The legendary South Korean carmaker Kia has finally made an entrance into the Indian automobile market with its compact SUV Seltos. The five-seater comes with a starting price of ₹9.69 lakhs with a 1.4 Turbo GDI engine.

Seltos has managed to create a lot of buzz  and is being considered a direct challenger to Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier and recently launched MG Hector. Ever since Kia launched the compact SUV in India, it has managed to secure over 50,000 bookings and sold over 7,000 units making it the top-selling car among its peers.

With this remarkable entry, Kia is all set to give tough competition to other well-established brands in India.

Here are some reasons why we think Kia Seltos is a great value for money-buy.

Design
The car offers a rather contemporary design than its competitors. The exterior comes with sleek lines yet looks butch in appearance. You can find LED headlamps and taillights, 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, and Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille among others. The interiors of Seltos also give the feeling of a premium car.

Spacious
The car is based on the same platform as the Hyundai Creta. However, its dimensions are slightly larger than the Creta which makes it more spacious from inside. It offers greater cabin space and increased boot space for comfortable long drives. Its rear seat offers great leg space and thigh support for passengers. Three people can sit comfortably in the rear seat of the car.

Upmarket Cabin
Living up to its reputation of providing well-built interiors with premium quality, Kia has made sure to use high-quality materials in putting the cabin together. To top it all, the spec trim of the car comes equipped with comfortable leather upholstery. The cabin has a dual colour scheme.

Leather accents can be seen on the gear knob, steering wheel and door pads to add a touch of sophistication. In addition, Kia offers soft-touch upholstery on the dashboard.

Loaded with Features
Seltos comes equipped with loads of features and creature comfort to ensure a luxurious drive to its passengers. The wide array of features include automatic climate control, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlamps, steering mounted audio controls and electrically adjustable ORVMs among others.

BS6 Compliant Engines
The Kia Seltos is available in both petrol and diesel engine variants. Both the engines are 1.5-litre units and BS6 compliant. Both the engine options are available in manual as well as automatic transmission modes.

The car is a plush package of class and comfort. We would need to wait and see its performance on the Indian roads.

Happy Driving!