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Kia seltos Exterior looks. Enough said.
The quality of interiors. That adjustable shutter just reeks of quality. The dashboard looks slick. The gear lever is a joy to hold.
Electric seat adjustment. Superb!!!
Paddle shifters were pure joy. Gear Lag- what is that?
Mid-range and those paddle shifters. D4,5,6 are fun if you play with those shifters.
Slick infotainment system. That screen is the cleanest implementation in sub 20L range.
High-speed stability. I touched 120 km/h and it can go all day long without breaking a sweat. The car masks speed as well so you don't feel nervous. Straight-line stability is top-notch.
Elephant in the room is ride quality on those 18 inchers. It's stiff. TPMS in the test drive car showed 36 psi all around. Don't get me wrong here. The ride quality is not harsh in these new vehicles, but it's stiff and you will feel every patchwork on the road. Since my primary ride is comparatively softly sprung, I could immediately notice the difference. If I end up buying GTX+, the first thing that will happen is a tyre swap to UC6 or a softer tire set.
Both previous iterations of Sonet and Seltos are stiff and the ride quality becomes progressively harsher as the tires become hard with time. The result is that these cars have to get new shoes in a quicker span of time. To conclude, the ride is stiff, you feel everything under the tire albeit in an acceptable manner. My humble Dzire irons out the expansion joints on flyovers at 100kmph. Seltos will need to be slowed down over those expansion joints.
The 1.5 turbo engine is not brutal - it's linear. Let me explain!!! I already have tasted Diesel Auto in my existing garage. That 115bhp motor can put much bigger combos to shame. It's not the number of horses that the motor has, it's how it puts it to wheels. In my experience, Sonet D AT triumphs Seltos D AT even in the existing avatar. It pushes you back the moment you press the pedal. However, this 1.5GDI doesn't do that on its own unless you want it to. Put the car in Sports mode and use those paddle shifters. That's where the joy is!!! The downside is that, unlike diesel motors, this joy mode will kill your mileage in the petrol motor.
To conclude, unless you are living in NCR and have even 40% regular highway travel to take care of DPF issues, my suggestion will be to pick 115 diesel over 160 petrol. It's the best of both worlds.
Elevate prices to come only next month as deliveries will commence then only
Zx CVT can yes start around 17 Lakh exshowroom, unless Honda mess with same and raise it to 18 Lakh
With 17 to 18 Lakh exshowroom - On road price with 5 yrs warranty and zero dep will be like close to 21 Lakh to 22 Lakh in Karnataka
If you are flexible with this price point - it makes all sense to wait for Honda Elevate Zx CVT in September.