Tata Harrier Facelift vs Kia Seltos – Which SUV to Buy?

Tata Harrier Facelift against the Kia Seltos!

Tata Motors is very soon going to launch the Harrier Facelift which will come with major changes, and so we thought why don’t we compare it against the Kia Seltos to see if booking Harrier Facelift is the right choice.

Tata Harrier Facelift vs Kia Seltos – Design

From the outside, the new Tata Harrier Facelift has undergone big exterior changes such as the front fascia as been changed completely with changes to the grille, bumpers, and headlamps. A full-width LED strip is above the grille that spans across the front body, an significant features of the Curvv concept. It has ADAS Radar panel at the bottom grille and the camera at the top of the windscreen from the inside. Moving to the side, it has simple look with creasing, thin wheel arches and rides on the new 18-inch alloy wheels. Moving to the rear, changes extend to the bumpers, skid plate, and wrap-around signature connected LED taillamp that from the side resemble the S shape.

Kia 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 faux silver skid plate, and just above the bumpers it has radar panel for ADAS. Moving to the side, the body has few cuts, 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, and chrome door handles. At the rear, it has L-shaped Caren inspired LED taillamps connected by LED light bar with KIA logo at the center, small spoiler on the roof with shark fin antenna on top, and dual exhaust for turbo variants.

Talking about the interiors, the Harrier Facelift undergone some changes as well like the new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system which is sleek, thinner, and very responsive, new 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster that is configurable, and displays navigation maps while driving, in front of the cluster is the new four-spoke steering wheel with display at the center that illuminates the Tata logo, and ambient light across the dashboard, and around the voice-assisted panoramic sunroof. Below the AC vents, it features touch-sensitive panel to control the dual-zone climate control, and other things.

In front of it is the rotary dial for the terrain modes, steptronic gear shifter, and electronic parking brake with auto hold function. It features an fixed armrest but the space inside is good enough to store two cans. On the leather seats, it features huge adjustable headrests to keep you comfy, and further enhances the luxury appeal. Both the seats are electrically adjustable, and comes with ventilated seats. Moving to the rear, the seats are split in 60:40 ratio, and it’s equipped with 10 Speaker JBL sound system.

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, multiple colors for ambient lighting and it has 8-speaker Bose Premium sound system.

So, from the outside, the Kia Seltos very stylish, sporty, and cool while Harrier looks sporty, and rugged. However, both the SUVs interiors are amazing, it’s an 50:50 for me, both the carmakers nailed the interiors.

Tata Harrier Facelift vs Kia Seltos – Dimensions

Tata Harrier FaceliftKia Seltos
Length4605 MM4365 MM
Width1922 MM1800 MM
Height1718 MM1645 MM
Wheelbase2741 MM2610 MM
Ground Clearance205 MM190 MM
Fuel Tank Capacity50 L50 L
Boot Space445 L433 L

When it comes to Dimensions, the Harrier Facelift measures 4605 MM in length, 1922 MM in width, and 1718 MM in height. The Kia Seltos on the other hand, measures 4365 MM in length which is 240 MM shorter, 1800 MM in width that is narrower by 122 MM, and height of 1645 MM that is shorter by 73 MM. The Harrier Facelift features a wheelbase of 2741 MM, and ground clearance of 205 MM where as the Seltos measures 2610 MM which is shorter by 131 MM, and ground clearance of 190 MM which is lower by 15 MM. The Harrier Facelift and the Seltos are offered with 50 L Fuel Tank, but the Boot Space on Harrier is 445 L and on Seltos, it’s 433 L (Smaller by 12 L).

Tata Harrier Facelift vs Kia Seltos – Powertrains

Turbo DieselTata Harrier FaceliftKia Seltos
Engine2.0 L 4 Cylinder1.5 L 4 Cylinder
Power167.67 BHP113.48 BHP
Torque350 NM250 NM
Transmission6 Speed MT / AT6 Speed IMT / AT
Fuel Efficiency16.80 KMPL – MT
14.60 KMPL – AT
18 KMPL – AT

When it comes to Engine Options, both the SUVs are offered with Turbo Diesel powertrain. Let’s begin with the Tata Harrier Facelift first. The Harrier Facelift is powered by the 2.0 L 4 Cylinder Turbo Diesel engine generating 167.67 BHP and 350 NM of torque, it’s mated to 6 Speed Manual Gearbox with 16.80 KMPL fuel economy, and 6 Speed Automatic Gearbox with 14.60 KMPL fuel economy. The Kia Seltos on the other hand is offered with the 1.5 L 4 Cylinder Turbo Diesel engine producing 113.48 BHP and 250 NM of torque paired to 6 Speed IMT Gearbox with 21 KMPL fuel efficiency, and 6 Speed Automatic Gearbox with 18 KMPL fuel efficiency.

PetrolTata Harrier FaceliftKia Seltos
Engine1.5 L 4 Cylinder
Power113.43 BHP
Torque144 NM
Transmission6 Speed MT, 7 Speed IVT
Fuel Efficiency16.5 KMPL – MT
16.8 KMPL – IVT

Moving on, the Kia Seltos is offered with the normal Petrol engine, something Tata Harrier is missing. The Seltos is powered by the 1.5 L 4 Cylinder naturally-aspirated Petrol engine producing 113.43 BHP and 144 NM of torque mated to 6 Speed Manual Gearbox with 16.5 KMPL mileage, and 7 Speed IVT Gearbox with 16.8 KMPL mileage.

Turbo PetrolTata Harrier FaceliftKia Seltos
Engine1.5 L 4 Cylinder
Power113.48 BHP
Torque250 NM
Transmission6 Speed IMT, 7 Speed DCT

Another Powertrain the Kia Seltos gets is the Turbo Petrol Powertrain, while the Tata Harrier Facelift is rumored to get this powertrain, but at the moment there is no update. The Kia Seltos is powered by the 1.5 L 4 Cylinder Turbo Petrol engine generating 113.48 BHP and 250 NM of torque mated to 6 Speed IMT, and 7 Speed DCT Gearbox.

Tata Harrier Facelift vs Kia Seltos – Features

FeaturesTata Harrier FaceliftKia Seltos
HeadlampsLED ProjectorLED
Wheel size & Tyre18-inch, alloy wheels18-inch alloy wheels
Auto Power WindowYesYes
Seat upholsteryLeatherLeather
Rear AC ventYesYes
Instrument clusterDigitalDigital
Infotainment System12.3-inch10.25-inch
Android Auto, Apple CarPlayWirelessWireless
Air PurifierYesYes
Ambient LightingYesYes
Voice ControlYesYes
Sound System10-speaker JBL sound system8-speaker Bose sound system
Cooled GloveboxYes
Auto Dimming IRVMYesYes
Wireless Charging PadYesYes
Height adjustable driver seatYesYes
Ventilated SeatsDriver and PassengerDriver and Passenger
Electric Parking Brake with Auto HoldYesYes
Powered TailgateYes
Powered Seats6-way Power Adjustable Driver Seat
4-way Power Adjustable Front Passenger Seat
8-way Power Adjustable Driver Seat

In Features, the Kia Seltos misses out on Powered Tailgate, Co-Driver Powered Seats, Cooled Glovebox, and bigger infotainment system.

Safety FeaturesTata Harrier FaceliftKia Seltos
AirbagsSeven AirbagsSix Airbags
Camera360 Surround View Camera360 Surround View Camera
Parking SensorsFront and RearFront and Rear
Rain-Sensing WipersYesYes
Auto HeadlampsYesYes
Traction ControlYesYes
ADASLevel 2Level 2
ABS with EBDYesYes
Hill AssistYesYes
Hill Descent ControlYes
All 4 Disc BrakesYesYes

In Safety, the Kia Seltos misses out on Hill Descent Control, and Seven Airbags.

Tata Harrier Facelift vs Kia Seltos – Price and Warranty

ModelPrice (ex-showroom)
Tata Harrier FaceliftExpected Rs. 15.70 L
Kia SeltosRs. 10.9 – Rs. 20.30 L

The Kia Seltos Facelift is priced at Rs. 10.89 lakh for the entry-level ‘HTE’ variant and goes up to Rs. 19.99 lakh for the top of the line variant, ‘X-Line’ where as the Harrier Facelift is expected to be priced from Rs. 16.85 Lakh.

As for the warranty, Tata Motors offers 3 years/1,00,000 km warranty period for Nexon Facelift and can be extended for additional 3 year/1,25,000 km and Kia offers 3 years/1,00,000 km for the Seltos and can be extended up to 5 years/1,00,000 km.

Tata Harrier Facelift vs Kia Seltos – Verdict

In the end, the decision to buy which SUV depends totally on you, however, if you ask us the upcoming Tata Harrier Facelift looks very promising as it’s got a new makeover, new features, good engine and performance, spacious, and feels very luxurious. Although, the Seltos is way more affordable than the Harrier Facelift, and offers good space, and comfort, great engine performance, and almost the same features as Harrier. So, if you ask us, we recommend to wait for the Tata Harrier as it’s going to be worth buying, or you can buy the affordable the Kia Seltos your call. Which SUV are going to buy?

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