Comparison: Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara vs Kia Seltos

The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and Kia Seltos are arch-rivals in terms of pricing. We find out which SUV suits your needs better:
Seltos vs Grand Vitara
By - Team Spinny
July 29, 2023

There’s no doubt the Kia Seltos is the benchmark of compact SUVs in India. Its debut in 2019 caught everyone’s attention with its contemporary styling, powertrain combinations, and competitive pricing. Fast forward four years, and the Seltos continues to be one of the best-selling SUVs in its segment. However, with competition closing in fast with new entrants such as the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Hyryder and the Volkswagen group twins, the Seltos was starting to lose its sheen. To address that, the Korean carmaker has given a mid-life refresh to the new Seltos with updated styling, engines and even more features. The SUV is back and brimming with enthusiasm to take on its rivals. 

Among the Kia SUVs competitors, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara stands out as a significant SUV with its unique offering of a hybrid powertrain that makes it special in the segment. The Grand Vitara also sports a modern design language, all the expected features and multiple engine options. Furthermore, it’s after a long while the homegrown carmaker is offering a premium product, a shift from its usual approach. Maruti Suzuki’s customer base, sales and after-sales support remain unmatched even today and these qualities will also help the Grand Vitara find many buyers.

If you’re in the market for an SUV under Rs 20 lakh, there’s a high chance these two SUVs will rank high on your list. But, when it comes down to putting your money, which one should it be? Let’s find out. 

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara vs Kia Seltos: Dimensions

Dimensions

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 

Kia Seltos

Length

4345mm

4365mm

Width 

1795mm

1800mm

Height

1645mm

1620mm

Wheelbase

2600mm

2610mm

Ground Clearance

210mm

190mm

Boot Space

373 litres

433 litres

Kia Seltos facelift
Kia Seltos

Let’s tackle this in a systematic way. The longest SUV here is the Seltos coming in at 4365mm as opposed to 4345mm of the Grand Vitara. If you consider the width, the Kia takes the lead again, albeit by a mere 5mm. The Grand Vitara comes back by being the tallest SUV here at 1645mm in contrast to the 1620mm of the Kia Seltos. If you fancy more wheelbase, the Kia Seltos offers an additional 10mm. Considering the unpredictable nature of our roads, ground clearance has become a priority these days. Here, the Grand Vitara takes the lead with 210mm, while the Seltos offers 190mm of ground clearance. 

Moving on to another important parameter, boot space, Kia trumps the Maruti Suzuki with 433 litres of boot space. In conclusion, both SUVs are neck and neck, but we’re more inclined to suggest the Seltos since it offers more boot space, wheelbase, width and length.

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara vs Kia Seltos: Engine & Transmission

Parameters

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 

Kia Seltos

Engine Options

1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine (mild hybrid),1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine(strong hybrid)

1.5-litre diesel/1.5-litre turbo petrol, 1.5-litre petrol

Transmission Options

eCVT, 5-speed MT, 6-speed MT

6-speed AT, 7-speed DCT, 6-speed iMT, 6-speed MT, CVT

Power 

102bhp/115bhp

115 PS/160PS/116 PS

Torque

136Nm/122Nm

144Nm/250Nm/253Nm

Mileage

20.58 to 27.97 kmpl

16.8 Kmpl to 20.8 Kmpl

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara

Let’s brush over the numbers of both SUVs first. The Kia Seltos offers three engine options: 1.5-litre petrol/diesel/turbo petrol and five gearbox options: CVT, iMT, AT, MT and DCT. The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara makes use of a 1.5-litre three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol engine, the former being a strong hybrid while the latter is a mild hybrid. There are also three gearbox options for the Grand Vitara: CVT, MT and AT.

In all fairness, both SUVs approach this in a distinct manner. If you want an SUV that offers the most fuel economy, it has to be the Grand Vitara with mild and strong hybrid engines. It offers anywhere between 20.58 to 27.97 kmpl which is exemplary for an SUV. However, on the downside, it offers just about enough performance and won’t be the best fit for someone who loves to drive. 

The Kia Seltos offers impressive performance with the 160PS turbo petrol engine and the dual-clutch gearbox. This combination is the gold standard when it comes to performance and excitement. It is also one of the rare few SUVs that still offer the option of a diesel engine which is ideal for someone who prefers the frugality of a diesel mill. The Kia is not as fuel efficient as the Maruti Suzuki but it gets the job done. So ultimately, it is the Kia Seltos for performance and the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara for fuel efficiency. 

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara vs Kia Seltos: Features & Comfort

Features

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 

Kia Seltos

Infotainment system

9-inch infotainment system

10.25-inch infotainment system

Music system

Yes

Yes

Climate control

Yes

Yes

Ventilated seats

Yes

Yes

Adjustable steering

Yes

Yes

Drive modes

Yes

Yes

Instrument cluster

Digital

Digital

Sunroof

Panoramic

Panoramic

Adjustable seats (manual or electric)

Manual

Electric

Rear AC vents

Yes

Yes

60:40 rear seat split

Yes

Yes

Cruise control

Yes

Yes

Standard features are offered by both SUVs making them relevant in the segment. They offer a large touchscreen, a digital driver’s display, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats, a wireless charger, automatic headlamps, auto wipers, cruise control and the whole shebang. However, the Kia Seltos is inarguably the better-loaded SUV here as it offers some extra goodies such as the Bose sound system, a bigger touchscreen system, an air purifier, electric seats, 18-inch alloy wheels and a heads-up display. So if we consider features and comfort, the choice is the Kia Seltos as it offers more convenience with better features, especially with the latest update. 

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Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara vs Kia Seltos: Safety Features

Features

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 

Kia Seltos

NCAP Safety Rating

Not Tested

Not Tested

Airbags

6

6

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

ESC

Yes

Yes

Traction control

Yes

Yes

Automatic headlamp 

Yes

Yes

Rain-sensing wipers

No

Yes

Hill hold assist

Yes

Yes

Hill descent control

Yes

Yes

Rear sensors

Yes

Yes

Rear parking camera

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX Child seat anchor points

Yes

Yes

ADAS

No

Yes

The outgoing version of the Kia Seltos was crash tested by the GNCAP resulting in an average score of 3 stars. The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and the latest iteration of the Seltos are yet to be tested. Maruti Suzuki is confident that the SUV will score well but only time will tell. Until then, we have to look at what they offer on paper. All the essential and basic safety features are covered. Both SUVs come with 6 airbags and a whole host of safety kit. That said, Kia goes one step ahead and is now offering a full ADAS suite with over 17 features for the new Seltos which makes it the clear winner in this comparison. 

Kia Seltos Interior
Kia Seltos Interior

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara vs Kia Seltos: Price Comparison

Variants

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara 

Kia Seltos

Base Variants 

Rs 10.70 lakh

Rs 10.89 lakh

Mid Variants

Rs 12.1o lakh to Rs 15.57

Rs 12.99 lakh to Rs Rs 15.90 lakh

Upper Mid Variants

Rs 15.91 lakh to Rs 19.79

Rs 16.59 lakh to Rs 19.55 lakh

Top Variants

Rs 19.90 lakh

Rs 19.65 lakh

If we just look at the pricing of the base model, the Grand Vitara with the mild hybrid engine is around Rs 20,000 more affordable. But look at the mid, upper mid and range-topping versions, it is obvious the two SUVs are more or less equally priced with the difference not being substantial enough for a deal-breaker. For example, the range-topping Kia Seltos comes with a sticker price of Rs 19.65 lakh while Maruti Suzuki will sell you a Grand Vitara top-spec for Rs 19.90 lakh. Despite the SUV you choose, the range-topping models will cost you over Rs 21 lakh as these are ex-showroom prices, devoid of taxes, insurance and other miscellaneous charges. 

Summary

It is easier to summarize this than we thought. And that is entirely down to the difference in intent of the two SUVs in question – the Kia Seltos and the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara. If you’re a potential buyer on the fence between these two SUVs, we’ve got you covered. 

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara

The  Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is the SUV that you should bring home if you like your cars to be fuel efficient. Despite being an SUV, the Grand Vitara delivers astonishing fuel economy thanks to the hybrid trickery under its hood. It’s also a well-built, feature-loaded SUV that looks and feels the part. Plus, you get Maruti’s aforementioned unbeatable sales and service support. 

Kia-Seltos
Kia Seltos

But if you’re an enthusiast who values performance, the Kia Seltos is the car for you. It offers a diesel engine, better performance, more powertrain options, better boot space, and safety. The benchmark that Kia set four years ago with the original Seltos still remains and the new one takes the game ahead of all its rivals ticking all the boxes. 

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