Maruti Grand Vitara vs Kia Seltos | The Best Pick?

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Maruti Grand Vitara vs Kia Seltos | The Best Pick?

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
Displacement 1.5-litre 1.5-litre
Power 101hp 114hp
Torque 136.8Nm 122Nm
Transmission 5-speed MT/AT e-CVT

 

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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
Displacement 1.4-litre 1.5-litre 1.5-litre
Power 138hp 113hp 113hp
Torque 242Nm 144Nm 250Nm
Transmission DCT MT/CVT/iMT MT/AT

Design & Dimensions

The Grand Vitara Launch

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:

Car/Aspect Grand Vitara Seltos
Length 4345 4315
Width 1795 1800
Height 1645 1645
Wheelbase 2600 2610
Ground Clearance 210 190

 

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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

Kia Seltos Facelift

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:

Car/Feature Grand Vitara Seltos
Infotainment System 9-inch free floating 10.25-inch
Wireless Charging Yes Yes
Heads up Display Yes Yes
Ventilated Seats Yes Yes
Voice Commands Yes Yes
Connected Car Tech Yes Yes
Sunroof Panoramic Single Pane

 

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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.

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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?