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2021 Kia Seltos Petrol Variants Explained - Which One to Buy?

V3Cars reviews all the variants of the 2021 Kia Seltos to give you a better idea about which variant offers the best value for money. The Seltos gets powered by a 1.5-litre normal petrol and a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine options. Both the normal petrol and the turbo petrol engines get paired with manual and automatic transmission options.

 

2021 Kia Seltos

What Are The Prices of 2021 Kia Seltos Petrol?

The 2021 Seltos 1.5 petrol version’s starting price remains unchanged at Rs 9.89 lakh for the base variant. However, above the base variant, all the other variants’ prices have increased by around Rs 10,000-11,000. 

You can now check the prices of all the manual and automatic variants of the 2021 Seltos 1.5 petrol version and their price difference with the 2020 model in the table below: 

KIA SELTOS 1.5 PETROL PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI

VARIANTS

OLD PRICE

2020

DIFFERENCE

NEW PRICE

2021

HTE MT

Rs 9,89,000

Rs 0

Rs 9,89,000

HTK MT

Rs 10,49,000

Rs 10,000

Rs 10,59,000

HTK+ MT

Rs 11,59,000

Rs 10,000

Rs 11,69,000

HTX MT

Rs 13,34,000

Rs 11,000

Rs 13,45,000

HTX AE MT

Rs 13,75,000

Rs 11,000

Rs 13,86,000

HTX CVT

Rs 14,34,000

Rs 11,000

Rs 14,45,000

HTX AE CVT

Rs 14,75,000

Rs 11,000

Rs 14,86,000


The Kia Seltos turbo manual prices have also increased in 2021, but the top GTX+ automatic variant’s price has remained unchanged at Rs 17.29 lakh. 

You can see the prices of the 2021 Kia Seltos 1.4 turbo petrol’s manual and automatic transmission variants and their price difference with the 2020 model: 

KIA SELTOS 1.4 TURBO PETROL PRICES

VARIANTS

OLD PRICE

2020

DIFFERENCE

NEW PRICE

2021

GTX MT

Rs 15,54,000

Rs 11,000

Rs 15,65,000

GTX+ MT

Rs 16,39,000

Rs 10,000

Rs 16,49,000

GTX+ DCT

Rs 17,29,000

Rs 0

Rs 17,29,000


What Are the Petrol Engine Specifications of Kia Seltos? 

The Seltos and Creta share the same 1.5-litre normal petrol engine.  

The engine can generate 115PS of maximum power and 144Nm of peak torque. In both the Seltos and the Creta, this engine gets paired with a 6-speed manual and a CVT-type automatic transmission options. In comparison, the Kicks and Duster, which also come powered with a 1.5-litre normal petrol engine offer slightly less power and torque output. The S-Cross comes with a 1.5-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine and also offers lesser power and torque output than Seltos or Creta. However, as the S-Cross’ is a hybrid engine, it delivers the best fuel efficiency in this segment. Among all the cars in this segment, only the Seltos and the Creta get a 6-speed manual transmission, while the rest get a 5-speed unit.

You can check the specification details of the 2021 Kia Seltos 1.5-litre normal petrol engine and its comparison with rivals in the following table:

SELTOS vs RIVALS

NORMAL PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Seltos

Creta

Duster

Kicks

S-Cross

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre, Mild Hybrid

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

4

Capacity

1497 cc

1497 cc

1498 cc

1498 cc

1462cc

Maximum Power

115PS@6300rpm

115PS@6300rpm

106PS@5600rpm

106PS@5600rpm

105PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

144Nm@4500rpm

144Nm@4500rpm

142Nm@4000rpm

142Nm@4000rpm

138Nm @ 4400rpm

Manual Transmission

6-Speed MT

6-Speed MT 

5-Speed MT

5-Speed MT

5-Speed MT

Manual Claimed FE

16.5kmpl

16.8kmpl

14.26kmpl

14.1kmpl

18.55kmpl

Automatic Transmission

CVT

CVT

--

--

4TC

Automatic Claimed FE

16.8kmpl

16.9kmpl

--

--

18.43kmpl


The Seltos’ 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 25PS more power and almost 100Nm more torque output than the 1.5-litre normal petrol engine. This turbocharged engine gets equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission option. Moreover, despite being more powerful than the 1.5-litre normal petrol engine, this turbocharged engine is just as fuel efficient as the former.

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All the specification details of the 2021 Kia Seltos 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and its comparison with the normal petrol engine are mentioned in table below:

SELTOS 1.5 vs SELTOS 1.4 TURBO

 

Seltos 1.5

Seltos 1.4

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.4-litre

Cylinder

4

4

Capacity

1497 cc

1353 cc

Maximum Power

115PS @ 6300rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

Peak Torque

144Nm @ 4500rpm

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

Transmission

6MT & CVT

6MT & 7DCT

Claimed FE

16.5kmpl & 16.8kmpl

16.5kmpl


This same 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine is also available in the Creta in the same state of tune. However, in the Creta, this engine is paired only with automatic transmission. Apart from these two cars, the Kicks and Duster also come with a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine option that can generate 156PS of maximum power, which is 16PS more than the Seltos. This engine also offers 12Nm more torque output, and is available paired with 6-speed manual transmission and CVT type automatic transmission options. All these cars offer comparable claimed fuel efficiency with not much difference.

You can check all the specification details of the 2021 Kia Seltos 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and its comparison with the rivals in the following table:

SELTOS vs RIVALS

TURBO PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Seltos

Creta

Duster

Kicks

Displacement

1.4-litre

1.4-litre

1.3-litre

1.3-litre

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

Capacity

1353 cc

1353 cc

1330 cc

1330 cc

Maximum Power

140PS @ 6000rpm

140PS @ 6000rpm

156PS @ 5500rpm

156PS @ 5500rpm

Peak Torque

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

242Nm @ 1500 - 3200rpm

254Nm @ 1600rpm

254Nm @ 1600rpm

Transmission

6-Speed MT & 7-Speed DCT

7-Speed DCT

6-Speed MT & CVT

6-Speed MT & CVT

Claimed FE

16.5kmpl

16.8kmpl

16.3kmpl*

16.42kmpl

*unofficial

What Are The Dimensions of Kia Seltos?

The Seltos is a C-segment SUV, and hence its length is significantly more than the 4m mark. It is wider and taller than its cousin Creta. Its wheelbase length is the same as that of the Creta’s, and both the cars also have identical ground clearance and boot space. However, the Seltos is smaller than Kicks and Duster. Except the Duster and S-Cross, all the other cars in this segment offer 16- and 17-inch wheels option.

You can find the dimension details of the Kia Seltos and its comparison with rivals in the following table:

SELTOS vs RIVALS

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Seltos

Creta

Kicks

Duster

S-Cross

Length

4315mm

4300mm

4384mm

4360mm

4300mm

Width

1800mm

1790mm

1813mm

1822mm

1785mm

Height

1645mm

1635mm

1669mm

1695mm

1595mm

Wheelbase

2610mm

2610mm

2673mm

2673mm

2600mm

Boot Space

433-lt

433-lt

400-lt

475-lt

353-lt

Ground Clearance

190mm*

190mm*

210mm

205mm

180mm*

Fuel Tank

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

50-lt

48-lt

Tyre Size (base)

205/65 R16

205/65 R16

215/65 R16

215/65 R16

215/60R16

Tyre Size (top)

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

215/65 R16

215/60R16

*unofficial

Kia Seltos Vriant-wise Features

What Are The Features of Kia Seltos HTE Petrol Variant? 

The Seltos base HTE variant’s price remains Rs 9.89 lakh. Apart from the basic safety features, this variant comes with projector headlamps and day/night IRVM. 

The base HTE variant also offers a basic audio system along with bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted audio controls.

Some of its important functional features include - tilt steering, height adjustable driver seat, all power windows, remote key, rear AC vents and front armrest. 

The Seltos HTE variant comes with body-coloured bumpers, door handles and ORVMs as well along with full wheel covers and shark fin antenna.

The following table offers you a look at the features details of the 2021 Kia Seltos HTE base variant:

SELTOS 1.5 HTE | FEATURES

Safety

Entertainment

Functional & Style

Std Safety Features

Audio System

Tilt Steering

Front Armrest w/ Storage

Emergency Stop Signal

Bluetooth

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Front & Rear USB Charger

Halogen Projector Headlamps

4 Speakers

4 Power Windows

Front & Rear Skid Plates

Day/Night IRVM

Steering-Mounted Controls

Remote Key

R16 Steel Wheels w/ Full Wheel Covers

   

Rear AC Vents

Shark Fin Antenna

   

Fixed Rear Headrests

Body-coloured Bumpers, Door Handles & ORVMs

   

Sunglass Holder

 

 

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The HTE variant covers many basic features, but still lacks some which includes - electrically adjustable ORVMs, adjustable rear headrests and rear wiper and defogger. If you are looking to buy only an entry-level variant of the Seltos then should you settle for the base HTE variant or opt for the HTK variant, this we will discuss after looking into next variant’s details.

What Are The Features of Kia Seltos HTK Petrol Variant? 

The Seltos HTK variant is now Rs 70,000 costlier than the HTE variant. Moreover, as the HTK variant’s price is more than the Rs 10 lakh slab, it will attract higher tax in many states. Hence, the actual on-road price difference between the HTK and the HTE variants will be more than Rs 1 lakh 

SELTOS 1.5 | PRICE COMPARISON

HTE

DIFFERENCE

HTK

Rs 9,89,000

Rs 70,000

Rs 10,59,000


The HTK variant comes with some added useful features such as - electrically adjustable ORVMs, 8 inch Touchscreen Infotainment System w/ Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, rear parking camera & rear view monitor, projector fog lamps aur roof rails. 

You can find all the additional features details of the 2021 Kia Seltos HTK variant over the HTE base variant, in the following table:

SELTOS 1.5 HTK | FEATURES OVER HTE

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Rear Parking Camera

8” Touchscreen Infotainment System w/ Arkamys

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

Tweeters

Luggage Lamp

 
   

Front & Rear Mud Guards

 


For the above mentioned additional features of the HTK variant, the extra premium of Rs 1 lakh can’t be justified. Thus, if you choose to buy this variant, then you will be compromising on value. However, we think that if you are ready to spend around Rs 11 - 12 lakh to buy the Seltos, then it’s okay to compromise a little on the value part rather than compromising on must-have features like touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, rear parking camera and electrically adjustable ORVMs. We would have liked the HTK variant better, if it also came with features such as adjustable rear headrests, rear defogger and rear wiper.

What Are The Features of Kia Seltos HTK+ Petrol Variant? 

The Seltos HTK+ variant is Rs 1.10 lakh more expensive than the HTK variant. 

SELTOS 1.5 | PRICE COMPARISON

HTK

DIFFERENCE

HTK+

Rs 10,59,000

Rs 1,10,000

Rs 11,69,000


For this additional premium, the HTK+ variant adds in a handful of more safety as well as feel-good features, which include rear wiper & defogger, smart key w/ push-button start/stop, cruise control, electrically foldable ORVMs w/ auto fold, auto headlamps and rear window curtains. 

In terms of added styling features, this variant adds LED DRLs, 16-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tip design and LED sound mood lights for a more premium and sporty appeal. 

The following table lists all the additional features of the 2021 Kia Seltos HTK+ variant over the HTK variant:

SELTOS 1.5 HTK+ | FEATURES OVER HTK

Safety

Functional

Style

Rear Wiper & Washer

One-touch Up Driver Power Window

R16 Alloy Wheels

Rear Defogger

Smart Key with Push-button Start/Stop

LED DRLs

 

Cruise Control

LED Sound Mood Lights

 

Electrically Foldable ORVMs (w/ Auto Fold)

Printed Dashboard Garnish

 

Auto Headlamps

Dual Muffler Design

 

Rear Window Curtains

 
 

Rear Parcel Tray

 


According to our internal data, the HTK+ variant is not a sensible upgrade over the HTE in terms of value. Although given the additional features you may consider HTK+ variant, we won’t recommend this variant, as it mostly offers added good-to-have features that are not too appealing, except the features like rear wiper, defogger and electrically foldable ORVMs. 

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If you do wish to spend extra money to get a host of good-to-have features, then we would recommend choosing a higher variant instead. 

What Are The Features of Kia Seltos HTX Petrol Variant? 

The Seltos 1.5 petrol HTX variant has an incremental cost of Rs 1.76 lakh over the ke HTK+ variant. 

SELTOS 1.5 | PRICE COMPARISON

HTK+

DIFFERENCE

HTX

Rs 11,69,000

Rs 1,76,000

Rs 13,45,000


This variant offers an array of added features, which include safety features such as LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, auto-dimming IRVM and tyre pressure monitoring system.

The Seltos HTX offers some added functional features such as a bigger 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment system, telescopic steering, auto AC and air purifier. There are also 4 important rear seat focused features in this variant, namely -- three adjustable headrests, rear armrest and 60:40 split folding rear seat with recline feature. 

Apart from these features, there are also style related features in the HTX variant onwards, which include - sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, black-beige leatherette seat upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel. 

You can check all the additional features of the 2021 Kia Seltos HTX variant over the HTK+ variant in the table below:

SELTOS 1.5 HTX | FEATURES OVER HTK+

Safety

Entertainment & Functional

Style

LED Headlamps & Tail Lamps

10.25” Touchscreen Infotainment System w/ Navigation

60:40 Split Rear Seat

Electric Sunroof

LED Fog Lamps

Connected Car Tech

Rear Center Armrest

R17 Alloy Wheels

Auto Dimming IRVM

Telescoping Steering

Rear Seat Recline- 2 Step

LED Light Bar

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Auto AC

Adjustable Rear Headrests (3)

Ambient Mood Lighting

 

Remote Engine Start (CVT)

Air Purifier w/ Perfume

Black-beige Interior w/ Leatherette Seats

   

LED Cabin Lights

Leather-wrapped Flat-bottom Steering

     

Metal Scuff Plates


As per our internal data, the incremental cost of Rs 1.75 lakh for the mentioned added features is completely justified. Thus, if you do want to go for the Seltos 1.5 petrol version and are seeking upmarket features in it, then choosing the HTX variant will be a sensible decision. This is because, this variant will offer you a number of premium features without having to overspend for them.

The Seltos 1.5 HTX is also available with the CVT type automatic transmission option, for which you will need to spend an additional premium of Rs 1 lakh. To choose a CVT type transmission over a manual transmission, spending Rs 1 lakh extra is quite appropriate. 

SELTOS 1.5 | PRICE COMPARISON

HTX MT

DIFFERENCE

HTX CVT

Rs 13,45,000

Rs 1,00,000

Rs 14,45,000


What Are The Features of Kia Seltos Anniversary Edition? 

The Seltos Anniversary Edition is a cosmetic update that is based on the HTX variant, and costs Rs 41,000 more than the HTX variant.   

SELTOS 1.5 | PRICE COMPARISON

HTX

DIFFERENCE

ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Rs 13,45,000

Rs 41,000

Rs 13,86,000


The Seltos Anniversary edition offers added style features like black and orange treatment on the front and rear bumpers and side sills, black alloy wheels and black interior. 

Apart from these, you will get the remote key engine start option even with the manual transmission. 

All the added features of the 2021 Kia Setlos Anniversary Edition are listed in the following table:

SELTOS 1.5 ANNIVERSARY EDITION | FEATURES OVER HTX

Functional

Style

 

Remote Engine Start (w/ Both MT & CVT)

Orange & Black Inserts in the Front & Rear Bumper, Side Sills & Alloy Wheels

Black R17 Alloy Wheels

Black Interior w/ Black Leatherette Seats


For these features, the additional premium of Rs 41,000 is a bit on the higher side. However for the sake of exclusivity or black interior, you may choose to buy this variant.

Similar to the HTX variant, the Anniversary Edition also comes with an automatic transmission option. For the automatic transmission you’ll need to shell out an additional amount of Rs 1 lakh, and it’s an appropriate amount for an automatic transmission. 

SELTOS 1.5 | PRICE COMPARISON

ANNIVERSARY EDITION MT

DIFFERENCE

ANNIVERSARY EDITION CVT

Rs 13,86,000

Rs 1,00,000

Rs 14,86,000


What Are The Features of Kia Seltos 1.4 GTX Petrol Variant?

The Seltos turbo-petrol GTX manual version is Rs 2.2 lakh more expensive than the 1.5 HTX manual variant.

SELTOS | PRICE COMPARISON

1.5 HTX MT

DIFFERENCE

1.4 TURBO GTX MT

Rs 13,45,000

Rs 2,20,000

Rs 15,65,000


Apart from the more powerful engine, the GTX turbo manual variant comes with a handful of other safety and functional features such as - rear disc brakes, side & curtain airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist, rain sensing wipers, head-up display and wireless charger. 

Moreover, there are some cosmetic upgrades as well, which include -- red brake calipers, rear spoiler, red inserts at the front and on the alloys and black leather seat upholstery. 

In the following table, you can see all the additional features of the 2021 Kia Seltos GTX variant over the HTX variant:

SELTOS 1.4 GTX | FEATURES OVER 1.5 HTX

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


According to our internal data, the Seltos GTX variant’s added features over the HTX are worth the price increment of Rs 1.2 lakh. This means that if you wish to spend an additional amount of around Rs 1 lakh to get better performance, which is acceptable, then you can consider the GTX variant. 

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If you wish to settle for the Seltos turbo, then should you choose the GTX variant or the GTX+, this we will discuss after looking into the details of the latter. 

What Are The Features of Kia Seltos 1.4 GTX+ Petrol?

The top Seltos GTX+ variant is Rs 84,000 costlier than the GTX variant. 

SELTOS TURBO | PRICE COMPARISON

1.4 GTX MT

DIFFERENCE

1.4 GTX+ MT

Rs 15,65,000

Rs 84,000

Rs 16,49,000


This variant offers 3 added safety features, namely -- 360-degree parking camera, blind spot monitoring and front parking sensors. It also comes with a premium Bose audio system with 8 speakers, ventilated front seats and powered driver seat.

You can check all the additional features of the 2021 Kia Seltos GTX+ variant over the GTX variant in the table below:

SELTOS 1.4 GTX+ | FEATURES OVER GTX

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

 


For all these additional features of the Seltos GTX+ variant, spending an additional cost of Rs 84,000 is quite worth. Hence, if you are considering the Seltos with its turbo-petrol engine option, then we would recommend that you buy its top variant GTX+ to enjoy everything that Kia is offering in this car. 

Moreover, with the turbo engine the dual-clutch automatic transmission option is available only in the top GTX+ variant. The dual-clutch automatic transmission version is tagged at Rs 17.29 lakh. So, for the dual-clutch automatic transmission, Kia is charging only Rs 80,000, while it also offers 3 more features over the manual transmission counterpart. These features are - traction control, remote engine start and multi drive modes. 

SELTOS TURBO | PRICE COMPARISON

1.4 GTX+ MT

DIFFERENCE

1.4 GTX+ DCT

Rs 16,49,000

Rs 80,000

Rs 17,29,000


According to our internal data, for the DCT type transmission and the extra features, the GTX+ automatic variant is an exceptionally value-for-money proposition. 

Kia Seltos Petrol Variants - Which Variant to Buy

Among the Kia Seltos 1.5 petrol variants, the HTX is our top recommended variant. This variant offers the best combination of value, must-have and goo-to-have features. This variant also comes with an automatic transmission option -- and this is also a sensible buying option that’s reasonably priced. If you wish to add an exclusive touch to the HTX variant, then you can opt for the Anniversary Edition that’s based on this variant.

If you do not wish to stretch your budget till the Seltos HTX variant and want to stick to a basic variant only, then we would recommend at least the HTK variant. While it’s not a more value-for-money package over the HTE variant, but in its price point it offers a whole lot of basic features that are expected in a c-segment SUV. 

When it comes to the HTK+ variant, we think it is better to go for the HTX variant instead.

If you are seeking added performance in the Seltos and hence considering the turbo-petrol engine option, then we recommend the top variant GTX+ -- both in case of the manual and automatic transmission options.

Here’s a brief look at our variant recommendations on the 2021 Kia Seltos:

SELTOS PETROL MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price (ex-showroom)

Recommendation

 

HTE

Rank 1

Rs 9,89,000

Better upgrade to HTK for useful basic features

HTK

Rank 4

Rs 10,59,000

For budget buyers

HTK+

Rank 3

Rs 11,69,000

Better upgrade to HTX or buy HTK

HTX

Rank 2

Rs 13,45,000

The best mix of value & features; top recommended

Anniversary Edition

--

Rs 13,86,000

For those seeking exclusivity in HTX


Kia Seltos Exterior Colour Options

The Kia Seltos is available in 8 monotone colour options, namely -- Red, Black, Pearl White, Orange, Blue, Grey, Silver and Clear White. The base HTE variant is available in only White and Silver colour options. The HTK variant is not available in Black and Pearl White colours. In fact, the Black exterior colour option is available only the HTX variant onwards.

The Seltos also comes in 5 dual tone colour schemes: Red with Black roof, White with Black roof, Silver with Orange roof, White with Orange roof and Orange with White roof. The Seltos Anniversary Edition is offered in all Black, Silver with Black roof, Pearl White with Black roof and Grey with Black roof colour options. 

The Anniversary Edition in all Black colour is our best pick for the Seltos. Which one is your favourite exterior colour in the Kia Seltos Range₹Do let us know in the comment section.

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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