If there’s one SUV the Kia Seltos has to beat, it’s the Hyundai Creta. You see, the Seltos is built to the very same formula that’s made the Creta such a blockbuster hit in India. Like the Creta, the Seltos is a decidedly urban SUV and ease-of-use – rather than rugged appeal – is a common thread on both.
In their hardware, though, there’s actually less in common than you’d imagine. As you may know, Kia and Hyundai come under the broad umbrella of the Hyundai Motor Company, and the Seltos and Creta have a familial link too. However, the Seltos is actually a generation newer than the Creta we know. The Kia is built on a new platform and debuts a new range of engines too.
On the face of it, the Seltos has the head start. But is it the better of the two SUVs?
What are they like on the outside?
There’s not much between the Seltos and Creta in size. The Seltos is marginally longer but it’s the Creta that’s a wee bit taller. The two are similar in silhouette too, with an upright shape Indian buyers like. Still, you won’t need more than a glance to tell which one is the newer SUV.
Should you buy Hyundai Creta or Kia Seltos? Find out which car is best for you – compare the two models on the basis of their Price, Size, Space, Boot Space, Service cost, Mileage, Features, Colours and other specs. Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos ex-showroom price starts at Rs 9.99 Lakh for 1.6 E Plus (Petrol) and Rs 9.89 Lakh for HTE G (Petrol). Creta has 1591 cc (Petrol top model) engine, while Seltos has 1497 cc (Petrol top model) engine. As far as mileage is concerned, the Creta has a mileage of 22.1 kmpl (Diesel top model)> and the Seltos has a mileage of 20.8 kmpl (Diesel top model).
What are they like to drive?
As mentioned, the Seltos is powered by the latest-gen 1.5-litre diesel engine from the Hyundai-Kia combine. This engine will not only find use in the next-gen Creta but will also go on to power other Hyundai models like the Venue and Verna in the future. A talking point on this engine is that it’s BS6 emission norms-compliant from launch.
Clean and green as it may be, the 1.5-litre unit isn’t particularly powerful, at least on paper. Its 115hp power and 250Nm torque figures are down on the Creta 1.6 diesel’s 128hp and 260Nm. Still, you’ll like the Seltos engine for the performance on offer. The build of power is linear and very friendly and the engine’s low speed responsive reflects in the numbers. It’s significantly quicker than the Creta from 20-40kph in third and 40-60kph in fourth, and the Seltos’ early lead also manifests into better 20-80kph in third and 40-100kph in fourth timings. You can feel a step-up in power on the Kia around 2,000rpm, and the engine will also breach 5,000rpm without feeling out of depth. Of course, you can’t talk of this engine without talking of refinement. The Seltos’ engine is remarkably quiet at idle and feels smooth at all revs. The slick six-speed gearbox and well-weighted clutch round off the experience.
Which one should you buy?
The reasons to buy the Hyundai Creta stay the same. It’s an easy-to-drive and user-friendly SUV that’s instantly likeable. Comfort is good too and it’s got its share of convenience features as well. That said, at Rs 15.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Creta 1.6 diesel in SX(O) Executive trim is pricier than it ought to be. What makes the Hyundai feel pricier still is that the newer Seltos (in diesel HTX+ form) is actually the one with the lower price tag of Rs 14.99 lakh.
The Kia is also the better all-rounder. It’s just as convenient to live with as the Creta but the Seltos is quieter, quicker where it matters and generally offers a more sophisticated driving experience. The Kia also gets a whole lot more comfort and convenience features and what seals the deal is its superior cabin quality. Add everything up and it’s the Kia that takes your money a whole lot further, easily making it our pick of the two SUVs.