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2020 Kia Seltos Review: Everything You Should Know

17/07/2019 | by Harish Kumar

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Kia Seltos has witnessed a roaring success in the Indian market. Our Kia Seltos expert review will provide you with everything you need to know about the premium SUV.

1. Kia Seltos Overview: Top Models

Marking the first footstep of the South Korean company in India, the Kia Seltos has aroused an immense excitement and curiosity among the Indian car enthusiasts. To successfully penetrate into a hotly-contested automobile market like India, the new Seltos SUV needs to get everything on point from the very word go. Wrapped off its cover to the world in June 2019, the Kia Seltos seems to be loaded to the gills with a wide range of features, many of them are 1st in the segment, with as many as 8 trim-levels for customers to choose from.The all-new Kia compact car stacks up against the likes of Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks and even the segment-leader, Hyundai Creta sibling. Even with a large number of advanced features on hand, the Seltos might become a viable alternative to the lower variants of some models such as the Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier and newly-launched MG Hector. So what makes the Kia Seltos such a promising car? Now IndianAuto has compiled everything that you should know about the brand new Korean SUV.

kia seltos red front three quarters right side

2. Kia Seltos Dimensions: Length, Width, Height & More

During the course of Kia Seltos’s unveiling in late June, the Kia Seltos appears in all its glory in the form of a mid-size sports utility vehicle. That is to say, the Kia Seltos's proportions should become one of its huge advantages over other competitors like Hyundai Creta.

 Kia Seltos Dimensions
 Overall Length  4,315 mm
 Overall Width  1,800 mm
 Overall Height  1,620 mm
 Wheelbase  2,610 mm
 Ground Clearance  190 mm
 Boot Space  433 litres
 Tyres size  205/65-section R16 - 215/60-section R17
 Turning radius  5.3 m

The all-new Seltos will measure 4,315 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,620 mm high along with the wheelbase of 2,610 mm. In a nutshell, the Seltos seems to stand a sweet spot in terms of size since it isn’t too big or too small. Size-wise, the Seltos is quite longer and wider as compared to its arch-rival, the Hyundai Creta but it is shorter than the Creta by 45 mm.

kia seltos side profile

However, at 2,610 mm, the Kia Seltos is considerably longer than the Hyundai Creta regarding the wheelbase while the two share same ground clearance of 190 mm.

3. Kia Seltos 360 View: Exterior Review

After its official debut, the Kia Seltos starts off like a hot topic for discussion amongst the auto fans for its distinctive design. The South Korean automaker has, in fact, left no stone unturned to ensure that the Kia Seltos will be at the centre of attention. Given the responses and reactions the show-goers and enthusiasts have paid toward the brand new car, it is said that people are totally impressed by what they’ve seen from the new vehicle.

kia seltos red colour front angle

Front View

Normally, the production-spec models are somehow remote from its concept cars but things do not go as same as the Kia Seltos. In truth, the South Korean carmaker has really excelled in keeping the Seltos close to the Kia SP Signature concept, giving it a great street presence thanks to a modern-looking and masculine stance. The exterior design of the Seltos SUV is truly a head-turner. Every character lines and curves are really amazing. The front bumper is chunky and features silver inserts, increasing the sportiness of the vehicle. The front face of the Kia new car is dominated by the company’s signature bold 'Tiger Nose' grille with knurled-effect chrome finishes, giving a more premium feeling to the compact SUV. The other major highlights here include a multi-tier full-LED lighting setup. The front fascia of the Seltos has been neatly kitted out with a pair of ice cube LED fog lights and crown jewel LED projector headlights along with the presence of Kia’s iconic heartbeat-shaped daytime running lights. Particularly, a LED strip running from each headlight to the middle of the upper front grille signifies the width of the Seltos. The faux skid plates at the front also gives the car a more rugged look.

Also Read - Kia Seltos vs MG Hector: A Design Comparison

Side View

To stay in line with the sharp bold front end, the side profile of the SUV features a set of squared-off wheel arches with plastic cladding along with a strong shoulder line. The 17-inch diamond-cut alloys are very well-designed while the window line rises toward the rear end making an interesting contrast with the dropping roofline.

kia seltos rear three quarters left side

Rear View

Again, we spot the presence of heartbeat-effect LED tail lamps connected by a thick chrome bar at the back. The rear bumper sports a twin-exhaust garnish and is sculpted with some sharp lines adding to the dynamism of the vehicle. The model looks pretty chunkier from the rear.

>> Kindly go for Kia Seltos images gallery to have your eye for the exterior design.

4. Kia Seltos Design: Interior Review

At the time of launch, the Seltos hits the headlines for being premium to the fullest. The Seltos SUV is loaded with a long list of features, many of which are first-in-segment. Also, we've got our first-drive impression with the Seltos that also gives us some initial feelings when staying on the inside the new Kia model.

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Seating Capacity

The Seltos's cabin scores very well at the practicality. The SUV can accommodate three adults at the rear, quite comfortably, but it should be noted that the occupant at the middle might complain about the lack of cushioning. However, at the 433 litres in the boot lid, the Kia Seltos provides 33 litres, 8 litres more boot space than the Hyundai Creta and Tata Harrier, respectively.

Kia Seltos interior boot space

Safety and Security Features

That being said, just like the recently-introduced Hyundai Venue, the Kia Seltos is very feature-rich. The UVO connectivity tech of the Seltos is quite similar to the Hyundai’s BlueLink system that the Venue gets to offer. Hence like the Venue sibling, the Seltos is also a safe drive. Notably, the UVO connected car system will be offered with AI-enabled voice assistance, stolen vehicle tracking, safety alerts, immobilization, collision auto-notification and many more. Standard safety features in the Kia Seltos include safety equipment list of the Kia Seltos encompasses 6 airbags, ABS and ESC, vehicle stability management, front and rear parking sensors, hill-start assist, traction control, brake assist and blind-spot view monitor and more. Particularly, it should be noted that the new Kia Seltos utilises high-strength steel and adhesives in its structure building that helps reduce the impact during the crashes and provide comprehensive safety for the vehicle.

Comfort Features

From a peak through the window, we can see that the cabin design of the Seltos is really fresh and unique for our market. The Seltos cabin’s quality appears to be top-class with at least two options of either beige or black interior colour scheme. The 10.25-inch HD touchscreen taking a central place on the dash is compatible with UVO connectivity suite.

kia seltos interior

This advanced connected car technology boasts of as many as 37 features classified into 5 categories including Navigation, Vehicle Management, Safety & Security, Remote Control and Convenience. The most remarkable features of the Seltos include a Smart 8.0 Head-up display, rain-sensing wipers, a Bose premium 8-speaker system 360-degree view camera, ventilated and power seats, a smart air purifier and electric sunroof. To compare the Kia Seltos with other competitors in the space, the new entrant shows no way inferior vis-à-vis its convenience and comfort bits. Check out the top features of the Kia Seltos in the table below.

Kia Seltos - Top Features 
  •  Colour TFT Screen For Instrument Panel

  •  Floating 10.25-inch HD Touchscreen

  •  Electronic Parking Brake

  •  Quiet Mode

  •  Driver Talk Mode

  •  Wireless Charging

  •  Auto Start/ Stop

  •  Hill-assist

  •  Ventilated seats

  •  Steering modes & Drive mode selector

  •  Adaptive cruise control

  •  Paddle shifters

  •  8-inch head-up display

  •  360-degree camera view with blind-spot display

  •  8-speaker Bose audio system

  •  Ambient Lighting

  • Smart Air Purifier

5. Kia Seltos Performance: Engine and Transmission

   Kia Seltos Engines & Transmission
 Engine  1.5-litre Petrol 1.5-litre Diesel  1.4-litre Turbo-petrol
 Engine Type  4-cylinder naturally-aspirated  4-cylinder turbocharged  4-cylinder turbocharged
 Displacement  1.5 litres  1.5 litres  1.4 litres
 Max Power  115 HP  115 HP  140 HP
 Max Torque  144 Nm  250 Nm  242 Nm
 Transmission

 6-speed MT

 CVT

 6-speed MT

 6-speed Torque Converter

 6-speed MT

7-speed DCT

 Acceleration  11.8 secs  11.5 secs  9.7 secs
 Claimed fuel mileage

 16.4 km/l (MT)

 16.3 km/l (AT)

 17.8 km/l (AT)

 20.8 km/l (MT)

 16.1 km/l (MT)

 16.2 km/l (AT)

For the very first time ever, there is an SUV available with three different automatic transmissions available in the market. Powering the Kia Seltos is a 1.5-litre Smartstream gasoline engine making 115 HP of max power and 144 Nm of peak torque, a 1.5-litre CRDi diesel motor producing 115 HP/ 250 Nm and a 1.4-litre T-GDI turbocharged petrol engine outputting 140 HP/ 242 Nm of torque. These figures promise a fantastic performance of the Seltos SUV on the go.

kia seltos action shot

While a 6-speed manual transmission will be available with all Seltos variants, there will be an exclusive automatic gearbox option for each engine, namely a 6-speed CVT (for the 1.5-litre diesel), a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (for the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol) and a CVT (for the 1.5-litre petrol unit). All the mills of the new Seltos are BSVI-ready at launch but they are slightly less powerful than the Creta’s 1.6-litre petrol and diesel units.

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6. Kia Seltos Mileage & Acceleration: Is It Fuel Economy?

As for an SUV, fuel mileage is also one of the key factors that should be taken into serious consideration by buyers while buying a car.

Specifications  Kia Seltos
 Fuel Type  Petrol  Diesel  Turbo-petrol
 Fuel Tank Capacity 50 litres
 Fuel Mileage

 16.4 kmpl (MT)

 16.3 kmpl (AT)

 17.8 kmpl (AT)

 20.8 kmpl (MT)

 16.1 kmpl (MT)

 16.2 kmpl (AT)

 Top Speed  -  -  -
 Acceleration (0 -100 kmph)  11.8 secs  11.5 secs  9.7 secs

The new Kia Seltos claims a range of fuel mileages across its engine-transmission choices. The 1.5-litre petrol- MT can offer a claimed fuel efficiency of 16.4 kmpl while its CVT counterpart might deliver a fuel mileage of 16.3 kmpl. With this engine, the Seltos can do the 100 kmpl acceleration from a standstill in 11.8 seconds.

kia seltos red front headlamps

The 1.5-litre diesel engine might be more fuel-efficient with the figures standing at 17.8 kmpl (for the AT variant) and 20.8 kmpl (for the MT variant). This powertrain is expected to sprint from 0-100 kmpl in 11.5 seconds. Meanwhile, the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol T-GDI engine, which will only be available with the sportier GT Line trims, should offer a claimed fuel economy of 16.2 kmpl (for the dual-clutch option) and 16.1 kmpl (for the manual configuration). It is expected to travel up from 0-100 kmpl in 9.7 seconds merely.

Also Read - 10 Automatic Cars With Highest Mileage In India

7. Kia Seltos Price: Is It Affordable?

Finally, the Kia Seltos has been launched in India at the price starting from Rs 9.69 Lakh and going up to Rs 15.99 Lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). Apparently, Kia has been going seriously to make the Seltos competitive in the game. Given the high level of equipment on offer, the Seltos is, beyond doubts, gains a huge competitive edge over its rivals in the compact SUV segment.

 Kia Seltos HT Line  Engines
 Variants  1.5-litre Petrol  1.5-litre Diesel
 HTE  Rs 9.69 Lakh  Rs 9.99 Lakh
 HTK  Rs 9.99 Lakh  Rs 11.19 Lakh
 HTK+  Rs 11.19 Lakh  Rs 12.19 Lakh
 HTK+ AT  -  Rs 13.19 Lakh
 HTX  Rs 12.79 Lakh Rs 13.79 Lakh
 HTX AT  Rs 13.79 Lakh  
 HTX+  -  Rs 14.99 Lakh
 HTX+ AT  -  Rs 15.99 Lakh
 Kia Seltos GT Line  1.4-litre Petrol
 GTK  Rs 14.49 Lakh
 GTX  Rs 14.99 Lakh
 GTX AT  Rs 15.99 Lakh
 GTX+  Rs 15.99 Lakh

A really convincing package with attractive price points, indeed! That is to say, it is certain that all other midsize SUVs in the Indian market like the best-selling Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Maruti S-Cross and Jeep Compass, etc. have been on the alert for the imminent arrival of Kia's offering.

8. Kia Seltos Verdict: Is Brand Model Worth Buying?

It seems a bit early to give any verdict to the new Kia Seltos as the SUV is just entered the market for some time.  However, considering Seltos's wide range of unique selling points along with the extremely lucrative price tags, we can say that the Kia Seltos is going to take the market by storm and dominate the top spots in the sale charts in the coming months. The Kia Seltos is designed for young and tech-savvy buyers by good-looking styling design and a huge feature package, which have, in truths, become a growing trend in the new-age SUV competition. There's no doubt that the brand new Seltos would create a new benchmark in the compact SUV cars sale, and force some established competitors in the game to revise their strategies. With some new models in the pipeline, we can't wait to know how the SUV market competition changes in the coming time.

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