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Kia Seltos is the first vehicle from Kia for the Indian car market. It is a D-segment SUV. Kia Seltos review is offered across 16 variants, three engine options, and two trim levels in the Indian market. Kia Seltos has been on sale since last year. If you are thinking about getting a new car and wanna figure out how this SUV from Kia is?

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So let’s know about this SUV whether you should give it a try or not?

Kia Seltos Review Exterior Looks

If talking about the exterior looks of the Kia Seltos then it has an extremely busy yet one-of-a-kind front design. The tiger-nose grille with chrome-finished signature is flanked by a stylish pair of headlamps which are coordinated with LED DRLs. The horizontally stacked fog-lamps additionally look attractive. At the back, the well-placed LED headlamps to add to the perfect and muscular position of Seltos. There’s a chrome brace joining the taillights and the sculpted bumper with dummy slam plates adjusts the exterior looks of Kia Seltos. Dimensions of the Kia Seltos estimate 4315x1800x1620 mm with a wheelbase of 2610mm, a ground clearance of 190mm.

Kia Seltos Specifications

Inside, on the top-spec models, you get leather upholstery, mood lighting, climate control, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, air purifier, and a 360° camera. Since this vehicle is available in many engine options, all engines produce different torque. Kia Seltos comes with engine options including a 1.5-liter petrol engine, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine, and a 1.5-liter diesel engine.

The 1.5-liter petrol engine comes with a 6-speed manual transmission and a CVT unit. The 1.4-liter turbo-petrol engine comes only with a 7-speed DCT unit. The 1.5-liter diesel engine is available with both options as a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic transmission. If you are thinking of buying the diesel variant of Kia Seltos, then you can go with either of these two. Talking about seating capacity than 5 adult passengers can sit comfortably in Kia Sonet. Here mentioning some variants of Kia Seltos lineup:

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Kia Seltos Review Base Model (Kia Seltos HTE 1.5)

Kia Seltos HTE 1.5 is the base model in the Seltos lineup from Kia. It is powered by a 1497cc petrol engine and is priced at ₹ 11.49 Lakh. It gives a mileage of 16.5 kmpl. Kia Seltos HTE 1.5 variant comes with an engine generating 113 bhp of max power @ 6300 rpm and a max torque of 144 Nm @ 4500 rpm respectively. Kia Seltos HTE 1.5 is available only in 6-speed Manual transmission and is offered in 2 colors: Steel silver and Clear White.

Kia Seltos GTX (Top End Variant)

Kia Seltos GTX Plus is the top-end variant from Kia in the Seltos lineup in India. The price of Kia Seltos GTX Plus is ₹ 20.87 Lakh. It provides a certified mileage of 18 kmpl. This GTX Plus AT 1.5 Diesel Dual Tone variant comes with an engine generating a max power of 113 bhp @ 4000 rpm and a max torque of 250 Nm @ 1500 rpm. Kia Seltos GTX Plus AT 1.5 Diesel Dual Tone is available in Automatic (Torque Converter) transmission and is offered in 5 colors: White Pearl/Black and White, Red+Black, Silver+Orange, Orange+White, Pearl+Orange.

Kia Seltos HTK Plus 1.5 (Most Selling)

The Kia Seltos HTK Plus 1.5 is the petrol variant in the Seltos lineup and the special thing about this one variant is that it is the most selling model in the Seltos lineup. Kia Seltos HTK Plus 1.5  is priced at ₹ 13.64 Lakh. It provides a certified mileage of 16.5 kmpl. Kia Seltos HTK Plus 1.5 variant comes with an engine generating a max power of 113 bhp @ 6300 rpm and a max torque of 144 Nm @ 4500 rpm. Kia Seltos HTK Plus 1.5 is available in Manual transmission and is offered in 6 colors: Intelligency Blue, Gravity Gray, Intense Red, Steel Silver, Glacier White Pearl, and Punchy Orange.

Kia Sonet Mileage & Top Speed

You will get a mileage of 16.1kmpl to 21kmpl, which is normal in SUVs like Kia Seltos. You can achieve a top speed of 220kmph in Kia Seltos.

Kia Sonet Rivals

Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks and the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross are some rivals for Kia Sonet in Indian markets. At the higher end of the Kia Seltos range you can also have mid-spec models of the Mahindra XUV500, MG Hector and the Tata Harrier as its rival.

Price of Kia Seltos

The price for Kia Seltos starts at ₹ 11.49 Lakh for the base variant and goes up to ₹ 20.87 Lakh for the top-end variant. The price of the Petrol version for Kia Seltos starts at ₹ 11.49 Lakh and goes up to ₹ 20.68 Lakh and the price of the Diesel version for Kia Seltos starts at ₹ 12.10 Lakh and goes up to ₹ 20.87 Lakh.

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Kia Seltos Review Safety Rating

  • Base variant of Kia Seltos in Indian market scores 3 out of 5 in adult safety and 2 out of 5 in child safety.
  • Shockingly, the Seltos’ bodyshell and footwell were also considered unstable. It declares that Kia Seltos is not capable of withstanding further loadings.

Kia Seltos Review NCAP Rating

Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) crash-tested the Kia Seltos review and after testing it has received an average of three stars for adult passenger safety and a poor two stars for child passenger safety. While crash testing the Seltos, GNCAP used the HTE variant which only comes with dual front airbags and ABS with EBD but misses out on ISOFIX child seat anchorages and a three-point seatbelt for the middle-rear occupant.

The vehicle was running at 64kmph when it was crash tested. The first Kia named Kia Seltos got a score of 8.03 out of 17 for grown-up security with the head assurance considered ‘sufficient’ as both the passengers reached as far down as possible the airbags. The neck protection was ‘good’ for both the front passengers. The chest protection was ‘good’ for the co-driver and ‘negligible’ for the driver.

The safety for the driver and co-driver’s knee was evaluated as ‘peripheral’ and GNCAP noticed that it was inclined to interact with ‘perilous designs behind the dashboard’.

The Kia Seltos deals with a terrible 15 out of 49 points for child tenant safety. GNCAP advised against Child Restraint Systems (CRS). A three-year-old dummy passenger in a front oriented seat got ‘restricted safety” for the head and neck. A 18-month-old dummy passenger in an rear oriented confronting seat got ‘adequate safety’.

The Global NCAP noticed that the base Seltos HTE isn’t outfitted with 3-point safety belts and ISOFIX mounts which comes combined with HTX onwards.

Which Kia Seltos model is best?

The Kia Seltos HTK Plus 1.5 is the petrol variant in the Seltos lineup and the special thing about this one variant is that it is the most selling model in the Seltos lineup.

What is the Kia Seltos compared to?

At the higher end of the Kia Seltos range you can also have mid-spec models of the Mahindra XUV500, MG Hector and the Tata Harrier as its rival.

Why should I buy Kia Seltos?

The interior quality of the Kia Seltos is great.


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