In the mid-size SUV segment, Hyundai Creta has always been the undisputed king. Ever since it was launched Hyundai Creta has been the most popular SUV in the segment. Only a few years ago, Kia Motor entered India with another SUV, Seltos which actually became popular in the segment because of its looks and features. The older generation Creta was at the end of its life cycle and this helped Kia Seltos grab attention of the customers. last year, when Hyundai launched the next-gen Creta, it took back the crown and is now once again leading the segment. Both Seltos and Creta are available with petrol and diesel engine options and here we have a video that shows diesel versions of both Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta competing with each other in a drag race.
The video has been uploaded by Arun Panwar on his youtube channel. The video shows both Kia Seltos and new gen Hyundai Creta on an empty stretch of road. The Seltos belongs to vlogger and the Creta belongs to one of his friend. Before starting the race, the boot on the Hyundai Creta was emptied as the luggage would add weight and would affect the performance of the vehicle. multiple rounds were conducted to get a clear result.
The first round started and both Creta and Kia Seltos move off the line at the same time but, within seconds, Kia starts taking the lead and Creta struggles to reduce the gap. The Kia Seltos maintains the lead and wins the first round. In the second round, the Kia Seltos once again takes the lead but after covering some distance, Creta overtakes Seltos and wins the second round.
The vlogger then exchanges the car and starts driving Creta. In round 3,4 and 5 Creta could not win the race. Kia Seltos had won this race without any problem. The result is quite surprising because both Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta and powered by the same diesel engine. They both use a 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 115 Ps and 250 Nm of peak torque. Both the SUVs used here in the race had manual transmission.
On paper both SUVs generate same amount of power and torque and it was expected that this will be a very interesting race. The main reason why Creta did not win the race was because of the traction control. The vlogger had turned off traction control in his Seltos but, his friend had not turned it off. Due to this, the Seltos was able to take the lead. In the video the vlogger can be heard saying that there is a bit of power loss after Creta moves off the line. What is actually happening is that the traction control is kicking in and not letting the tyre spin.
If both SUVs had their traction control turned ON or Off, then things would have been a bit more interesting. Both SUVs are equally capable of winning this race as they are powered by the same engine and even have almost similar kerb weight. Diesel version of both Creta and Seltos are available with manual and automatic gearbox options.