Kia Seltos Facelift Fuel Efficiency Revealed!

Kia Seltos Facelift Fuel Efficiency Revealed!
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Kia has introduced the highly anticipated Seltos facelift in the Indian market, showcasing refreshed styling, a plethora of new features, and a brand-new 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine.

Notably, all variants of the Seltos now come standard with an idle engine start/stop system, which significantly contributes to improved fuel efficiency.Let’s delve into the fuel economy figures for each of the available powertrains in the Seltos lineup:

  1. Seltos Petrol-MT: The least fuel-efficient option, the 115hp, 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, delivers a respectable fuel economy of 17.0 kilometers per liter (kpl).
  2. Seltos Diesel iMT: Surpassing its counterparts, the 116hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine, mated to a 6-speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT), boasts the best fuel efficiency in the Seltos range at an impressive 20.7 kpl.

The Seltos range also features a 160hp, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine, available with either a 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). Both versions offer commendable fuel economy, with the iMT variant achieving 17.7 kpl and the DCT variant slightly better at 17.9 kpl.

Here’s a table summarising the claimed fuel economy of the updated Seltos.

Powertrain Fuel economy
1.5 petrol MT17.0kpl
1.5 petrol CVT17.7kpl
1.5 turbo-petrol IMT17.7kpl
1.5 turbo-petrol DCT17.9kpl
1.5 diesel IMT20.7kpl
1.5 diesel AT19.1kpl
fuel economy

These figures demonstrate the advancement in fuel efficiency compared to the now-discontinued 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine.Prices for the Kia Seltos facelift span from Rs 10.90 lakh to Rs 20.00 lakh, providing a wide range of options for prospective buyers.Now, let’s see how the Seltos fuel efficiency compares with its rivals:

  1. Honda Elevate: A recent addition to the midsize SUV segment, the Honda Elevate achieves a claimed fuel economy of 15.31 kpl for the petrol-MT and 16.92 kpl for the petrol-CVT, slightly trailing the Seltos petrol variants.
  2. Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq: Competing with turbo-petrol engines, the Taigun delivers a claimed fuel economy of 18.47 kpl (MT) and 17.88 kpl (automatic). The Kushaq, on the other hand, boasts 17.95 kpl (MT) and 17.70 kpl (automatic). Both models show good fuel efficiency, with the Seltos staying in a competitive range.
  3. Hyundai Creta: Sharing the same diesel engine as the Seltos, the Creta offers a claimed fuel economy of 21.4 kpl (MT) and 18.5 kpl (automatic), making it a close contender in fuel efficiency within this segment.
  4. Suzuki Grand Vitara and Toyota Hyryder: Leading the segment in fuel efficiency, the Grand Vitara and Toyota Hyryder, equipped with petrol-hybrid powertrains, boast an impressive claimed fuel economy of 27.97 kpl.

In summary, the Kia Seltos facelift has made significant strides in fuel efficiency, with the diesel iMT variant standing out as the most fuel-efficient option. It competes favorably with its rivals, providing buyers with a wide range of options, both in terms of features and price points.

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