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Kia Seltos facelift and Hyundai Creta: Which one is better?

In early July 2023, Kia India introduced the Seltos facelift with a new exterior styling, updated cabin, new engine options and ADAS technology. In this article, we pit it against its DNA cousin, the Hyundai Creta, to see which is the better option.

Exterior highlights of Seltos and Creta

The Kia Seltos looks undoubtedly elegant with its signature tiger-nose grille and extended LED DRLs. It has connected LED taillights and alloy wheels ranging in size from 16 to 18 inches.

On the other hand, the Creta gets a contrasting color on the window line along with chrome door handles and bumper-mounted LED headlights.

Seltos and Creta: Dimensions compared

Measurements (in mm)

Kia Seltos

Hyundai Creta 

Length

4,365

4,300

Width

1,800

1,790

Height 

1,645

1,635

Wheelbase 

2,610

2,610

Since these SUVs are cousins in DNA, they both have a similar 2,610mm wheelbase. In terms of other measurements, the Seltos is 65mm longer at 4365mm and 10mm wider and taller.

Interior and feature comparison of Seltos and Creta

With the 2023 update, Kia Seltos is now equipped with a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, a fully digital and color instrument cluster, a 360-degree camera, and five interior features. For the first time, the 2023 edition is also offered with ADAS features.

As for the Creta, at the moment the SUV has an analog instrument cluster and a single-zone climate control system. However, with the facelift that is expected to be launched sometime next year, the Creta is expected to come loaded with a digital instrument cluster and Level 2 ADAS features. 

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Engine and specifications of Seltos and Creta

The Kia Seltos and Creta share the same 1.5-liter petrol and 1.5-liter diesel engines. While the former produces 113 hp and 144 Nm of torque, the oil burner produces 113 hp and 250 Nm of peak torque. These engines comply with BS6 Stage 2 and can be had with both manual and automatic gearboxes.

While the 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine has been discontinued for the Creta, the new Seltos benefits from a 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine that produces 158hp and 253Nm of torque.

Prices for Seltos and Creta

Seltos bookings are ongoing and pricing is expected to be announced in September 2023. It may have a starting price of Rs. 11.50 lakh and go up to Rs. 20 lakh (ex-showroom). 

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