Kia Seltos diesel vs Mahindra XUV300 diesel in a tug of war [Video]

Kia Seltos is one of the most popular mid-size SUVs in the Indian market. It has been selling well in the market. On the other hand, Mahindra XUV300 is a compact SUV and is not the most popular choice among the buyers but people who buy it are happy with it. While both the vehicles do belong to different segments, here is a video in which a vlogger has put both the vehicles into a classic tug of war.

The video has been uploaded by Arun Panwar on his YouTube channel. The video shows us a Mahindra XUV300 Diesel and a Kia Seltos Diesel competing in a tug of war. The vlogger says that the XUV300 lost the drag race when competing against the Seltos. This happened because the XUV300 comes equipped with a soft limiter which does not let the vehicle rev above 2,000 rpm. This hampers the launch of the vehicle. However, the XUV300 does have more torque on paper so he was interested in seeing the results in a tug of war.

Both vehicles have a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The Seltos produces 115 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque whereas the XUV300 produces 115 PS of max power and 300 Nm of peak torque. So, on paper, the XUV300 does have more torque which should help it win the tug of war.

One thing that the vlogger points out is that the tow hook that Mahindra provided with the XUV300 does not fit which is quite strange. So, the rope is tied to the rear axle and the other end is tied to the  Seltos’s tow hook.

Who wins?

The first round begins and the XUV300 can immediately pull the Seltos quite easily. We can see that the extra 50 Nm of torque is beneficial. The Seltos on other hand kept spinning its wheel but was not able to move ahead. So, in the first round, the XUV300 won.

In the second round, the rope breaks because it was not kept in tension. So, the vlogger had to tie the rope manually. Then again in the third round, the rope broke again. Finally, then the rope is tied again and it is kept in tension so that it does not break. The second round was announced as a draw between both the SUVs because both of them did not move and the tyre of the Seltos started smoking because of smoke. Also, both the vehicles could not find the traction to pull each other.

The third round is done on a proper tarmac road so the results are fair. In the third round, the rope broke again so the vlogger bought a metal chain for the tug of war. The XUV300 also won the third round as it dragged the Seltos first.

In the fourth round, the Seltos won as the XUV300 kept spinning its wheels. Then in the last round, the drivers were exchanged. In this final round, the XUV300 won as it dragged the Seltos. So, the overall winner was the XUV300.