Kia Seltos was officially launched in India back in 2019 and ever since then, it has been a popular SUV among the buyers. The Seltos is a global SUV that was launched in India first. Main reason why, it had become so popular among buyers was because of its bold looks and feature loaded cabin. As mentioned above, Seltos is a global SUV and is available in international markets as well. It is available with a different set of engine and transmission options and here we have a video that shows what international automobile journalists think about the Kia Seltos diesel.
The video has been uploaded by Juliet McGuire on her youtube channel. She is a motoring journalist from South Africa and has been driving the Seltos diesel variant for quite some time. The presenter starts talking about all the good things about the car like how spacious it looks and the how it acted as a perfect holiday car for her. It accommodated passengers pets and luggage without an issue. The presenter is so much in love with the vehicle that she even says that, it is her last day with the Seltos and does not want to give it back.
One of the reason why she loved the diesel version of Seltos is because of the fuel efficiency. She managed to get around 18 kmpl from the engine which is actually a good figure for a diesel automatic vehicle. It looks like, in international market, the Seltos diesel is available with an automatic gearbox only. The gearshifts are all smooth and there is always power in reserve whenever the anchor wants to have some power.
The presenter is so much in love with Seltos that she says that. She’ll buy a Seltos if is she planning for a crossover. The drivability and handling of the Seltos is spot on these are all the factors that made her a fan of this SUV. The diesel version of Seltos is powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged engine that generates 115 Ps and 250 Nm of torque. It is the same as the Indian version generates. She mentions that there is enough punch in the engine even when it is loaded and never felt underpowered. She has fallen in love with the Seltos and says that this turned her into a Kia fan.
Coming back to Kia Seltos, it is available with an AWD option is some of the markets and also gets a different engine option. In India, Seltos is available with three engine and variety of transmission options. There is a 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that comes with manual and CVT gearbox option. There is a 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine option that comes with 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The last engine option is a 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine that comes with both manual and 7-speed DCT gearbox option. Kia Seltos when launched was one of the most feature loaded car. Even today features like HUD and 360 degree camera are not available in some of the other SUVs in the segment.