Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos comparison test was long time in the making. When the Kia Seltos was launched in August 2019, it effortlessly whooshed past every other SUV in its segment in our comparison test, and even went on to become the bestselling SUV in the country. The old Creta was one of those vanquished competitors, but it held up surprisingly well for a car at the end of its life cycle. We knew the new one wasn’t far away, and that it would be based on the Seltos platform; so, if any car could give a solid fight to the upstart from Kia, the new Creta would be it.
Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos:
The ex-showroom price of Hyundai Creta is ₹ 9.99 Lakh and ex-showroom price of Kia Seltos is ₹ 9.89 Lakh. Hyundai Creta is available in 10 colours and 14 variants and Kia Seltos is available in 13 colours and 16 variants. Apart from prices, you can also find comparison of these cars based on Engine capacity, mileage, performance, and many more parameters. Comparison between these cars have been carried out to help users make correct buying decision between Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
If I were to break down that verdict, the sharper detailing is what attracts me towards the Kia Seltos. It has a sense of speed to it that I like. The dimpled pattern on the grille’s bezel is another likeable feature – an example of the attention to detail in the design. The Seltos marries the old Creta’s classic SUV poise to the exaggerated elements typical to Kia, and that balance just works.
The updated Hyundai Creta is marginally smaller than the Seltos in terms of dimensions, and they have experimented with quite a few things a more rounded-off form, radical lighting elements, the concave wheel arches instead of ones that are flared out, and the bold accents akin to some premium cars. All of it comes together quite nicely and makes the Hyundai Creta appear like a completely new car over its predecessor.
While the Hyundai designers have managed to achieve a significant differentiation between the Seltos and the Creta, the cabins of the two cars immediately make obvious the common threads. The dashboard layout, the digital instrumentation, the touchscreen infotainment are common between the two cars. The hardware and software, therefore, looks, feels and performs the same way too and is easily the best package in the segment – even trumping the MG Hector‘s vertical screen with faster responses and more reliable operation. But as we found out during our previous tests, the Hector’s audio quality remains the best-in-class even with the Bose system in the two Koreans playing crisp and clear music. On that note, the speaker housings in the Seltos have an abstract surface, while the Creta settles for conventional flat covers. Both cars have ambient lighting with two cabin colour choices on offer, the fit and finish is top-notch too and again, a segment benchmark. What differentiates the cabins of the Seltos and Creta from each other are the features on offer.
Thanks to an increase in wheelbase, the Creta is now roomier and on par with the Seltos, but the two cars are still no match for the enormous space offered by the likes of the Hector and the Tata Harrier. Therefore, the two siblings make up for the lack of size with class-leading features and creature comforts. Both come with a plethora of connected tech, with the most notable functions being the ability to remotely start or immobilise the engine, pre-cool the cabin, start the cabin air purification, geo-fence the car, and even track its whereabouts or fuel status from the convenience of your couch.
The crash-worthiness of the chassis remains the same for both cars, thanks to the platform sharing. Both cars use advanced high-strength steel in their construction, have front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard and the top-end trims will even offer six airbags and disc brakes on all four corners of the car. Strangely though, the Seltos will need you to go with a diesel automatic for that kind of safety, which is a downer. Where the Seltos offers a little bit of respite is with the 360-degree and the blind-spot cameras which double up as a safety feature. We hear that a Seltos diesel manual with the entire safety pack will be offered post the lockdown, but for now, the Creta takes home maximum points in the safety department. Complementing that further is the fact that a tyre pressure monitoring system is standard on the Creta (albeit a low-line system in the lower variants) which adds a layer of safety for the most commonly ignored piece of preventive maintenance.
Like the chassis, the powertrain is another department where the Korean siblings are almost identical. Both cars use the same 1.5-litre 4-cylinder diesel that produces 115PS of power and 250Nm torque. This BSVI engine replaces Hyundai’s 1.6L, 126PS/260Nm motor from the previous Creta. We loved that motor for its eager acceleration and on-tap performance, which made it an easy city driver and excellent highway cruiser. Despite the marginal drop in power, torque and displacement it still maintains those attributes and you would have to drive the new engine back to back with the previous Creta to notice the differences. In terms of numbers generated, the Creta 1.6 hit the tonne from a standstill in 10.9s, whereas the new Creta 1.5 does it in 11.6s, while the Seltos is marginally quicker at 11.2s, yet again proving to be the sportier of the two. A similar, marginal difference in the Seltos’ favour is also observed in the in-gear acceleration tests. Interestingly though, the Creta’s engine runs relatively more relaxed when cruising at 100kmph in 6th gear, needing around 2,000rpm, compared to the Seltos which requires 2,200rpm. Also worth noting is the fact that the Creta’s low-end shove has been subdued to make driving easier in the city than before.
The Creta 1.5 claws back some ground in the fuel economy department though, beating both, the Seltos and the outgoing Creta 1.6 with respectable numbers. Though they are still not in the same zone as the class benchmark the Renault Captur 1.5 diesel, which returned a staggering 18.5kmpl overall in our previous tests. The Creta managed an overall 16.4kmpl versus the Seltos’ 14.9kmpl.
Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos – Verdict:
In terms of value, it’s a mixed bag, with some variants of the Seltos undercutting the Creta (such as the diesel manual, which also loses out on key features), while certain variants are priced higher, with a few more features to show for it. If I was buying for myself, the Creta would be my choice for the more pleasing cabin, and better safety kit to secure that cabin with.
Though it would be hard to ignore the appeal of the Seltos’ masculine design, which in my opinion is going to be the biggest selling point between these two siblings. Unlike the two attempts at platform sharing that we have seen from Renault and Nissan in this segment, the Koreans have shown how it can be done right. The Seltos and the Creta have pushed each other to the brink of what the segment can offer in the given limitations of the price points, and in doing that these siblings will keep the lion’s share of the market within themselves.