Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta and two of the most popular mid size SUVs in the segment. Both these SUVs share the same engine and gearbox options and are based on the same platform. Seltos got launched in the market an year before the all-new Creta came. Both these SUVs weight almost the same and Creta had an late mover advantage over Seltos when it comes to some of the features. Creta comes with features like fully digital instrument cluster and panoramic sunroof which Seltos misses. Other than that, both SUVs use same engines and generate same amount of power. Here we have a video that shows how Hyundai Creta diesel AT and Kia Seltos diesel AT perform against each other in a drag race.
The video has been uploaded by The Drivers Hub on their YouTube channel. Vlogger starts by talking about the engine and power figures of both the SUVs. They are both powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine. This engine generates 115 Ps and 250 Nm of peak torque. Both SUV come with manual and automatic transmission option and the one used in this drag race videos are the automatic ones.
Both SUVs are lined up for the race. They choose an empty stretch of road for this purpose. Both SUVs have Sport mode and they were both driven in that mode. The race starts and both SUVs move off the line almost the same time. Kia Seltos was managed to move a bit more quickly and managed to take the lead.
Both SUVs were quite aggressive in terms of acceleration. Seltos managed to maintain the lead throughout the race and won the round. Hyundai Creta was right behind Seltos. Kia Seltos won the race only by a very small margin. Vlogger then mentions that the Creta was being driven on the side where there was dust and that lead to wheelspin Creta initially. That wheelspin became an opportunity for Seltos to take the lead.
If the both SUVs were driven on the similar type of road, the results would have been even more interesting. Both SUVs have same engine and gearbox and it all comes to the reaction time of the driver. If they had conducted a second round with Creta and Seltos swapping sides, results might have been different. Both SUVs are equally capable of winning this race and that is what vlogger also mentions in the video.
Hyundai also launched a 7-seater version of Creta which is known as Alcazar. It is based on Creta but, has a longer wheelbase to accommodate three row seats. It is powered by a 1.5 litre diesel and a 2.0 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. Kia currently has no plans to launch a 7 seater version of the Seltos in the market. Both Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta come with two petrol and one diesel engines.
There is a 1.5 litre NA petrol which comes with both manual and CVT gearbox option. Seltos offers an iMT gearbox which is not available in Creta. The next engine is the 1.5 litre turbo diesel that comes with manual and automatic gearbox option. The most powerful engine option is the 1.4 lite turbo petrol which is offered with manual and DCT gearbox option in Seltos whereas the Creta comes with DCT gearbox only.