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2023 Kia Seltos Facelift vs Rivals: Price, Specs, and Features

The facelifted Kia Seltos has finally been launched in India, with significant design changes as well as new features and a mighty turbocharged petrol engine, making a strong case for the SUV against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushaq, Toyota Hyryder, Grand Vitara, Mg Astorr, Volkswagen Taigun and the upcoming Honda Elevate.

Here is a comprehensive comparison to help you make an informed decision.


Kia SeltosHonda ElevateMaruti Grand Vitara / Toyota HyryderHyundai CretaSkoda Kushaq / VW TaigunMG Astor
Length (In mm)4365 43124365 (Grand Vitara measures 4345mm)4,30042254323
Width (In mm)180017901795179017601809
Height (In mm)164516501645 (Hyryder measures 1635mm)163516121650
Wheelbase (In mm)261026502600261026512585
Ground Clearance (In mm)220210190188180
Boot Space (In litres)433458355433385448
Wheels (In inch)18 (X Line) / 17 (others)1717171717
2023 Kia Seltos Vs Hyundai Creta Vs Grand Vitara Vs Others: Dimensions Comparison
  • Longest: 2023 Kia Seltos facelift
  • Widest: MG Astor (+9mm from Seltos)
  • Tallest: Honda Elevate and MG Astor (+5mm from Seltos)
  • Longest Wheelbase: Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun and Honda Elevate (up to +40mm from Seltos)
  • Biggest Boot: Honda Elevate (25L more from Seltos)
Kia Seltos vs Hyundai Creta vs Maruti Grand Vitara vs Skoda Kushaq vs Volkswagen Taigun vs Toyota Hyryder vs MG Astor comparison

Engine Specifications


Kia SeltosHonda ElevateMaruti Grand Vitara / Toyota HyryderHyundai CretaSkoda Kushaq / VW TaigunMG Astor
Engine1.5-litre N.A.

1.5-litre turbo
1.5-litre N.A.1.5L NA mild-hybrid 

1.5L strong-hybrid
1.5L NA 1L turbo

1.5L turbo 
1.5L N.A. 

1.3L turbo
Max PowerNA: 115PS

Turbo: 160PS
121PSMild hybrid: 103PS

Strong hybrid: 116PS (Combined)
1-litre: 115PS

1.5-litre: 150PS
NA: 110PS

Turbo: 140PS
Max TorqueNA: 144Nm

Turbo: 253Nm
145NmMild hybrid: 135Nm

Strong hybrid: 141Nm
1-litre: 178Nm

1.5-litre: 250Nm
NA: 144Nm

Turbo: 220Nm
GearboxNA: 6-speed manual / CVT

Turbo: 6-speed iMT / 7-speed DCT
6-speed MT/7-speed CVTMild hybrid: 5-speed MT or 6-speed AT

Strong hybrid: e-CVT
6-speed MT or CVT1-litre: 6-speed MT / AT

1.5-litre: 6-speed MT / 7-speed DSG
NA: 5-speed MT / CVT

Turbo: 6-speed AT
DrivetrainFWDFWDMild hybrid: FWD / AWD optional with manual
Strong hybrid: FWD
Claimed Mileage1.5L NA: 17 kmpl (MT), 17.70 kmpl (CVT)

1.5L Turbo:
17.7 kmpl (iMT), 17.90 kmpl (DCT)
15.31 kmpl (MT), 16.92 kmpl (CVT)Mild hybrid: 21.11kmpl (MT), 20.58kmpl (AT), 19.38kmpl (AWD)

CNG: 26.6 km/kg

Strong hybrid: 27.97kmpl
16.8kmpl (MT), 16.9kmpl (CVT)1-litre: up to 19.76 kmpl (MT), 18.09 kmpl (AT)

1.5-litre: up to 18.60 kmpl (MT), 18.86 (DSG)
NA: – 15.43 kmpl (MT), 14.85 kmpl (CVT)

Turbo: – 14.34 kmpl
2023 Kia Seltos Vs Hyundai Creta Vs Grand Vitara Vs Others: Engine Specs Comparison

*N.A.: Naturally aspirated engine (which doesn’t require any forced induction system for air intake like a turbocharger)

  • Most Powerful: Kia Seltos Turbo
  • Most Torquiest: Kia Seltos Turbo, followed by Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun 1.5 TSI
  • Most Fuel Efficient: Maruti Grand Vitara and Toyota Hyryder
Maruti Grand Vitara AWD
  • Among the mentioned vehicles, Honda Elevate and Hyundai Creta are equipped with a single petrol engine, while the others offer two engine options.
  • The Germans only come with turbocharged petrol engine options.
  • Only Maruti Grand Vitara and Toyota Hyryder are available as strong hybrid options. They also come with the segment’s first all-wheel-drive (AWD) system and a factory-fitted CNG powertrain option.
  • MG Astor and the Grand Vitara-Hyryder duo are equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox for their petrol engine, while other SUVs feature a 6-speed manual gearbox.
  • Hyundai Creta is expected to get Seltos’ 1.5L turbocharged petrol engine in the near future.


  • As of now, only the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta come with a diesel engine option. 
  • Both SUVs get an identical 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder CRDi unit. Here’s a look at its specifications
Engine1.5-litre CRDi diesel
No of Cylinders4
Max Power116PS
Peak Torque250Nm
Gearbox options6-speed Manual/AT
Claimed MileageSeltos: 20.70 kmpl (iMT), 19.21 kmpl (AT)
Creta: 21.4 kmpl (Manual), 18.5 kmpl (AT)

Also Read: Honda Elevate Variant-Wise Features Revealed

Features Comparison

Kia Seltos Interior
Kia SeltosHonda ElevateMaruti Grand Vitara / Toyota HyryderHyundai CretaSkoda Kushaq / VW TaigunMG Astor
LED Headlamps with DRLs
Auto Headlamps
Rain Sensing Wipers
Cruise Control✅ (Adaptive in X-Line)✅(Adaptive)✅(Adaptive)
Auto ACDual-Zone
Rear AC Vents
Wireless Charger
Powered Driver’s Seat❌ (manual adjustment)❌ (manual adjustment)❌ (manual adjustment)
Ventilated Front Seats
360-degree CameraOnly lane watch camera ❌ ❌ (rear camera only)
Heads-up display
Digital Driver’s DisplaySemi-digitalSemi-digital
Touchscreen Infotainment10.25-inch10.25-inch9-inch10.25-inch10-inch10.1-inch
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto✅(Wireless)✅(Wireless)✅(Wireless)
Connected Car Tech
Premium Sound SystemBOSEARKAMYS tunedBOSE
Keyless Entry with Puch Button Start
SunroofPanoramicSingle-PanePanoramicPanoramic Single-PanePanoramic
Ambient lighting
Reclining rear seats
No of airbags6 (standard)66666
Parking SensorsFront + RearRearRearRearRearRear
Traction Control
Hill Assist
ADAS✅ Level-2
2023 Kia Seltos Vs Hyundai Creta Vs Grand Vitara Vs Others: Features Comparison

Also Read: 2023 Kia Seltos Facelift Variants and Features Explained

In terms of features, all the SUVs are impressively equipped. Nevertheless, the facelifted Kia Seltos gains an advantage over its competitors with its dual-zone climate control, branded sound system, standard 6 airbags, heads-up display, front & rear parking sensors, and Level-2 ADAS system.

New Kia Seltos Facelift Walkaround | Gagan Choudhary


ModelPrice Range 
2023 Kia Seltos FaceliftN.A. Petrol: Rs 10.89 – 16.59 lakh
Diesel: Rs 11.99 – 19.99 lakh
Turbo Petrol: Rs 14.99 – 19.99 lakh
Maruti Grand VitaraNon-Hybrid: Rs 10.70 – 16.91 lakh
CNG: Rs 13.05 – 14.86 lakh
Hybrid: Rs 18.15 – 19.79 lakh
Toyota HyryderNon-Hybrid: Rs 10.73 – 17.21 lakh
CNG: Rs 13.43 – 15.31 lakh
Hybrid: Rs 16.21 – 19.74 lakh
Hyundai CretaPetrol: Rs 10.87 – 18.34 lakh
Diesel: Rs 11.96 – 19.20 lakh
Volkswagen Taigun1.0 TSI: Rs 11.62 – 17.35 lakh
1.5 TSI: Rs 16.26 – 19.06 lakh
Skoda Kushaq1.0 TSI: Rs 11.59 – 18.09 lakh
1.5 TSI: Rs 14.99 – 19.69 lakh
MG Astor1.5 NA:  Rs 10.82 – 17.10 lakh
1.3 Turbo: Rs 17.11 – 18.69 lakh
Honda ElevateYet-to-be-launched (Bookings are underway)
2023 Kia Seltos Price Comparison
  • The 2023 Kia Seltos is competitively priced, aligning with most of its competitors, save for the Maruti Grand Vitara and Toyota Hyryder, which have significantly lower starting prices, undercutting the new Seltos by a decent margin.
  • The turbocharged petrol and diesel variants of the Kia Seltos make it the most expensive SUV in its class, touching almost Rs 20 mark. Nonetheless, it is worth noting that Seltos’s top-of-the-line X-Line variant is packed with tons of additional features over its rivals, including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which is otherwise only available with the MG Astor’s Savvy variants, that are more budget-friendly than the Seltos.