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Kia Seltos Engine options and details - Prices, Mileage, Variants and Features

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer May 14 2020 Share this blog

Kia Seltos has a tried and tested powertrain setup which makes it a foolproof offering. It is shared with that of the new Hyundai Creta. It's flexible powertrain options and adaptable driving dynamics make it one of the most immersive crossovers in this segment. 

2020 Kia Seltos Engine options and Details

Kia Seltos is offered in three potent engine options coupled with four crisp transmission setups. The powertrain setup alone provides the flexibility for consumers to choose according to their driving needs and it is an impressive feat in this segment.


1.5L Inline-4 Petrol:

2020 kia seltos 1.5l petrol engine

The base variants are powered by a 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine that pumps out 113 bhp and 144 Nm. It is coupled to either a 6-Speed manual or a CVT gearbox which Kia loves to call as Intelligent Variable Transmission(IVT). The manual is for those who love more driving involvement and the IVT for those who want a stress free driving experience.


1.5L Inline-4 Diesel:

2020 kia seltos 1.5l turbo diesel engine

The base diesel variants are powered by a 1.5L turbocharged diesel unit that pumps out 113 bhp and an impressive 250 Nm. This engine has a lot more muscle to it and is coupled to either a 6-Speed manual or a 6-Speed automatic transmission. Both the gearboxes are crisp and provide for a seamless driving experience along with this powerplant’s impressive torque curve.


1.4L Inline-4 Turbo Petrol:

2020 kia seltos 1.4l turbo petrol engine

This is the engine which takes the spotlight as it is the most powerful one of this lot. It pumps out an impressive 140 bhp and 242 Nm. This energetic engine is coupled to a precise and crisp 7-Speed DCT which hugely complements the engine performance. 

All three engine configurations are well-sorted and don't have any imperfections in its workings. The gearboxes hugely complement the performance curve and are well suited for Indian driving conditions. The gears are closely packed and allow you to have an involving experience with the lower gears having a fast-paced nature, and a wider rev-band as you go up the gears. We have pitted the Kia Seltos against the top two competitors which share the same ideology of providing a flexible and feature-packed bundle.

Model
Engine
Transmission
Horsepower (bhp)
Torque(Nm)
Kia Seltos
1.5-litre Petrol
/1.4-litre GDi Petrol
/1.4-litre turbo Diesel
6-Speed Manual /
6-Speed Automatic/
7-Speed DCT /
IVT
113@6300 RPM(NA Petrol)/
140@6000 RPM(GDi)/
113@4000 RPM(Diesel)

144@ 4850 RPM(NA Petrol)/ 242@1500 RPM(GDi) / 250@1500 RPM(Diesel)

Hyundai Creta
1.5-litre Petrol
/1.4-litre GDi Petrol
/1.4-litre turbo Diesel
6-Speed Manual /
6-Speed Automatic/
7-Speed DCT /
IVT
113@6300 RPM(NA Petrol)/
140@ 6000 RPM(GDi)/
113@ 4000 RPM(Diesel)

144@ 4850 RPM(NA Petrol)/ 242@1500 RPM(GDi) /250@1500 RPM(Diesel)

MG Hector
1.5-litre TCIC Petrol/
1.5-litre TCIC Hybrid Petrol/
2.0-litre Diesel
6-Speed Manual/
6-Speed DCT
141@5000 RPM(Petrol)/
170@3750 RPM(Diesel)

250@1600 RPM(Petrol)/
350@1740 RPM(Diesel)

As Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos share the same platform and powertrains, they showcase the same performance characteristics albeit with different faces. MG Hector is the elephant in this room which is the most powerful of this lot, but it gets nullified due to its added kerb weight and dull driving dynamics.


2020 Kia Seltos 0-100 KMPH acceleration

Acceleration is crisp and is backed up by the closed knotted gearbox setups on offer. The base petrol variant does the 0-100 KMPH run in under 12 seconds which is very impressive. The 6-Speed manual-equipped petrol units hit a top speed of 170 KMPH. Keep in mind that you still have the comfortable IVT and the sporty 7-Speed DCT to cater to.

2020 kia seltos acceleration 0-100 kmph

The more powerful turbocharged petrol unit achieves these feats even quicker and the 7-Speed DCT is plain fun to come by. The turbo petrol has a top speed of 185 KMPH. The diesel engine has a strong bottom-end torque, which makes it very quick in short sprints but loses out on top speeds. But then again, the sweet mid-range it provides, makes it an apt highway cruiser and the IVT makes it even more relaxed.

Model
0-100 KMPH(seconds)
Top Speed(KMPH)
Kia Seltos HTE (Petrol)
11.67
170
Hyundai Creta EX (Petrol)
11.53
165
MG Hector Style (Petrol)
12.64
178

Hyundai Creta varies marginally due to the slight bump in its kerb weight which is due to its bulged body structure. The sheer bulk of MG Hector starts to shed light here, as, despite its noticeable performance bump, it just has a marginal edge over the Korean twins.


Kia Seltos ride quality

Driving dynamics are well-sorted in the Kia Seltos and it is one of the reasons that makes this SUV such a “badass”. The chassis is rigid and gives this crossover a small car character. Despite its tall stance, body roll is well controlled and the stiffer suspension plays a huge role in it.

2020 kia seltos cornering

You will feel a tinge of the stiffness from its suspension at low speeds but as you thread the needle, it all slots right in as no other car in this segment provides you with the confidence at triple digits as the Seltos. Corners are well controlled and will be amazed by the amount of control it takes around corners. The three driving modes on offer, namely, Normal, Eco and Sport bring about considerable changes in the driving dynamics of the Seltos.

Normal keeps things subtle with the steering weighed loosely along with a linear response from the accelerator. Eco is the most composed and practical one of the lot which sorts things out to provide the maximum fuel efficiency. Then we have Sport, which transforms the Seltos into a hoon machine. The steering is sharper and heavier along with an aggressive response from the accelerator.


Kia Seltos brakes

The brakes in Kia Seltos are well thought after units and provide an impressive amount of bite. The brake pedal has ample response and there is a minimum amount of play to provide with the foreplay required to grasp the driver’s attention.

2020 kia seltos disc brakes

The ABS unit works seamlessly with the onboard braking system and there is no unnatural intervention during the ABS intervention. The comparatively low slung body of the Seltos makes it less prone to nose dives and are well controlled if any. A disc-drum setup is used to have a fine balance of braking performance and cost-effectiveness.

Model

Kia Seltos HTE (P)

Hyundai Creta EX (P)

MG Hector Style (P)

Brake Front

Disc

Disc

Disc

Brake Rear

Drum/Disc(top variants)

Drum/Disc(top variants)

Disc

80-0 KMPH (m)

25.51

26.85

28.52

But as we go up the ladder of variants, Kia also provides discs all round for added braking performance to go with the bumped with engine configuration. The same goes for Hyundai Creta as it shares the same setup as the Seltos. MG Hector has discs all round from the base as is necessary to handle the added kerb it has.


2020 Kia Seltos Mileage (Kmpl)

Fuel efficiency is a crucial factor among consumers in India and it's fair to say that Kia has played it well. Its flexibility in offering varying powertrain options not only provides for a more fuel-efficient offering, but it also keeps the enthusiasts in mind who don’t mind having shelling out a bit more for the thrill.

2020 kia seltos ivt

The diesel engine coupled with 6-Speed manual gearbox is the most efficient combination of the lot as it churns out an ARAI approved 20.8km to a litre. The flat performance curve is also a boon here as its spread-out nature keeps the engine relaxed and thus providing for an efficient driving experience.

Model
Mileage (in Kmpl)
Range(km)

Tank Capacity(litres)

Kia Seltos
16.8(Petrol)/
17.8(Automatic);
20.8(Manual)(Diesel)
840(Petrol)/
890(Automatic);
1040(Manual)(Diesel)
50
Hyundai Creta
16.8(Petrol)/
17.8(Automatic);
20.8(Manual)(Diesel)
840(Petrol)/
890(Automatic);
1040(Manual)(Diesel)
50
MG Hector
13.96(Automatic); 15.81(Manual)(Petrol)/ 17.41(Diesel)
837.6(Automatic);
948.6(Manual)(Petrol)/ 1044.6(Diesel)
60

MG Hector utilises added size to its advantage and thus provides with the largest fuel tank among the three with 60 L capacity. The diesel offerings of all the three cars churn out over 1040 km to a full tank. The larger fuel tank helps MG Hector keep up with the fuel-efficient twins and thus provide for similar range figures.

How good is Kia Seltos with all these engine options?

The various powertrain combinations in the Kia Seltos makes it a crowd-pleaser as it possesses qualities to woo over consumers from all walks of life. The impressive feature list it puts on the table is unlike any other offering in this segment and so this bold move from a first-timer like Kia has helped it position itself among the top scorers in the country. The wide spectrum of performance, flexible driving dynamics and impressive mileage figures makes it a perfect offering which will fancy an ideal Indian consumer.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

What is the price of Kia Seltos in India?

Kia Seltos is priced from Rs. 9.89 lakh to Rs. 17.29 lakh


How many variants is Kia Seltos available in?

Kia Seltos is available in 8 variants-  HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, HTX+, GTK, GTX, GTX+


How many engines are offered in Kia Seltos?

Kia Seltos is offered in three engines- 1.5L petrol, 1.4L turbo petrol and 1.5L turbo diesel


What are the gearbox options in Kia Seltos?

Kia Seltos is available with four gearboxes- 6-Speed Manual, 6-Speed Automatic, 7-Speed DCT and CVT


Which is the most powerful engine of Kia Seltos?

1.4L GDI petrol engine is the most powerful with 142 bhp and 242 Nm


What is the top speed of Kia Seltos?

1.5L petrol

170 kmph
1.5L diesel
170 kmph
1.4L GDI petrol
185 kmph


What is the 0-100 kmph time for Kia Seltos?

1.5-litre Petrol
11.8 Seconds
1.5-litre Diesel
11.5 Seconds
1.4-litre GDI Petrol
9.7 Seconds


Which engine gives maximum mileage?

1.5L CRDI diesel engine coupled to 6-Speed manual gearbox gives the most mileage with 20.8 KMPL(ARAI)


Is Kia Seltos available with a diesel engine?

Yes, Kia Seltos is available with a 1.5L CRDI diesel engine with 113 bp and 250 Nm


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