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Kia Carens vs Kia Seltos | Value For Money Comparison

Sharing more than just the maker, both the Kia Seltos and the Kia Carens have a lot in common. But with both cars performing well in their respective segments, which one is a better value for your money? Let’s find out.

Price Game

Kia Carens Launched At 8.99 Lakhs
Kia Carens Launched At 8.99 Lakhs

Since the question revolves around being value for money, the price game needs to be addressed first. In terms of price both cars compare as follows:

KIA CARENS KIA SELTOS
Rs.9.60 – 17.70 Lakh (Ex-Showroom) Rs.10.49 – 18.65 Lakh (Ex-Showroom)

As evident from the comparison, when it comes to price, both cars are similarly placed. While the Carens do offer a better low and top-end spec price, the overall range overlaps making this one a tough decision. But on the face of it, strictly in terms of money, however, Carens do offer better affordability.

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Kia Carens vs. Kia Seltos: Dimensions

2021 Kia Seltos | Front Profile
2021 Kia Seltos | Front Profile
 

 


Kia Carens

Kia Seltos
Length 4315 mm 4540 mm
Width 1800 mm 1800 mm
Height 1645 mm 1700 mm
Wheelbase 2610 mm 2780 mm
Ground Clearance 190 mm 195 mm

In the dimension game, the Kia Seltos comes as a much better option if you are into the SUV feel. As a longer and higher alternative, the Seltos offers a bit better ground clearance and a larger wheel space on offer. The Carens however, come with the same width and only 5mm lesser ground clearance and can be value for money if the wheelbase and interior space are enough per the user’s liking. Overall, we’d give it to the Seltos here.

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Kia Carens vs. Kia Seltos Practicality and Features

Kia Carens interiors seating
Kia Carens interiors seating

In the practicality sphere, there is no doubt what the Carens is capable of. Offered in both six and seven-seater trims, the Carens offers maximum practicality for the price. While both vehicles offer similar features like touch infotainment, ventilated front seats, automatic climate control, wireless charger, push-to-start, electric ORVMs, cooled glove box, power-adjustable driver’s seat and much more, the Carens offer its top-of-the-line Prestige Plus trims starting at Rs. 16.55 Lakhs, while the Seltos offers the top-spec HTX Plus trim from Rs. 16.59 Lakhs. However, it is crucial to note that the topmost trim of the Seltos is limited only to Diesel, and for the petrol the top trim the HTX is the top trim that comes at a price starting at Rs. 14.45 Lakhs but misses out on a few additions such as ventilated seats, premium audio etc.

Kia Seltos X-Line Interior
Seltos Interior

But with that said the GT Line of the Seltos comes at a price of Rs. 16.99 Lakhs for the top-end trim that brings all that the Seltos has to offer to the table.  Thus, if you need to enjoy the best of every feature then the Seltos does provide better value with its GTX+ trim which is only 44 thousand more than what the top trim of the Carens is. But with that said in terms of overall practicality, the Carens takes the lead with its seating options.

Powertrain

2020 Kia Seltos
Seltos
 

 


1.5-L NA Petrol

1.4-L Turbo Petrol

1.5-L Diesel
Type 4 Cylinder 4 Cylinder, Turbocharged 4 Cylinder, Turbocharged
Displacement 1497 cc 1353 cc 1493 cc
Power 115 hp 140 hp 115 hp
Torque 144 Nm 242 Nm 250 Nm
Gearbox 6-speed MT
6-speed iMT (Seltos)
IVT (Seltos)
6-speed MT
7-speed DCT
6-speed MT
6-speed AT

In terms of powertrain, both the Carens and Seltos get the same powertrain and transmission options. However, the only advantage Seltos offers is the iMT unit which the Carens misses out on. So if the iMT is your take then the Seltos is for you, if not, then the Carens is better value for money.

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