17,34,000

    SX(O)

    ₹17,31,900


    Kia Seltos diesel automatic is available in 3 variants: HTK+, HTX+ and GTX+.

    • Kia Seltos starts at Rs. 13.69 lakh. Seltos HTK+ is the most affordable automatic car in the segment.
    • Seltos GTX+ costs Rs. 17.34 lakh and that makes it the most expensive diesel automatic C-segment SUV.

    Kia Seltos Petrol vs Rivals | Engine Comparison

    C-SEGMENT SUV

    PETROL ENGINE SPECS

     

    Kia Seltos

    Hyundai Creta

    Nissan Kicks

    Renault Duster

    Maruti S-Cross

    Displacement

    1.5

    1.4 Turbo

    1.5

    1.4 Turbo

    1.5

    1.3 Turbo

    1.5

    1.3 Turbo

    1.5 Hybrid

    Cylinder

    4

    4

    4

    4

    4

    4

    4

    4

    4

    Cubic Capacity

    1497cc

    1353cc

    1497cc

    1353cc

    1498cc

    1330cc

    1498cc

    1330cc

    1462cc

    Maximum Power

    115PS @ 6300rpm

    140PS @ 6000rpm

    115PS @ 6300rpm

    140PS @ 6000rpm

    106PS @ 5600rpm

    156PS @ 5500rpm

    106PS @ 5600rpm

    156PS @ 5500rpm

    105PS @ 6000rpm

    Peak Torque

    144Nm @ 4500rpm

    242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

    144Nm @ 4500rpm

    242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

    142Nm @ 4000rpm

    254Nm @ 1600rpm

    142Nm @ 4000rpm

    254Nm @ 1600rpm

    138Nm @ 4400rpm

    Manual

    Transmission

    6-speed

    6-speed

    6-speed

    -

    5-speed

    6-speed

    5-Speed

    6-speed

    5-speed

    Manual FE

    16.8kmpl

    16.1kmpl

    16.8kmpl

    -

    13.9kmpl

    15.8kmpl

    14.26kmpl

    16.5kmpl

    18.55kmpl

    Automatic

    Transmission

    CVT

    7-speed DCT

    CVT

    7-speed DCT

    -

    CVT

    -

    CVT

    4-speed TC

    Automatic FE

    16.8kmpl

    16.2kmpl

    16.9kmpl

    16.8kmpl

    -

    15.8kmpl

    -

    16.42kmpl

    18.43kmpl


    Kia Seltos is available with a 1.5L normal petrol engine with a 6-speed manual and CVT type automatic transmission. The power and torque output of this engine is 115PS and 144Nm, respectively. It also comes with a 1.4L turbocharged petrol engine with a 6-speed manual and 7-speed DCT type automatic transmission. The power and torque output of this engine is 140PS and 242Nm, respectively.

    • Nissan Kicks 1.3L and Duster turbo petrol produce 156PS of power. They have the most powerful engine in the segment, with 41PS more power than Seltos 1.5L and 16PS more than the Seltos turbo.
    • Nissan Kicks 1.3L and Duster turbo petrol produce 254Nm of peak torque. They have the best torque figures in the segment - 110Nm better than the 1.5L and 12Nm better than the Seltos turbo.
    • With a manual transmission, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross has the best fuel-efficiency figure of 18.5kmpl.
    • With an automatic transmission, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross has the best fuel-efficiency figure of 18.43kmpl.

    Kia Seltos Diesel vs Rivals | Engine Comparison

    C-SEGMENT SUV

    DIESEL ENGINE SPECS

     

    Hyundai Creta

    Kia Seltos

    Displacement

    1.5

    1.5

    Cylinder

    4

    4

    Cubic Capacity

    1493cc

    1493cc

    Maximum Power

    115PS @ 4000rpm

    115PS @ 4000rpm

    Peak Torque

    250Nm @ 1500 - 2700rpm

    250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

    Manual

    Transmission

    6-speed

    6-speed

    Manual FE

    21.4kmpl

    20.8kmpl

    Automatic

    Transmission

    6-speed TC

    6-speed TC

    Automatic FE

    18.3kmpl

    17.8kmpl


    Kia Seltos is available with a 1.5L diesel engine with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter type automatic transmission. The power and torque output of this engine are 115PS and 250Nm, respectively.

    • Kia Seltos produces 115PS of power. It is the same as the Creta diesel.
    • Kia Seltos produces 250Nm of peak torque. It is the same as the Creta diesel.
    • With a manual transmission, Hyundai Creta has the best fuel-efficiency figure of 21.4kmpl - 0.6kmpl better than the Seltos diesel manual.
    • With an automatic transmission, Hyundai Creta has the best fuel-efficiency figure of 18.3kmpl - 0.5kmpl better than the Seltos diesel automatic.

    Kia Seltos vs Rivals | Dimension Comparison

    C-SEGMENT SUV

    DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    Kia Seltos

    Hyundai Creta

    Nissan Kicks

    Renault Duster

    Maruti S-Cross

    Length

    4315mm

    4300mm

    4384mm

    4360mm

    4300mm

    Width

    1800mm

    1790mm

    1813mm

    1822mm

    1785mm

    Height

    1645mm

    1635mm

    1669mm

    1695mm

    1595mm

    Wheelbase

    2610mm

    2610mm

    2673mm

    2673mm

    2600mm

    Boot Space

    433-lt

    433-lt

    400-lt

    475-lt

    375-lt

    Ground Clearance

    190mm

    190mm

    210mm

    205mm

    180mm

    Fuel Tank

    50-lt

    50-lt

    50-lt

    50-lt

    48-lt

    Tyre Size (Base)

    205/65 R16

    205/65 R16

    215/65 R16

    215/65 R16

    215/60 R16

    Tyre Size (Top)

    215/60 R17

    215/60 R17

    215/60 R17

    215/65 R16

    215/60 R16


    Kia Seltos is 4315mm long, 1800mm wide, 1645mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2610mm. A wider body normally results in better shoulder room and a higher roof makes ingress & egress easier. A longer wheelbase usually results in more cabin space. It has a boot space of 433 litre. A larger boot allows you to carry more luggage. Seltos has a 190mm ground clearance, it rides on 215/60 R17 tyres size and has 50 litres fuel tank capacity.

    • Nissan Kicks is the longest car in the segment. It is 69mm longer than Seltos.
    • Renault Duster is the widest car in the segment. It is 22mm wider than Seltos.
    • Renault Duster is the tallest car in the segment. It is 50mm taller than Seltos.
    • Renault Duster and Nissan Kicks have the longest wheelbase in the segment. Their wheelbase is longer than the Seltos’ by 63mm.
    • Renault Duster has the biggest boot space in the segment. It has 42-lt more boot space than the Seltos.
    • Nissan Kicks' ground clearance of 210mm is the best in the segment.

    Amongst all the C-segment SUVs, Nissan Kicks has the best ground clearance, so it is the best car to drive on uneven roads. While the S-Cross doesn’t impress with its dimensions or engine performance, they’re satisfactory and even great considering its lower price tag.

    Renault Duster has the biggest boot in the segment, so it can carry maximum luggage. Despite its age, the Duster comes across as a competent car, at least in terms of dimensions. It can still hold its own against the rivals with its widest body, longest wheelbase and the biggest boot space. Its normal petrol engine also has respectable torque output compared to the normal petrol engines among C segment SUVs. And its turbo petrol engine has class-leading specs too.

    All things considered, the Duster may not deter a Seltos or Creta buyer with its old styling. But, it comes across as a potent rival for the S-Cross as it has competent engine options, better ground clearance, phenomenal road presence and a bigger cabin and boot. The Duster is worth a look if you’re not too bothered by its lower mileage figures.

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    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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