Kia Motors launched its maiden vehicle Seltos in India on August 22, 2019 with prices starting at Rs 9.69 lakh for the base petrol, going up to Rs 15.99 lakh (all prices, showroom) for the range-topping diesel. Since the launch, Kia Seltos has been receiving tremendous customer demand and received over 30,000 bookings. Seltos, which has a variety of engine, stylish looks and impressive features, is up against Hyundai Creta and MG Hector. Hyundai Creta has been the segment leader for quite some time and the number of units sold by the carmaker every month vindicate the claim. Well, the scenario for Hyundai Creta have changed. Notably, Kia Seltos have replaced Hyundai Creta in terms of the number of sales. According to a report of cartoq.com, Kia Motors sold 7,754 units of Seltos in September 2019. On the other hand, Hyundai Motor India sold 6,641 units of Creta.
It is worth mentioning here that Kia Seltos remains the best-seller too. The MG Motors sold a total of 2,608 units of the Hector in September while the Tata Harrier sold only 941 units. The sales of Mahindra XUV500 also came down and only 1,120 units of the vehicle were sold in the month of September. Even the Jeep Compass sold 603 units in the same month.
Kia Seltos is available in Tech Line and GT Line trims, each of which are offered in five variants - E, K, K+, X and X+. Kia Seltos is available in 16 variants. The Tech Line gets more premium appearance with a beige and black cabin with leather upholstery. On the other hand, the GT Line gives sportier look to the Seltos with an all-black cabin, black leather seats with red contrast stitching. The GT Line also gets sporty looking bumper.
Kia Seltos comes with BS VI compliant powertrain. The SUV comes with an option of 1.4 litre Turbo GDI petrol engine that produces 138 bhp and 242 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed automatic transmission. The SUV comes a 1.5-litre diesel engine which churns out 113 bhp and 144 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual and an IVT (Intelligent continuously variable transmission) automatic transmission.
Also, Kia Seltos comes with a 1.5-litre VGT diesel that belts out 113 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. It is paired to a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The compact SUV is available in normal, eco and sports drive modes. It also gets different traction modes like Snow and Mud.
The mid-size SUV have the iconic tiger-nose grille with full LED headlamps on the front and vertically housed LED fog lamps. On the rear, the car will be equipped with LED taillights and dual exhaust pipes.
Along with 17-inch five-spoke dual-tone alloy wheels, the compact SUV comes equipped with roof rails and shark fin antenna. Inside the cabin, the new Kia Seltos features a 10.25-inch touchscreen audio video navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The compact SUV also gets features like 8-inch HUD (Heads Up Display), blind-spot view monitor, EPS (Electronic Power Steering), eco coating, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and push-button start/stop. The compact SUV is available in eight monotone and five dual-tone colour options.
On the safety features front, the car carry multiple airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and BA (Brake Assist), reverse parking sensors and camera, the compact SUV also gets VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), TCS (Traction Control System) and HAC (Hill-start Assist Control). There is a 360-degree camera as well.
Importantly, the waiting period for the Kia Seltos has gone up to eight weeks.