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Kia Seltos HTK Plus vs Top-spec Sub-4 Metre SUVs: Clash Of Segments


Should you extend your budget and go for a mid-spec variant of the Seltos that promises to offer a more premium experience?

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Note: Top-spec Seltos pictures used for representational purposes. 

Priced from Rs 9.69 lakh to Rs 15.99 lakh, Kia has positioned the Seltos in the sweet spot between top-spec variants of sub-4 metre SUVs and lower variants of mid-size offerings. The Seltos scores high on the value-for-money quotient as it not only looks premium but also packs plenty of features and a plethora of engine and transmission combinations. Offered in a total of eight variants, certain mid-spec trim levels of the Seltos are priced right in the ballpark of three top-spec sub-4 metre SUVs - the EcoSport, Hyundai Venue and the Mahindra XUV300.

So, if you are wondering whether you should go for a mid-spec Seltos or a top-spec variant of the smaller sub-compact SUVs, then our analysis should help you make a more informed decision. 

Prices and Variants:

For this comparison, we decided to pitch the Seltos HTK Plus against the top-spec variants of the three sub-compact SUVs. The reason we’ve chosen the HTK Plus trim for this comparison is due to the fact that it offers the right balance between features and performance. The higher HTX and GT Line variants are slightly on the pricier side and the price gap between the segments are also higher.

Have a look at the table below to see how they fare in terms of prices:

Rivals

Rivals Prices (Petrol/Diesel)

Kia Seltos HTK Plus Prices (Petrol/Diesel)

Difference 

(Petrol/Diesel)

Ford EcoSport S

Rs 10.85 lakh*/Rs 11.35 lakh

Rs 11.19 lakh/Rs 12.19 lakh

Rs 35,000 / Rs 84,000

Hyundai Venue SX (O)

Rs 10.60 lakh*/Rs 10.84 lakh

Rs 11.19 lakh/Rs 12.19 lakh

Rs 59,000 / Rs 1.35 lakh

Mahindra XUV300 W8 (O)

Rs 11.64 lakh/Rs 12.14 lakh

Rs 11.19 lakh/Rs 12.19 lakh

Rs - 45,000 lakh/ Rs 5,000 

All prices, ex-showroom Delhi.

*Turbo-petrol engine.

The above table makes it clear that you need to extend your budget anywhere between Rs 35,000 to Rs 59,000 for the Seltos petrol while you need to shell out Rs 5,000 to Rs 1.35 lakh for the diesel variant. Surprisingly, the Seltos HTK Plus petrol is cheaper by Rs 45,000 when pitched against the XUV300 W8 (O) petrol variant. We feel you should extend your budget to get the Seltos as… 

Feature Loaded:

…the Seltos HTK Plus comes with a decent amount of equipment for the price. In fact, it comes with a handful of equipment that’s not found in the top-spec variants of the sub-compact SUVs. 

Have a look at the table to see for yourself:

 

Kia Seltos HTK Plus

Ford EcoSport S

Hyundai Venue SX (O)

Mahindra XUV300 W8 (O)

Headlamps

Projectors with DRLs

Projectors with DRLs

Projectors with DRLs

Projectors with DRLs

Alloy Wheels

16-inch

17-inch

16-inch

17-inch

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen

8-inch touchscreen

8-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Air conditioner

Manual HVAC

Automatic Climate Control

Automatic Climate Control

Dual-zone Automatic Climate Control

Steering Mounted Audio Controls

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Keyless Entry

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Push Button Start

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multi-info display

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Electrically Adjustable And Foldable ORVMs 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto headlamps

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rain-sensing Wipers

No

Yes

No

Yes

Ambient Lighting

Sound Mood Lighting

Yes

No

No

Rear Sun Blinds

Yes

No

No

No

Sunroof

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto dimming IRVM

No

Yes

No

Yes

As you can see, the Seltos HTK Plus comes loaded with plenty of features. Common features include projector headlamps with DRLs, alloy wheels, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, steering-mounted audio controls, cruise control, keyless entry with push button start, and a whole lot more. 

Sure, the HTK Plus trim misses out on automatic climate control, sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, connected-car tech and an auto-dimming IRVM. But these are expected of a mid-spec variant. To cover up the misses though, Kia has packed in Sound Mood Lighting, which alters the ambient lighting based on the music that’s playing from the audio system, and rear sun blinds. Neat!

Safety Features:

 

Kia Seltos HTK Plus

Ford EcoSport S

Hyundai Venue SX (O)

Mahindra XUV300 W8 (O)

Airbags

2

6

6

7

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Sensors

Yes

Yes

Yes

Front and Rear

Rearview camera

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Electronic Stability Program

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hill Start Assist

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

All-wheel disc brakes

Yes*

No

No

Yes

*Diesel Only

The Seltos HTK Plus gets the basics covered here with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors with rearview camera. But it must be mentioned that its top-spec sub-compact rivals offer additional safety features like side and curtain airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, electronic stability program and hill start assist. Additionally, all diesel variants of the Seltos come with all-wheel disc brakes just like the XUV300. 

Petrol Powertrain:

Petrol Engine

Kia Seltos HTK Plus

Ford EcoSport S

Hyundai Venue SX (O)

Mahindra XUV300 W8 (O)

Displacement 

1.5-litre

1.0-litre

1.0-litre

1.2-litre

Power (PS)

115PS

125PS

120PS

110PS

Torque (Nm)

144Nm

170Nm

172Nm

200Nm

Gearbox

6-speed MT and AT*

6-speed MT

6-speed MT/7-speed DCT^

6-speed MT

Fuel Efficiency 

16.8kmpl (MT) / 16.5kmpl (AT)

18.1kmpl

18.27kmpl / 18.15kmpl (DCT)

17kmpl

BS6 Compliancy

Yes

No

No

No

* Available on higher-spec variant

^Available in lower-spec variant

Most Powerful: Ford EcoSport S

Torquiest: Mahindra XUV300

Most Fuel Efficient: Hyundai Venue

The Kia Seltos is the only SUV in this bunch to come with a BS6-compliant engine. Its 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated (NA) engine develops 115PS of power and 144Nm of torque. These figures are not the best considering that it’s the only NA unit in this comparo. In comparison, the Ford EcoSport’s 1.0-litre turbo unit develops a class-leading 125PS of power while the XUV300’s 1.2-litre turbo unit develops a class-leading 200Nm of torque. The Venue’s turbo unit stacks in between but is the most fuel efficient of the lot. 

All models come with a 6-speed manual as standard. But if you desire an automatic transmission, the Seltos’ CVT unit can be had in the higher-spec HTX variant while the Venue’ DCT is available in the lower-spec SX Plus variant. 

That said, if you want more poke from the Seltos, there’s a 1.4-litre T-GDI unit on offer. This turbocharged unit develops 140PS and 242Nm and can be had with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT). But the variants equipped with this engine are on the pricier side and fall out of the equation.

On the other hand, the EcoSport and Venue can be had with cheaper naturally-aspirated petrol engines. The EcoSport comes with a 1.5-litre NA petrol engine that develops 123PS and 150Nm that betters the Seltos’ unit by 8PS and 6Nm. The Venue’s 1.2-litre unit develops 83PS and 114Nm and lags behind the competition by a huge margin. 

Diesel Powertrain:

Diesel Engine

Kia Seltos HTK Plus

Ford EcoSport S

Hyundai Venue SX(O)

Mahindra XUV300 W8(O)

Displacement 

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.4-litre

1.5-litre

Power (PS)

115PS

100PS

90PS

117PS

Torque (Nm)

250Nm

205Nm

220Nm

300Nm

Gearbox

6-speed MT and AT

6-speed MT

6-speed MT

6-speed MT and AMT

Fuel Efficiency 

18.0kmpl (AT) / 21.0kmpl (MT)

23.0kmpl

23.7kmpl

20kmpl (MT and AMT)

BS6 Compliancy

Yes

No

No

No

Most Powerful: Mahindra XUV300

Torquiest: Mahindra XUV300

Most Fuel Efficient: Hyundai Venue

Just like its petrol sibling, the Seltos 1.5-litre diesel is the only BS6-compliant unit here. It develops 115PS of power and 250Nm of torque, which are not the best in this group. In comparison, the XUV300’s unit develops 2PS of power and 50Nm of torque more than Seltos, which qualifies it as the segment leader. The Venue comes with the smallest diesel engine here and produces the least amount of power. But don’t judge a book by its cover as the Venue’s diesel engine produces more torque than the EcoSport. 

As expected, the Venue’s 1.4-litre unit is the most fuel efficient of the lot followed by the EcoSport, Seltos and XUV300.  

While all models come with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, the Seltos and XUV300 can be had with a 6-speed automatic as well.  

Dimensions:

Dimensions

Kia Seltos HTK Plus

Ford EcoSport S

Hyundai Venue SX (O)

Mahindra XUV300 W8 (O)

Length (mm)

4315

3998

3995

3995

Width (mm)

1800

1765*

1770

1821

Height (mm)

1620

1647*

1605^

1627

Wheelbase (mm)

2610

2519

2500

2600

Boot Space (litres)

433 litres

352 litres

350 litres

257 litres

* without roof rails and ORVMs

^ with roof rails

Longest: Kia Seltos

Widest: XUV300

Tallest: Ford EcoSport

Wheelbase: Kia Seltos

Boot Space: Kia Seltos

The Kia Seltos has a clear advantage in this department. It is the longest of this lot and has a longer wheelbase as well. This automatically translates to better knee room on the inside. That said, the XUV300 just falls short by a whisker in terms of wheelbase. Where the Seltos lags though is in terms of width and height where it is bettered by the XUV300 and EcoSport, respectively. The Venue is the smallest of the lot.

When it comes to carrying luggage for your weekend trip, the Seltos has the largest boot here followed by the EcoSport and Hyundai Venue. Surprisingly, the XUV300 which has one of the largest wheelbase, has the smallest boot in this test. 

Verdict:

As mentioned above, you’ll need to shell out Rs 35,000 to Rs 59,000 over the sub-compact SUVs featured here for the Seltos petrol while you need to shell out Rs 5,000 to Rs 1.35 lakh for the diesel variant. However, the Seltos HTK Plus petrol undercuts the XUV300 by Rs 45,000. While the premium might sound steep (at least for the diesel models), we feel you should extend your budget to get a Seltos for the following reasons:

  • The Seltos HTK Plus comes with a good amount of kit. Yes, it does miss out on automatic climate control, sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, connected-car tech and auto-dimming IRVM.  But these are more or less creature comforts and not necessarily deal breakers. 

  • Its bigger size means more comfort and space for occupants. Especially for people who use the back seat frequently. It also has the largest boot for your weekend escapades. 

  • While looks are subjective, we must admit the fact that the Seltos looks and feels premium. Interior quality is top notch and there is an air of richness to it which makes it all the more mouth watering. 

  • Last but not the least, it comes with BS6-compliant engines. When manufacturers update the sub-compact SUVs with BS6-compliant engines, prices for petrol models are expected to increase by Rs 50,000 while diesel models are likely to command a lakh more than their BS4 counterparts. This will close the price gap and make the the Seltos a more mouth watering proposition.     

We think these are enough reasons to stretch your budget and opt for the Kia Seltos. Yes it might not have the most powerful engines here, but as an overall package, the Seltos excels. 

But we want to know your views as well. Will you go for a higher-spec sub-compact SUV or a mid-spec Kia Seltos? Let us know in the comments section below. 

 

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  • v | 1 month ago Ofcourse kia seltos is better than all rivals as auto dimming n sunroof r ok in absence also 0 Reply

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