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Kia Seltos Petrol Or Diesel? Mileage & Running Cost Comparison

If you’re wondering whether you should buy the Kia Seltos petrol or diesel then this article will help you come to a conclusion. Here, we’ll take the latest ex-showroom prices of the Seltos and look at the price difference. Based on the current petrol and diesel prices, we’ll calculate the kilometres you need to drive the car to recover the higher upfront cost. This should help you decide which engine option of the Seltos will work best for you and save you money in the long run. Let’s start with the difference in their ex-showroom prices.

Kia Seltos

Kia Seltos Petrol Vs Diesel - Price Comparison

Let’s look at the latest ex-showroom prices of the Kia Seltos petrol and diesel to see what extra cost you’re paying for the Seltos diesel over the Seltos petrol.

KIA SELTOS PETROL VS DIESEL PRICES
EX-SHOWROOM DELHI (SEPTEMBER 2022)

Variants

Petrol Prices

Difference

Diesel Prices

HTE Manual

Rs. 10,49,000

Rs. 90,000

Rs. 11,39,000

HTK Manual

Rs. 11,55,000

Rs. 1,14,000

Rs. 12,69,000

HTK Plus Manual

Rs. 12,65,000

Rs. 1,14,000

Rs. 13,79,000

HTK Plus ACMT Manual

Rs. 13,05,000

Rs. 1,24,000

Rs. 14,29,000

HTX Manual

Rs. 14,45,000

Rs. 1,14,000

Rs. 15,59,000

HTX Automatic

Rs. 15,45,000

Rs. 1,14,000

Rs. 16,59,000

For the Kia Seltos diesel manual, you’re paying between Rs. 90,000 and Rs. 1.24 lakh more than the petrol.

With the automatic transmission, the ex-showroom price of the Seltos diesel is Rs. 1.14 lakh higher than the petrol.

Kia Seltos Petrol Vs Diesel - Running Cost Calculation - September 2022

Now, let’s compare the per kilometre fuel cost you’ll incur with both the engine options. For this, we’ll use the latest petrol and diesel prices in Delhi and the official mileage figures as a baseline.

KIA SELTOS
COST PER KM (SEPTEMBER 2022)

 

Petrol

Difference

Diesel

Fuel Price Delhi

Rs. 96.76

Rs. 7.1

Rs. 89.66

Manual Mileage

16.50kmpl

4.49kmpl

20.99kmpl

Manual Cost Per KM

Rs. 5.86

Rs. 1.59/km

Rs. 4.27

Automatic Mileage

16.80kmpl

1.20kmpl

18.00kmpl

Automatic Cost Per KM

Rs. 5.76/km

Rs. 0.78/km

Rs. 4.98/km

At the current fuel prices, the Kia Seltos petrol manual will cost you Rs. 1.59 more than the Kia Seltos diesel manual for every kilometre you drive.

With the automatic, the Kia Seltos diesel will save you Rs. 0.78/km compared to the petrol automatic.

Kilometres To Breakeven With Kia Seltos Diesel

KIA SELTOS PETROL VS DIESEL KM TO RECOVER (SEPTEMBER 2022)

Variants

KM to Recover

HTE Manual

56,508km

HTK Manual

71,577km

HTK Plus Manual

71,577km

HTK Plus ACMT Manual

77,856km

HTX Manual

71,577km

HTX Automatic

1,46,452km

Depending on the variant, you’ll have to cover between 56,508km to 77,856km with the Kia Seltos diesel manual to recover the extra price you pay upfront over the Seltos petrol.

With the automatic, you’ll have to drive at least 1.46 lakh kilometres to justify buying the Seltos diesel over the petrol automatic.

Should You Buy Kia Seltos Petrol Or Diesel?

The base model of the Seltos diesel carries a nominal price premium of Rs. 90,000 over the petrol variant. Hence, it manages to recover the upfront cost in under 60,000km. Therefore, if you are considering the base variant of the Seltos, the Seltos diesel is a good buy thanks to its small km-to-breakeven figure.

However, if you’re interested in buying some other variant, then the km-to-breakeven figure is in the 70,000km to 1.50 lakh kilometre range. So, for customers considering higher variants of the Seltos, the Seltos diesel only makes sense if you intend to drive the car for at least 1 lakh kilometres.

Seltos diesel-automatic buyers should also see if the HTK Plus with auto-clutch manual meets their needs. If so, you can get similar convenience as that of the automatic with a smaller km-to-breakeven figure and a nominal price bump for the added convenience of 2-pedal driving in traffic.

You can use our Fuel Cost Calculator to see how much any petrol, diesel or CNG car will cost to run based on the latest fuel price in your city.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Prathu Sharma

Engineer by upbringing, artist by passion, motorhead because ,why not! Likes to know about everything related to technology, switches between american muscle and german innovation depending on the day. Wants to own 69' Mustang Mach 1 and to drive BMW M3 87'someday.

3 Comments

  1. R Rakesh Chandra Purohit says:
    June 18 2022 15:42:53

    But you have not taken into account the pleasure of the punch of driving a diesel ,

  2. B Bijumon says:
    June 26 2022 10:14:05

    This article was very useful and interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  3. P Palani says:
    November 17 2022 15:55:24

    What about maintenance cost ?

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