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Kia Seltos SUV: Petrol vs Diesel in a drag race

Kia Seltos is currently one of the popular SUV in the mid-size segment. The SUV has been on sale since 2019 and it became popular among buyers in a short span of time. The SUV competes with cars like Hyundai Creta and MG Hector in the segment. Kia recently launched the 2021 version of Seltos with feature updates. Several videos of Kia Seltos SUV is available online and we have featured some of them on our website as well. Here we have another video where a Kia Seltos with 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.5 litre turbo diesel engine versions are seen in a drag race.

The video has been uploaded by Arun Panwar on their YouTube channel. The vlogger starts by sharing the technical specifications of both the version. The car used in this video are both base variant HTE. Both petrol and diesel version of Seltos is powered by a 1.5 litre engine. The petrol version gets a naturally aspirated engine whereas the diesel version gets a turbocharged unit. The petrol engine generates 115 Ps and 144 Nm of torque whereas the diesel version generates 115 Ps and 250 Nm of peak torque.

Both SUVs are lined up for the race and there are two occupants in each vehicle. The Vlogger is sitting inside the diesel version and his friend is driving it and his other friends are inside the petrol version. Both of them have a manual gearbox. Air conditioning has also been turned off during the race. Multiple rounds are conducted to get a clear winner in this race.

Round one starts and both SUVs move off the line almost at the same time, there is wheelspin as the traction control is turned off for the race. Within seconds, the diesel Kia Seltos takes the lead and leaves petrol version a lot behind. There was a decent amount of gap between both the SUVs. The driver in the petrol version was pushing hard but, it was of no use. Diesel version won the first round.

In second round, both SUVs line up and move off the line at almost the same time. This time the driver in petrol version seemed a bit more aggressive with the gearshifts and the gap was not less than the first round. Diesel version was still leading in this round and won without any problem. Before starting the third round, driver’s swap vehicles. The person who was driving the petrol version ca be heard saying that, he felt like the second gear in the Kia Seltos petrol was very weak and did not offer much power.

The new driver then lines up the diesel version at the start line for third round. The race starts and the diesel version again is in the front. The petrol version however is not far behind. In comparison to the other rounds, the petrol version was right next to the diesel but, it did not have enough power to overtake the diesel version at any point of the race. The same happened in the fourth round as well.

The reason why, diesel version of Kia Seltos won without any problem because, it has enough torque available at lower RPMs. The diesel engine generated more torque in comparison to the petrol version. Both of them generated same amount of power but, diesel engine is torquier than petrol and the torque is available at a very lower RPM in comparison to the petrol version and that is what helped it win the race.