2020 Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos not only share engines, but also platform and features
Launched a few days back, all-new Creta has received good response from customers. Bookings have already crossed 15k and more are expected in the future. With this promising start, Creta will definitely be eying the top selling SUV tag. While it is already ahead of rivals such as MG Hector, Jeep Compass, and Tata Harrier, Creta has to topple Kia Seltos to reach the top spot. Will it succeed?
Well, it can be tough, but not impossible. Both SUVs share the same engine options, so the final battle will largely be based on design & styling and features. Here’s a quick look at some feature advantages that can actually motivate people to choose new Creta over Kia Seltos.
Hyundai Creta Features Benefits Over Kia Seltos – 1.5 L MPI Petrol
New Creta base variant (EX) has been aggressively priced at Rs 9.99 lakh whereas its equivalent Seltos HTK retails at Rs 10.29 lakh. This straightaway gives a cost benefit of Rs 30k. Customers also benefit from additional features such as LED positioning lamps, TPMS (Low) and LED HMSL. Remaining Creta variants are priced higher than their Seltos equivalents, but then Creta has compensated by offering several additional features.
For example, if we compare Creta SX IVT and Seltos HTX IVT, the former costs Rs 85k more. However, customers benefit from extra features such as smart panoramic sunroof, electric parking brake with auto hold, BlueLink voice commands, wireless charger, rear headrest cushion, puddle lamps with welcome function, and LED reading lamps. Additional safety features include electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM), and hill start assist control (HAC). In terms of performance, customers get drive mode select (Comfort, Eco, and Sport), traction control modes (Snow, Mud, and Sand), and paddle shifters.
Hyundai Creta Features Benefits Over Kia Seltos – 1.4L Turbo Petrol
Here, customers opting for new Creta benefit from both reduced pricing and additional features. Creta SX DCT is priced Rs 13k lower than Seltos GTX DCT and offers more features such as smart panoramic sunroof, electric parking brake with auto hold, BlueLink voice commands, paddle shifters, twin tip exhaust, rear headrest cushion, and puddle lamps with welcome function. Something similar can be seen when we compare Creta SX(O) DCT with Seltos GTX+ DCT.
Hyundai Creta Features Benefits Over Kia Seltos – 1.5L CRDi Diesel
New Creta diesel base variant is priced at Rs 9.99 lakh, which is Rs 35k less than Seltos HTE. Customers choosing Creta get additional features such as LED positioning lamps, TPMS (Low), Elec Adj ORVM and LED ORVM turn indicators. Something similar can be seen with Creta SX AT, where price advantage is Rs 35k and customers get a host of additional features.
It’s clear that new Creta is aggressively wooing customers with lower pricing and additional features. However, the strategy may or may not work, as various other factors are involved when a customer is evaluating their options. Who wins the battle will be revealed in the coming months.