Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos
Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos

Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos

February 16, 2024
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In India, the small SUV market is highly competitive, with the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos emerging as top rivals. These vehicles offer striking designs, well-equipped interiors, and various engine choices, making it tough for buyers to decide between them. This comparison aims to break down their pros and cons, aiding you in evaluating factors such as cost, power, roominess, features, and gas mileage. Let’s dive in to find out which SUV suits your driving preferences best.

Key FeatureHyundai CretaKia Seltos
Price (Starting Range)₹10.99 Lakh – ₹20.34 Lakh₹10.89 Lakh – ₹20.45 Lakh
Engine Options1.5L Petrol, 1.4L Turbo Petrol, 1.5L Diesel1.5L Petrol, 1.4L Turbo Petrol, 1.5L Diesel, 1.4L Turbo GDI Petrol
Transmission Options6MT, CVT, DCT6MT, iMT, CVT, DCT
Mileage (Petrol)16.8 kmpl – 17.7 kmpl16.8 kmpl – 18 kmpl
Mileage (Diesel)21.8 kmpl21.4 kmpl
Dimensions (L x W x H)4300 mm x 1790 mm x 1635 mm4315 mm x 1800 mm x 1620 mm
Boot Space422 Litres433 Litres
FeaturesSunroof, Ventilated Seats, 10.25-inch Touchscreen, Bluelink Connected Car Tech, Bose Sound System, 6 AirbagsPanoramic Sunroof, Ventilated Seats, 10.25-inch Touchscreen, UVO Connect, Bose Sound System, 6 Airbags
Safety6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, Hill Assist Control, Brake Assist6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, Hill Assist Control, Brake Assist

Engine & Transmission

FeatureHyundai CretaKia Seltos
Petrol Engines
1.5L 4-cylinder MPi115 PS @ 6300 RPM, 144 Nm @ 4500 RPM115 PS @ 6300 RPM, 144 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Transmission6-speed manual, CVT6-speed manual, CVT, 6-speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission)
1.4L 4-cylinder Turbo GDi140 PS @ 6000 RPM, 242 Nm @ 1500-3500 RPM140 PS @ 6000 RPM, 242 Nm @ 1500-3500 RPM
Transmission7-speed DCT7-speed DCT
1.0L 3-cylinder GDi120 PS @ 6000 RPM, 172 Nm @ 1750-4000 RPMNot Available
Transmission7-speed DCT
Diesel Engine
1.5L 4-cylinder CRDi115 PS @ 4000 RPM, 250 Nm @ 1500-2750 RPM115 PS @ 4000 RPM, 250 Nm @ 1500-2750 RPM
Transmission6-speed manual, 6-speed AT6-speed manual, 6-speed AT
  • Kia Seltos offers an additional 6-speed iMT option for the 1.5L petrol engine.
  • Kia Seltos does not offer the 1.0L 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine.
  • Both cars offer the same engine options for the diesel variant.

 Fuel & Performance

FeatureHyundai CretaKia Seltos
Engine OptionsPetrol (1.5L NA, 1.4L Turbo GDI), Diesel (1.5L CRDi)Petrol (1.5L NA, 1.4L Turbo GDI), Diesel (1.5L CRDi)
Transmission Options6MT, CVT, DCT (Turbo Petrol only)6MT, CVT, DCT (Turbo Petrol only)
Power (Petrol NA)115 PS115 PS
Torque (Petrol NA)144 Nm144 Nm
Power (Petrol Turbo GDI)140 PS140 PS
Torque (Petrol Turbo GDI)242 Nm242 Nm
Power (Diesel)115 PS115 PS
Torque (Diesel)250 Nm250 Nm
Mileage (Petrol NA)16.8 – 17.7 kmpl (MT), 16.8 kmpl (CVT)16.5 – 17.4 kmpl (MT), 16.8 kmpl (CVT)
Mileage (Petrol Turbo GDI)17.2 kmpl (MT), 16.8 kmpl (DCT)16.3 – 17.0 kmpl (MT), 16.2 kmpl (DCT)
Mileage (Diesel)21.8 kmpl (MT), 20.5 kmpl (AT)21.4 kmpl (MT), 20.0 kmpl (AT)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)11.3 sec (MT), 12.3 sec (CVT)11.0 sec (MT), 12.2 sec (CVT)
  • Both SUVs offer similar performance figures across engine and transmission options.
  • The turbocharged petrol engines in both models offer significantly more power and torque.
  • The diesel engines provide better fuel economy, especially for highway driving.
  • The driving experience can vary slightly depending on the chosen variant and individual preferences.

Suspension

FeatureHyundai CretaKia Seltos
Front SuspensionMcPherson Strut with Coil SpringMcPherson Strut with Coil Spring
Rear SuspensionCoupled Torsion Beam Axle with Coil SpringCoupled Torsion Beam Axle with Coil Spring
Steering TypePower-assisted ElectricPower-assisted Electric
Steering ColumnTilt AdjustableTilt Adjustable
Front BrakesDisc BrakesDisc Brakes
Rear BrakesDisc BrakesDisc Brakes
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)StandardStandard
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)StandardStandard
Brake Assist (BA)StandardStandard
Hill Start Assist (HSA)Available on all automatic variantsAvailable on all automatic variants
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)StandardStandard
Traction Control System (TCS)StandardStandard
Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)Standard on top variantsStandard on top variants
Hill Descent Control (HDC)Available on certain variantsAvailable on certain variants
All-Wheel Drive (AWD)Available on certain variantsAvailable on certain variants
  • Both SUVs offer similar suspension and steering setups, prioritizing comfort over sporty handling.
  • All-wheel disc brakes ensure adequate stopping power..
  • Both offer a wide range of safety features including ABS, EBD, BA, ESC, TCS, and VSM.
  • Higher variants get additional features like Hill Descent Control and All-Wheel Drive.

Capacity & Dimensions

FeatureHyundai CretaKia Seltos
Exterior Dimensions
Length (mm)43004315
Width (mm)17901800
Height (mm)16351620
Wheelbase (mm)26102610
Ground Clearance (mm)190 (varies slightly by variant)175 (varies slightly by variant)
Interior Dimensions
Headroom (Front, mm)950940
Headroom (Rear, mm)840830
Legroom (Front, mm)830 (Max)850 (Max)
Legroom (Rear, mm)760780
Shoulder Room (Front, mm)13201340
Shoulder Room (Rear, mm)12151235
Boot Space (Litres)433 (with seats up)433 (with seats up)
Boot Space (Litres)1430 (with seats folded)1430 (with seats folded)
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)5053
  • There may be slight variations in dimensions depending on variant and options chosen.
  • Both the Creta and Seltos offer 5-seater and 7-seater configurations. The dimensions listed above are for the 5-seater versions.

Interior

FeatureHyundai CretaKia Seltos
Seating
Upholstery optionsLeatherette, FabricLeatherette, Fabric
Driver seat adjustment6-way manual6-way electric with ventilation (optional)
Passenger seat adjustmentManualManual
Rear seat features60:40 split, reclining60:40 split, reclining, sliding (optional)
Dashboard & Infotainment
Instrument clusterAnalog with MIDDigital with MID (optional)
Infotainment screen size8-inch/10.25-inch touchscreen8-inch/10.25-inch touchscreen
Apple CarPlay & Android AutoYesYes
NavigationYes (optional)Yes (optional)
SunroofOptionalOptional
Climate ControlManual or AutomaticManual or Automatic (dual-zone optional)
Storage & Convenience
Cup holdersFront: 2, Rear: 2Front: 2, Rear: 2
Door pocketsYesYes
Glove boxYesYes
Boot space433 liters433 liters (expandable to 490 liters)
Keyless entry & startYesYes
Other Features
Ambient lightingOptionalYes
Air purifierOptionalYes
Mood lightingYesYes
Heads-up displayOptionalOptional
Ventilated seatsOptionalOptional

Exterior

FeatureHyundai CretaKia Seltos
Front GrilleDark chrome, hexagonal with integrated LED DRLsTiger-nose grille with chrome accents, integrated LED DRLs
HeadlightsVertically stacked LED projector headlightsLED projector headlights with cornering function and auto high beam assist
Fog LightsLED fog lights with chrome garnishLED fog lights with chrome housing
Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)Integrated with headlightsExtended LED DRLs extending across the grille
Alloy Wheels16-inch steel wheels (base), 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels16-inch steel wheels (base), 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels (top Variants)
Tail LightsLED tail lights with horizontal designLED tail lights connected by a light bar, with sequential turn indicators
Roof RailsIntegrated roof railsRoof rails with chrome finish
SunroofPanoramic sunroof available on top VariantsPanoramic sunroof available on top Variants
SpoilerRoof-mounted spoiler available on top VariantsRoof-mounted spoiler available on top Variants
Shark Fin AntennaYesYes
Body CladdingBlack plastic cladding on wheel arches and lower bodyBlack plastic cladding on wheel arches and lower body
Rear DefoggerYesYes
Rain Sensing WipersAvailable on top VariantsAvailable on top Variants
Chrome AccentsChrome accents on grille, window borders, and exhaust tipChrome accents on grille, window borders, and fog light housings

Safety Features

FeatureHyundai CretaKia Seltos
Standard Safety Features
Airbags (No.)66
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)YesYes
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)YesYes
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)YesYes
Traction Control System (TCS)YesYes
Hill Assist Control (HAC)YesYes
Rear Parking SensorsYesYes
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)YesYes
Additional Safety Features (Available on higher variants)
Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)YesYes
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)YesYes
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)YesYes
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)YesYes
Head-Up Display (HUD)NoYes
360-degree Surround View CameraNoYes
Front Parking SensorsNoYes
Automatic HeadlightsYesYes
Rain-sensing WipersYesYes
Global NCAP Rating3 Stars (Adult Occupant), 2 Stars (Child Occupant)3 Stars (Adult Occupant), 2 Stars (Child Occupant)

ADAS

FeatureHyundai Creta (2024)Kia Seltos (2024)
AvailabilityStandard on all Variants (expected)Standard on top Variants (GTX+)
ADAS LevelLevel 2 (expected)Level 2
Front Collision Warning (FCW)YesYes
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)YesYes
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)YesYes
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)YesYes
Blind Spot Collision Warning (BSW)YesYes
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)YesYes
High Beam Assist (HBA)YesYes
Driver Attention Warning (DAW)YesYes
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)Yes (expected)Yes
Lane Following Assist (LFA)Yes (expected)Yes
360-degree CameraOptionalOptional
Head-Up Display (HUD)OptionalX-Line Variant only
  • The Hyundai Creta is expected to receive a facelift in 2024 with Level 2 ADAS features becoming standard on all trims. The table reflects these expected features.
  • The Kia Seltos offers ADAS features only on the top GTX+ trim.
  • Both models offer similar core ADAS features like FCW, AEB, LDW, LKA, BSW, RCTA, and HBA.
  • The Creta may offer additional features like ACC and LFA in the expected facelift.
  • Both models offer optional features like a 360-degree camera and HUD.

Advance Internet

FeatureHyundai CretaKia Seltos
Connected Car TechnologyBluelinkUVO Connect
Over-the-Air (OTA) UpdatesYesYes
Remote Control FeaturesYes (Lock/Unlock, Climate Control, etc.)Yes (Lock/Unlock, Climate Control, etc.)
In-Car Wi-FiYes (optional)Yes (optional)
Voice Assistant IntegrationAlexaAlexa and Google Assistant
Head Unit Display Size10.25-inch touchscreen10.25-inch touchscreen
NavigationBluelink navigation with live traffic updatesUVO navigation with live traffic updates
Connected AppsBluelink app with various featuresUVO app with various features
TelematicsSOS emergency call, roadside assistance, remote diagnosticsSOS emergency call, roadside assistance, remote diagnostics
Digital KeyYes (optional)Yes (optional)
Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)Level 2 ADAS features (Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance, etc.)Level 2 ADAS features (Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance, etc.)
  • The internet access features on both Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos are quite widely known and have numerous similarities.
  • Certain features will depend on what trim level is selected.
  • Some functions may require subscription on behalf of a customer after the trial subscription is over.
  • While comparing the available options in the market, choose the car whose features best suit your needs and your budget.

Entertainment & Communication

FeatureHyundai CretaKia Seltos
Touchscreen InfotainmentYes (7-inch or 10.25-inch)Yes (8-inch or 10.25-inch)
Navigation SystemYes (with Bluelink connected car platform)Yes (with UVO platform)
Apple CarPlay & Android AutoYesYes
Voice RecognitionYesYes
Bluetooth ConnectivityYesYes
USB portsYes (multiple)Yes (multiple)
Wireless ChargingYes (top trims)Yes (top trims)
Sound System4 speaker or 6 speaker4 speaker or 6 speaker, or 8 speaker Bose system
HUDNoYes (to the top trims)
360-degree cameraRight (high trims)Right (high trims)
Ambient LightingSingle Color or Multi-ColorMulti-color
  • Besides each of the cars provide diversified entertainment and communication functions according to its trim type.
  • The Kia Seltos generally tends to be a little bit more feature rich than the Hyundai Creta.

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