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Kia Seltos vs Tata Harrier: Which SUV To Pick?

Modified On Aug 29, 2019 12:49 PM By Sonny for Kia Seltos

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The Seltos’ premium prices brings it into contention with the Harrier, but which one offers better value?

Kia has launched its debut product in India, the Seltos, and its introductory prices range between Rs 9.69 lakh to Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). This compact SUV’s premium pricing makes it compete with 5-seater mid-size SUVs like the Tata Harrier too.

We compare similarly priced variants of both SUVs to see which one offers better value for money.

Basic Differences

Kia Seltos

Tata Harrier

Size: The Seltos is built as a compact SUV and is smaller in size than the Harrier. 

Size: The Harrier is a mid-size SUV and it is bigger than the Seltos in every aspect except boot space. 

Petrol and diesel options: Kia offers the Seltos with three engines to choose from - two petrol and one diesel unit. All engines are BS6-compliant.

Diesel engine only: Tata offers the Harrier with a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine. It is yet to be updated to meet BS6 norms.

Diesel automatic option: The Seltos’ diesel engine is available with a choice of both 6-speed manual and 6-speed auto transmission.

No automatic: The Harrier is a single powertrain SUV as the lone diesel engine is only available with a 6-speed manual.

Rivals: Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Nissan Kicks, Renault Captur and Duster.

Rivals: MG Hector, Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500, Tata Hexa and Hyundai Tucson.

Dimensions

Measurement

Kia Seltos

Tata Harrier

Length

4315mm

4598mm

Width

1800mm

1894mm

Height

1620mm

1706mm

Wheelbase

2610mm

2741mm

Boot Space

433 litres

425 litres

The Harrier is a bigger SUV than the Seltos in terms of length, width, height and wheelbase too. However, the Kia’s boot is surprisingly more spacious.

Engines

 

Kia Seltos

Tata Harrier

Engine

1.5-litre diesel

2.0-litre diesel

Transmission Options

6-speed MT/ 6-speed AT

6-speed MT

Power

115PS

140PS

Torque

250Nm

350Nm

Claimed Fuel Efficiency

21kmpl/ 18kmpl

16.79kmpl

  • The Harrier is powered by the same, larger diesel engine as the Hector but in a different state of tune. It still offers a lot more power and torque than the diesel unit in the Seltos.

  • Both engines are mated to a 6-speed manual but the Seltos also offers a 6-speed torque convertor automatic.

  • The diesel-powered Seltos is more frugal than the Harrier in both manual and automatic variants.

Kia Seltos

Tata Harrier

HTE - Rs 9.99 lakh

 

HTK - Rs 11.19 lakh

 

HTK+ - Rs 12.19 lakh

 

HTK+ (AT) - Rs 13.19 lakh

XE - Rs 13 lakh

HTX - Rs 13.79 lakh

XM - Rs 14.06 lakh

HTX+ - Rs 14.99 lakh

XT - Rs 15.26 lakh

HTX+ (AT) - Rs 15.99 lakh

 
 

XZ - Rs 16.56 lakh

 

XZ (Dual Tone) - Rs 16.76 lakh

Prices of comparable variants (Detailed prices at the end of the story)

To keep things fair, we will compare variants that are priced within Rs 50,000 of each other. Also, the Tata SUV is only available with a diesel engine, so we’ll be comparing it only with similarly priced diesel variants of the Seltos.

Kia Seltos (Diesel)

Tata Harrier

HTX - Rs 13.79 lakh

XM - Rs 14.06 lakh

HTX+ - Rs 14.99 lakh

XT - Rs 15.26 lakh

VARIANTS COMPARISON

Kia Seltos HTX vs Tata Harrier XM

Kia Seltos HTX Diesel

Rs 13.79 lakh

Tata Harrier XM

Rs 14.06 lakh

Difference

Rs 27,000 (Harrier more expensive)

Common Features: ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, tilt and telescopic steering adjust, touchscreen infotainment system, steering-mounted audio controls, front fog lamps, six speakers, height-adjustable driver seat, follow-me-home headlamps, rear wiper and washer, power adjustable ORVMs, rear AC vents.

What Seltos HTX offers over Harrier XM: Auto LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED fog lamps, smart air purifier with perfume infuser, connected car technology with an eSIM, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility with larger touchscreen display, ambient mood lighting, tyre pressure monitor, rear parking camera with rear view monitor, auto cruise control, auto IRVM, auto folding ORVMs, alloy wheels, leatherette upholstery, smart key, rear seat recline, 60:40 split fold rear seat, rear defogger, rear disc brakes, rear seats with centre armrest.

What Harrier XM offers over Seltos HTX: Driving modes.

Verdict: At this price point, the Kia Seltos is an easy pick over the Tata Harrier for the abundance of features and comforts it offers while being priced lower too.

Kia Seltos HTX+ vs Tata Harrier XT

Kia Seltos HTX+ Diesel

Rs 14.99 lakh

Tata Harrier XT

Rs 15.26 lakh

Difference

Rs 27,000 (Harrier more expensive)

Common features (over previous variants): LED DRLs, alloy wheels, push-button stop-start, cruise control, power folding ORVMs, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, 8-way adjustable driver seat, auto AC, eight speakers, auto headlamps, rear parking camera, rear defogger, rear seats with centre armrest.

What Seltos HTX+ offers over Harrier XT: Power-adjustable driver seat, sunroof, ventilated front seats, smart air purifier with fragrance, front parking sensors, Bose audio system, 7-inch coloured MID, rear disc brakes, wireless phone charger, auto LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED fog lamps and taillights, smart air purifier, connected car technology, larger touchscreen display, ambient mood lighting, tyre pressure monitor, rear view monitor, auto cruise control, auto IRVM, auto folding ORVMs, leatherette upholstery, smart key, rear seat recline, 60:40 split fold rear seat, rear disc brakes, UV-cut glass.

What Harrier XT offers over Seltos HTX+: Rain-sensing wipers, multi drive modes.

Verdict: Once again, the top-spec diesel-powered Seltos has a whole lot more to offer than the similarly priced Harrier while being priced lower. The Kia wins comfortably again.  

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amitabh anand
Aug 31, 2019 8:24:45 AM

I don't no why comparison between Seltos and Harrier. Harrier is different league.. bacche Ko baap se kaise compare kar sakte ho harrier baap hai....

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    kushal kingshuk
    Aug 26, 2019 3:29:23 PM

    We expect our smart phones to drive us & our cars to entertain us..

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      chala b gowda
      Aug 26, 2019 12:35:06 PM

      can't compare the kia seltos with tata harrier. harrier is different segment and seltos is diffrent segment and more over the engine of the tata harrier is 2.0 ltr and kia seltos is 1.5.

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