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    2021 Kia Seltos: The pros and cons

    Designed primarily as a replacement to the eccentric Kia Soul, the more contemporary Kia Seltos is built on the same platform as the Kona from fellow South Korean car brand Hyundai. As one of the newer five-seater crossovers on the market, the Seltos brings a lot of modern flair to the table. Let’s take a look at the Kia Seltos’ pros and cons so you’ll know if this subcompact crossover from the South Korean car maker is the right car for you to own.Pros

    1. Contemporary overall styling

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    It would seem that Kia is targeting young professionals and families with a little bit of spending power with the Seltos. With a sleek and modern silhouette, the Seltos is characterized by an all-black front grille, complemented by a rear spoiler, rear privacy glass, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Some upgrades found in select trims include chrome exterior accents, roof rails, and LEDs in the headlights, fog lights, taillights, and daytime running lights.

    2. Two-tone options

    Aside from five solid color options, the 2021 Kia Seltos offers buyers with a couple of two-tones, available only to the SX variant. Buyers can opt for Starbright Yellow/Black and Clear White/Black combos for their paint exterior.

    3. Flexible powertrain

    The Seltos engine—a 2.0L In-Line 4-cylinders, DOHC, D-CVVT gasoline unit—pushes the vehicle to an impressive 147hp and 179Nm of torque, more than enough for a car designed primarily to be a daily driver. Meanwhile, gear changes entrusted to an infinitely variable transmission (IVT) system that comes with a Drive Mode Select feature, allowing driver to choose between five different driving modes (Smart, Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Custom).

    4. Contemporary interior design

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    Inside, the Seltos cabin radiates an ergonomic and intuitive design, beginning with a head-up display that provides vital trip information while ensuring the driver’s eyes are on the road at all times. The roomy interior is made more welcome with comfortably styled seats and tasteful appointments such as Smart Entry, Push Start convenience (SX only), automatic climate control (SX only), and a 6-speaker, 8-inch infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility.

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    5. Spacious and comfy backseat

    In many two-row SUVs, it can be difficult to fit three people in the second row even though they advertise five seating positions. Fortunately, this isn’t true of the Kia Seltos. With plenty of legroom and elbow room, children and even full-sized adults won’t have a problem riding in the back, even if all three seating spaces back there are occupied.

    6. Advanced safety features

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    There are many driver-assist technologies that can be found on the 2021 Kia Seltos, particularly the SX AT variant, which comes with Electronic Stability Control, Downhill Brake Control, Hill-Start Assist Control, and even an Engine Immobilizer In addition, there’s a rear camera display, parking distance warning, and Smart Cruise Control, with the latter allowing the Seltos to automatically adjust vehicle speed to keep occupants safe.Cons

    1. Base model could use more safety features

    With a starting price of PHP1.1 million, the LX is the only Seltos trim that doesn’t have driver-assist systems mentioned earlier. This is a major drawback, especially when considering that several other vehicles below that price point have those technologies as standard.

    2. Cabin materials are pretty basic

    Again, at the price point, you’d half-expect the Seltos to have a bevy of soft-touch surfaces onboard. Not only that, full leather isn’t available. Kia does provide a seat upholstery made out of leatherette, but with the asking price for each trim running over a mil, some people will likely demand the real thing. Also, a power-adjustable driver’s seat isn’t even available.Yay or nay?

    For its target market, the 2021 Kia Seltos delivers on all spades. But a flexible SUV it is not. So unless you’re the part of the specific target market for this spacious little driver, you may want to look elsewhere for your next vehicle.

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    Kushaq vs Seltos vs Creta vs Taigun vs Duster specification comparison: The better compact SUV?

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    You know if players who don’t command a lion’s share of the market also venture into something that is increasingly popular, it is time to understand that there are years of market research gone in to this. Customer clinics, prototypes and what not are made and shown and then the company gets the approval to go ahead and make the product. Something like this happened with Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited. The brand(s) have decided to bring in their world-renowned modern MQB platform to the Indian market. On top of it, they have also added A0-IN in the end, signifying the importance of the Indian market. The first product, the Skoda Kushaq is ready for a launch soon. We were shown the vehicle and it does look impressive. However, it has to contend with the reigning champions – Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and so on. Amongst similar-sized SUVs like the Renault Duster and its own upcoming cousin, the Volkswagen Taigun, the Kushaq has its work cut-out.

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    In this specification comparison, we will take a look at what the new Kushaq brings to the table when compared to the other cars mentioned here. Let’s take a look at the features list. In this mix, it is too early to speak about the features of the VW Taigun as the SUV is yet to be shown in production form, expect it to have a near feature-set as the Skoda. Speaking of which, the Skoda Kushaq has got ventilated front seats, a sunroof, cooled glovebox, a touchscreen infotainment system with wireless SmartLink function, and automatic climate control. The Renault Duster right now must be shying away in a corner. It doesn’t get any significant features except for the remote vehicle start function, which all the others too have. The Creta and Seltos take the features game two notches higher by even bringing in powered driver’s seat, around view monitor as well as front parking sensors.

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    In terms of seating comfort, the Skoda and Volkswagen products boast 2,651mm wheelbase. This notwithstanding, the rear seat space is okay for two grown-ups and putting in a third one will be a squeeze. We expect the Taigun to also be similar. Boot space at 385 litres is good but some sub-4m SUVs provide more. The Creta as well as Seltos too are quite comfortable but seating three at the rear will again come to push and shove. As for the Renault Duster, it is not only wide but can decently accommodate three passengers in the rear. The only bit is the rocking driver’s perch that is yet to be fixed by the company.

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    If pure features is what you seek from your cars, the Korean twins ace the game. The German and Czech should form the middle part while the Duster comes in the end. In terms of engine oomph, based on outright power, it is the Duster that trumps the other cars. It brings in 156hp of power and 254Nm of torque from its turbocharged 1.3-litre engine. A 6-speed manual or CVT can be paired with this engine. Skoda, with the Kushaq gives two turbo petrol engines. The higher capacity motor is the 1.5-litre unit that also comes with a start-stop mechanism, something we observed with the Duster as well. The 1.5-litre engine puts out 150hp of power and 250Nm. One gets a superior DSG or a 6-speed manual with this engine.

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    Both the Creta and Seltos boast a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine that makes 140hp of power and 242Nm. This engine is available with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. There is also the choice of a diesel, something that Renault or SAVWIPL doesn’t offer.  While efficiency numbers aren’t out for the Kushaq or even the Taigun (expected to have the same engines as the Skoda), we think they should deliver around 17kmpl, slightly higher than what the Duster claims.

    In terms of feel, the Duster seems the most rugged though we are yet to drive the Volkswagen and Skoda products. Our experience with the Creta and Seltos suggests that these aren’t dainty and can tackle bad road conditions without developing squeaks and rattles.

    Look-wise, the Kushaq seems a whole lot smaller than it actually is. One can easily pass it off for a sub-4m vehicle. But it is not and measures 4.2 metres. That’s roughly the same size as the other SUVs mentioned here. For example, the Renault Duster has road presence but a familiar look means no second glances. Based on the number of units the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta sell each month, their novelty too is fast waning. This leaves the Skoda and given the red, orange paint schemes it sports, could be an eye-catching vehicle on the road. The Taigun might have its own set of paint schemes but it looks very much understated.

    While the Duster is the most affordable of these cars, the Skoda Kushaq prices are also expected to begin from Rs 10.5 lakh. 92 per cent localisation when the vehicle rolls out and subsequently, up to 95 per cent is what they claim for the Kushaq. Should be interesting to see.

    Renault Duster: Rs 9.57 lakh – Rs 13.87 lakh

    Kia Seltos: 9.89 lakh – Rs 17.45 lakh

    Hyundai Creta: Rs 9.99 lakh – Rs 17.53 lakh

    Skoda Kushaq: Rs 10.5 lakh – Rs 16 lakh (expected)

    Skoda Kushaq vs Kia Seltos vs Hyundai Creta: Find out which one is the biggest

    Skoda India unveiled the new Kushaq in India earlier this week. The new SUV competes with the like of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos. During the launch, the company made some bold claims about the dimensions of the new Kushaq which included a claim that it has the longest wheelbase in its segment.

    Here we’ll compare the dimensions of all three SUVs to determine which one is the largest in overall size:

    The Seltos is 90mm longer than the Skoda Kushaq

    View Full ImageThe Seltos is 90mm longer than the Skoda Kushaq

    While Kushaq takes the crown in terms of wheelbase, the rest of the measurements of the SUV are slightly lesser compared to the other two popular SUVs. The company claimed that the longer wheelbase will enable larger cabin space for even the people sitting in the second row. In order to accommodate the longer wheelbase, Skoda has pushed the placement of the tyre to extremes.

    However, the larger cabin space and the slightly shorter length has led to a smaller boot in comparison to Creta and Seltos. In terms of ground clearance, the Skoda Kushaq is almost the same in comparison to the other two SUVs.

    The Skoda Kushaq is the first model to be launched as part of the company’s India 2.0 product campaign, which will comprise a total of four vehicles from Skoda and Volkswagen. These cars will be produced locally in India and are based on the MQB-A0-IN version of the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Toolkit. Skoda Kushaq will be 95% localised in India and this will help the company price the car aggressively.

    The new Kushaq will be available in two engine options that include a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI engine and a 1.5-litre TSI engine. Skoda has only introduced petrol engines with the Kushaq. The 1-litre engine produces 115PS of power and the 1.5-litre engine produces 150PS of power.

    The company will be offering a six-speed manual as well as a six-speed automatic transmission with the car. The SUV will also get a seven-speed DSG transmission.

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