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Kia Seltos vs Rivals: Spec Comparo


Can the Seltos’ attractive price tag work against its rivals who have a high recognition in the market?

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After much anticipation, Kia has launched the Seltos in India at a starting price of Rs 9.69 lakh. It has the right ingredients for success and is loaded with features and has a plethora of engine and transmission options. But are all these enough to take on its well established rivals which include the larger and equally feature-packed MG Hector, the brawny Tata Harrier, the no-nonsense Creta and the good old XUV500. Let’s find out. 

Dimensions: 

Dimensions

Kia Seltos

Hyundai Creta

MG Hector

Tata Harrier 

Mahindra XUV500

Length 

4315mm

4270mm

4655

4598

4585

Width 

1800mm

1780mm

1835

1894

1890

Height 

1620mm

1665mm

1760

1706

1785

Wheelbase 

2610mm

2590mm

2750

2741

2700 

Boot Space 

433 litres

400 litres

587

425

93* / 475

Longest: MG Hector

Widest: Tata Harrier

Tallest: Mahindra XUV500

Wheelbase: MG Hector

Boot Space: MG Hector

Size is not the Seltos’ forte. While it may be marginally bigger than the Creta, which is the smallest, it lags behind the rest by a huge margin. If you like your SUV to be big and burly, the Hector, Harrier and XUV500 better fit the bill as they are the longest, widest and tallest respectively. This also reflects in interior space as the big three are the most comfortable in terms of leg room and have good amount of width in the rear as well. That’s not to say the Seltos and Creta are bad as they can occupy two six footers behind each other. 

The Seltos comes with a 433-litre boot which betters the bigger Harrier by a small margin. But the MG Hector has the biggest boot here. The XUV500 is the sole seven seater in this test and with all three rows up, it has the smallest boot. But the XUV500 has a reasonably sized 475-litre boot if you intend to use it as a five seater. The Creta has the smallest boot in this lot. 

Features:

 

Kia Seltos

Hyundai Creta 

MG Hector

Tata Harrier

Mahindra XUV500

LED Headlamps with DRLs

Yes

Projector with DRLs only

Yes

Projector with DRLs only

Projector with DRLs only

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Climate Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear AC Vents

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Electric Seat Adjustment

Driver’s Side Only

Driver’s Side Only

Yes

No

Driver’s side only

Ventilated Front Seats

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Wireless Charger

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Infotainment

10.25-inch Touchscreen

7-inch Touchscreen

10.4-inch Touchscreen

8.8-inch Touchscreen

7-inch

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Connected Features

37 features

No

50 features

No

No

Keyless Entry

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Push Button Start

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

Yes

Yes

Yes (Panoramic)

Dealer-level Fitment

Yes

Auto Headlamps

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rain Sensing Wipers

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Heads-up display

Yes

No

No

No

No

Ambient lighting

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes (In Blue colour only)

Reclining rear seats

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Rear door sun blinds

Yes

No

No

No

No

Sound system

Bose 8-speaker

6-speaker

Infinity 8-speaker

JBL 9-speaker

6-speaker

The above table makes it clear that Kia is playing its card on the feature list. Just like its rivals, the Seltos comes with features like cruise control, climate control, rear AC vents, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry and push button start. 

The Seltos additionally offers a rear sun blind and a head-up display which are first in segment. It also shares some features with the Creta like the wireless phone charger and ventilated front seats. Powered driver’s seat is also available with the Seltos, Creta, Hector and XUV500 while the MG offers this for the passenger side as well.

The Seltos and Hector are also the only ones to come with ambient lighting in various colours, reclinable rear seat and connected-car tech as well. 

All five models come with a sunroof which we Indians love. The MG Hector has a panoramic unit while the Harrier’s sunroof is a dealer-level fitment that can be had on any variant. And while the Harrier comes with all the necessities one requires, it is the least equipped in this bunch. 

It must be mentioned that the Seltos, Harrier and Hector are the only ones that come with premium sound systems. 

Safety Features:

 

Kia Seltos

Hyundai Creta SX(O)

MG Hector

Tata Harrier

Mahindra XUV500 

Airbags

6

6

6

6

6

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Camera and Sensors

Front and rear sensors with 360-degree camera

Rear sensors with rear camera

Front and rear sensors with 360-degree camera

Front* and Rear sensors with rear camera

Rear sensors with rear camera

ESP

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Traction Control

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hill Hold Control

Yes

Yes 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tire Pressure Monitor

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Hill Descent Control

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Blind View Monitor

Yes

No

No

No

No

*Dealer-level fitment

All SUVs here come with safety features like six airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability program and hill-hold control. While all of them come with rear parking sensors with camera, the Seltos and Hector offer you front parking sensors coupled with a 360-degree camera. The Harrier also packs in front parking sensors as a dealer-level fitment.

Apart from that, the Harrier and the XUV500 are the only ones to come with hill descent control. The Seltos also packs in a blind view monitor which feeds a live stream from the left-side camera in the ORVM to the multi-info display when the left indicator is activated. 

The Creta has the least amount of safety features on board. 

Diesel Powertrains:

Diesel Engine

Kia Seltos

Hyundai Creta

MG Hector

Tata Harrier 

Mahindra XUV500 

Displacement 

1.5-litre

1.6-litre

2.0-litre

2.0-litre

2.2-litre

Power (PS)

115PS

128PS

170PS

140PS

155PS

Torque (Nm)

250Nm

260Nm

350Nm

350Nm

360Nm

Gearbox

6-speed MT and AT

6-speed MT and AT

6-speed MT

6-speed MT

6-speed MT and AT

AWD

No

No

No

No

Yes

Fuel Efficiency 

18.0kmpl (AT) / 21.0kmpl (MT)

17.6kmpl (AT) / 20.5kmpl (MT)

17.41kmpl

16.79kmpl

14kmpl 

(All variants)

Most Powerful: MG Hector

Torquiest: Mahindra XUV500

Most Fuel Efficient: Kia Seltos

The Seltos has the smallest and least powerful diesel engine here. It develops 115PS of power and 250Nm of torque and lags behind the  by a full 13PS and 10Nm. The bigger models come with larger displacement engines equating to more power. The Hector and Harrier share the same 2.0-litre engine but the MG produces 170PS while the Tata develops 140PS. Both engines produce the same 350Nm of torque. The XUV500 has the largest engine in this bunch and makes the most amount of torque here. 

All SUVs come with a 6-speed manual as standard. But if it’s an automatic option that you desire, your options are limited to the Seltos, Creta and XUV500.  

In terms of fuel efficiency, the Seltos’ smallest engine proves to be the most fuel efficient one here. It is followed by the Creta, MG Hector, Tata Harrier and at last, the Mahindra XUV500. 

Petrol Powertrains:

Petrol Engine

Kia Seltos NA Petrol

Kia Seltos T-GDI

Hyundai Creta

MG Hector

Tata Harrier 

Mahindra XUV500 

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.4-litre

1.6-litre

1.5-litre

-----

2.2-litre

Power (PS)

115PS

140PS

123PS

143PS

-----

140PS 

Torque (Nm)

144Nm

242Nm

151Nm

250Nm

-----

320Nm

Gearbox

6-speed MT/CVT

6-speed MT/7-speed DCT

6-speed MT/6-speed AT

6-speed MT/7-speed AT 

-----

6-speed AT  

AWD

No

No

No

No 

-----

No 

Fuel Efficiency 

16.8kmpl (MT) / 16.5kmpl (AT)

16.5kmpl (MT) / 16.1kmpl (AT)

15.8kmpl/14.8kmpl (AT)

14.16kmpl/13.96kmpl (AT) 

-----

13.85kmpl 

Most Powerful: MG Hector

Torquiest: Mahindra XUV500

Most Fuel Efficient: Kia Seltos NA Petrol

The Seltos comes with two petrol powertrain options - a 1.4-litre turbo and a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated unit. The 1.4-litre turbo petrol develops 140PS, which is almost the same as the MG Hector and Mahindra XUV500. Torque figures, though close to the MG, is far behind the XUV500, which has class leading figures. The Creta’s 1.6 litre and the Seltos’ 1.5-litre unit are the only naturally aspirated engines in this bunch and lag behind its turbo charged peers by a considerable margin. 

Unlike their diesel siblings, all the petrol models can be had with an automatic gearbox. But surprisingly, the XUV500 petrol doesn’t come with a manual gearbox. 

In terms of fuel efficiency, the Seltos NA petrol has the best fuel efficiency here followed by the Seltos T-GDI, Hyundai Creta, MG Hector and Mahindra XUV500. 

Prices And Verdict:

 

Kia Seltos

Hyundai Creta 

MG Hector

Tata Harrier 

Mahindra XUV500 

Prices (ex-showroom Delhi)

Rs 9.69 lakh to Rs 15.99 lakh

Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15.67 lakh

Rs 12.18 lakh to Rs 16.88 lakh 

Rs 13 lakh to Rs 16.76 lakh

Rs 12.23 to Rs 18.54 lakh

Kia has absolutely nailed it with the Seltos’ pricing. At Rs 9.69 lakh for the entry-level variant, the base-spec Seltos is by far the cheapest compact SUV one can buy right now. Its top-spec variant too undercuts its rivals (except the Creta) by a huge margin. On top of that eight trim levels, the lengthy feature list and plethora of engine and transmission options mean there is a Seltos for everyone. Kia seems to have a winner on its hands. 

 

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  • Srinivas | 1 month ago Top end Diesel AT with GT line is definitely missing. The gray dash board and seats looks good but maintaining would be challenging in India. 1 Reply

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