Kia is providing potential buyers a preference of 3 various engines – a 115hp, one.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol a 140hp, one.four-litre turbo-petrol and a 115hp, one.5-litre diesel motor. Each of these get a 6-speed handbook and an automated option as effectively. What is special is that every single automated transmission is special to every single powertrain. The one.5-litre petrol will get a CVT (consistently variable transmission), the one.four-litre turbopetrol will get a seven-speed DCT (dualclutch transmission), and the diesel will get 6-speed torque converter automated. Kia has taken the guide in its segment by introducing BS6-compliant engines – for which the catalytic converters in the petrols have received some tweaks, but variations to the diesel are more substantial like the addition of a highpressure pump, a catalytic converter with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), and a lean NOx lure (LNT).
With power and torque figures of 140hp and 242Nm, respectively, the one.four-litre turbo-petrol motor surely impresses on paper, and even more so in the genuine earth. Refinement degrees are top rated-notch, and even on the move it goes about doing its task in a silent way. Those with a keen ear will hear a faint whistle-like seem from the ingestion past 2,000rpm when the motor is less than load. Further than 5,000rpm, the motor seems a bit boomy. Throttle responses are sharp, and for the reason that max torque comes in from as lower as one,500rpm, there’s no perceptible hold off in performance. Spin it past 2,200rpm and the tachometer needle swings toward the redline in a fairly enthusiastic way. Whilst performance in the mid-array is sturdy, there’s no distinguished spike in power supply, so it builds speed in a very linear way. Hold on to a equipment for a longer time and it will spin past 5,000rpm in a gutsy way, while power begins to taper off over and above 6,000rpm. The 6-speed manual’s gearing is very tall, so it will rev until eventually 6,800rpm in the very first 3 gears, with the very first maxing out at 54kph, next at 99kph, and third at 149kph. The tall gearing and outstanding torque distribute shoots the Seltos from -100kph in a swift eight.9sec, creating it the fastest sprinter in India less than Rs 20 lakh. Acceleration by means of the gears is similarly outstanding, inspite of the taller ratios. The handbook transmission is a delight to use, with slick shifts that deliver a reassuring click every single time the equipment slots into its gate. The clutch, while mild, has a long travel, and the pedal experience isn’t reliable, so you will want to modulate it thoroughly to push easily.
Keen drivers will get pleasure from the turbo-petrol, although mile-munchers will love the frugal diesel.
Paired to the turbo-petrol is also a seven-speed twin-clutch automated transmission. This unit is quite brief like most twin-clutch models and is pretty much generally in the appropriate equipment. There are driving modes too, and in ‘Normal’ and ‘Eco’, it shifts to the best equipment achievable at the earliest for instance, it shifts to sixth equipment by 60kph and seventh by 80kph. Inside city confines, there’s barely any difference concerning the two modes so the Eco mode feels very usable, and it doesn’t blunt performance or responsiveness possibly. Even so, it does cut down the success of the air conditioning, and this can be awkward on a sizzling day. The third driving mode is ‘Sport’, which sharpens throttle responses, weights up the steering and programmes the transmission to keep onto gears for a longer time. But what it does is also aggravate the snappy engagement of the DCT which isn’t very userfriendly in start off-end targeted traffic. In point, a single of the weaknesses of the Seltos’ DCT is that clutch engages a bit too sharply and it doesn’t have a progressive experience. Backing into a parking spot in reverse can be difficult for the reason that of this sudden engagement. It’s also essential to point out that the Seltos DCT did encounter overheating troubles for the reason that of abnormal clutch ‘slip’ in end-start off targeted traffic. A new software package update has lessened the slip but the clutch now engages more like an on-off swap, creating it experience a contact too snappy. Paddleshifters would have enhanced the push knowledge but the Tiptronic mode does offer the option to improve gears manually. The Seltos DCT has a few rough edges and is evidently not as easy or refined as Volkswagen’s DSG unit, which, in terms of shift good quality, is however the benchmark.
The Kia Seltos’ one.5-litre diesel sets a new benchmark in its segment in terms of refinement and drivability. The motor is exceptionally easy and the diesel clatter or drone is effectively in test. What is good is that power supply is linear, and just like the turbo-petrol, this diesel makes its max torque of 250Nm appropriate from one,500rpm, so lag is minimal. Lazy drivers will be satisfied to push about city in bigger gears without the want to downshift usually it can easily exit a speed breaker in next equipment, without any juddering. The genuine meat of the powerband is concerning 2,200rpm and four,000rpm, creating it a wonderful cruiser overtaking in this array feels effortless. Whilst the base-conclusion and mid-array are fairly outstanding, it does run out of breath toward its top rated-conclusion so even even though the motor will spin until eventually about 5,000rpm, it begins to seem clattery and fairly coarse over and above four,000rpm, with barely any strength remaining in the previous one,000rpm. The 6-speed handbook, just like the turbo-petrol’s unit, has a very positive shift motion, and while its clutch involves a bit more effort and hard work than the turbo-petrol’s, the pedal experience is significantly more linear and less difficult to decide. Staying down on power as opposed tothe Creta one.6-litre diesel-handbook final results in a slower -100kph time of eleven.67sec, (Creta’s is ten.81sec), but the Kia only blows absent the Creta when it comes to drivability – 20-80kph in third equipment is one.58sec more quickly, and forty-100kph in fourth equipment is one.57sec more quickly, reflecting on how considerably more drivable the Seltos is as opposed to the Hyundai.
The 6-speed torque converter automated is easy and performs seamlessly although cruising. Desire for a lot quicker responses, having said that, and it is slow to respond. Pin the accelerator to the flooring, and it will upshift at about four,500rpm in the reduce gears, but the changeover concerning the ratios appears fairly lazy. This blend feels finest when pushed in a sedate way.
Very last but undoubtedly not the minimum is the one.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol motor that puts out a balanced 115hp and 144Nm of torque. And although Kia has the performance aspect covered with the one.four turbo-petrol unit, this one.5, naturally aspirated petrol motor focuses more on a easy driving knowledge. From the moment you start off the motor, it feels refined and also operates quietly at lower to mid revs. It’s only in the upper reaches of the powerband that it feels strained and the motor sound will get intrusive. Off the line, power supply is easy and the motor feels responsive to the slightest of throttle inputs. It doesn’t have the mid-array punch of its turbocharged siblings but doesn’t experience gutless like many naturally aspirated engines. It’s only over and above four,000 rpm that it starts jogging out of breath.
This motor is made available with a CVT and it does the task effectively. Sure, it does have the standard rubber-band outcome noticed in most CVTs, wherever you speed up tough and the motor RPM rises but doesn’t translate into a increase in speed. Even so, the great information is that this undesirable outcome has been held to a minimal, which indicates there’s sufficient power although overtaking on the highways. Whilst the prompt lower-speed reaction is outstanding, primarily on aspect throttle, there’s a momentary hold off ahead of the gearbox responds, and that is not one thing you anticipate in a modern-day CVT. There is a handbook mode to move by means of predefined ratios but it doesn’t permit intense downshifts for motor braking. On the other hand, in the course of outright acceleration, the handbook mode retains on to every single ratio a little bit for a longer time than in ‘D’. All in all, this blend functions definitely effectively if you have a laid-again driving fashion.