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).
The Seltos is a modern compact SUV and is available with three engine options:
2019 Kia Seltos
140PS @ 6000RPM
115PS @ 6300RPM
115PS @ 4000RPM
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
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.
Kia Seltos Tech Line | Engine Specs
115PS @ 6300RPM
144Nm @ 4500RPM
6 MT & CVT Automatic
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.
VARIANT-WISE FEATURES & PRICE
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
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
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
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
Smart Air Purifier
Driver Seat Height Adjustable(Manual)
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
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.