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Seltos GTX+ Review —
While there are several new brands and cars coming to India, the latest car joining the mid-SUV segment is the Kia Seltos, a new car from a new brand in India and probably the most important one to launch this year too. The reason being, Kia Seltos garnered more than 6,000 bookings in just 24 hours of announcing the pre-bookings, bringing a ray of hope for the Indian automotive industry, which is going through the worst slump in years. So what makes this car so attractive to the buyers and how good it is, we tried to answer all these questions in our Kia seltos review
With every new product launch in the SUV space, the design gets better and premium. Gone are the days when SUVs were meant to look muscular. Cars like the Kia Seltos perfectly balances the muscle with proportionate and eye-catching design, The KIA SUV is available in two trims: Tech Line and GT Line. The Tech Line is available in five variants: HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, and HTX+.
Upfront is a radically different looking face with the signature Tiger Nose grille, LED headlights that Kia has named Crown Jewel and LED DRLs called the Heartbeat DRLs. The vertically stacked fog lamps are called Ice Cube led lamps. At the side are the large wheel arches, roof rails, floating roof, and dynamic body lines, giving Seltos the visibility.
There are 17-inch alloys, with a different designs in both the trims. However, it’s the Y-shaped crystal cut alloys on the GT line that looks brilliant. At the back are the extended tail lamps connected via a chrome plate that gives it a wider look, along with the skid plate. Since it competes in the mid SUV space, comparison with Hyundai Creta is inevitable. Dimensions wise, the Seltos is both longer and wider than the Creta
Cabin and Features
Move inside the cabin and you will be taken aback by the design and layout. There are a variety of trim options right from an all-black theme to dual-tone and more. The overall layout remains the same with a cockpit inspired design. The highlight, of course, is the large horizontally placed 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that’s intuitive to operate. The system adjoins the instrument cluster having a 7-inch digital display and looks modern.
In terms of features, the Seltos is loaded to the brim with many features some of which are segment-first and also India-first. The features include an 8-inch heads up display, Bose speakers with ambient lighting, air purifier, inbuilt perfume diffuser, inbuilt rear sunshade, 8-way adjustable seats, tyre pressure monitoring system to name a few
Kia Seltos Engine: The 2019 Kia Seltos is offered with three engine options. It is powered by a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre petrol, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, and 1.5-litre diesel units. The 1.5-liter petrol motor is rated at 115PS/144Nm, whereas the diesel engine puts out 115PS/ 250Nm. The 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine, which has an output of 140PS/242Nm, is only with the GT Line variants.
Safety-wise, apart from the active safety systems like 6-airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, there are also connectivity-based safety features like the emergency assistance in case of an accident, Geofencing, stolen vehicle notification, and immobilization. There’s also a first-in-segment 360-degree camera with a blind view monitor.
But Kia Seltos HTE 1.5 is the base variant that the Kia is offering in the diesel line-up. It gets only the basic features like power windows, manual Air Conditioning, front armrest with storage box. For the exterior, there are Projector headlamps to illuminate the roads in the night. There are front and rear skid plates and shark fin antenna to enhance the look of the SUV. The 3.8-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth and 4 speakers. The driver gets keyless entry, multi-function steering wheel, and adjustable driver seat. The rear occupants get their own rear AC vents.
Kia Seltos Mileage: Kia claims a fuel efficiency of 16.5kmpl for the petrol-manual and 16.8kmpl for the petrol-CVT variants. On the other hand, the diesel engine has a claimed efficiency of 21kmpl with the manual gearbox and 18kmpl when coupled with the 6-speed AT. The 1.4-liter turbo-petrol paired with the DCT has a claimed mileage of 16.5kmpl while the manual returns 16.1kmpl.
KIA seltos colors
But 2019 KIA seltos HTE variant is available in 2 colors -steel silver & clear white
The 2019 KIA seltos price in India starts from Rs 9.69 lakh to Rs 15.99 lakh for tech-line trim. On the other hand, the GT Line can be bought in three variants: GTK, GTX, and GTX+ priced from Rs 13.49 lakh to Rs 16.99 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom pan-India)
the price of the Kia seltos base model which we reviewed in this video is 9.69 lakhs for the petrol variant and 9.99 lakhs for the diesel variant