Kia Seltos is currently one of the best looking and popular mid-size SUV in the country. It competes with cars like Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, MG Hector in the segment. It is available with a variety of engine and transmission options too. Ford Endeavour is another SUV that is quite popular in the segment. It is a proper full size SUV that competes with the likes of Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster in the segment. Both SUVs belong to entirely different category and here we have a video that shows both the SUVs would perform if they were to be put in a drag race.
The video has been uploaded by CAR RACERS on their YouTube channel. The video starts with the vlogger talking about the technical specifications on the SUVs. The Kia Seltos seen here is a 1.5 litre turbo diesel engine version with manual gearbox whereas the Ford Endeavour is the pre-facelift version that uses a 3.2 litre turbo diesel engine.
The Kia Seltos diesel generates 113 Bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque whereas the Ford Endeavour generates 197 Bhp and 470 Nm of peak torque. Looking at the figures, it felt like the Ford Endeavour was going have a clear win in the race. The vlogger sits in Ford Endeavour and the race starts. The Kia Seltos moves off the start line aggressively whereas the Ford Endeavour moves smoothly.
Kia Seltos was ahead of the Endeavour and for a moment, it felt like Seltos will win the round. After few seconds, Ford Endeavour overtakes the Seltos and maintains the lead throughout the race. After the first round, the Kia Seltos driver mentions that he had missed a gear and that is the reason why Ford Endeavour won the first round.
To get a clear idea about the results, the participants line up the SUVs for second round. The vlogger was sitting in Ford Endeavour and as soon as the round started, like the first one, Kia Seltos took the lead. This time around, Kia Seltos driver did not miss the gear and Ford Endeavour could not actually overtake it. Kia Seltos won the second round. The video does say that, this is not a comparison but, just a fun race.
What did actually happen here? Ford Endeavour is actually way ahead of Kia Seltos when it comes to power and torque figures and even then it did not manage to win. We feel that, if the Kia Seltos driver had not missed the gear in first round, there is a possibility that Seltos would have won both rounds. One of the reason why Kia Seltos won against Ford Endeavour is because of the weight. Kia Seltos is way lighter that the Ford Endeavour and has a better power to weight ratio.
The other reason that was in favour of the Kia Seltos was the gearbox. The Seltos had a manual gearbox which meant, the driver had full control on when he wants to make the gearshifts. The Ford Endeavour on the other hand has an automatic gearbox. It does come with a manual mode but, it is not as good as a manual gear box. Condition of the car would also have been a reason why Seltos won. This doesn’t mean Ford Endeavour is a bad SUV by any means. They are both great SUV in their respective segments.