I’m sorry, but I feel awful for you if you’re searching for a small SUV in the range of Rs 15 to 25 lakh. Presently, there are much too many options, some of which are excellent. One of them is the Kia Seltos, and despite its age, Kia has been releasing yearly improvements to keep it in the public eye. The Seltos’ most opulent specification is represented here by the X Line, which comes before the GT Line and Tech Line.
The exterior’s matte grey paint is the X Line’s main selling point. Over this grey paint job, which Kia refers to as “Xclusive Matte Graphite,” are orange highlights on the front bumper, rear bumper, and plastic side cladding. The X Line rides on 18-inch alloy wheels with 55-section tires, whilst the GT Line has 17-inch alloy wheels with 60-section rubber. This is another significant modification. The color choice of the alloy wheels is also a little different and, in my opinion, looks professional. Last but not least, for a more distinctive appearance, all of the chrome components as well as the mirrors have been blacked out.
What is the interior like and what do you get?
Although the dashboard, door pads, and other design elements have not changed, the color of the seats and door pads has undergone a significant refreshment. In reality, the door pads and leatherette upholstery on the seats are completed in “Indigo Pera,” a gorgeous blue color that is a little bit lively. The blue color does an excellent job of enhancing the look even if the seat pattern is the same as the Tech Line version.
The quantity of space also stays the same, so the front row of the X Line continues to provide plenty of headroom and knee room. Although we would have preferred them even more if the seat base had been a little longer, the new appearance chairs are extremely supportive. The second row has plenty of room, and the spacious rear seat helps to provide superior under-thigh support than in the front.
The X Line trim now has all the bells and whistles available in the sub-Rs 25 lakh sector because it is based on the most expensive Seltos model. A 360-degree view camera, an air purifier, an electrically controlled driver’s seat, ambient lighting, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, and a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all included in the temperature control system. Additionally, it has a handful of cool features, including lane change assistance and a heads-up display that projects video from the side cameras onto the instrument cluster when you indicate. The X Line comes equipped with six airbags, ABS with EBD, and ESP as standard for safety.
How does driving feel?
For the X Line specification, Kia offers two engines: a 1.5-liter diesel with 113 bhp/250 nm and a six-speed torque converter automatic, or a 1.4-liter GDi turbo petrol with 138 bhp/242 nm and a seven-speed DCT. For this test, we have the diesel automatic version, and the X Line equipped with this drivetrain continues to be a quiet driver. When the ignition is turned on, the engine barely makes any diesel clatter at idle or even off-the-line, and it runs smoothly all the way up to 3,500 rpm. This diesel-auto combination is tractable, and the mid-range is where the engine feels most content.
We hardly felt the need to rev the motor past 3,500 rpm, even when driving at highway speeds, because there is enough of power between 2,000 and 3,500 rpm. The statistics on efficiency are also very excellent. In our actual tests, we achieved 19.37kmpl on the highway and 16.35kmpl in the city. The Seltos has always had a stiff ride, and the X Line’s larger 18-inch wheels don’t make matters any better. Over rough, uneven, or rippled roads, one must proceed with caution. Now that we’ve said that, we’d like to add that it’s not at all uncomfortable; it’s just that it’s not as flexible as we would like.
What are the costs and how do they differ?
The cost of the X Line specification, which is the Seltos GTX, is Rs 18.65 lakh ex-showroom in Mumbai, which is almost Rs 40,000 more than the price of the most expensive GT Line trim. The Skoda Kushaq Monte Carlo, which is also a limited-edition model based on the priciest Kushaq variation, is its main opponent “as read and reported by www.carwale.com”.