2020 Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos: Comparability Overview – carandbike

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The lengthy awaited battle of the compact SUVs which have every dominated the roost. Two energy manufacturers which are stable, and outline the success of their respective makers. The Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos are constructed on the identical platform and get the identical engine and transmission choices. Now these are large similarities! However that is the place the similarities finish and the variations start. So let’s dive deep and discover what every of those SUVs has to supply and the way do they stack up towards one another in an exhaustive comparability evaluate.

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Additionally Learn: 2020 Hyundai Creta 1.Four Turbo Petrol Overview

Design and Appears

(The brand new Hyundai Creta seems to be fashionable and imposing, however it’s the Kia Seltos which seems to be higher, in our books )

So allow us to start with the very first thing that each potential automobile purchaser will take a look at, the design! The brand new Hyundai Creta and the Seltos are as totally different as chalk and cheese. Beginning with the Kia Seltos, the pink accents that you just see within the photographs let you know that is the GT line and it does make the automobile look pretty sporty and distinctive. The Hyundai’s new design language is a bit polarising, to say the least. You see the massive cascade grille and it reminds you of the venue. The low-positioned headlights with the daytime operating lamps on prime are once more much like the Venue. The form of the LEDs is fairly much like those on the previous Creta facelift. So in a means, Hyundai has been getting ready the possible patrons for that individual form. Fairly sensible, eh!


(Considered in profile, the Seltos will get basic SUV proportions whereas the Creta appears like an outsized hatchback)

We expect it nonetheless seems to be fashionable and there will probably be individuals who just like the Creta the best way it seems to be. The profile is the place the proportions begin to look a bit odd. The way in which the automobile has been formed, it is acquired this bulbous form of look. The overhang shouldn’t be large enough to provide the good heft that an SUV actually wants. The silver aspect on the roofline appears like a excessive finish design characteristic however what it truly does is take away the SUV-like proportions and make it look extra like an outsized hatchback. The rear is the place we run out of phrases! The tailgate proportion is unusual and makes it seem like a hatchback from afar. The break up tail lamp and the curve on the lip do not add to the seems to be both. Styling is an immensely subjective matter. In our books, the Creta scores on wanting large and searching fashionable however the Seltos is unquestionably extra enticing of the 2.

Engine Choices

Specs Hyundai Creta 1.Four Turbo Hyundai Creta 1.5 Petrol Hyundai Creta 1.5 Diesel
Engine 1,353 cc 1,497 cc 1,493 cc
Max Output 138 bhp @ 6,000 rpm 113.Four bhp @ 6,300 rpm 113.Four bhp @ 4,000 rpm
Peak Torque 242 Nm @ 1,500-3,200 rpm 144 Nm @ 4,500 rpm 250 Nm @ 1,500-2,750 rpm
Transmission 7-speed DCT 6-speed MT/IVT 6-speed MT/6-speed AT
Mileage 16.eight kmpl 16.eight kmpl/16.9 kmpl 21.Four kmpl/18.5 kmpl

By way of engine choices, the Creta and the Seltos get the identical line-up, which is a 1.5-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.4-litre turbo petrol. The truth that the gearbox choices are additionally similar isn’t a surprise both. You get a 6-speed guide and a 6-speed automated on the naturally aspirated petrol and diesel fashions. On the 1.Four turbo, the Creta will get solely a 7-speed DCT whereas the Seltos will get a 7-speed DCT and a 6-speed guide gearbox as nicely. Take a look on the tables for a whole lowdown on precise specs for all variants of the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos. However extra on the driving dynamics later!

Specs Kia Seltos 1.Four Turbo Kia Seltos 1.5 Petrol Kia Seltos 1.5 Diesel
Engine 1,353 cc 1,497 cc 1,493 cc
Max Output 138 bhp @ 6,000 rpm 113.Four bhp @ 6,300 rpm 113.Four bhp @ 4,000 rpm
Peak Torque 242 Nm @ 1,500-3,200 rpm 144 Nm @ 4,500 rpm 250 Nm @ 1,500-2,750 rpm
Transmission 7-speed DCT/6-speed MT 6-speed MT/IVT 6-speed MT/6-speed AT
Mileage 16.5 kmpl/16.1 kmpl 16.5 kmpl/16.eight kmpl 21 kmpl/18 kmpl

Options and Consolation


(The dashboard structure on the Hyundai Creta is neat, with the brand new 10.25-inch touchscreen and AC controls neatly stacked within the center)

Each the Creta and the Seltos have pushed the envelope so far as options are involved. Each SUVs have their very own set of distinctive unique options. Speaking about unique options within the Creta, all of it begins with the full-size panoramic sunroof. It affords this very likeable sense of airiness contained in the cabin. The 1.Four turbo mannequin of the Creta additionally will get paddle-shifters, a section first characteristic. The parking brake is electrical and will get an auto-hold perform as nicely.


(The Kia Seltos will get a 360 diploma digital camera with chicken’s eye view and a blind sport monitor as nicely. Even the top-spec Creta doesn’t get these options)

There are a couple of options which are unique to the Seltos too! There’s parking sensors up entrance, 360 diploma digital camera view, a blind spot digital camera view for the left and proper aspect, which is available in actually useful when you’re about to vary lanes. Then, you have got temper lighting and extra importantly, that tilt and telescopic adjustment for the steering. Even the highest spec of the Creta doesn’t have any of those.


(The Kia Seltos’ cabin feels extra premium and welcoming. The structure is neater and it will get that basic European really feel inside)

The Seltos feels higher completed. The standard of plastics, the textures and even the structure, with the 10.25-inch display propped up on the dashboard feels classically European on the Seltos. The usage of soft-touch fake leather-based, the flat-bottomed steering wheel and piano black finishes provide you with that premium really feel anticipated of an SUV costing near 20 lakh rupees, whereas the Hyundai feels a bit of missing when it comes to that premium really feel, thanks to a couple exhausting plastic bits on the dashboard.

Dimensions Hyundai Creta Kia Seltos
Size 4,300 mm 4,315 mm
Width 1,790 mm 1,800 mm
Top 1,635 mm 1,645 mm
Wheelbase 2,610 mm 2,610 mm
Bootspace 433 litres 433 litres

The Seltos is 15 mm longer than the Creta though the wheelbase is precisely the identical at 2,610 mm. The Seltos can be 10 mm wider and 10 mm taller than its sibling. Oh! And each automobiles have 433 litres of bootspace, one more similarity.


(Paddle-shifters on a Creta! Who would have thought? However these work nicely with the 7-speed DCT gearbox)

Each SUVs have loads of widespread options on the top-end too, like ventilated entrance seats, wi-fi telephone charging, an air air purifier, rear AC vents, an electrically adjustable driver seat and another bits. Each even have related automobile expertise too. The Creta will get BlueLink whereas the Seltos has UVO Join. Each work the identical means, get close to equivalent options and choices. By way of security, each automobiles get 6 airbags within the prime variant, together with anti-lock brakes and digital stability management. On base and mid-spec variants, the Creta and the Seltos get two airbags together with anti-lock brakes and rear parking sensors. Neither SUV has a three-point seatbelt for the rear center passenger although, which is a downer.


(The Hyundai Creta rating extra on the consolation issue, significantly on the rear. Due to a brand new platform, elevated dimensions and a panoramic sunroof, the cabin feels roomy and plush)

By way of consolation, the Creta shines over the Seltos. The seats are plush and the rear occupants get a great deal of knee and shoulder room. Two adults with a child on the rear will probably be a cushty match. The Seltos will get barely firmer seats and that sense of roominess is lacking. However there’s one benefit that the Seltos has, the center seat on the Seltos will get a correct headrest, whereas the Creta does not.

Driving Dynamics


(The Kia Seltos affords a extra participating drive expertise whereas the Hyundai Creta feels a bit of missing in pleasure)

The brand new Creta definitely appears like a a lot greater automobile than the final Creta, and it’s. It has that large automobile really feel as nicely. Even the seating place, the best way the steering has been designed and on the angle at which it sits, its dimension, it provides you immediately that SUV really feel and loads of patrons will certainly need. As a result of let’s face it, these automobiles aren’t actually SUVs in that sense. They aren’t large, or designed for off-roading. However having stated that, what additionally creeps in with this barely taller SUV journey is loads of physique roll, which is shocking as it’s on the similar platform because the Seltos, and to us that may be a bit disappointing. 


(The Seltos will get a steering with extra really feel and weight, it’s a higher handing SUV too)

Dealing with additionally may have additionally been higher. It isn’t simply as exact as, neither is the steering, we imply it is comfortable and cozy, which in all probability in a metropolis site visitors you’ll recognize rather a lot, however on the freeway or whenever you wish to do some dynamic driving, it is acquired an excessive amount of play and it isn’t simply as a lot enjoyable. Having stated that, the one large USP concerning the new Creta is its journey high quality! Now, the Creta and Seltos get related suspension, however a very totally different setup! The Hyundai feels smoother, extra comfy, even for these on the rear and we are going to exit on a limb and say, it has segment-best journey high quality! Sure, it’s that good.


(The Hyundai Creta affords a greater, plusher journey high quality. The Seltos’ suspension feels stiffer)

When you drive the Creta and the Seltos again to again, you’d be stunned to see how totally different the 2 automobiles are. In a means it is a good factor too, as a result of they’ve a very totally different on-road character, regardless of sharing a lot. It is the suspension and the steering which are going to right away appear fully totally different on the Seltos, it’s much more dynamic, so if you wish to drive the automobile for the enjoyable of it, if you wish to get pleasure from that drive, it’s the 1.Four turbo GDI engine it’s best to go for. And this explicit engine feels extra satisfying on the Kia. The dealing with is unquestionably higher on the Seltos too. The steering feels stiffer, has extra weight and it offers you rather more exact and satisfying motion. Perhaps in metropolis site visitors the Creta nonetheless scores however certain we expect from a dynamics perspective it is acquired to be the Seltos. Though, the suspension on the Seltos shouldn’t be an issue, it’s definitely not as plush or comfy because the one on the Creta both.

Pricing and Verdict


(The Hyundai Creta is barely costlier than the Kia Seltos, by a couple of thousand rupees)

The costs of the new-gen Creta begin at ₹ 9.99 lakh for the bottom petrol variant and go as much as ₹ 17.20 lakh for the top-spec turbo petrol and diesel automated variants. As compared, the costs of the Kia Seltos vary begins at ₹ 9.89 lakh for the bottom HTE petrol variant and goes as much as ₹ 16.39 lakh for the top-spec turbo petrol and diesel GTX+ variants.


(The Kia Seltos affords extra helpful options, a greater drive expertise and appears higher too. At the very least in our books! Which is why it wins this sibling rivalry)

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The Seltos has been an enormous hit for Kia, getting in good numbers and even pipping the earlier Creta when it comes to gross sales. However this sibling rivalry or revelry, let’s consider, was at all times going to get thrilling with the approaching of the new-gen Creta, for what its value has topped gross sales in Might and June 2020 and that’s saying one thing, even in these troubled occasions. Each fashions are nicely outfitted, provide first rate efficiency, and whereas the Kia was the recent beginner that set new benchmarks, the Hyundai is the well-set bestseller on this section. We thought the competitors could be neck to neck. However the Kia Seltos nicks this one comfortably! It will get extra helpful options, affords a extra satisfying drive and in our books, seems to be higher too.

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