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Tata Nexon EV vs Kia Seltos Diesel in a classic drag race

Electric vehicles are now slowly becoming popular in Indian market. We have Tata Nexon EV, MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona in the electric SUV segment. Out of these three SUVs, Tata Nexon EV is the most affordable and best selling electric vehicle in the country at the moment. It was launched in the market last year and it became popular among buyers in a short span of time. Seltos is a mid-size SUV which was Kia’s first product in Indian when they made their debut in India. Both these SUVs belong to two different categories and here we have a drag race video between these two SUVs.

The video has been uploaded by Arun Panwar on his YouTube channel. The video starts with the vlogger introducing Nexon EV owner and the SUV. The owner of Nexon EV was pretty confident that Nexon EV will win the race without any problem. Kia Seltos seen here is a diesel version that generates 115 Ps and 250 Nm of peak torque. The Nexon EV generates 129 Ps and 245 Nm of peak torque.

The race is conducted in two rounds and the vlogger was driving his Kia Seltos whereas his friend was driving the Nexon EV. Both of them line up the SUVs at the start line. Nexon EV driver was driving it in sports mode where all its power and torque is available in an aggressive manner. Air conditioning was turned off in both the vehicles for this race.

The vlogger presses horn three time to indicate the race has started. In the first round, Kia Seltos takes the and then vlogger takes off his foot from the accelerator pedal. He thought, the Nexon EV driver missed the signal and had not started. The Nexon EV driver had not missed the signal but, because of all the instant power and torque, there was quite a bit of wheelspin and that is why he was left behind initially.

Within seconds however, Nexon EV caught up with the Kia Seltos and took the lead. Nexon EV maintained the lead throughout the round and won the first round. In second round, vlogger was all prepared as Nexon EV owner had mentioned that, there is a bit of wheelspin in Nexon EV at the start and that is the reason, it is taking off slowly.

Both SUVs line up and the vlogger gives signal and once again Kia Seltos took the lead. This time however, he did not take his foot off from the accelerator. For a moment, it felt like Seltos might win this round because Nexon EV was nowhere to be seen. All of a sudden, Tata Nexon EV approaches Kia Seltos and overtakes it. Vlogger is surprised by the power delivery in the Nexon EV. It overtakes Kia Seltos and wins the second round as well.

That is the beauty of an electric vehicle. All the torque is available in Nexon EV from the moment you start driving it. In Kia Seltos the torque is not fully available during the time of this race. If it were a top-speed race, Kia Seltos would have easily won all the rounds as Nexon EV has a top speed limited to 120 kmph.