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Kia has launched the Seltos in the ₹9.89 Lakh - 17.45 Lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) price range. It’s a 5-seater SUV that rivals the MG Hector, Hyunda...

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WHICH VARIANT TO BUY?

Which Variant Of The 2020 Kia Seltos Petrol Offers The Most Value For Money?

The HTE variant of the Kia Seltos petrol is very aggressively priced at just under Rs. 10 lakh. It’s tough to beat that value proposition. It’s our top pick for budget buyers. If you want some luxuries, then get the HTX variant as the middle two variants don’t offer similar value with the features.

Those who want the turbo performance should note that it doesn’t come cheap. There’s about Rs. 1.0 lakh difference between the GTX and HTX variants, which the features can’t cover. If you are okay paying that premium, then consider the higher GTX Plus variant for its luxury touches.

KIA SELTOS PETROL MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | JUN 2020

Variant

Price (ex-showroom)

Recommendation

VFM Rank

 HTE

Rs. 9,89,000

For those who can compromise on features like electrically-adjustable ORVMs & touchscreen infotainment system

Rank 1

HTK

Rs. 10,49,000

For those who consider HTE too basic and don’t want to stretch their budget further

Rank 4

HTK+

Rs. 11,59,000

Not worth stretching the budget for its additional features. Buy it if it fits your budget, you have a reason to buy it instead of the HTK and you can’t stretch your budget for HTX

Rank 4

HTX

Rs. 13,34,000

The best balance of money & features; top recommended

Rank 2

(close second)

GTX

Rs. 15,54,000

For those who believe the additional performance is worth at least Rs 1 lakh

Rank 3

GTX+

Rs. 16,39,000

For those who can stretch further

Rank 3


If you want the Kia Seltos with the automatic transmission, then you’re stuck with either the HTX with 1.5-litre petrol engine and CVT automatic and the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine with the DCT automatic. They’re both reasonably priced over their comparable MT variants, that too in the variants that offer good value for money. So, the simple choice you’ll have to make is whether you want to get the turbo petrol or the normal petrol engine.

KIA SELTOS PETROL AUTO | RECOMMENDATION

EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | JUN 2020

Variant

Price (ex-showroom)

Recommendation

HTX

Rs. 14,34,000

Worth upgrading from manual transmission

GTX+

Rs. 17,29,000

Worth upgrading from manual transmission

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

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