Which Variant of 2020 Kia Seltos Petrol Is Most Value For Money?

Which Variant of 2020 Kia Seltos Petrol Is Most Value For Money?

Read on to find out which variant of the 2020 Kia Seltos petrol is the most value for money after the June 2020 price update. Here we compare the prices of the 2020 Seltos's 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 C-Segment petrol SUVs.

 

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What Is The Price Of The 2020 Kia Seltos?

The Kia Seltos just got a price hike in June 2020. The price hike varies between Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 25,000. The HTE variant, which is the most affordable and the GTX Plus, which is the most expensive, didn’t get a price hike and still costs Rs. 9.89 lakh and Rs. 17.29 lakh, respectively.

The most affordable variant with the turbo petrol engine, GTK, is no longer available. Turbo petrol is only available in GTX and GTX Plus variants. The automatic transmission is only available in the top variants - CVT for HTX with the 1.5-litre petrol engine and DCT for GTX Plus with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine.

KIA SELTOS 1.5 PETROL PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI

VARIANTS

OLD PRICE

JAN-MAY 2020

DIFFERENCE

NEW PRICE

JUNE 2020

HTE MT

Rs. 9,89,000

-

Rs. 9,89,000

HTK MT

Rs. 10,29,000

Rs. 20,000

Rs. 10,49,000

HTK+ MT

Rs. 11,49,000

Rs. 10,000

Rs. 11,59,000

HTX MT

Rs. 13,09,000

Rs. 25,000

Rs. 13,34,000

HTX CVT

Rs. 14,09,000

Rs. 25,000

Rs. 14,34,000


The price difference between the HTX 1.5-litre normal petrol with a manual transmission and the comparable GTX variant with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine is Rs. 2.2 lakh. However, it’s worth noting that the turbo petrol engine also gets some cosmetic, safety and function feature upgrades in that price.

Since the prices of the most affordable and the most expensive variants remain unchanged the price range too remains the same. Seltos’ prices range between Rs. 9.89 lakh and Rs. 17.29 lakh (ex-showroom).

Now let’s go through each petrol variant of the Kia Seltos one-by-one to see which one offers the best value for money starting with the HTE 1.5L MT.

KIA SELTOS 1.4 TURBO PETROL PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI

VARIANTS

OLD PRICE

JAN-MAY 2020

DIFFERENCE

NEW PRICE

JUNE 2020

GTK

Rs. 13,79,000

-

Discontinued

GTX

Rs. 15,29,000

Rs. 25,000

Rs. 15,54,000

GTX+

Rs. 16,29,000

Rs. 10,000

Rs. 16,39,000

GTX+ DCT

Rs. 17,29,000

-

Rs. 17,29,000


Is The HTE Variant Of 2020 Kia Seltos Petrol Worth Buying?

The HTE variant is only available with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. It costs Rs. 9.89 lakh (ex-showroom). Notable features of the base variant of the Seltos petrol are:

  • Mandatory safety kit (2 airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors)
  • Projector halogen headlamps
  • Music system with steering-mounted controls
  • Tilt steering
  • Front armrest
  • Rear AC vents
  • Remote central locking
  • Height-adjustable driver seat

With these features, the base variant is alright for budget buyers. The only major miss is electrically adjustable outside mirrors. A sub-Rs. 10.0 lakh price not only has a psychological advantage but also helps keep registration costs in certain states. This variant is a good value for money. For 1.5-litre petrol MT buyers, this is our top pick.

KIA SELTOS 1.5 PETROL | HTE VARIANT FEATURES

Rs 9.89 Lakh | EX-SHOWROOM DELHI

Safety

Entertainment

Functional & Style

Dual Front Airbags

Audio System

Tilt-adjustable Steering

Front Armrest with Storage

ABS w/ EBD

Bluetooth

Height-adjustable Driver Seat

Front & Rear USB Charger

Reverse Parking Sensors

4 Speakers

4 Power Windows

Front & Rear Skid Plates

High-Speed Alert

Steering Mounted Controls

Keyless Entry

Full Wheel Covers

Central Locking

 -

Rear AC Vents

 -

Emergency Stop Signal

 - - -

Projector Headlamps

 - - -

Is The HTK Variant Of 2020 Kia Seltos Petrol Worth Buying?

The HTK variant of the 2020 Kia Seltos petrol costs Rs. 10.49 lakh after the June 2020 price hike - Rs. 60,000 more than the HTE. It adds the following notable features to the mix:

  • 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Rear camera
  • Projector fog lamps
  • Electrically adjustable outside mirrors
  • Boot lamp

This variant doesn’t justify the incremental cost of Rs. 60,000 over the HTE variant so, we’d suggest you consider the HTE or a higher variant for better value.

KIA SELTOS 1.5 HTK | FEATURES OVER HTE

Rs. 10,49,000 | EX-SHOWROOM DELHI

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Rear Parking Camera

8” Touchscreen Infotainment System

One-touch Down Driver Power Window

Roof Rails

Driver Rear View Monitor

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs 

Turn Indicators on ORVMs

Projector Fog Lamps

6 Speakers

Luggage Lamp

 -


Is The HTK Plus Variant Of 2020 Kia Seltos Petrol Worth Buying?

The HTK Plus variant costs Rs. 1.1 lakh more than the HTK variant and is priced at Rs. 11.59 lakh (ex-showroom). For that sum, you get additional features like:

  • Rear washer and wiper
  • Rear defogger
  • Cruise control
  • Auto-folding outside mirrors
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Rear door sunshades
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • LED DRLs
  • Rear parcel tray

For these features, the HTK Plus variant once again disappoints in terms of value. Although it isn’t absurdly overpriced, it doesn’t quite justify the premium with its additional features. If you are looking for a better value for money variant, then consider the higher HTX variant.

KIA SELTOS 1.5 HTK+ | FEATURES OVER HTK

Rs. 11,59,000 | EX-SHOWROOM DELHI

Safety

Functional

Style

Rear Wiper & Washer

One-touch Up Driver Power Window

16” Alloy Wheels

Rear Defogger

Smart Key with Push-button Start/Stop

LED DRLs

 

Cruise Control

LED Sound Mood Lights

 

Auto Folding ORVM

Leather-wrapped Gear Knob

 

Auto Headlamps

Printed Dashboard Garnish

 -

Rear Door Sunshade Curtains

Dual Muffler Design

 -

Rear Parcel tray

 -


Is The HTX Variant Of 2020 Kia Seltos Petrol Worth Buying?

The HTX variant of the Kia Seltos petrol costs Rs. 13.34 lakh, which is Rs. 1.75 lakh more. The price jump is substantial for the HTX but so is the feature list. Some of its high-value features are:

  • LED head and tail lamps
  • LED fog lamps
  • 25-inch touchscreen
  • Internet-connected features
  • Split rear seatback
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Automatic AC
  • Telescopic steering
  • Key fob remote engine start (AT only)
  • Electric sunroof
  • Ambient lighting
  • Reclining rear seatback
  • Air purifier
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

Unfortunately, none of the lower variants of the Seltos come with something as basic as automatic AC. So, if you want a well-equipped version, then the HTX variant is the best bet as it’s also very well priced. This is our top recommendation for buyers who want a premium experience from the Seltos ownership.

The HTX variant is also available with the option of a CVT automatic transmission. It adds Rs. 1.0 lakh to the ex-showroom cost. The HTX CVT automatic costs Rs. 14.34 lakh. Not that you have much of a choice if you want the Seltos with an automatic transmission, it’s good to note that it’s well priced. Rs. 1.0 lakh premium for the automatic transmission is also acceptable. Not to mention, it’s available in our favourite variant. So, HTX with or without the CVT automatic gets our wholehearted approval.

KIA SELTOS HTX | FEATURES OVER HTK+

PRICE Rs. 13,34,000 | EX-SHOWROOM DELHI

Safety

Entertainment & Functional

Style

LED Headlamps & Tail Lamps

10.25” Touchscreen Infotainment

60:40 Split Rear Seat

Dynamic Turn Indicators

LED Fog Lamps

Connected Car Tech w/ New Features

Rear Center Armrest

Leather-wrapped Flat-bottom Steering

Auto-Dimming IRVM

Telescoping Steering

Air Purifier

Electric Sunroof

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Key Fob Engine Start (CVT)

Rear Seat Recline- 2 Step

Ambient Mood Lighting

 -

Auto AC

 -

LED Light Bar

 - - -

Leatherette Seats

 - - -

17” Alloy Wheels

 - - -

Metal Scuff Plates


Is The GTX Variant Of 2020 Kia Seltos Petrol Worth Buying?

The GTX variant MT is the next available option in the Kia Seltos lineup. Compared to the HTX, it is Rs. 2.2 lakh more expensive. It gets a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine with higher power and torque output. Additional features of the GTX variant are:

  • Rear disc brakes
  • 2 Front thorax airbags
  • 2 Side curtain airbags
  • Automatic wipers
  • Electronic stability control
  • Hill-start assist
  • 8-inch head-up display
  • UV resistant windows
  • Metal pedals
  • 7-inch coloured display in instrument cluster

The GTX variant doesn’t justify the 2.2 lakh premium for the additional features even after considering the additional power and torque from the turbo petrol engine. The features add up to about Rs. 1.2 lakh in justifiable premium. So, if you’re comfortable paying about Rs. 1.0 lakh for the better performance, then you can get the GTX variant. In our books, it’s not a value-for-money upgrade for most buyers. If you do want this performance and good value too, then consider the GTX Plus trim.

KIA SELTOS 1.4 GTX | FEATURES OVER HTX

PRICE Rs. 15,54,000 | EX-SHOWROOM DELHI

Safety

Functional

Style

Rear Disc Brakes

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rear Spoiler

Side & Curtain Airbags

8-inch Head-up Display

Alloy Pedals

Electronic Stability Control

Wireless Charger

Black Seats w/ Red Stitching

Hill Hold Assist

UV-cut Windows & Windshield

Red Brake Calipers

Vehicle Stability Management

 -

7-inch Coloured Display on Instrument Cluster


Is The GTX Plus Variant Of 2020 Kia Seltos Petrol Worth Buying?

The GTX Plus variant is Rs. 85,000 more expensive than the GTX variant. It costs Rs. 16.39 lakh ex-showroom with the manual transmission. With the automatic transmission, the cost jumps another Rs. 90,000 to Rs. 17.29 lakh.

Notable features of the GTX Plus variant are:

  • Bose music system
  • Remote engine start/stop (Automatic only)
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Traction control (Automatic only)
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver seat
  • Multiple driving modes
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Front parking sensors

If you must buy the Seltos’ turbo petrol engine, then the GTX Plus is your best option in terms of value for money. The automatic transmission is a 7-speed dual-clutch type and it’s very attractively priced - only Rs. 90,000 higher. For that sum, it also gets a couple of exclusive features. The GTX Plus variant, with or without the automatic transmission, is our top recommendation for those who want the turbo petrol engine’s performance.

KIA SELTOS 1.4 GTX+ | FEATURES OVER GTX

PRICE Rs. 16,39,000 | EX-SHOWROOM DELHI

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

360-degree Parking Camera

Bose Sound System (8 Speakers)

Remote Engine Start (DCT)

Dual-tone Exterior (Optional)

Blind Spot Monitoring in Instrument Cluster

Multi-Drive Modes (DCT)

Front Parking Sensors

Ventilated Front Seats

Traction Control (DCT)

 -

8-way Powered Driver Seat


Which Variant Of The 2020 Kia Seltos Petrol Offers The Most Value For Money?

The HTE variant of the Kia Seltos petrol is very aggressively priced at just under Rs. 10 lakh. It’s tough to beat that value proposition. It’s our top pick for budget buyers. If you want some luxuries, then get the HTX variant as the middle two variants don’t offer similar value with the features.

Those who want the turbo performance should note that it doesn’t come cheap. There’s about Rs. 1.0 lakh difference between the GTX and HTX variants, which the features can’t cover. If you are okay paying that premium, then consider the higher GTX Plus variant for its luxury touches.

KIA SELTOS PETROL MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | JUN 2020

Variant

Price (ex-showroom)

Recommendation

VFM Rank

 HTE

Rs. 9,89,000

For those who can compromise on features like electrically-adjustable ORVMs & touchscreen infotainment system

Rank 1

HTK

Rs. 10,49,000

For those who consider HTE too basic and don’t want to stretch their budget further

Rank 4

HTK+

Rs. 11,59,000

Not worth stretching the budget for its additional features. Buy it if it fits your budget, you have a reason to buy it instead of the HTK and you can’t stretch your budget for HTX

Rank 4

HTX

Rs. 13,34,000

The best balance of money & features; top recommended

Rank 2

(close second)

GTX

Rs. 15,54,000

For those who believe the additional performance is worth at least Rs 1 lakh

Rank 3

GTX+

Rs. 16,39,000

For those who can stretch further

Rank 3


If you want the Kia Seltos with the automatic transmission, then you’re stuck with either the HTX with 1.5-litre petrol engine and CVT automatic and the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine with the DCT automatic. They’re both reasonably priced over their comparable MT variants, that too in the variants that offer good value for money. So, the simple choice you’ll have to make is whether you want to get the turbo petrol or the normal petrol engine.

KIA SELTOS PETROL AUTO | RECOMMENDATION

EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | JUN 2020

Variant

Price (ex-showroom)

Recommendation

HTX

Rs. 14,34,000

Worth upgrading from manual transmission

GTX+

Rs. 17,29,000

Worth upgrading from manual transmission


What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Kia Seltos Petrol?

The Kia Seltos is available with 2 petrol engines - a 1.5-litre normal and a 1.4-litre turbo. Both engines are available with a 6-speed manual and an automatic transmission. The Seltos’ 1.5-litre normal petrol engine makes 115PS of power and 144Nm of torque. It’s better than the Kicks and Duster’s normal petrol engine, which make 9PS less power, 2Nm less torque and have 1 fewer gear. This Seltos engine is available with a CVT automatic transmission in its top variant.

KIA SELTOS vs COMPETITION

NORMAL PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Seltos

Creta

Kicks

Duster

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

Capacity

1497 cc

1497 cc

1498 cc

1498 cc

Maximum Power

115PS@6300rpm

115PS@6300rpm

106PS@5600rpm

106PS@5600rpm

Peak Torque

144Nm@4500rpm

144Nm@4500rpm

142Nm@4000rpm

142Nm@4000rpm

Transmission

6MT & CVT

6MT & CVT

5MT

5MT

Claimed FE

16.5kmpl & 16.8kmpl

16.8kmpl & 16.9kmpl

14.1kmpl*

14.26kmpl


The Seltos turbo petrol engine makes 140PS power and 242Nm of torque, which is 25PS and 98Nm more than its non-turbo engine. This engine is available with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Compared to the Kicks’s 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine, its power output is 16PS and 12Nm less.

KIA SELTOS 1.4 vs COMPETITION

TURBO PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Seltos

Creta

Kicks

Displacement

1.4-litre

1.4-litre

1.3-litre

Cylinder

4

4

4

Capacity

1353 cc

1353 cc

1330 cc

Maximum Power

140PS @ 6000rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

156PS @ 5500rpm

Peak Torque

242Nm @ 1500-3200rpm

242Nm @ 1500-3200rpm

254Nm @ 1600rpm

Transmission

6MT & 7DCT

7DCT

6MT & CVT

Claimed FE

16.5kmpl

16.8kmpl

16.3kmpl*


What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Kia Seltos?

The Seltos doesn’t shine with its dimensions among C-segment SUVs. The Kicks is the longest C-segment SUV, it has the longest wheelbase and the best ground clearance as well. The Duster is the widest, tallest and has the biggest boot measuring 475 litres.

KIA SELTOS vs COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Seltos

Creta

Kicks

Duster

Length

4315mm

4300mm

4384mm

4360mm

Width

1800mm

1790mm

1813mm

1822mm

Height

1645mm

1635mm

1669mm

1695mm

Wheelbase

2610mm

2610mm

2673mm

2673mm

Boot Space

433-lt

433-lt

400-lt

475-lt

Ground Clearance

190mm*

190mm*

210mm

205mm

Fuel Tank

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

Tyre Size

205/65 R16

215/60 R17

205/65 R16

215/60 R17

215/65 R16

215/60 R17

215/65 R16


What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Kia Seltos?

The 2020 Seltos is available in the following 7 colour options:

  • Red
  • Black
  • White
  • Orange
  • Blue
  • Grey
  • Silver

There are also 6 dual-tone colour options exclusive to the HTX, GTX and GTX Plus variants:

  • Red with black roof
  • White with black roof
  • Silver with black roof
  • Silver with orange roof
  • White with orange roof
  • Orange with white roof

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lakshya Khanna

Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he's mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He's usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars editorial team.

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