These two compact SUVs have had a long-standing battle with each other. Whether those are features, performance, mileage, or price, they’ve been having a cut-throat competition. Furthermore, as per sources, the Hyundai Creta is in the first place, followed by the Kia Seltos, in terms of sales (as of May 2022). And despite that, they share a few similarities, such as the platform, engine, and transmission. But that’s where the similarities draw to a close, and the differences begin. So, let’s see how these SUVs under Rs 20 lakh stand against each other.
Kia Seltos vs Hyundai Creta: Dimensions
In terms of dimensions, the Kia Seltos measures 4315mm in length, 1800mm in width, and 1645mm in height and sits on a wheelbase of 2610. The wheelbase of the Seltos is the same as the Hyundai Creta. On the other hand, the Creta is 15mm shorter in length (4300mm), 10mm narrower (1790mm), and 10mm smaller in height (1635mm).
However, along with the same length of the wheelbase, they also have a ground clearance of 190mm. In addition, the Hyundai Creta’s boot space is the same as the Kia Seltos’s at 433 litres.
Having the same wheelbase might translate to the same amount of legroom. But the Kia Seltos’s broader width and taller height can indicate better shoulder room and headroom. In the end, their practicality is more or less the same.
Kia Seltos vs Hyundai Creta: Powertrain
As mentioned earlier, the Kia Seltos specifications are the same as the Hyundai Creta. As for engine options, there are two 1.5-litre engines: petrol and diesel. The other is the 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine.
The 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine churns out 113bhp of power and 144Nm of torque, while the 1.5-litre diesel delivers 113bhp and 250Nm of torque.
On the other hand, the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 138bhp and 242Nm of torque.
Since these two compact SUVs have different dimensions, the weight of these cars will vary. And due to that, the power-to-weight ratio will also vary despite having the same engines.
And for transmission options, the commons are the 6-speed manual/torque converter and the 7-speed DCT. The difference between the two is that the Kia Seltos gets an additional iMT option with the 1.5-diesel while the Creta doesn’t. Another difference is that the Kia Seltos’s top-spec 1.4-litre turbo-petrol gets a 6-speed manual transmission, while the Creta doesn’t. For fuel efficiency, the Kia Seltos’s mileage ranges between 16 and 21 kmpl. On the flip side, the Creta’s mileage will vary between 17 and 21 kmpl, depending upon engine and transmission.
Besides that, if you want the Hyundai Creta’s specifications comparison with its rivals, check out the Kia Seltos vs Hyundai Creta vs MG Hector vs Tata Harrier: Spec Comparison.
Kia Seltos vs Hyundai Creta: Features
Both the bestselling SUVs in India boast a long list of features. The differences between the two are that the Kia Seltos’s features include a navigation system, rear curtains for added privacy, a 360-degree camera with guidance, etc. Furthermore, it gets a heads-up display, an auto-anti-glare IRVM with UVO control, and three drive modes, to name a few. On the safety front, the Kia Seltos gets a blind-spot monitor, ISOFIX child-seat anchorages, brake assist, parking sensors (front and rear), a rain-sensing wiper, etc.
On the other hand, the Creta includes glove box cooling, battery saver technology, and power boot, while the Kia Seltos doesn’t.
Also, if passengers want more light to enter the cabin, Hyundai’s SUV could be a perfect choice. Because the Hyundai Creta features a panoramic sunroof, while the Seltos has a single-pane.
Besides their differences, both cars share identical safety, comfort, and entertainment features. They both have six airbags, traction control, a tyre pressure monitor, auto headlamps, and hill assist, to name a few.
As for the entertainment, they both have a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with a Bose-sourced audio system with eight speakers. These two compact SUVs also include front ventilated seats, electrically adjustable seats, auto HVAC, an air purifier, a multi-functional steering wheel with cruise control buttons, and more.
Apart from features, some customers are also concerned about the build quality. A car with good build quality and the required safety features can withstand impacts, unlike a car with loaded safety features with poor build quality. Speaking of safety, the Hyundai Creta’s and the Kia Seltos’s safety ratings (GNCAP) are three stars. The Kia Seltos’s three-star safety rating is the same as other Kia cars, such as the Sonet and the Carens.
Kia Seltos vs Hyundai Creta: Variants and Prices
Let’s begin with the Hyundai Creta. As for the available trims, there are seven broad options: E, EX, S, S+, SX Executive, SX, and SX(O). Furthermore, those trims have divisions totalling twenty-seven Hyundai Creta variants. As for the pricing, the Hyundai Creta starts at Rs 10.44 lakh and goes up to Rs 18.18 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom Delhi as of July 2022.
On the contrary, the Kia Seltos has two broad trims: Tech (HT) Line and GT Line. The former has HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, and HTX+, while the latter has GTX(O) and GTX+. In addition, the X-Line variant is exclusively available in the GT trim. As of July 2022, the Kia Seltos price ranges between Rs 10.19 lakh and Rs 18.45 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
Conclusion : Kia Seltos vs Hyundai Creta
According to the prices, the base model of the Kia Seltos is Rs 25,000 cheaper than the Hyundai Creta. And the top model of the Kia Seltos has a difference of Rs 27,000, slightly higher than the Hyundai Creta’s. To conclude, the top variants of these two compact SUVs are loaded with features and will put a smile on your face. The main perceptible difference between the two is their looks and a few countable features. The Hyundai Creta’s looks are polarising, while the Kia Seltos has an aggressive look and a sportier stance. Moreover, they are also more or less the same when it comes to utility and practicality. Maybe that is why the Hyundai Creta has the highest sales figure among the Hyundai cars and its rivals.
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