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Kia Seltos: Review from South Korea reveals many new details about the compact SUV

Kia will launch the all-new Seltos in the Indian market on 22nd August. Before that, it has been launched in the Korean market and the local media of the country have already got a taste of the vehicle during official media drive. Asian Petrolhead drives the Seltos around Korea and here’s what we get to know from the review.

To start with, the Kia Seltos in Korean looks similar to the Indian model. However, the drivetrains for the Korean market is completely different from the Indian model. The car gets powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.6-litre diesel engine and both the engine options get the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission option. The Kia Seltos is also available in 4WD option in the Korean market. The 1.6-litre turbocharged engine produces a maximum of 177 Bhp in the Seltos in the Korean market. The most powerful version of the Seltos in India will be powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine that generates a maximum of 144 Bhp.

In Korea, the Hyundai Creta is not available. However, Hyundai recently launched the all-new Venue. Since both the Venue and the Seltos are manufactured in the country, as per the channel, the price difference between both the vehicles is just 25%. However, the Hyundai Venue in India is powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine compared to the 1.6-litre engine available in the Korean market. The price difference in the Indian market could be very wide in the Indian market. While driving the vehicle, he also tests the vehicle’s body roll and brakes. Both the parameters are excellent as said in the video.

Talking about the features, the Indian version of the Seltos will come with a lot of them. However, the Korean-spec Seltos gets a lot more of them. The video shows the vehicle’s retractable HUD, vehicle’s information display, wireless charging, heated and ventilated seats, ambient light, infotainment system, Bose sound system, drive modes and other features.

The features that won’t be coming to the Indian version includes radar-controlled adaptive cruise control, 4WD system, heated rear seats, navigation-based automatic cruise control and a smart key with engine start/stop feature. The Korean-spec Seltos will additionally get safety equipment like front collision prevention assistance, lane departure warning, driver fatigue alert and rear cross collision prevention system. In India, the car will get six- airbags, ABS, EBD, front and rear parking sensors, 360-degree camera, hill start assist and blind view monitor.

Kia is expected to price the vehicle attractively in the Indian market. For reference, the Hyundai Creta, which is currently the best-selling car in the segment is priced at Rs 9.99 lakh for the base version. Kia may price the Seltos very close to that.