Kia Seltos vs Hyundai Creta: Battle of the Koreans

After a long wait, Kia finally launched the all-new Seltos in the Indian market. The mid-size SUV, which will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta directly has been priced very aggressively. How do both the vehicles compete against each other when it comes to the specifications? Well, here is a detailed comparison between the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta.

Kia Seltos Vs Hyundai Creta dimensions

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The Kia Seltos is based on an all-new platform, which will also underpin the next-generation Creta in the Indian market. When it comes to dimensions, the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta are almost similar. The Seltos is slightly longer and wider while the Hyundai Creta is higher than the Seltos.

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The Kia Seltos is 4,315mm long while the Creta is 4,270mm longer. The Kia Seltos measures 1,800mm and the Creta is 1,780mm. The Creta measures 1,665mm when it comes to the height compared to the 1,620mm of the Seltos. The Hyundai Creta offers a wheelbase of 2,590mm while the Creta offers a longer 2,610mm, which translates into a roomier cabin.

Kia Seltos Vs Hyundai Creta features

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The Kia Seltos offers an extremely long feature list and some of these features are first-in-segment. The Seltos offers features like Heads-Up Display, 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, air purifier, ventilated seats, UVO internet-connected infotainment system, all four disc brakes, six airbags, full LED headlamps, LED light bar on the grille, all-LED tail lamps, LED cabin lamps, live traffic system with navigation, 10.25-inch infotainment system, electrically adjustable driver seat, rearview monitor, blind spot detection, sunroof, cruise control, rear AC vents, 8-speaker system from Bose, dancing ambient lights, wireless phone charger and more.

The Hyundai Creta, on the other hand, offers electric sunroof, electrically adjustable seat, ventilated seats, touchscreen infotainment system, rear AC vents, leather-wrapped seats and steering wheel, six-airbags and more. However, there is no way that the Creta can match the number of features offered by the Seltos. The Kia Seltos also feels much more premium when it comes to the cabin.

Kia Seltos Vs Hyundai Creta engine and transmission

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Both Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta offer three engine options in the Indian market. The Kia Seltos offers 2 petrol engine options and a single diesel engine option. The Creta offers two diesel engine options and a single petrol engine option in the market.

The Seltos offers a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 113 Bhp and peak torque of 144 Nm. It gets a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic transmission. The 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine of the Kia Seltos offers 113 Bhp of maximum power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It offers a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The most powerful engine available with the Seltos is a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 138 Bhp and peak torque of 242 Nm. It gets a 6-speed manual and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The three different engine options offer three completely different automatic transmission types with the Seltos.

The Hyundai Creta offers a 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 122 Bhp and 154 Nm of peak torque. It gets a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engine line-up of the Hyundai Creta is made up of 1.4-litre turbocharged engine that generates a maximum of 89 Bhp and 224 Nm. It is only offered with a 6-speed manual transmission. The most powerful diesel engine available with the Creta is a 1.6-litre unit that generates a maximum power of 126 Bhp and peak torque of 265 Nm. It gets a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Kia Seltos Vs Hyundai Creta fuel efficiency

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The Kia Seltos petrol offers a maximum fuel efficiency with the 16.3 km/l with the manual transmission and 16.4 km/l with the automatic transmission. The 1.5-litre diesel engine returns a maximum of 20.8 km/l with the manual transmission and 17.8 km/l with the automatic transmission. The 1.4-litre turbocharged engine of the Seltos returns a maximum of 16.1 km/l with the manual transmission and 16.2 km/l with the 7-speed DCT automatic transmission.

The Hyundai Creta petrol offers 15.29 km/l with both manual and automatic transmission. The 1.4-litre diesel engine offers maximum fuel efficiency of 21.38 km/l with the manual transmission. The 1.6-litre diesel engine of the Hyundai Creta returns a maximum fuel efficiency of 19.67 km/l with the manual transmission and 17.01 km/l with the automatic transmission.

Should you buy the Hyundai Creta over the Kia Seltos?

The Hyundai Creta is an extremely tried and tested product that has been around for years in the market. Also, the 1.6-litre diesel and petrol engine options of the Hyundai Creta offer a higher power output when compared to the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine options of the Kia Seltos. Hyundai also has a tested service network which is much wider than Kia’s network.

However, the Kia Seltos is more affordable, offer much more features and looks much more modern than the ageing Hyundai Creta in the market. The Kia Seltos currently seems like more value-for-money and offers more features for a lesser price tag. It should also be noted that the Hyundai Creta is currently at its end of the lifecycle and will get an all-new model, which will be based on the platform of the Seltos. The all-new Creta will arrive in 2020 in the Indian market. For now, the Seltos seems to be a smarter choice but the Hyundai Creta remains the wiser choice between the two.