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Used automobile shopping for information: Kia Seltos | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

With sizeable ready durations, getting a used Kia Seltos is one method to beat the queue. We inform you what to look out for.

GOOD FOR: Prolonged gear record, Clean engines

LOOK OUT FOR: DCT gearbox, Brake drawback

Even shut to 3 years after its launch, the Kia Seltos stays one of many hottest-selling midsize SUVs available on the market. And you may see why. It seems good, has refined engine choices and is loaded with gear. So getting your arms on a model new one entails an extended ready interval of some months, relying on spec. However there’s a approach round it. There are many used choices available in the market presently which are positively price contemplating in case you don’t wish to wait. Nevertheless, there are some things you must know before you purchase one.

The Seltos was launched in 2019 with three engine choices – two petrols and one diesel. There’s a 115hp, 1.5-litre petrol that’s out there with a 6-speed handbook gearbox and a CVT computerized, whereas Kia additionally launched an iMT choice to this engine later. The opposite petrol is a 140hp, 1.4-litre direct-injection turbo-petrol that comes with both a 6-speed handbook or a 7-speed dual-clutch computerized. The diesel engine, in the meantime, is a 115hp, 1.5-litre unit that may be had with both a 6-speed handbook or torque convertor computerized gearbox.

Seltos’ 1.5-litre diesel engine is refined in nature.

By way of official gasoline effectivity, the 1.5 petrol returns 16.5kpl and 16.8kpl for the handbook and auto variants, respectively, whereas the 1.Four turbo-petrol does 16.1kpl and 16.5kpl for its handbook and DCT variations. The 1.5 diesel is alleged to do 21kpl with the handbook and 18kpl with the auto.

Kia launched the Seltos in two distinct variant strains – the Tech Line and the GT line. These then have a number of variants underneath them which differ in gear ranges and engine-gearbox combos. The GT Line is the sportier of the 2 and it will get loads of pink accents in and out. In the meantime, the Tech Line is the extra luxurious possibility. It’s additionally price noting that Kia has periodically been updating the Seltos, with variant additions and deletions, extra options and in addition the model’s new emblem.

By way of options, top-spec Seltos comes outfitted with an enormous 10.25-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, Kia’s UVO Join suite, sunroof, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, an in-car air air purifier, a heads-up show, a 360-degree parking digicam and ambient lighting. As for security, the range-topping fashions characteristic six airbags, ABS, digital stability management, automobile stability administration, hill-start help, entrance and rear parking sensors and a blind-spot view monitor.

Styling is somewhat up to date; LED tail-lamps and 17-inch alloys look cool.

It’s advisable to go for both the 1.5 petrol or diesel, if effectivity is your precedence. The 1.5 petrol, particularly with the CVT, makes for a handy and fairly frugal automobile, whereas the 1.5 diesel can also be an excellent mile muncher. Nevertheless, in case you get pleasure from driving, the 1.Four turbo-petrol is the one to purchase. All variants are moderately outfitted and canopy the fundamentals. However, it’s higher to go for the upper variations as options just like the Bose sound system are issues that may be simply loved.

Total, the Seltos is dependable, with spare costs at par with rivals. It additionally holds its worth very nicely, and with the various worth hikes it’s had, house owners of older fashions are even quoting near what they initially paid. So that you’ll must shell out good cash, however whenever you do determine to promote it sooner or later, anticipate to get an honest chunk of your a refund.

Purchaser, beware…

DCT gearbox

Some house owners have confronted points with the dual-clutch auto gearbox. The most typical difficulty is the overheating of the gearbox in heavy visitors, which requires you to cease till it cools down earlier than carrying on. DCT-equipped Seltos’ are additionally identified to be heavy drinkers, returning about 8kpl within the metropolis.


Few house owners have additionally complained in regards to the brake pedal going exhausting abruptly. This is a matter with the brake booster. On the check drive, make sure that the pedal feels progressive and that there’s no noise coming from the brakes themselves. 


Seltos house owners have additionally confronted points with the infotainment system. Points embody the infotainment system crashing abruptly, extreme lagging and unpairing of the Bluetooth randomly. Therefore, it’s finest to check out the infotainment system earlier than you make the acquisition.

Additionally price understanding

Kia had issued a recall for diesel Seltos’ manufactured between October 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 for a gasoline pump difficulty. The substitute was freed from price at dealerships, so in case you’re taking a look at a Seltos diesel manufactured in these months make sure that this has been taken care of.

How a lot to spend

Rs 12 lakh-17 lakh

On condition that it’s nonetheless on sale and has an enormous demand within the new automobile section, costs for used Seltos’ are on the upper facet.

Nonetheless, look exhausting sufficient and you’ll discover some moderately priced examples. You may attempt to haggle down the value, however don’t anticipate a lot. 


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