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

    by Mahesh Yadav 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 Engine Specs





    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

    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.

    Seltos Variants Price Comparison

    Kia Seltos Variants Price
    Rs 9.69 lakh Rs 9.99 lakh Rs 11.19 lakh Rs. 12.79 lakh Rs 13.79 lakh

    Seltos Variants Features Comparison

    Kia Seltos Variants Features
    Dual front airbags Projector Fog Lamps 16” Alloy Wheels 17” Alloy Wheels
    ABS + EBD Roof Rails LED DRLs Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
    Reverse parking sensors Driver One Touch Down Power Window Driver One Touch Up & Down Power Window Auto Air Conditioning/ Climate Control
    Projector headlamps 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
    Audio system (2-DIN) with bluetooth  6 Speakers Cruise Control LED Headlamps
    4 Speakers Rear View Camera with guidance Rear Door Sunshade Curtains LED DRLs with sweeping LED light bar
    Steering Mounted Controls Driver Rear View Monitor LED Sound Mood Lights Ice Cube LED Fog Lamps
    Tilt & Power Steering Wheel Electric Adjust ORVMs with LED Turn indicator Rear Wiper & Washer UVO connect for 3 years
    Power windows (all doors) Front Tray USB Charger Rear Defogger Smart Air Purifier
    Front Armrest with Storage Luggage Lamp Rear Parcel tray Auto dimming IRVM with UVO controls buttons
    Driver Seat Height Adjustable(Manual) Rear Disc Brakes Auto folding ORVM Ambient Mood Lighting
    Rear AC Vents  - Auto Headlamps Leatherette seats
    Keyless Entry & Central Locking Leather wrapped steering wheel
    16” Steel Wheels with Full Covers Telescoping Steering Wheel
    Front Disc Brakes only  - 60:40 Split rear seat folding
    Skid Plates(Front & Rear) 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.

    Read Also - Kia Seltos HTK vs Hyundai Creta E+ Comparison: Which Car To Buy?

    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.

    Read Also - Kia Seltos GTX Plus vs MG Hector Sharp Comparison: Which Petrol-Manual SUV To Buy?

    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.


    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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