Kia has launched its debut product in India, the Seltos, and its introductory prices range between Rs 9.69 lakh to Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). This compact SUV’s premium pricing makes it compete with 5-seater mid-size SUVs like the Tata Harrier too.
We compare similarly priced variants of both SUVs to see which one offers better value for money.
The Harrier is a bigger SUV than the Seltos in terms of length, width, height and wheelbase too. However, the Kia’s boot is surprisingly more spacious.
The Harrier is powered by the same, larger diesel engine as the Hector but in a different state of tune. It still offers a lot more power and torque than the diesel unit in the Seltos.
Both engines are mated to a 6-speed manual but the Seltos also offers a 6-speed torque convertor automatic.
The diesel-powered Seltos is more frugal than the Harrier in both manual and automatic variants.
Prices of comparable variants (Detailed prices at the end of the story)
To keep things fair, we will compare variants that are priced within Rs 50,000 of each other. Also, the Tata SUV is only available with a diesel engine, so we’ll be comparing it only with similarly priced diesel variants of the Seltos.
Kia Seltos HTX vs Tata Harrier XM
Common Features: ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, tilt and telescopic steering adjust, touchscreen infotainment system, steering-mounted audio controls, front fog lamps, six speakers, height-adjustable driver seat, follow-me-home headlamps, rear wiper and washer, power adjustable ORVMs, rear AC vents.
What Seltos HTX offers over Harrier XM: Auto LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED fog lamps, smart air purifier with perfume infuser, connected car technology with an eSIM, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility with larger touchscreen display, ambient mood lighting, tyre pressure monitor, rear parking camera with rear view monitor, auto cruise control, auto IRVM, auto folding ORVMs, alloy wheels, leatherette upholstery, smart key, rear seat recline, 60:40 split fold rear seat, rear defogger, rear disc brakes, rear seats with centre armrest.
What Harrier XM offers over Seltos HTX: Driving modes.
Verdict: At this price point, the Kia Seltos is an easy pick over the Tata Harrier for the abundance of features and comforts it offers while being priced lower too.
Kia Seltos HTX+ vs Tata Harrier XT
Common features (over previous variants): LED DRLs, alloy wheels, push-button stop-start, cruise control, power folding ORVMs, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, 8-way adjustable driver seat, auto AC, eight speakers, auto headlamps, rear parking camera, rear defogger, rear seats with centre armrest.
What Seltos HTX+ offers over Harrier XT: Power-adjustable driver seat, sunroof, ventilated front seats, smart air purifier with fragrance, front parking sensors, Bose audio system, 7-inch coloured MID, rear disc brakes, wireless phone charger, auto LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED fog lamps and taillights, smart air purifier, connected car technology, larger touchscreen display, ambient mood lighting, tyre pressure monitor, rear view monitor, auto cruise control, auto IRVM, auto folding ORVMs, leatherette upholstery, smart key, rear seat recline, 60:40 split fold rear seat, rear disc brakes, UV-cut glass.
What Harrier XT offers over Seltos HTX+: Rain-sensing wipers, multi drive modes.
Verdict: Once again, the top-spec diesel-powered Seltos has a whole lot more to offer than the similarly priced Harrier while being priced lower. The Kia wins comfortably again.
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