Seltos Vs Creta: A Battle to Become Premier SUV
With the unveiling of Seltos, KIA motors gained a lot of popularity among Indian consumers with their spacious interiors and umpteen features. It is the Korean giant’s debut into the Indian market, but it has entered a segment that is already ruled by its long-distance relative, the Hyundai Creta. Though KIA has not revealed all the features of Seltos, we have a fair idea about what can be expected from this Premium SUV. So, let’s find out whether this creation from KIA is capable of dethroning the reigning champion of Premium SUVs, the Hyundai Creta.
In terms of styling, KIA Seltos retains its decency with its space and styling features. Seltos is 4315mm long, 1800mm wide and 1620mm in terms of height. The Creta, on the other hand, is 4270mm long, 1780mm wide and 1630mm in height. It is a fair deal in terms of the outer body of the vehicles, but what matters most are premium features. So, let’s take a look at the vehicles in a more detailed manner.
In terms of exteriors, both vehicles are perfect competitors. The safety features offered by Seltos are similar to as Creta but KIA takes the lead on providing a 360-degree view. In terms of infotainment, Seltos ensures that the consumers get a clear display through its 10.25-inch touchscreen, but Creta overcomes Seltos in terms of turning radius and ground clearance.
But, a car’s success is decided through all components and not just one. Interiors of the vehicle play the same role as the exteriors of the vehicle and after all your consumers will never be satisfied until they get peace and the feel of luxury in their Premium SUV.
There are a lot of similar-looking features in both cars. In summary, both the companies are determined towards providing A-class features through their luxurious interiors. Here, we have a detailed version of the interior features of the Premium SUVs.
So, it is clear that both the SUVs come all equipped with elite features to make you comfortable while driving. Both the vehicles get touchscreen infotainment, cruise control, climate control, Keyless entry and Push Button Start. But when compared to Creta, KIA Seltos goes a step ahead offering heads-up display, auto headlamps, larger infotainment system, and other 37 connected features.
When it comes to the engine, Hyundai Creta offers a total of three options, 1.4-litre diesel, 1.6-litre petrol, and 1.6-litre diesel. The 1.6-litre petrol engine can generate about 123PS of power @ 151Nm of torque. The 1.6-litre diesel engine can produce up to 128PS of power @ 260Nm of torque. On the other hand, the 1.4-litre petrol engine is the same found in Hyundai Venue which is capable of generating 90PS PS of power @ 220Nm of Torque.
When it comes to Seltos, it is available in three engine options assisted by four options. The best thing about Seltos – all the engines will be BS6-Compliant. The power generation capability of the vehicles is still to be discovered, but Seltos will be available in 1.4-litre T-GDI Turbocharged Petrol, 1.5-litre Diesel and 1.5-litre Petrol variant. To add a cherry on top, Seltos also gets three driving modes along with three terrain modes. The driving modes involve Eco, Normal and Sports mode whereas, the terrain modes involve Wet, Sand and Rock.
The 1.5-litre variant will be able to generate power up to 115HP @ torque of 144Nm, the 1.5-litre diesel engine will generate 115HP of power @ 250Nm of torque, and the 1.4-litre engine will generate power around 140HP @ 242Nm of torque. These figures are the estimated figures for the Seltos engine variants but being a Premium SUV, there are chances that the vehicle might generate more power than the expected ones.
KIA Seltos is expected to range between Rs. 10Lakhs and Rs.16Lakhs, whereas, Hyundai Creta is available for the customers in the range of Rs. 9.60Lakhs and 15.65Lakhs.
So far, Creta is the highest selling SUV in this segment and has met all the demands of the customers. But, with the entry of Seltos in the Indian market, KIA will look forward to overshadowing its relative with advanced features, aggressive looks, and transmission combos.
There is another feature that might play a major role in the competition, the UVO Connected Tech. The feature highlights an embedded SIM in the infotainment unit that enables the vehicle to stay connected with the internet. The feature is then segregated into five categories – Navigation, Safety & Security, Vehicle Management, Remote Control, and Convenience. Among these categories, Seltos boasts around 37 connected features which could turn out to be a potential game changer in the Indian market. Will it, however, be enough to dethrone the Creta? We will have to wait for the launch to know that.