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Kia Seltos compact suv vs Hyundai Verna sedan in a drag race

Kia Motors made their debut in Indian market with their first product Seltos last year. The SUV quickly gained popularity because of its looks, features and number of engine and transmission options. It is currently one of the most popular SUV in the segment and has a long waiting period depending upon the variant one chooses. Another popular vehicle in the mid-size sedan segment is Hyundai Verna. It competes with cars like Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento in the segment. Here we have a video that shows a drag race between Kia Seltos and pre-facelift Hyundai Verna sedan. To find out which Korean car won the race, Let’s have a look at the video.

The video has been uploaded by Arun Panwar on his youtube channel. The Kia Seltos and Hyundai Verna used in the video are both powered by diesel engines. The Kia gets a 1.5 litre diesel engine whereas the Verna seen here is the pre-facelift model with a 1.6 litre diesel engine. In order to do the race, the vlogger and his friend chose an empty stretch of road. The drag race is conducted in three to four rounds to get a clear picture on which car performs the best.

In the first round, Vlogger is driving the Seltos and his friend is behind the wheel in Verna. As soon as the race starts, the Verna moves off the the line aggressively leaving Seltos behind. Seltos is not that slow either. It is right behind Verna trying to minimise the gap between the car but, Verna maintains the lead till the end of the stretch. After the first round, vlogger confesses that he had missed couple of gears during the race and they conduct the first round once again.

In the second take, Seltos wins the race by a small margin. The vlogger then backs for second round and in this they switch the cars. Vlogger is now driving the Hyundai Verna and his friend is driving the Seltos. Verna clearly wins the second round and in the third and final rounds, the result remains the same. Hyundai Verna won the race and the main reason behind it is the power itself.

Kia Seltos diesel as mentioned above is powered by a 1.5 litre unit. It generates 113 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque. The Verna on the other hand uses a bigger 1.6 litre diesel engine that generates 126 bhp and 260 nm of peak torque. This engine is not available with Verna anymore. The BS6 version of Verna gets a 1.5 litre engine only. There is a huge difference when it comes to the power in both the car.

Even before the race had started, it was pretty clear that Seltos was not going to win this. Apart from the power, both vehicles have different body styles. Verna is a well designed sedan which is sitting lower to the ground whereas the Seltos is an SUV. Kia Seltos had won the first round only because, the driver did not launch it properly. If he had done that properly, Seltos would not have won that round.  Both Kia Seltos and Hyundai Verna are good cars and both are one of the most popular and best looking cars in their segment. The result of this race does not mean that Hyundai Verna is a better vehicle. Both vehicles have their pros and cons.