Compact SUVs are all the craze within the Indian auto area. The previous few years have seen this phase has grown and the way. Based on JATO Dynamics, Hyundai bought over 1.18 lakh Cretas in FY2022, whereas Kia bought over 95,000 items of the Seltos throughout the identical interval. SUVs now make for about 50 per cent of the whole passenger car phase and compact SUVs are a significant contributor to the identical. No marvel then, we now have an inflow of competitors within the type of two new Europeans – Volkswagen Taigun and the Skoda Kushaq – and a British-Chinese language providing – the MG Astor. There’s the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and Nissan Kicks too, however each fashions are barely outdated and fewer related now. And so, Pratik, Shubham and I had been out on the search to seek out which of those prime SUVs truly qualifies to be the very best within the phase in our mega compact SUV shootout.
We now have 5 parameters by way of Eight classes together with exterior and inside design, area, efficiency, journey and dealing with, security, options, and worth for cash. Based mostly on these classes, we can be measuring every of those compact SUVs to decide on the last word winner. The Kia Seltos is our reigning champion. However the final time it gained, it solely had the Hyundai Creta to beat. So can it nonetheless defend its title?
Whereas the design language of any car is a private choice, some types are extra typical than others. Each the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta are nicely accepted out there. Nevertheless it’s a love-it-or-hate-it affair with the Creta. The design language is polarising however that is hardly dented the phase chief’s gross sales. Compared, the Seltos will get a pointy and well-balanced design. It is positively aged nicely and appears extra modern than a few of the newer choices.
Some would possibly say the MG Astor is just not the best-looking automotive right here. However the unconventional design works in its favour with the straightforward character traces and crossover stance. What additionally works in its favour is the truth that it is the widest, longest and tallest automotive right here. Sure! Appears to be like could be misleading. However with regards to protecting it easy and efficient, the Europeans handle to do it higher. The Volkswagen Taigun and the Skoda Kushaq share the identical underpinnings however could not be extra totally different in look. Easy traces, boxy stance and simply the correct quantity of chrome. You will not go flawed with both of them.
When it comes to proportions, the Creta seems as the most important SUV however the Seltos and Astor stand out with a stronger street presence. The Taigun and Kushaq come throughout as a tad bit small as compared and a complete 100 mm shorter than the Astor. Very nicely then, we’ve got to agree that the Astor and the Seltos are the best-looking vehicles right here and rating the highest factors for the suitable styling and proportions.
Exterior Design Shubham Sameer Pratik Complete /15
Creta 3.5/5 2.5/5 3/5 9
Seltos 4/5 4/5 3.5/5 11.5
Taigun 3/5 4/5 3.5/5 10.5
Kushaq 3.5/5 3/5 3/5 9.5
Astor 3.5/5 4/5 4/5 11.5
All 5 SUVs really feel premium and there’s a beneficiant quantity of soppy contact materials throughout the cabin. The Creta and Seltos really feel a notch up with the way in which the cabin has been executed. Each SUVs have their very own set of distinctive options. The dashboard presents a neat and clutter-free design on the Creta, whereas the plastics, textures and structure really feel premium on the Seltos. Nevertheless, Creta does have the higher hand with regards to offering an total premium expertise.
The Taigun and Kushaq hold issues stylish with straight traces and huge screens. However the soft-touch supplies are lacking and that is actually fairly shocking. The Kushaq comes throughout as extra govt whereas the Taigun’s inside is extra vibrant, particularly with that purple ambient lighting. The construct is hard and durable on each vehicles however they do miss out on the plush really feel that the rivals have to supply. We might’ve preferred to go extra “wow” and fewer “eh” on the Taigun and Kushaq.
However with regards to plush, the MG Astor manages to do it the very best. It will get the nicest cabin with loads of smooth touchpoints on the dashboard, across the centre console and even door pads. All the weather are available fairly fantastically, particularly within the Sangria Pink color provided with the turbo trim. The huge panoramic sunroof and the minimal use of chrome within the cabin hold issues easy but elegant.
So far as ergonomics go the Seltos get well-bolstered entrance seats however they do really feel a tad too agency, whereas the Creta’s seats supply higher cushioning. The MG Astor is kind of comfy too however it’s the Taigun and Kushaq that get essentially the most supportive seats. There’s ample again, shoulder and lateral assist however these aren’t the widest seats within the phase, which can be bothersome for drivers with extra girth.
The Taigun and Kushaq are additionally the one SUVs right here to get a rake and reach-adjustable steering wheel, which is lacking from the competitors.
Inside Design Shubham Sameer Pratik Complete /15
Creta 4/5 4/5 3.5/5 11.5
Seltos 3.5/5 3.5/5 3.5/5 10.5
Taigun 3/5 3/5 3/5 9
Kushaq 3/5 3/5 3/5 9
Astor 3.5/5 4/5 4/5 11.5
Mannequin MG Astor Hyundai Creta Kia Seltos VW Taigun Skoda Kushaq
Size 4,323 mm 4,300 mm 4,315 mm 4,221 mm 4,225 mm
Width 1,809 mm 1,790 mm 1,800 mm 1,760 mm 1,760 mm
Top 1,650 mm 1,612 mm 1,645 mm 1,612 mm 1,612 mm
Wheelbase 2,585 mm 2,610 mm 2,610 mm 2,651 mm 2651 mm
Weight 1,380 kg 1,323 kg 1,321 kg 1,310 kg 1,305 kg
Floor Clearance 185 mm 190 mm 190 mm 188 mm 188 mm
However which SUV can truly seat three in consolation? Time to place our versatile sizes to good use. First up is the Taigun, which may seat two in consolation however three turns into a squeeze. It is a comparable case with the Kushaq too. Each vehicles supply the least width within the phase and it reveals. Nevertheless, there’s loads of headroom and legroom on supply. Issues are pretty extra comfy on the Kia Seltos for 3 folks however the shoulders brush in opposition to one another. However issues actually get spacious on the Astor. The panoramic sunroof additional provides to the ethereal really feel and it does get a brownie level for that. But when backseat consolation is what you crave on this area, the Creta is essentially the most spectacular right here. It’s the widest automotive in its class and that does translate to the higher cabin area on the rear too.
And whereas we’re speaking about area, the Astor impresses right here with a 470-litre boot, in opposition to the 433-litre boot on the Creta and Seltos. The Taigun and Kushaq underscore right here with the comparatively smaller 385-litre boot capability. The MG Astor has one other win up its sleeve then and the Europeans have some catching as much as do.
Hyundai Creta Kia Seltos VW Taigun Skoda Kushaq MG Astor
433 litres 433 litres 385 litres 385 litres 470 litres
House Shubham Sameer Pratik Complete /15
Creta 4.5 4 4 12.5
Seltos 4 4 4 12
Taigun 3 3 3.5 9.5
Kushaq 3 3 3 9
Astor 4 3.5 4 11.5
Engine and Efficiency
To this point, the Astor is main in design, area and luxury. However, issues get attention-grabbing from right here on, as we transfer to the following chapter in our comparability that might make the Koreans and Germans shine. Whereas the Astor will get the smallest engine right here, it makes the identical energy because the Creta and Seltos with their 1.4-litre turbo items. Nevertheless, the Kushaq-Taigun duo look stronger with their 1.5-litre TSI engines making 10 horses greater than the opposite three.
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Energy figures apart, all of the 5 compact SUVs are extraordinarily totally different with regards to the drive. The Astor is the one SUV on this shootout with a three-cylinder set-up. The linear energy supply retains issues easy and something between 1,500 and a pair of,000 rpm, presents an ample quantity of sprint. The throttle response is respectable as a mild faucet to the pedal is sufficient to get issues shifting. The 6-speed torque converter, once more the one one within the phase, presents seamless shifts that go unnoticeable. At decrease speeds, the transmission behaves subdued. Nevertheless, the Aisin-sourced gearbox reveals lag when pushed laborious you and overtaking must be deliberate. We frequently switched to the guide mode for higher management and the absence of paddle shifters is felt right here essentially the most.
The Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos basically are sister items with a distinct pores and skin. However the Creta will get solely a 7-speed DCT whereas the Seltos will get each 6-speed guide and 7-speed DCT gearbox choices. There’s additionally the choice of the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor on each SUVs with a 6-speed guide and CVT transmissions. Each the Koreans are fairly evenly matched in outright efficiency. The turbo engines have a robust enhance which is reassuring and joyous.
But when efficiency is what you crave then the Volkswagen Taigun and the Skoda Kushaq are your prime picks. Each vehicles are absolute hoots to drive on this 1.5-litre turbo petrol package deal. It takes some effort to construct energy at low speeds however the SUVs are nonetheless the quickest off the road. The 1.5 TSI shines between 2,500 rpm all the way in which to six,000 rpm and the pull is simply phenomenal. The DSG is definitely the slickest computerized gearbox on this comparability and presents seamless shifts, which places it considerably forward of the Astor, whereas the Creta and the Seltos do come moderately shut with their very own DCTs.
However you additionally get the 1.0-litre turbo petrol that regardless of its small output has simply sufficient grunt to maintain you content. It is also extra comparable with the naturally aspirated engines on the Creta, Seltos and the Astor. The mid-range is most responsive right here too and far enjoyable could be had in case you go for the 6-speed guide, whereas the 6-speed torque converter is surprisingly responsive and dare I say, fairly dependable. What additionally works for the Taigun and Kushaq is the small footprint. The vehicles are actually compact and that is precisely why they’re essentially the most entertaining to drive.
Within the metropolis, you’ll just like the 1.4-litre motor on the Creta and Seltos for its low-end energy supply, whereas the Astor presents a mixture of energy and comfortability. However the Europeans – boy oh boy – they’re essentially the most entertaining off the lot.
Efficiency Shubham Sameer Pratik Complete /15
Creta 4 3.5 4 11.5
Seltos 4 4 4 12
Taigun 4.5 4.5 4.5 13.5
Kushaq 4 4.5 4.5 13
Astor 3 3 3.5 9.5
Journey & Dealing with
All 5 vehicles are tuned otherwise for dealing with and it actually is dependent upon what you’re on the lookout for when deciding on a compact SUV. The Kia Seltos is the sportier Korean right here. The suspension setup is on the stiffer facet and the steering too may be very direct. It is able to tackle the twisty roads and you will be pleased with the suggestions. However that does take a toll on journey high quality as these thuds and bumps are felt extra strongly by the passengers within the cabin. That is the place the Hyundai Creta ticks the suitable containers. It has a “smooth” edge and strikes a really well-measured steadiness between journey and dealing with. The suspension setup is only a bit softer however the physique roll is nicely contained. Although the Creta is much less aggressive with its dynamics, it feels extra settled and cozy on our roads and has a plusher journey high quality. The steering suggestions is kind of the identical as Seltos however you do really feel extra laid again within the Hyundai.
The MG Astor has been tuned in the direction of consolation and the journey high quality is plush, particularly at low speeds. It actually glides by way of unhealthy roads with ease however provided that you drive at double-digit speeds. The triple-digit expertise is just not confidence-inspiring, making it unnerving round corners. A heavy foot will even upshot Astor’s gasoline consumption, which is not conducive to the present state of affairs. Nevertheless, the chunkier 215-section Continental tyres shocked us providing important grip and labored nicely with the all-disc brakes slicing off pace meticulously and offering good chunk.
The Taigun and Kushaq are undoubtedly the very best driver’s vehicles on this area but it surely’s the Taigun that shines right here a bit extra. The chassis simply helps that engine urging you to push and push, particularly round a bend. The steering presents loads of suggestions, making the drive a rewarding expertise. And we do just like the journey high quality on each these vehicles, even when it is on a barely firmer facet but it surely gobbles unhealthy roads with ease. The Taigun and Kushaq additionally supply higher braking potential regardless of the shortage of rear disc brakes, whereas the Creta, Seltos and the Astor supply all 4 disc brakes however do not supply the identical confidence because the Europeans.
Journey & Dealing with Shubham Sameer Pratik Complete /15
Creta 4 3.5 3.5 11
Seltos 4 3.5 4 11.5
Taigun 4.5 4.5 4.5 13.5
Kushaq 4 4.5 4.5 13
Astor 3 2.5 3 8.5
On the security entrance, all compact SUVs get the necessities together with six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, hill begin help and baby seat mounts. The Seltos advantages from entrance parking sensors, whereas the Astor comes with a 360-degree parking digital camera as a part of its lengthy checklist of security aids. Talking of which, the Astor presents Stage 2 Autonomous driving or ADAS that brings options like adaptive cruise management, ahead collision warning, lane hold help, and computerized emergency braking, all segment-first options. Our private favourites are pedestrian detect and pace signal recognition. It is also the one automotive right here to get hill descent management.
So far as the World NCAP crash take a look at outcomes go, the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta scored a disappointing Three stars for grownup occupant safety, whereas the Seltos acquired a good decrease 2-star ranking for baby occupant safety. The Creta fared higher as compared receiving Three stars. The VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and the MG Astor are but to be examined by the World NCAP.
Security Shubham Sameer Pratik Complete /15
Creta 3 3 3 9
Seltos 3 2.5 3 8.5
Taigun 3.5 4 3.5 11
Kushaq 3.5 4 3.5 11
Astor 4 3.5 4 11.5
On the function entrance, all SUVs get auto LED headlamps, cornering lights, push-button start-stop, local weather management with rear AC vents, cruise management in addition to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The Taigun will get a digital instrument console, which the Kushaq misses out on, whereas each vehicles get manually adjustable entrance seats, the ventilated entrance seats are particular to the Kushaq, which is a bummer. However each SUVs include Energetic Cylinder Know-how on the 1.5 TSI, which is segment-first. Then again, Hyundai and Kia go all out with regards to peppering their vehicles with options. You do get an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, air flow, and even a blind view monitor, whereas the Creta does one-up with an digital parking brake and a panoramic sunroof. Each vehicles additionally get the PM2.5 air filter.
The Astor is fairly loaded too and comes with that quirky AI assistant on the dashboard. It is not essentially the most responsive however is a enjoyable addition… Nevertheless, the Astor misses out on an auto-dimming mirror, auto start-stop and wi-fi charging. A minor inconvenience, proper? However that large panoramic sunroof will certainly be liked by all within the household. For the audiophiles, the Seltos’ Bose sound system is the very best within the enterprise, adopted by the Kushaq which presents a greater sound high quality. All 5 compact SUVs include linked automotive expertise and you may monitor them and analyse driving information utilizing the apps in your smartphones.
Options Shubham Sameer Pratik Complete /15
Creta 4/5 3.5/5 3.5/5 11
Seltos 3.5/5 3.5/5 3.5/5 10.5
Taigun 3/5 3/5 3.5/5 9.5
Kushaq 3.5/5 3.5/5 3.5/5 10.5
Astor 3.5/5 3.5/5 4/5 11
Variants & Pricing
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The MG Astor enters at a decrease entry value level in opposition to its rivals, however Hyundai and Kia absolutely give the cash’s price with a slew of variants to select from. Kia can also be the one automaker that has rejigged the variant line-up constantly making an attempt so as to add extra worth to the Seltos vary and including extra options to the decrease variants. If ready occasions are one thing you’re eager to know, the Hyundai Creta positively has the upper demand with a time of about 4-5 months as per sellers, whereas the Seltos has a ready time of 2-Three months. The Astor within the non-ADAS guise could be delivered in about 15-20 days, whereas the ADAS model has a ready interval of 3-Four months… The Taigun and Kushaq even have a ready interval of a couple of month every.
VFM Shubham Sameer Pratik Complete /15
Creta 4 3.5 3.5 11
Seltos 4.5 3.5 3.5 11.5
Taigun 3.5 4 3.5 11
Kushaq 3.5 3.5 3.5 10.5
Astor 3.5 4 3.5 11
The compact SUV phase is sufficiently big for every of those SUVs to co-exist. The Creta and Seltos are well-packaged choices however rating low on security… The Taigun and Kushaq are sensible drivers’ vehicles however might with a bit of more room. The Astor is nicely packaged and good for consolation and nice on tech-wizardry. You will not go flawed with both of them. So it actually is dependent upon what you’re on the lookout for as a buyer. Efficiency, consolation or tech wizardry. So, which is the last word winner? Let’s take a leaderboard to seek out out.
Leaderboard Exterior Design Inside Design House Efficiency Journey & Dealing with Security Options VFM Complete
Creta 9 11.5 12.5 11.5 11 9 11 11 86.5
Seltos 11.5 10.5 12 12 11.5 9 10.5 11.5 88
Taigun 10.5 9 9.5 13.5 13.5 11 9.5 11 87.5
Kushaq 9.5 9 9 13 13 11 10.5 10.5 85.5
Astor 11.5 11.5 11.5 9.5 8.5 11.5 11 11 86
And the compact SUV that wins this comparability is the Kia Seltos. With seems which are sharp as ever, a cabin that is loaded on each entrance, and a drive that retains the fanatic and the household man pleased, the Seltos aces on a number of fronts and turns into the winner of our comparability, defending its title.