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    Kia Seltos 1.5 Petrol Tech Line Variants Explained: HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX

    by V3Cars Team on Tuesday, Oct 22 2019

    Kia has launched the Seltos in India with prices starting from Rs 9.69 lakh and going up to Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).


    Kia Seltos


    The Seltos is a modern compact SUV and is available with three engine options:

    • 1.4-litre turbo-petrol
    • 1.5-litre petrol
    • 1.5-litre turbo-diesel


    2019 Kia Seltos






    Fuel type




    Max Power

    140PS @ 6000RPM

    115PS @ 6300RPM

    115PS @ 4000RPM

    Max Torque

    242Nm @ 1500 - 3200RPM

    144Nm @ 4500RPM

    250Nm @ 1500 - 2750RPM


    6-Speed MT / 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

    6-Speed MT / CVT Automatic

    6 Speed MT/ 6-speed Torque Converter Automatic


    The Seltos’ HT Line version is equipped with either the 1.5-litre petrol engine or the diesel. If you’re planning to get the Seltos 1.5 petrol, this report will help you pick one of its four variants -- HTE, HTK, HTK+ and HTX. In the Kia Seltos (petrol) Tech Line, you do not get the top-of-the-line HTX+ variant. Before finding out which variant of the Seltos Tech Line makes the most sense, let’s dig a little into its specifications.




    Kia Seltos | Dimensions









    Ground Clearance


    Boot Space

    433 litres


    Kia Seltos is a compact 5-seat SUV. In terms of dimensions, when compared to its rival Hyundai Creta, it is slightly longer and wider, and has a bigger wheelbase as well. However, the Seltos is not as tall as the Creta. Since it’s wider than the Creta and has a longer wheelbase too, we expect the Kia Seltos to be more spacious than the Hyundai Creta.


    Exterior Colour Options

    The Kia Seltos is available in 8 monotone exterior colours and 5 dual-tone exterior colour options. The dual-tone colours are only available with HTX, GTK and GTX variants.

    Seltos Colour Options

    Engine Specifications


    Kia Seltos Tech Line | Engine Specs

    Engine Displacement


    Fuel type


    Maximum Power

    115PS @ 6300RPM


    144Nm @ 4500RPM


    6 MT & CVT Automatic


    2WD only


    The Seltos Tech Line gets a 1.5-litre petrol engine, with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT-type automatic transmission. Kia calls it the IVT. Irrespective of the transmission you choose, the engine produces 115PS of maximum power and 144Nm of peak torque. The automatic transmission is available only in the HTX variant.


    Variants Comparison








    HTX Auto

    Price (ex-Delhi)

    Rs 9.69 lakh

    Rs 9.99 lakh

    Rs 11.19 lakh

    Rs. 12.79 lakh

    Rs 13.79 lakh


    Dual front airbags

    Features of HTE

    Features of HTK

    Features of HTK+

    Features of HTX


    ABS + EBD

    Projector Fog Lamps

    16” Alloy Wheels

    17” Alloy Wheels


    Reverse parking sensors

    Roof Rails

    LED DRLs

    Tyre Pressure Monitoring System


    Projector headlamps

    Driver One Touch Down Power Window

    Driver One Touch Up & Down Power Window

    Auto Air Conditioning/ Climate Control


    Audio system (2-DIN) with bluetooth 

    8-inch Touch Screen Infotainment System with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

    Smart Key with Push Start Button

    10.25-inch Touch Screen Infotainment System with Navigation


    4 Speakers

    6 Speakers

    Cruise Control

    LED Headlamps


    Steering Mounted Controls

    Rear View Camera with guidance

    Rear Door Sunshade Curtains

    LED DRLs with sweeping LED light bar


    Tilt & Power Steering Wheel

    Driver Rear View Monitor

    LED Sound Mood Lights

    Ice Cube LED Fog Lamps


    Power windows (all doors)

    Electric Adjust ORVMs with LED Turn indicator

    Rear Wiper & Washer

    UVO connect for 3 years


    Front Armrest with Storage

    Front Tray USB Charger

    Rear Defogger

    Smart Air Purifier


    Driver Seat Height Adjustable(Manual)

    Luggage Lamp

    Rear Parcel tray

    Auto dimming IRVM with UVO controls buttons


    Rear AC Vents

    Rear Disc Brakes

    Auto folding ORVM

    Ambient Mood Lighting


    Keyless Entry & Central Locking


    Auto Headlamps

    Leatherette seats


    16” Steel Wheels with Full Covers


    Leather wrapped steering wheel


    Front Disc Brakes only


    Telescoping Steering Wheel


    Skid Plates(Front & Rear)


    60:40 Split rear seat folding


    Rear Center Armrest


    Rear Seat Recline- 2 step


    Rear USB Charger


    Kia Seltos HTE - Covers all basic needs, but not the variant to buy

    Seltos’ base HTE variant not only gets the basic set of safety features that are now mandatory, but is also equipped with features like projector headlamps, rear AC vents, skid plates, tilt-adjustable steering and a 2-DIN audio system. Availability of these features will satisfy those planning to buy an affordable compact SUV without compromising heavily on the feature front. But, we won’t recommend you to buy this variant. Simply because buying the next better-equipped HTK variant makes more sense. And, you only have to pay Rs 30,000 more for it.

    Kia Seltos HTK - The variant to buy while buying the Seltos 1.5 petrol

    The additional features that Kia offers on the Seltos HTK over the HTE variant justify the Rs 30,000 price increase. Apart from getting all the features on offer on the HTE variant, the HTK gets features like 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 6 speakers, rear-view camera with guidelines, rear-view monitor, rear disc brakes, electrically-adjustable outside mirrors with LED turn indicator and projector fog lamps. In our opinion, if there’s one variant of the Seltos 1.5 petrol that you should buy, it is the HTK.

    Kia Seltos HTK+ - Expensive upgrade over HTK

    Additional features that you get in the HTK+ variant (over HTK), like a 16” alloy wheels and LED DRL will make sure that the SUV looks every bit modern. This variant also gets safety features like rear defogger and rear wiper, and these will be really helpful in difficult driving conditions. Addition of features like Smart Key with push start button, auto folding ORVMs, auto headlamps and cruise control add value to this variant, but not so much that it would justify the additional Rs 1.2 lakh that you have to pay for it. So, rather that stretching your budget to buy this variant, it’s either better to settle for the lower HTK or dig deeper into your pockets for the next HTX variant.

    Depending on which state you live in, this variant may also cost you substantially more in terms of registration charges as it breaches the Rs. 10 lakh mark. A lot of states charge a higher road tax on vehicles with an ex-showroom price of greater than Rs. 10 lakh.

    Kia Seltos HTX - Another expensive upgrade

    Upgrading to the HTX variant of the Seltos from HTK+ is again expensive. By spending another Rs 1.6 lakh over the HTK+, the HTX gives you features like LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, LED DRLs with LED light Bar, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioner, auto dimming inside mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear armrest, rear USB charger and 2-position recline for rear seats.

    Given the focus on features that will put a smile on your face if you’re a permanent rear seat occupant, buyers who travel with a chauffeur should definitely consider buying this variant. If, however, you drive yourself and features is what you want your Seltos to have in plenty, we’d rather suggest you to stretch your budget to the maximum and fit the Seltos 1.4’s GTX+ variant in your range. Some of the features of the top X+ variant like sunroof, Bose audio system, electrically-adjustable driver seat, wireless charger and front parking sensors will make you feel owning a premium car. These features are also available with the Seltos 1.5 diesel HTX+ variant, if switching from petrol to diesel is not a matter of concern for you.


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