Kia Seltos- How Does it Measure Up As A Premium Compact SUV?


The Kia Seltos has got off to a great start in the Indian auto market, garnering handsome sales volumes and becoming one of the country’s highest selling utility vehicles (UVs).


Kia Seltos The Premium Compact SUV

The Seltos has everything going for it and sports an attractive design with its sleek design and signature Tiger Nose grille and the LED headlamps.

The fog lamps are vertically stacked while other key design elements include the floating roof, big wheel arches, dynamic body lines and 17-inch alloy wheels. There are extended rear lights linked by a chrome plate.

The Seltos is wider and longer as compared to the Hyundai Creta. It offers a dual tone interior theme or even a fully black interior design. The cockpit inspired look is a major plus point and there is a 10.25 inch horizontally positioned touch screen infotainment unit.

The instrument cluster of 7 inches is fully digital and looks contemporary enough. The Seltos gets an 8-inch heads up display, Bose audio system, in-built perfume diffuser, air purifier, ambient lighting, in-built rear sunshade, eight-way adjustable seats, tyre pressure monitoring system and more features. It is also a connected car with UVO technology that has 33 features accessible through the app.

The Seltos offers 4333 litres of boot space and gets three engine choices. There is a 1.5 litre diesel mill that makes 115 PS and 250 Nm which is paired to 6-speed manual and automatic transmission options. There is a petrol 1.5 litre engine that makes 115 PS and 144 Nm.

There is a turbo petrol 1.4 litre engine that makes 140 PS and 242 Nm. This is paired to 6-speed manual transmission unit or a 7-speed DCT unit. The Kia Seltos feels refined and seamless to drive and offers good handling too.

The Seltos is equipped with several safety features including the segment-first 360 degree camera and blind view monitor. The Seltos is an all-rounder, taking safety, luxury, driving dynamics, design and features into context. The prices are quite competitive as well.

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