Hyundai Creta made its debut in 2015 for the Indian market and since then there has been no looking back in terms of sales and the fan following. However, with the introduction of Kia Seltos, the sales number were hit quite hard and the latter proved out to be a tough competition for the old SUV.
Now, jump to 2020, Hyundai will launch the much-awaited Creta with updated styling and engines. Both the cars share the same platform and will get the same engine too. Feature-wise too, the 2020 Creta offers more than the Kia Seltos.
In this article, we compare the 2020 Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos on papers and see how both the SUVs stand next to each other.
|Dimension||2020 Hyundai Creta||Kia Seltos|
|Length||4300 mm||4315 mm|
|Width||1790 mm||1800 mm|
|Height||1635 mm||1645 mm|
|Wheelbase||2610 mm||2610 mm|
|Ground Clearance||-||190 mm|
The next-gen Hyundai Creta shares its platform with the Kia Seltos. Surely, the 2020 Creta has grown in dimensions than before. It is now 10 mm wider, 30 mm longer and the wheelbase sees an increase of 20 mm. Kia Seltos is wider and longer than the upcoming Creta, however, the dimensions will be marginally visible to the naked eyes. Both the cars share the same wheelbase of 2610 mm.
2020 Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos Petrol Engines
|Petrol Engine||2020 Hyundai Creta||Kia Seltos|
|Engine||1.5L Petrol/ 1.4L Turbo Petrol||1.5L Petrol/ 1.4L Turbo Petrol|
|Power||115 bhp/140 bhp||115 bhp/140 bhp|
|Torque||144 Nm/242 Nm||144 Nm/242 Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual, CVT/7-speed DCT||6-speed manual, 6-Speed Turbo Petrol, CVT and7-speed DCT|
|Fuel Efficiency||16.8 km/l, 16.9 km/l, 16.8 km/l||16.5 km/l, 16.1 km/l, 16.8 km/l, 16.5 km/l|
The 2020 Hyundai Creta sources all the engines from the Kia Seltos and the power figures of all stick to the same. What's changed with the Creta is that they have ditched a manual gearbox for the turbo petrol trim and only offer a 7-speed DCT. As seen on the Seltos, the power-packed petrol trim also comes in a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Also, the fuel efficiency figures for the 2020 Hyundai Creta are higher than the Kia Seltos. The petrol engine with 6-speed manual gearbox offers 16.8 km/l. While the CVT makes 17.1 km/l and the 7-speed DCT makes 16.8 km/l.
2020 Hyundai Creta vs Kia Seltos Diesel Engines
|Diesel Engine||2020 Hyundai Creta||Kia Seltos|
|Engine||1.5L CRDi||1.5L CRDi|
|Power||115 bhp||115 bhp|
|Torque||250 Nm||250 Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed manual/6-speed AT||6-speed manual/6-speed AT|
|Fuel Efficiency||21.4 km/l, 18.5 km/l||21 kmpl / 18 kmpl|
The 2020 Hyundai Creta ditches the 1.4L and more powerful 1.6L CRDi engine for a newer 1.5L, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine. This engine is BS6 compliant and is borrowed from the Kia Seltos. It generates 115 bhp along with 250 Nm of peak torque. Transmission option includes a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
Fuel efficiency for the Creta is 21.4 km/l for the 6-speed manual and 18.3 km/l for the 6-speed AT. Kia Seltos returns 21 km/l and 18 km/l respectively. Being a brand in itself, it is quite obvious that Creta is offering a higher ARAI certified fuel efficiency.
Kia Seltos?™s design looks dominating when viewed from the front profile. The LED headlamps followed by LED Daytime Running Lights and the tiger nose grille just gives the car a WOW factor. The sharp lines running all over the body with a sloping roofline. The rear profile of the SUV packs LED taillights along with a thick chrome bar. The higher trims of the Seltos gets thick machine cut alloy wheels which looks beautiful.
Now, coming to the 2020 Creta, Hyundai has gone a bit far with the design scheme. The split headlight design on the SUV which takes inspiration from the Venue looks good. But wait, till you see the rear as it also gets the same LED design pattern. The new design is odd yet funky and in my opinion, it is absolutely a number crunch as the SUV has already received more than 10,000 in just 7 days. That figure surely speaks a lot in itself.
|Price||2020 Hyundai Creta||Kia Seltos|
|Ex-showroom||Rs 9.99 lakh - Rs 17.20 lakh||Rs 9.69 lakh - Rs 16.99 lakh|
Hyundai has kept the prices of new-gen Creta very competitively with the Seltos and the former does get a lot more features than the Seltos. It looks like the big daddy of the SUVs is back with a bang and will steal the throne of best selling SUV in no time. Let us get back to you in a couple of days with the sales story of 2020 Hyundai Creta.