|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||1400cc||auto||140PS @ naRPM||242NM @ naRPM||00kmpl|
|petrol||1400cc||Manual||140PS @ naRPM||242NM @ naRPM||00kmpl|
|petrol||1500cc||Manual||115PS @ naRPM||144NM @ naRPM||00kmpl|
|petrol||1500cc||auto||115PS @ naRPM||144NM @ naRPM||00kmpl|
|diesel||1500cc||Manual||115PS @ naRPM||250NM @ naRPM||00kmpl|
|diesel||1500cc||auto||115PS @ naRPM||250NM @ naRPM||00kmpl|
Marking the entry of leading Korean car manufacturer, Kia, the Seltos SUV is named after the son of Hercules, Celtos. The mid-size SUV looks quite premium and comes with three engine options and 4 transmission options. Kia will offer 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines on the regular variant, while a sporty GT variant of the car will get a 1.4-litre petrol motor. Transmission options on offer are an IVT, a 7-speed DCT, a 6-speed torque converter and a 6-speed manual. The car will be competing against the likes of the Nissan Kicks, Tata Harrier, MG Hector and the segment-leading Hyundai Creta.
The Kia is arguably one of the best looking cars in its class. The front end of the car gets the trademark tiger nose grille, with abundant chrome accents on the surroundings. The top edge of the bonnet gets an LED DRL, which runs across the width of the car, stopping right before the Kia logo in the centre. The headlights are placed right beneath the DRL, which is lit by LED. Three LED strips run beneath the actual headlight, functioning as indicators. The fog lamps are located at the lower end of the front bumper, looking rather aggressive. The bonnet comes with two lines, which further adds to the aggressive nature of the car.
Coming to the side profile, the silhouette is pretty conventional. The rake is pretty normal and the car adopts a floating roof design. The B pillar is blacked out, and a strip of chrome can be seen around the greenhouse area. Lines running from the headlight and taillights gently smooth out on the sides of the car. One can also see the roof rails and shark fin antenna the car comes with. The car also comes with a rather unique design in the sporty GT trim, with contrasting red brake callipers. The non-GT variants come with a more conventional alloy wheel design. Things are equally dramatic at the rear. There is a metallic applique that connects the two LED tail lamps and holds the Kia logo in between. The rear reflectors are held in a carved out section. Moving further down, we can see a bash plate and a faux diffuser. Overall, the Kia Seltos is one of the smartest looking vehicles in its segment.
The cabin of the Seltos appears to be a premium space. The upholstery and material used feel to be made of very good quality and well finished. The rear has a capacity to seat 5, with a foldable armrest in the centre. The boot is huge, managing to swallow up 433-litres of cargo.
In terms of features, this Kia is loaded to the brim. The top spec model will come with segment first features like blind-spot monitoring and a heads-up display. Moreover, the cabin will also come with 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 360-degree surround-view camera, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, an 8-speaker Bose sound system, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery. Also included in the package is Kia's UVO Connect connectivity suite which, just like the Hyundai Venue, will come with a host of connectivity options, including AI-based voice command, stolen vehicle tracking and immobilisation, safety alerts, remote engine start and stop, auto collision notification and more.
Safety has been a high priority for engineers and designers at Kia. The Seltos will be made from a strong structure which employs high strength steel. Apart from that, the car will benefit from as many as six airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, hill start assist, front and rear parking sensors and a blind spot view monitor. An air purifier is available with the car, to keep the occupants safe from harmful pollutants and chemicals on the road.
There are a total of three engines available with the Kia Seltos. Two of these are powered by petrol and one of them sips diesel. All three engines have been designed to meet the upcoming Bharat stage 6 emission norms and come with a six-speed stick shifter as standard. The first petrol engine, to be offered in the GT trim, is a 1.4-litre turbocharged unit, generating 140 hp and 242 Nm of torque. This engine can also be paired with a 7-speed DCT gearbox. The other petrol motor is slightly larger but naturally aspirated 1.5-litre engine. This motor is tuned to generate 115 hp of peak power and 144 Nm of maximum twist. This motor is available with a CVT type automatic gearbox. The oil burner on offer is a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, generating 115 hp of maximum power and 250 Nm of maximum twist. Customers get an option of pairing this engine with a torque converter type automatic transmission.
In terms of performance, the driver gets 3 modes to choose from. The first mode, the eco mode is engaged to save some fuel, ideal in traffic situations, where outright performance is not needed. Then comes the normal mode, suitable for everyday driving and finally is the sport mode, which makes the steering a bit heavier, making the drive more engaging. Moreover, there are different types of traction modes available as well, which would control the power sent to the wheels in situations where there is less traction available.
Kia Seltos price starts from INR 9.69 Lakh to INR 15.99 Lakh.
A premium mid-size SUV, the Kia Seltos is the car maker’s first product for India. Will be launched in 2019 to rival the likes of the Harrier, the MG Hector and its cousin, the Creta among others.