Kia India has given the Seltos midsize SUV an update to now include six airbags on all variants, hiking the prices for the base models by Rs 30,000. This makes the Seltos the only SUV in its class to come with six airbags as standard. In Kia's line-up in India, the Carens is the only other model to also come with six airbags right from the base trim.
- No other changes to the equipment list
- Only SUV in its class to have six airbags as standard
Prices for the Kia Seltos now range between Rs 10.49 lakh-18.65 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Here’s a detailed look at the updated price list.
|Kia Seltos price (ex-showroom, India)|
|Variants||New Price||Old Price||Difference|
|1.5P HTE||Rs 10.49 lakh||Rs 10.19 lakh||Rs 30,000|
|1.5P HTK||Rs 11.55 lakh||Rs 11.25 lakh||Rs 30,000|
|1.5P HTK+||Rs 12.65 lakh||Rs 12.35 lakh||Rs 30,000|
|1.5P HTK+ iMT||Rs 13.05 lakh||Rs 12.75 lakh||Rs 30,000|
|1.5P HTX||Rs 14.45 lakh||Rs 14.15 lakh||Rs 30,000|
|1.5P HTX AT||Rs 15.45 lakh||Rs 15.15 lakh||Rs 30,000|
|1.4P GTX(O)||Rs 16.05 lakh||Rs 15.85 lakh||Rs 20,000|
|1.4P GTX+||Rs 16.99 lakh||Rs 16.95 lakh||Rs 4,000|
|1.4P GTX+ AT||Rs 17.99 lakh||Rs 17.85 lakh||Rs 14,000|
|1.4P X Line AT||Rs 18.29 lakh||Rs 18.15 lakh||Rs 14,000|
|1.5D HTE||Rs 11.39 lakh||Rs 11.09 lakh||Rs 30,000|
|1.5D HTK||Rs 12.69 lakh||Rs 12.39 lakh||Rs 30,000|
|1.5D HTK+||Rs 13.79 lakh||Rs 13.49 lakh||Rs 30,000|
|1.5D HTK+ iMT||Rs 14.29 lakh||Rs 13.99 lakh||Rs 30,000|
|1.5D HTX||Rs 15.59 lakh||Rs 15.29 lakh||Rs 30,000|
|1.5D HTX AT||Rs 16.59 lakh||Rs 16.29 lakh||Rs 30,000|
|1.5D HTX+||Rs 16.59 lakh||Rs 16.39 lakh||Rs 20,000|
|1.5D GTX+ AT||Rs 18.35 lakh||Rs 18.15 lakh||Rs 20,000|
|1.5D X Line AT||Rs 18.65 lakh||Rs 18.45 lakh||Rs 20,000|
Kia Seltos: safety upgrade
Before this, Kia offered six airbags only on the higher-spec HTX+, GTX(O), GTX+ and X-Line trims of the Seltos, but now it's been made available on the HTE, HTK, HTK+ and HTX trims too.
Until not so long ago, the Seltos was only available with two airbags on its base trims, but this April, that was updated to four airbags as standard on the Seltos with the MY2022 update. And now with six airbags, the Seltos will comply with the government’s mandatory six-airbag rule that’s set to come into effect from October 1, 2022.
The Seltos, when tested by GNCAP in November 2020, came away with a 3-star safety rating. However, the base HTE trim that was tested only came equipped with two airbags. With six airbags now as standard, the Seltos could potentially improve its score if it is tested again.
There are no other changes to the Seltos’s equipment list. As far as safety features are concerned, the SUV comes equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Brake Assist (BA), Hill Assist Control (HAC), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and All-Wheel Disc brakes as standard.
Mechanically, too, the Seltos continues with its 140hp, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine, 115hp, 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine, and a 115hp, 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine.
Kia Seltos facelift arriving in 2023
Earlier last month, Kia unveiled a mid-life facelift for the Seltos for markets overseas, and the same is expected to make it to India by January 2023. The Seltos facelift gets revised exterior and interior design as well as updates to the equipment list. You can read more about it here.
Kia Seltos: new rivals
The Kia Seltos currently rivals the likes of Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, Nissan Kicks and MG Astor. This segment is additionally going to see two new entrants in the coming months – the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder and Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara.