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Kia Seltos Positives and Negatives. Should you buy Kia Seltos

Kia Seltos Positives and Negatives. Should you buy Kia Seltos

Kia Seltos Detailed Positives and Negatives Referred. Know Engine Performance, Space, Safety Specs, Styling with Interiors of Kia Seltos GT Line and Tech Line


Kia Seltos : Positives and Negatives

Kia Motors is World 8th Largest passenger car Manufacturer and debuting in Indian Market with SUV Seltos. Been Hyundai owns 1/3rd stake in Kia Motors, expect similarities in many cues of Kia and Hyundai.

Kia Seltos as to be launched in Indian Market comes with DNA of

  • Performance
  • Technological Features
  • Connected Car 
  • Future Emission Compliant
  • Styling, Safety going hand 

Available in 

  • Tech Line (for Family Oriented Buyers) 1.5 Litre Petrol and Diesel Engine
  • GT Line (For Performance Segment Buyer for extra punch) - 1.4 Turbo GDI Petrol Engine 

Below is brief First cut opinion of the car with detailed Positives and Negatives


Kia Seltos Positives

> Future Ready Engine: BS6 Compliant Petrol and Diesel Engine right from day 1. Yes - all model variants of Kia Seltos would be BS6 Compliant. It means lower PM Level, lower NOX Level setting it as benchmark for other OEM to introduce BS6 Compliant Engine in there car range


> In Drive Response - Very light steering which yes gains weight on higher speed, Soft suspension for Plush ride, Good ergonomics, chunky flat bottom steering, Top Notch Braking Effectiveness with ABS and all 4 Disc Brakes, Good Visibility and sleek gear shift makes it a driver delight in Urban Indian road condition

The Diesel Engine Performance in 1.5 Litre Engine is best in terms of refinement. Top notch Insulation cabin, superior pickup without any Turbo lag makes it a sweet spot on Seltos

While, 1.4 Turbo GDI Petrol Engine comes in play at around 1800 rpm, before that feel linear and gets a surged performance. Refinement levels are top notch by all standard

For DCT Automatic lovers - Kia Seltos GDI also available in 6 Driving Mode - Eco, Normal, Snow, Mud, Sand and Sport Mode making car best fit for almost any road conditions

Do note that Kia Seltos is not 4x4, no All Wheel Drive. The suspension is tuned for comfort oriented drive. If you seek the fun of SUV Feel similar to what seen in Harrer or Compass then might be disappointed.

Its a kind of urban raised crossover going to bring a smile on face for those who love comfort with top notch dynamics in urban road conditions


> Lot of electronics - 10.25 Inch Touchscreen with embedded sim along with UVO Connect Feature where one can connect and interact with car with over 37 smart features. Through UVO Connect - one can feel connected with car, know car location, speed, can set up geo fence alert an lot more. Even the DCT Automatic gets even advanced remote engine start, remote AC on. Comes with good touch interface with  Android Auto, Apple Car Play with Voice command.

Headsup navigation will love in GT Variant, Voice Command to make you feel connected with car. Tyre tronics feature with 360 Degree camera is another plus point  


> Too much safety - Along with 73% High All 4 disc Brakes, ESP,  Traction control, 6 airbags, ABS Ebd with Brake assist, Tyre Pressure monitoring system. heads up display, Blind view camera which switches on when you turn on the indicators,


> Styling - Tiger nose front grille, 17 inch alloys, Impressive Side Profile, Electric Sunroof, Bigger 10.25 inch touchscreen, Crown Jewel LED Headlights, LED DRL, Ice Cube design LED Fog Light with LED Tail Light along with Sporty Leatherette Seats on higher up variants all impress a lot. Ambient Mood light with Sound Mood Lighting Technology is another advantage.


> Comfort for Passenger: Electric Driver Seat, Ventilated Front Seats, Much Better Legroom Space in Front and Rear, Good under thigh Support. Rear AC Vent, Recline Rear Seats in 2 Position, Smart Pure Air Technology with 2.16 Inch LED on Rear of Driver Side Armrest, Sunshade Curtains all adds up to comfort of Passenger. Although to disclaim - under-thigh support just felt average for rear seat passenger.

> Feature - Electric Sunroof, Ventilated Seats, Wireless Charging, 360 Degree Camera, Host of Safety Features as  mentioned earlier, Bigger 10.25 Inch Touchscreen with Bose Speaker Surround System, Uvo Connect, Ambient mood, Smart Pure Air Technology 

Areas of Concern

> Kia Seltos Techline misses on some important features - no Heads up display, no 360 degree camera, no side & curtain airbags and to only come with 4 speaker as against gt line with 8 speaker. So if its not GT Line you going to miss in some features.

> Plastic quality at Dashboard, Door handle or at steering just feels very average - no wow appeal


Should you buy Kia Seltos

Well Fact that Hyundai Creta next gen launching in 1st Half of 2020. So, if you seek a proven brand Hyundai with bigger after sales service network, proven in after sales and fact that Kia (although a global brand) is just the debutant for Indian Market then you just have to wait for few months

Else Kia Seltos in 2019 seems to be on top spot for Urban Indian Buyers looking for Stylish, Feature Loaded SUV with good dynamics and range of Transmission - Manual, CVT Petrol, 6 Seed Torque Converter Diesel, 7 Speed DCT Petrol Automatic in close to 15 Variant with likely pricing from Rs 10.5 Lakh to Rs 16.5 Lakh Ex-showroom Delhi

My Final Take: Seltos is a car you can go ahead & buy without a doubt. Safety, Styling, Car Driving Dynamics, Performance Oriented GDI and very Impressive Diesel Engine, Technological advantage, Features, In Cabin Space, Seating Comfort all goes very well and if priced right - you can expect Kia Seltos to be a new benchmark of Mid SUV Segment in India

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