Kia Seltos petrol-automatic review: Is it the pick of the range?

28th Feb 2020 two:50 pm We have at last acquired our hands on the somewhat…

28th Feb 2020 two:50 pm

We have at last acquired our hands on the somewhat very affordable one.five-litre petrol engine-run Seltos, and the information is good.

sixty,000 – that’s the number of Kia Seltos models marketed in the initial six months of its launch in India. For a debutant vehicle brand in the Indian current market, that’s a substantial number and fairly an accomplishment. The Seltos’ achievements in original levels can be credited to its clever design, lengthy list of tools, and the option of multiple powertrains at distinctive rate details.

As you may perhaps know, the Seltos’ engine line-up consists of a 115hp, one.five-litre obviously-aspirated petrol engine a 115hp, one.five-litre diesel and a 140hp, one.4-litre turbo-petrol. And while a 6-velocity manual gearbox is presented as normal, just about every engine will get a distinctive type of automated transmission option. The one.five petrol will get a CVT, the one.five diesel is offered with a 6-velocity torque converter car, and the one.4 turbo-petrol is presented with a 7-velocity dual-clutch gearbox.

We have before sampled the turbo-petrol and the diesel engine, and this time around we have the one.five petrol paired with a CVT automated with us. So, does this make a smart get over the one.4 turbo-petrol if you are on a price range? Let’s find out.

What’s it like to drive?

The ‘base’ Seltos works by using a one.five-litre, four-cylinder, obviously-aspirated petrol engine, which puts out a affordable 115hp and 144Nm of torque. And while Kia has the desires of general performance-oriented consumers included with the one.4-litre turbo-petrol variation, this one.five device is all about an easygoing nature and a calm driving expertise. Ideal from the minute you start the engine, it is refined and runs quietly at lower to mid revs. It is only in the higher reaches of the powerband that it feels strained and the engine sounds is intrusive. Off the line, power shipping and delivery is easy and the engine is responsive to slightest of throttle inputs. It does not have the mid-range punch of its turbocharged, but it does not sense gutless possibly like several obviously aspirated engines. Outside of 4,000rpm the engine commences managing out of breath, and despite the fact that it revs all the way till 6,500rpm, there’s extremely little general performance to be extracted in the leading end.

We sampled the one.five petrol engine in its automated avatar, and we can tell you that the CVT (consistently variable transmission) does its job very well. Certainly, it does have the common rubber-band influence you expertise in most CVTs, in which you accelerate challenging and the engine rpm rises, but the similar is not translated into velocity. Having said that, the good information is that this undesirable influence has been saved to a least, which signifies there’s ample power while overtaking on the highways. What the CVT does truly very well is it responds instantaneously at lower speeds, especially on portion-throttle, building it simple to shut a hole in visitors or make a quick overtake. There’s a manual manner to flick by means of predefined ratios but it does not permit intense downshifts, say to maximise engine braking.

Through outright acceleration, nevertheless, the manual manner retains on to just about every ratio a little bit extended than in ‘D’ manner, prior to leaping to the future ratio. Consequently, in the manual manner, the Seltos petrol CVT did the -a hundred operate in a respectable twelve.06sec. For reference, this is two.3sec slower than the 140hp, one.4-litre turbo-petrol engine with the 7-velocity DCT automated, but .85sec quicker than the 115hp, one.five-litre diesel engine with the 6-velocity torque converter automated. Apart from outright acceleration, the Seltos feels at residence while cruising on the highways with the engine speeds just below two,000rpm at 100kph. All in all, this combination performs truly very well if you have a calm driving model.

The suspension setup is on the firmer aspect, and sharp potholes and bumps register themselves in the cabin, more so due to the fact of the 17-inch wheels, but it does not sense extremely awkward. As you achieve velocity, vertical motion is saved in verify and it is stable while cruising on the highways. Even on twisty roadways, thanks to the organization suspension and a tight chassis, the Seltos feels well balanced. Human body roll is very well contained while driving around corners and quick path alterations really don’t sense extremely unnerving. And despite the fact that the steering weighs up as you achieve velocity, there’s extremely little sense and relationship. Brakes supply good halting power and have a progressive sense to them.

How very well geared up is it?

Readily available only in the Tech line, this one.five-litre petrol engine can be had in four variants – HTE (foundation), HTK, HTK+ and HTX. The CVT, nevertheless, is presented only on the HTX variant and you are unable to decide for this engine transmission in the leading-end HTX+ variant, which will get electric sunroof, ventilated seats, entrance parking sensors, wi-fi charger, run driver seat, BOSE 8-speaker audio program and a greater 7-inch MID for the driver. What you do get on this distinct HTX variant is 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, LED DRLs, 10.25-inch touchscreen with UVO related vehicle tech, inbuilt navigation, push start button, sixty:forty split rear seats, air purifier and tyre strain checking program.

Should I get one particular?

As pointed out before, this powertrain is offered in the HTX variant, which is priced at Rs fourteen.09 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Just to give you a standpoint, the comparable manual variant expenditures a lakh rupees significantly less. And if you desire to go for the comparable variant (GTX) of the more powerful one.4 turbo petrol with a DCT automated, that would value you an further of Rs two.two lakh (GTX+ is Rs 3.two lakh more). Having said that, you do get a more powerful engine, a quicker gearbox and couple more security features like six airbags and hill maintain assist. So the query even now remains, is the obviously aspirated petrol a good get if you really don’t desire to invest as well a great deal on the turbo petrol? The answer is sure this one.five petrol engine with the CVT automated has just the right sum of power, refinement and easy driving expertise. So, if you have a laidback driving model, this Seltos will definitely cater to your desires and even surprise you if you at any time desire to test its limitations.