Read on to find out which variant of the 2020 Kia Seltos diesel is the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the 2020 Seltos's diesel variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Kia Seltos with its competitors and other diesel C-segment SUVs.
What Are The Pros And Cons Of Kia Seltos Diesel?
The pros or advantages of Seltos diesel 2020 are:
Aggressively priced base and well-equipped top variants.
Healthy torque-to-weight ratio of 186Nm/tonne and satisfactory mileage as well.
Option of a 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission with the diesel engine.
Non-polarizing style - both, inside and outside.
A decent number of luxurious touches in higher variants like power driver seat, rear window curtains, air purifier, UV cut glass, Bose music system, etc.
A healthy list of safety features - 6 airbags, ABS, TPMS, ESP, HSA, 360 camera, lane watch camera, front and rear parking sensors, etc.
The Kia Seltos diesel 2020 has the following shortcomings or problems:
Missing features like power-adjustable front passenger seat, powered tailgate and a panoramic sunroof.
No auto AC lower three variants.
The base diesel variant costs more than a million bucks ex-showroom. Many states have a much higher registration fee for cars with a 7-digit price tag. It greatly affects the on-road pricing for the buyers.
The MG Hector and Hector Plus are within reach for Seltos diesel manual buyers. MG’s SUVs are bigger and they have more torque and more features.
Instead of reading, if you prefer watching, then here’s our Hindi Kia Seltos diesel variant breakdown video:
What Is The Price Of 2020 Kia Seltos Diesel?
As of August 2020, the Kia Seltos diesel variants cost between Rs.10.34 lakh and Rs. 17.34 lakh. The prices were revised in June 2020 but the price range remains unaffected by that because only the mid variants’ prices were updated.
The Seltos with a diesel engine and a manual transmission is available in 5 variants - HTE, HTK, HTK Plus, HTX and HTX Plus. The prices of Seltos diesel manual range between Rs. 10.34 lakh and Rs. 15.49 lakh. These prices are Rs. 15,000 - 30,000 higher than before.
The Seltos diesel with an automatic transmission is available in 3 variants - HTK Plus, HTX Plus and GTX Plus. Their prices start at Rs. 13.69 lakh and go up to Rs. 17.34 lakh. In this case, the prices went up by Rs. 15,000 for the lower two variants.
KIA SELTOS DIESEL AUTOMATIC PRICES
EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | AUG 2020
These prices are about Rs. 1.0 - 1.1 lakh higher than the variants with the 1.5-litre normal petrol engine. So, the Seltos diesel engine variants carry a reasonable price hike.
2020 Kia Seltos Diesel HTE - Base Model Features & Review
The base HTE variant of the Seltos diesel costs Rs. 10.34 lakh. For this price, you get the following features:
Rear disc brakes
Day/night inside mirror
Projector halogen headlamps
All power windows
Remote central locking
Height adjustable driver seat
Rear AC vents
This variant covers the basics very well but still misses out on power mirrors, which are critical in such a wide SUV. Other than that, the aggressive price makes it difficult to ignore and the Seltos HTE diesel gets a buy rating from us. The only thing worth considering is its >Rs. 10 lakh price, which may greatly add to its on-road price in some states where the registration fee is much higher for million-rupee cars.
The HTK variant of the Seltos diesel costs Rs. 11.69 lakh, which is Rs. 1.35 lakh more than the Seltos HTE. for this additional cost, the HTK variant adds the following features:
Rear parking camera
Projector fog lamps
Android Auto and Apple Carplay
2 extra speakers
While most of its features are must-have, they don’t justify the Rs. 1.35 lakh higher asking price. The HTK variant of the Seltos diesel is not recommended. You should either buy the HTE variant and accessorize it or consider one of the higher variants.
SELTOS HTK | FEATURES OVER HTE
₹11,69,000 (DIESEL MT) | AUG 2020
Rear Parking Camera
8” Touchscreen Infotainment
Electrically Adjustable ORVMs
Driver Rear View Monitor
Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
Turn Indicators on ORVMs
Projector Fog Lamps
2020 Kia Seltos Diesel HTK vs HTK Plus Variant
The HTK Plus variant of the 2020 Kia Seltos diesel costs Rs. 12.69 lakh, which is Rs. 1.0 lakh higher than the HTK variant. There’s also an option of an automatic transmission with HTK Plus diesel, which adds another Rs. 1.0 lakh to the ex-showroom price. The additional features of the HTK Plus variant over the HTK are:
Rear washer wiper
Keyless entry with push-button start/stop
Auto-folding outside mirror
Rear window curtains
LED ambient lighting
16-inch alloy wheels
Rear parcel tray
The HTK Plus variant justifies its incremental price over the HTK variant but it doesn’t cover up the price gap between HTK and HTE. The HTK Plus diesel manual is a better VFM variant than the HTK but it’s not the most VFM option in the list.
For diesel automatic buyers, the HTK Plus is an acceptable starting point and it’s worth buying. But, if you want better value for money, then consider the GTX Plus automatic variant.
₹12,69,000 (DIESEL MT) | ₹13,69,000 (DIESEL AT) | AUG 2020
Rear Wiper & Washer
Smart Key w/ Push-button Start/Stop
Printed Dashboard Garnish
Auto Folding ORVM
LED Sound Mood Lights
R16 Alloy Wheels
Rear Door Sunshade Curtains
Dual Muffler Design
Rear Parcel Tray
2020 Kia Seltos Diesel HTK Plus vs HTX Variant
The HTX variant of the Seltos diesel costs Rs. 14.44 lakh - Rs. 1.75 lakh more than the HTK Plus manual. That’s quite a jump in price and for that, you get the following notable features:
LED tail lamps
Auto-dimming inside mirror
Larger 17-inch alloy wheels
Reclining rear seat
LED light bar
Split rear seatback
The HTX variant justifies its big price gap with a good mix of must-have and good-to-have features. For Seltos diesel manual buyers, the HTX is our top recommended variant and worth buying.
SELTOS HTX | FEATURES OVER HTK+
₹14,44,000 (DIESEL MT) | AUG 2020
Entertainment & Functional
LED Headlamps & Tail Lamps
10.25” Touchscreen Infotainment System
Adjustable Rear Headrests
LED Fog Lamps
Rear Center Armrest
R17 Alloy Wheels
Rear Seat Recline- 2 Step
LED Light Bar
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
60:40 Split Rear Seat
Leatherette Seats w/ Black-Beige Interior
Leather-wrapped Flat-bottom Steering
Metal Scuff Plates
LED Cabin Lights
2020 Kia Seltos Diesel HTX vs HTX Plus Variant
The HTX Plus variant of the Seltos diesel is another Rs. 1.05 lakh more expensive and costs Rs. 15.49 lakh. For Seltos diesel automatic buyers, the price jump for the HTX Plus from HTK Plus is almost Rs. 3.0 lakh. The additional features of the HTX Plus over the HTX are:
Front parking sensors
Bose music system
Ventilated front seats
8-way power driver seat
Wireless phone charger
UV cut glass
Full-colour instrument cluster
The HTX Plus variant mostly adds luxurious features to the list and we don’t see any of them as must-have. It’s asking price is acceptable and we leave the decision to buy this variant in your hands as nothing is compelling enough to warrant an upgrade.
If you’re interested in the automatic transmission, then you should skip this variant and jump straight to the GTX Plus.
₹15,49,000 (DIESEL MT) | ₹16,49,000 (DIESEL AT) | AUG 2020
Front Parking Sensors
Bose Sound System w/ 8 Speakers
Ventilated Front Seats
8-way Powered Driver Seat
7-inch Full-Colour Screen In Instrument Cluster
2020 Kia Seltos Diesel HTX Plus vs GTX Plus Variant
The GTX Plus variant of the Seltos diesel is only available with an automatic transmission and it’s Rs. 85,000 dearer than the HTX Plus automatic. For this additional price, you get the following notable features:
2 front thorax airbags
2 curtain airbags
Blindspot lane watch camera view in the instrument cluster
Multiple driving modes
Red accents for the interior and exterior and GT badging
Difference alloy wheel design
The GTX Plus variant adds enough critical safety features for a great price to justify upgrading. For the Seltos diesel automatic buyers, the GTX Plus is worth buying over the HTX Plus.
SELTOS GTX+ | FEATURES OVER HTX+
₹17,34,000 (DIESEL AT) | AUG 2020
Side & Curtain Airbags
Electronic Stability Control
Multi-Drive Modes (Normal, Eco & Sports)
GT Line Related Red Inserts on Outside
360-degree Parking Camera
Hill Start Assist
Traction Modes (Sand, Mud & Wet)
Blind-view Monitor in Instrument Cluster
Vehicle Stability Management
Red Brake Callipers
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.
Aggressively priced, compromises on features, but it’s worth buying
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
Buy if you don’t want to stretch your budget further
Buy the GTX+ for safety features
What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Kia Seltos Diesel?
The Kia Seltos uses the same 1.6-litre diesel engine as the Creta, Verna and Venue. It makes 115PS of power and 250Nm of torque. The Seltos diesel has a healthy torque-to-weight ratio of 186Nm/tonne, which is a shade better than the Elantra diesel’s figure.
This engine is also very fuel-efficient and promises 18kmpl with the automatic and 21kmpl with the manual transmission. There’s no competition for the Seltos diesel other than from the sister company Hyundai as no other C-segment SUV offers a diesel engine option. If anything, the Seltos is often fighting it out with potential D-segment buyers considering the Tata Harrier or MG Hector/Hector Plus. It shows that it has the potential to satisfy the needs of buyers with deeper pockets for bigger cars.
SELTOS vs CRETA
DIESEL ENGINE SPECS
115PS @ 4000rpm
115PS @ 4000rpm
250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm
250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm
What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Kia Seltos?
In terms of dimensions, again, the Seltos only has to deal with the Crta, which is a bit shorter, a bit narrower and a bit lower than the Seltos. But other than that, they’re identical. They have the same fuel tank capacity, tyre sizes, and ground clearance.
CRETA vs SELTOS
Tyre Size (Base)
Tyre Size (Top)
What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Kia Seltos?
The 2020 Seltos is available in a total of 13 colours. There are 8 monotone colours:
There are another 5 dual-tone colour options to pick from: