Honda Elevate Rear Three Quarter

Honda Elevate vs Kia Seltos: A Potential Threat to the Kia Seltos

The Honda Elevate is one of the most anticipated Honda cars in the country. But as you might be aware, the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta have been topping the sales chart since their introduction in the Indian compact SUV market.

Since this segment is highly competitive, many carmakers have made a foray into this segment, and many are going to enter this market. For further information, you can check out this article on autoX: top upcoming SUVs in India.

Furthermore, the Kia Seltos recently received a few added features as well as some cosmetic tweaks. In contrast, the Honda Elevate is yet to be seen on the tarmac and its deliveries will commence from September, this year, onwards.

So, let’s begin to weigh these two SUVs and see how they stack up against each other regarding features and specifications.


Before jumping straight to the figures, let’s talk about the underpinnings of these two SUVs.

The Honda Elevate has its underpinnings borrowed from the Honda Global Small Car platform that also underpins the Honda Jazz (fourth-gen), Honda HR-V (third-gen) and the Honda City (fifth-gen).

On the other hand, the Kia Seltos is based on the Hyundai-Kia K2 platform that underpins the Kia Carens and other Hyundai cars: Creta and Hyundai Alcazar.

As far as the figures are concerned, the Kia Seltos can be had in both petrol and diesel engines. On the other hand, the Honda Elevate will be available in petrol only, once launched.

The Kia Seltos’ 1.5-litre, G1.5 MPi, naturally-aspirated petrol engine is tuned to churn out 113 bhp at 6300 rpm and 144 Nm of peak torque at 4500 rpm. In parallel, the 1.5-litre, G1.5 T-GDI, turbocharged petrol engine can churn out 158 bhp at 5500 rpm and 253 Nm of peak torque at 1500 rpm.

Finally, we have the diesel version of the Kia Seltos. Under the hood of this iteration, you will get a 1.5-litre CRDi VGT turbocharged diesel engine, which is tuned to churn out 114 bhp at 4000 rpm and 250 Nm of peak torque at 1500 rpm.

On the other hand, the carmaker has confirmed that the upcoming Honda Elevate will have a City-sourced petrol engine. It will be the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC, naturally-aspirated petrol mill, which is tuned to pump out 119 bhp at 6600 rpm and 145 Nm of peak torque at 4300 rpm. In addition to that, the Japanese automotive manufacturer also hinted at the hybrid iteration of the Honda Elevate but its specific launch date is not confirmed yet.

Moreover, the Kia Seltos has several transmission options, such as a six-speed manual, a six-speed iMT, a CVT, a six-speed torque converter, and a seven-speed DCT gearbox. Check out the Kia Seltos price on the autoX website.

Honda Elevate vs Kia Seltos

On the flip side, the Honda Elevate will have a standard six-speed manual and an optional CVT.

As far as fuel efficiency is concerned, the Kia Seltos’ mileage ranges between 17 km/l and 20.7 km/l, depending upon the engine and transmission combination. In addition to that, the Honda Elevate’s mileage ranges between 15.31 km/l and 16.92 km/l, depending upon the engine and transmission combination. These are ARAI-certified mileage figures. Please note that the real-world mileage figures will vary with various factors, such as individuals’ driving styles, engine and transmission combinations and local traffic conditions. 

For your reference, the hybrid compact SUVs in this segment include the Toyota Hyryder and the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara.

As for the Seltos, you can check out the 2023 Seltos review on the autoX website.

Suspension and Brake Setups

Let’s start with the king (in terms of sales) of the compact SUV segment, the Kia Seltos. It stands on a McPherson Strut with a coil spring at the front and a torsion beam with a coil spring at the rear. Like other Honda offerings, you can expect a soft suspension, as a result, a comfort-oriented ride quality you would get. 

On the flip side, the Kia Seltos stands on McPherson Strut with a coil spring at the front and a coupled torsion beam axle (CTBA) with a coil spring at the rear.

As far as the braking duties are concerned, all the variants of the Honda Elevate will disc-drum brakes, whereas, the Kia Seltos has disc brakes, as standard.


Before listing the features, it should be worth noting that the offerings mentioned here belong to the top-most variant of these two vehicles.

At the same time, you might have felt that the Kia Seltos is the most feature-loaded vehicle in this comparison. The updated iteration boasts a dual-pane sunroof, voice command, ambient lighting, an electrically adjustable seat (driver’s side), a leatherette upholstery, and front ventilated seats (cooling function only).

Further, it offers a sunglass holder, driver armrest storage, a rear wiper, electrically adjustable ORVMs, rear-manual side window blinds, an electric tailgate release, a rear windshield blind, auto HVAC, etc. For exterior lighting, it is equipped with LED headlights with LED DRLs, passive cornering lights, LED taillights, and LED fog lamps.

On the safety front, it boasts an automatic headlight, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming IRVM, traction control, hill-descent control, traction control, etc. Further, it has ABS with EBD, ESC, brake assist, hill-hold control, and six airbags. It also has a tyre pressure monitoring system and a connected car technology.

The most notable safety feature of the 2023 Kia Seltos is the Level-2 ADAS suite, which incorporates features, such as rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot detection, lane departure prevention, high-beam assist, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. The ADAS is exclusive to the top-most variant of the 2023 Kia Seltos. Check out the location-based Kia Seltos price here. 

In parallel, the top-most variant of the Honda Elevate will also boast a similar number of offerings as the top-most variant of the Kia Seltos. That said, it will also boast a Level-2 ADAS. A few examples of the Elevate’s features are six airbags, auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, ABS with EBD, traction control, an auto-dimming IRVM, connected car technology, one-touch down/up power window (all), and electric tailgate release. You can check out the full list of Honda Elevate features on the autoX website.

Prices and Variants

The upcoming Honda Elevate’s price will be similar to its direct rivals. It will be sold in four broad variants: SV, V, VX and ZX.

The Kia Seltos is offered in three broad variants: Tech (HT) Line, GT Line and X-Line. The Tech Line is further classified into HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX and HTX+ trims, whereas the GT Line (GTX+) and X-Line are single fully loaded variants. It has a total of eighteen variants. The Kia Seltos price starts at Rs 10.90 lakh and goes up to Rs 20 lakh. 

All are ex-showroom prices in Delhi, as of August 2023. Please note that these prices are subject to change without any prior notice to the customer. You can, however, visit the autoX website to access the latest location-based price list for your dream vehicle. For more, visit our website or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. So, stay tuned!

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