Goan rains were not a deterrent, rather it added to the fun quotient when it
came to driving the Kia Seltos SUV. Kia Motors India is offering this vehicle
with a plethora of permutations and combinations.
Kia Seltos SUV is being offered with a dual trim concept. One is the Tech line
and the other is the GT line. The former is a premium looking vehicle that offers
family oriented comforts and technology features. The GT line has a sporty
design and very youthful in its styling and features. Thus the variants in the Tech line are the
High Tech –eXtreme (HTX), the High Tech –Klass (HTK) and the High Tech-Energy
(HTE). The GT Line consists of the GT
Line-eXtreme (GTX), the GT Line-Klass (GTK) and the GT Line-Energy (GTE). Are you confused? Well, there is more to the
Tech –eXtreme (HTX)
Tech –Klass (HTK)
BS VI compliant)
litre Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection petrol engine
speed MT / 7 speed DCT
aspirated 1.5 litre petrol engine
speed MT / Automatic Infinitely variable transmission (IVT).
speed MT / 6 speed AT
Kia Seltos is being offered with three BS VI compliant engine options. One is
the 1.4 litre Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection petrol engine. This again has an
option of either a 6 speed manual transmission or a 7 speed Dual Clutch
Transmission or DCT. The engine produces a peak 138hp and a torque of 242Nm.
second engine is a naturally aspirated 1.5 litre petrol engine that also has an
option of a 6 speed manual transmission and an Automatic Infinitely variable transmission (IVT). This
engine produces 113.5hp and a peak torque of 144Nm.
third engine option is a Diesel 1.5 VGT or Variable-geometry turbocharger. This
again has an option of a 6 speed manual transmission as well as a 6 speed
torque convertor automatic transmission. This one also produces a peak 113.5hp,
but a peak torque of 250Nm.
litre TGDI petrol engine
litre petrol engine
1.5 litre diesel engine
record’s sake the 1.4 litre TGDI petrol engine delivers a fuel efficiency of
16.1kmpl for the manual transmission version and 16.5 kmpl for the DCT verison.
As for the VGT 1.5 litre diesel engine, this churns out 21 kmpl for the manual
transmission version and 18kmpl for the automatic version.
KIA SELTOS DIMENSIONS
Seltos has an overall length of 4315mm, an overall width of 1800mm, an overall
height of 1620mm and a wheelbase of 2610mm. It has a front overhang of 865mm
and a rear overhang of 840mm
the short period we were in Goa and with the rains playing hide and seek, we
were able to drive three variants, the GTX 1.4 TGDI with the manual as well as
the DCT. We also drove the HTX model with the six speed automatic transmission.
Let me reiterate at this point, the models I drove were the top end variants in
its respective class. Now let me begin to describe the vehicle and its
features, including my drive experience.
The front has the Kia signature tiger nose grille with a sweeping LED light
bar. Zoom your eyes into the grille area and you notice its chrome diamond
knurling pattern. It has a smartly designed lower air dam and bumper. The GT line gets front skid plates with red
accents and the GT line emblem in one corner of the grille. It’s a lot of LED
in the SUV as it gets crown jewel LED headlamps, heartbeat LED DRLs and Ice
cube LED fog lamps.
side profile is equally refreshing with a floating roof design and the SUV has
a door garnish with silver accent line. In the GT line, this line has a red
accent. Not to be missed are the beltline chrome moulding, roof rails, sun roof
and shark fin antenna which is standard across the variants. The top end Tech
Line vehicles get R 17 hyper metallic alloys while the top end GT lines
vehicles get R 17 crystal cut alloys.
to the rear, the vehicles get connected LED lamp and tailgate garnish along with
reflectors with air dam design. The vehicles also get a dual muffler design
with rear skid plates and a rear spoiler. . The GT line gets a GT line emblem
on one side of the tail gate, while the rear skid plates get a red accent here.
looks and feels rich inside the Seltos cabin with the comfortable seats, the 2
step recline rear seats being 60:40 split with folding feature and a centre arm
rest, the smart dashboard, the connected infotainment along with the D cut or
flat bottomed steering wheel and an automatic air conditioner and rear AC vents.
The steering wheel is tilt adjustable and telescopic with buttons mounted on it
for various functions. There is provision for quick wireless charging (10W) with
air cooling function. Let me talk of the interiors of the GTX automatic. This
SUV has LED sound mood lights, ambient mood lighting, rear door sun shade
curtain, sporty alloy pedals, black leatherette sports seats with red
stitching, a 10.25 inches HD touch screen navigation, rear view camera with
guidance, driving rear view monitor, an air purifier with perfume diffuser, a
fixed arm rest, a 7 inch colour display cluster and a 8.0inch head up
display. The front windshield and
windows of the vehicle are UV cut. It has rain sensing wipers.
it’s the manual top end GT line which gets a few more features that are not
there in the automatic DCT variant. These are an electric sunroof, ventilated
front seats, 8-way driver power seat, BOSE
premium 8 speaker sound system, 360 deg camera surround view monitor, a
blind view monitor in the cluster LCD and front parking sensors.
top end Techline diesel vehicle gets more or less similar features like the GT
Line top end manual, except for a HUD.
found the legroom, shoulder room and head room quite adequate, both for the
front as well as rear. There is adequate storage space, with spaces to store in
the front console armrest, front console cup holders, glove box, bottle holders
and map pockets as well as a rear arm rest cup holder. The boot has a luggage
capacity of 433 litres with a wide mouth to fit in large dimension luggage.
this is a UVO connected car, the UVO Lite app once downloaded into your
smartphone has its own set of exciting features. The company is giving a three
year free subscription for this app that has around 37 smart features. The
prominent features include audio source changes, set your air purifier levels
and the sound mood lamp, live car tracking, find my car, remote engine
start/stop, remote AC control, remote smart pure air ON, TPMS status, fuel
level information, stolen vehicle tracking, geo fencing, among others.
Performance and safety
as I took turns driving the three different variants, I realised that each of
the three has its own set of merits. For example, the GT Line 1.4 litre petrol
automatic variant is the only one that comes with multi drive modes and multi
traction modes. But then you need to remember, this variant does not have Bose
speakers, driver power seat, sunroof, ventilated front seats among others. The
7-speed DCT is however very responsive and quick on its feet. It drives well
without any fuss.
the other hand, the top end GT Line 1.4 litre petrol manual comes with a lot of
bells and whistles. Even the gear shifts are prompt and impactful. You can feel
the engine power and almost no turbo lag as you step on the accelerator. Ride
and handling too are impressive and braking too is very effective. Whether it is
wading through water or going through some bad pot holed roads in Goa, the
Seltos soaked in all the bumps quite efficiently.
Seltos comes with a smart key and a push button start and also offers cruise
control. The diesel automatic is also quite nimble and swift thanks to the
torque convertor feature. There is no compromise on the safety front with the
GT line top end models which come with side and curtain airbags, electronic
stability control, hill hold control and vehicle stability management. The top
end Tech line only comes with ABS with EBD and dual air bags for the driver and
I were to choose among the three different variants I drove, I will opt for the GT Line 1.4 litre TGDI
petrol variant that comes with a manual transmission. This one impressed me the
most, especially since it is loaded with a lot of features. So has Kia Motors
India made it confusing for customers with the number of variants it is
offering? To some extent it has, but the Indians love to evaluate a car very
carefully and the Kia offering will only be a puzzle that they will love to
solve. On the whole, the Kia Seltos SUV is a tiger nosed marvel.
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