Kia Seltos Facelift vs Hyundai Creta – Which SUV Is Best For You to Buy?

Hyundai Creta against the Kia Seltos Facelift!

Kia has finally launched the facelift of Seltos in India on July 4th and has introduced features that some it’s rivals doesn’t get. Therefore, it only makes sense to compare the Seltos Facelift against one of it’s rival, Hyundai Creta to find that if the Seltos facelift is any better than the current Hyundai Creta.

Kia Seltos Facelift vs Hyundai Creta – Design

Kia has updated the Seltos with a bigger grille with extended LED DRLs on it, cuts and creases on the bonnet for a sporty and aggressive look, four LED cubes positioned vertically acting as Fog lamps, the bumpers are of faux silver skid plate, and just above the bumpers it has rectangle panel for ADAS. Moving to the side, the body has few cuts which looks the same as pre-facelift Seltos, thin wheel cladding for the 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails on the top, chrome line on the bottom of the window lamp that extends till the D-pillar. At the rear, it has L-shaped Caren inspired LED taillamps connected by LED light bar with KIA logo at the center and small spoiler on the roof.

As you can see at the front of the Creta, it has square-shaped grille with top edges curved and is finished in chrome with four horizontal line across the grille. Split LED DRLS with tri-square shaped LED lights with fog lamps and indicators below them and the bumpers are finished in faux silver skid plate. Moving to the side, it’s simple looking with roof rails on top and 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. At the rear, the LED taillamps looks similar to the split headlamps at the front.

From the inside, the Seltos Facelift has one big display unit with two 10.25-inch displays – one for digital instrument cluster, and for infotainment system, and has new layout for the automatic climate control. It has a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, the pedals is finished in black, and now it has panoramic sunroof. Around the gear lever, it has buttons for ventilated seats, wireless charging pad, rotary dial for driving modes, two USB Charging ports at front and rear, electric parking brake with auto hold function, and sun-blinds for all the windows. Moving to the rear, the seats are split in 60:40 ratio that can be reclined as well, ambient lighting and it has 8-speaker Bose Premium sound system.

As for the Hyundai Creta, it has a 10.25-inch infotainment system placed below the AC vent and at the sides it has vertically positioned AC vents. The Creta does not have the dual-tone theme dashboard option unfortunately. It has multi-function four-spoke steering wheel with digital instrument cluster, the pedals finished in silver color, and a huge panoramic sunroof. Around the gear lever which is designed like the one in Planes or similar to the one’s in Audi, it has rotary dials for drive modes, button for electric parking brake with auto hold function, and for the ventilated seat . It has two USB-A ports at the front, and two at the rear. The rear seats has 60:40 split which can be reclined as well.

So, from the outside, and inside, the Kia Seltos facelift looks very modern, premium and spacious, while the Hyundai Creta also looks spacious from outside, and premium from the inside as well.

Kia Seltos Facelift vs Hyundai Creta – Dimensions

Kia Seltos FaceliftHyundai Creta
Ground Clearance190mm190mm
Boot Space433 litres433 litres
Fuel Tank Capacity50 litres50 litres

When it comes to dimensions, the Creta measures 4300mm in length, 1790mm in width, and 1635mm in height. The Seltos Facelift has a length of 4315mm which is 15mm longer, 1800mm in width that is 10mm wider, and height of 1645mm that is taller by 10mm. The Creta has a wheelbase of 2610mm that is 20mm shorter, ground clearance of 190mm which is the same as Seltos facelift, boot space is the same as Seltos, i.e, 433 litres, and the fuel tank of 50 litres is the same for both SUVs.

Kia Seltos Facelift vs Hyundai Creta – Powertrain

Kia Seltos FaceliftHyundai Creta
Engine1.5-litre NA petrol1.5-litre petrol
Power113.43 bhp113 bhp
Torque144 Nm144 Nm
Transmission Options6-speed MT, IVT6-speed MT, IVT
Fuel Efficiency16.8 km/l17 kmpl

In Engine Options, both the Seltos Facelift and Creta has a non-turbo petrol powertrain. The Seltos Facelift is powered by the 1.5-litre petrol engine produces 113 bhp and 144 Nm of torque paired to 6-speed Manual Gearbox and IVT Gearbox (or CVT) with fuel efficiency of 16.8 kmpl. The Hyundai Creta is powered by the 1.5-litre petrol engine produces 113 bhp and 144 Nm of torque paired to a 6-speed Manual and IVT (or CVT) Gearbox with 17 kmpl fuel efficiency.

Kia Seltos FaceliftHyundai Creta
Engine1.5-litre diesel1.5-litre Diesel
Power113.48 bhp113 bhp
Torque250 Nm250 Nm
Transmission Type6-speed iMT, 6-speed AT6-speed MT, 6-speed AT
Fuel Efficiency21 kmpl – iMT
18 kmpl – AT
23 kmpl

Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos Facelift has one more engine other than the Petrol engine and that is the diesel engine. The Seltos facelift has the 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces 113.48 bhp and 250 Nm of torque paired to a 6-speed iMT Gearbox with 21 kmpl fuel efficiency and 6-speed Automatic Gearbox with fuel efficiency of 18 kmpl. The Hyundai Creta has the 1.5-litre diesel engine puts out 113 bhp and 250 Nm of torque paired toa 6-speed Manual and 6-speed Automatic Gearbox. In return, this engine gives 23 kmpl fuel efficiency

Kia Seltos Facelift
Engine1.5-litre turbo petrol
Power157 bhp
Torque253 Nm
Transmission Type6-speed iMT, 7-speed DCT

Kia on Seltos Facelift launch also revealed that the SUV will be getting a new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine producing 157 bhp and 253 Nm of torque mated to 6-speed iMT and 7-speed DCT Gearbox. Kia launching this engine in order to comply with the RDE and E20 norms.

Kia Seltos Facelift vs Hyundai Creta – Features

FeaturesKia Seltos FaceliftHyundai Creta
Wheel Size & Type18-inch alloy wheels17-inch alloy wheels
Auto Power WindowYesYes
Seat upholsteryLeatherLeather
Leather-wrapped steering wheelYesYes
Ambient LightYesYes
Rear AC ventsYesYes
Ventilated SeatsYesYes
Instrument Cluster10.25-inch Digital4.2-inch Digital
Infotainment System10.25-inch10.25-inch
Android Auto, Apple CarPlayWirelessWired
Voice ControlYesYes
Wireless Charging PadYesYes
Sound System8-speaker Bose Premium sound system8-speaker Bose Premium sound system
Cooled GloveboxYesYes
Auto-dimming IRVMYesYes
Height Adjustable Driver SeatYesYes
Powered Seats8-way powered adjustable driver seat8-way powered adjustable driver seat

Both the SUVs has the same features yet the Seltos facelift is better than Creta like big instrument cluster of 10.25-inch, wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, and big alloy wheels.

Safety FeaturesKia Seltos FaceliftHyundai Creta
AirbagsSix airbagsSix Airbags
ABS with EBDYesYes
Camera360-degree cameraReverse-parking camera
Parking SensorsFront and RearRear
ADASLevel 2
Auto HeadlampsYesYes
Cruise ControlYesYes
Traction ControlYesYes
Hill AssistYesYes
All 4 Disc BrakesYesYes
ISOFIX anchoragesYesYes

The Hyundai Creta misses out on Front Parking Sensors, 360-degree camera, and Level 2 ADAS features. The Seltos Facelift has all these features including ADAS with Level 2 features like Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Forward Collision Detection, Auto High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Rear Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and few more.

Kia Seltos Facelift vs Hyundai Creta – Price and Warranty

ModelPrice (ex-showroom)
Hyundai CretaRs. 10.87 lakh – Rs. 19.20 lakh
Kia Seltos FaceliftExpected Rs. 11 lakh

The Hyundai Creta currently is priced at Rs. 10.87 lakh for the base petrol ‘E’ variant and goes up to Rs. 19.20 lakh for the top ‘SX (O) Knight Edition DT Diesel Automatic’ variant. The Facelift Seltos is expected to start at Rs. 11 lakh for the entry-level variant.

As for the warranty, Hyundai is offering 3 years/1,00,000 km warranty period for Creta and can be extended up to 7 years/1,00,000 km and Kia is offering 3 years/1,00,000 km warranty period for the Seltos facelift and can be extended up to 5 years/1,00,000 km.

Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos Facelift – Verdict

In the end, the decision to buy which model depends totally on you, however, it is recommended to book the Kia Seltos Facelift as it’s got much better features than the Creta, it’s bigger in dimension than Creta giving more space and comfort for passengers, and the performance is much better than the Creta. However, Hyundai Creta is good SUV as well with almost the same features, dimensions, and performance almost good as the Seltos. So, if you like the modern, spacious, and premium looking Seltos facelift, then you should go for it, otherwise you can go ahead and buy the Hyundai Creta. Which one would you choose?

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