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The Kia and the Hyundai are siblings, and both offer almost the same things, be it power or features, just in a different body. Some minor differences exist, which may tip the scale.

Hyundai is the parent company of Kia, which has been enjoying a very good run in the country, basking in the success of the Seltos and the Sonet. The Hyundai brand is also quite successful with the Creta and the Venue. What a lot of you might know is that the top contenders in the segment, the Creta and the Seltos are actually based on the same exact chassis. But for buyers wondering whether the two cars are the same, the answer is no, the Creta and the Seltos both have clear differences which make them distinct vehicles made on the same platform.

  1. Design wise both the cars are quite contradictory, while the Creta uses Hyundai’s sharp and curvy design the Seltos takes towards a more SUVish linear approach. The Creta has a more curvy design which accentuates the muscular lines of the vehicle, it also has the new split headlamp design. The Seltos features a long straight hood, and muscular lines, now while the Creta looks bigger and wider, the Seltos is both longer and wider ( Marginally). Both are accompanied by LED DRLs, headlamps and taillamps. Herein, it is perhaps an individual’s preference of style, as both the cars are slightly contrasting.
  2. Power wise the Kia gets three engine options, a 1.4 litre Turbo unit that makes 138 hp and 242 Nm of torque, while the 1.5 litre Smartstream engine makes 113 hp and 144 Nm of torque. The diesel unit is 1.5 litres which makes 113 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The 1.5 litre petrol comes with only manual while the Turbo can be paired to an automatic, same as the diesel. The exact same engines are available with the Creta with the same power and transmission options. The Creta also gets steering mounted paddle shifters which the Seltos doesn’t.
  3. On the inside the new Creta is minimalistic, featuring vertical AC vents and a large 10.25 inch screen in the middle. The Hyundai gives an aura of spaciousness, with the clever use of elements and a wide view from the cabin. The seats are ventilated too, along with climate control, the instrument panel is a display too. In the Seltos one gets a sportier feel, with the large black dashboard which integrates the instrument screen and the infotainment screen( 10.25 inch). The Kia has largely blacked out interiors and comes with the same comfort features that the Creta does. One difference with the Seltos is that the instrument has analog dials for the Speedo and rev counter and that the Creta has a massive panoramic sunroof.
  4. Features wise, the Creta and the Seltos are equally matched, with only minor differences. The Kia gets 360-degree camera and front park assist, blind spot indicator, the HUD and rain sensing wipers. Most of the other components are the same, and in simple words ‘wrapped’ in a different package. The Creta also has twin-exhausts, rear-seat cushions which are unique to it.
  5. Safety wise both the cars use a strengthened body to withstand impacts, and come with electronic assists like ESC, ABS, HSC amongst others, both also get all-disc brakes.
Anagh Bhaskar

Anagh Bhaskar

I am a journalism grad who has always had a passion towards machines, especially cars and war machines, the sheer competitiveness of the industry which works with the same enthusiasm everyday without fail is what fascinates me. Favourie Car: Nissan GT-R R35 Quote: What you do in life echoes in eternity- Russell Crowe, Maximus, Gladiator