Maruti Suzuki has launched the Grand Vitara in the mid-sized SUV segment. The segment is led by Hyundai Creta, and Seltos is also among the top performers. This is a highly competitive segment in the automotive segment right now. Let’s see how it sits across Seltos:
Engine & Drivetrain
Comparing the powerhouses of these two SUVs. Grand Vitara is available with two choices. A 1.5-litre mild hybrid petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or AT. The second choice is the strong hybrid engine mated to an e-CVT with a claimed fuel efficiency of 27.9kmpl. It is also available with an AWD variant equipped with Suzuki’s All-Grip AWD system. We have the power figures below:
|Engine/Aspect||Mild Hybrid||Strong Hybrid|
Kia offers the seltos with multiple engine options with petrol, diesel and turbocharged options. It is only available as a FWD drivetrain, with the iMT gearbox being the unique offering by Hyundai. It has a fuel efficiency from 16-21kmpl depending on the engine & variant. We have the power figures below:
|Engine/Aspect||Turbo Petrol||Petrol NA||Diesel NA|
Design & Dimensions
Grand Vitara is based on the Global C platform like the Toyota Hyryder, while Seltos shares its platform with Creta. Maruti Suzuki has exhibited a bold SUV design with a large front grille & squared-off wheel arches with aggressive LED DRLs. We have the dimensions(mm) compared below:
Kia Seltos, on the other hand, features a more sporty appeal with the stance. It is equipped with the brand’s signature front grille, conventional headlamps & sleek DRLs, giving a modern look to the SUV. The Grand Vitara is slightly more extensive in terms of length & has better ground clearance, while the other aspects are almost the same, with a 10mm difference in the wheelbase.
Interior & Features
The interior of the car & features offered have always been one of Kia’s strengths that helped them capture a significant market in India. Maruti Suzuki has always lacked in this aspect, but things are different this time. We have the features compared below:
|Infotainment System||9-inch free floating||10.25-inch|
|Heads up Display||Yes||Yes|
|Connected Car Tech||Yes||Yes|
While both these SUVs have LED headlamps, tail lights & DRLs, Grand Vitara takes a win there with the modern tail light design. Both stand on 17-inch alloy wheels and feature a modern & upmarket interior. Maruti has gone all the way with this product to equip it with all the available features making it a fantastic package.
Price & Safety
Coming to the final comparison criteria, we have the safety features. Seltos has a 3-star Global NCAP test rating, while the other SUV has not been tested yet. Regarding safety features, both are equipped with ABS, EBD, 6-airbags, ESC, TPMS, VSM & hill assists.
Seltos has a price range from ₹10.49-18.65 lakhs ex-showroom, with the top-spec variants offered with the GT line. Maruti Suzuki offers their SUV with a price range of ₹10.45-19.49 lakhs ex-showroom. Which one would you go for?