Kia Seltos Vs Toyota Fortuner in a Drag Race - Can You Guess the Winner?

by Mohammed Burman | 25/08/2020
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Recently, we came across a video of a Kia Seltos and a Toyota Fortuner participating in a drag race. Both the rounds of the drag race had interesting results

The Kia Seltos was launched in the Indian auto market last year and soon became one of the most popular SUVs in India with a long waiting period. The Seltos is offered in two trim lines: Tech Line and GT Line. The SUV receives its power from three powerful motor options with the most powerful one being the 1.4-litre turbo gasoline burner. This is one of the reasons why the Kia Seltos has become so popular with the Indian car buyers, who are a fan of the aggressiveness and the sporty driving dynamics of the SUV. Below is a video which shows a drag race between the Kia Seltos and Toyota Fortuner, a costlir and a bigger SUV which has created a huge fan following for itself in India, thanks to its reliability and robustness. Here's a look at the video.

The drag race is held on a secluded road, which means that it is not affected by other vehicles. Nevertheless, drivers should avoid the temptation of indulging in such races since public roads aren't meant for street racing. Doing drag races on public roads is also illegal. The stretch where the drag race happened seems to measure at least several hundred metres. In the first turn, the Kia Seltos appears to outrun the Toyota Fortuner and manages to maintain the lead until the end. In the second turn, the Fortuner takes a small lead but is soon overtaken by the Seltos.

kia seltos vs toyota fortuner drag race

In both of the two rounds, the Toyota Fortuner was overtaken by the Kia Seltos.

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To compare the motor options of the two SUVs in the video, it's the Fortuner that is much more powerful than the Kia Seltos. While the former is powered by a 2.8-litre oil burner with 174 PS against 450 Nm, the latter keeps under its hood a 1.5-litre diesel unit with 115 PS against 250 Nm. Both the cars in the video come with an automatic gearbox. However, the Fortuner is far heavier and hence, has an smaller power-to-weight ratio in comparison to the Kia Seltos. The Toyota Fortuner has a massive weight of 2,180 kg while the Kia Seltos weighs only around 1,360 kg, almost 1,000 kg lighter. This explains the surprising result of the drag race.

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Weight is a determining factor of the performance of the car, which explains why all performance and high-end supercars always utilize lightweight materials and miss out on numerous features such air conditioner, infotainment system and some fancy features. If this race is held on a longer stretch, the Fortuner may be the winner, thanks to its more powerful motors. However, , on short stretches like this, the Kia Seltos is the winner because of its better power-to-weight ratio. 

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