Kia Seltos vs Mahindra XUV 300: Turbo-petrol Real-world Performance & Mileage Comparison

Published On October 26, 2019 02:00 PM By Sonny Rex for Kia Seltos at CarDekho.com

Does the Kia outperform the smaller XUV300? Or is it the other way around? Let’s find out

Mahindra introduced a new turbocharged petrol engine with the launch of the XUV300 earlier this year. The new Kia Seltos’ engine list also includes a turbo-petrol motor. While the Mahindra is a sub-4m SUV, the Kia is a compact SUV. We tested both cars in real-world conditions to find out which one fares better.

 

Kia Seltos

Mahindra XUV 300

Engine

1.4-litre turbo

1.2-litre turbo

Power

140PS

110PS

Torque

242Nm

200Nm

Transmission

6-speed MT

6-speed MT

Emission type

BS6

BS4

Both petrol engines are turbocharged and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Kia engine is already BS6 compliant while the Mahindra unit is a BS4 unit. It’s also bigger, more powerful and torquier than the XUV 300.

Performance Comparison Acceleration & Roll-on Tests

 

0-100kmph

30-80kmph (3rd gear)

40-100kmph (4th gear)

Seltos

9.36s

6.55s

10.33s

XUV 300

12.39s

8.65s

14.11s

The Kia’s performance advantage is apparent in our acceleration tests. The Seltos is much quicker to accelerate than the XUV 300 in every aspect. Its three seconds quicker to reach a 100kmph, almost four seconds quicker to accelerate from 40kmph to 100kmph in 4th gear and nearly two seconds quicker to do 30kmph to 80kmph in 3rd gear.

Braking Test

 

100-0kmph

80-0kmph

Seltos

41.3m

26.43m

XUV 300

41.59m

25.44m

Both cars feature disc brakes on all four wheels. The Seltos can brake sooner than the XUV 300 when stopping from a 100kmph. However, when braking from 80kmph, the XUV 300 stops a full meter before the Seltos.

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Fuel-Efficiency Comparison

 

Claimed (ARAI)

City (tested)

Highway (tested)

Seltos

16.1kmpl

11.51kmpl

18.03kmpl

XUV 300

17kmpl

12.16kmpl

14.25kmp

The XUV 300’s smaller turbocharged petrol engine is more frugal than the Seltos in city driving conditions. However, the highway mileage is almost 4kmpl fewer than the Kia’s larger engine. The XUV300 falls short of its claimed figures in both circumstances.

 

50% City, 50% Highway

75% City, 25% Highway

25% City, 75% Highway

Seltos

14.05kmpl

12.65kmpl

15.79kmpl

XUV 300

13.12kmpl

12.62kmpl

13.66kmpl

When calculating the average efficiency of the Kia Seltos and Mahindra XUV 300 in both city and highway driving conditions, the larger SUV happens to be more frugal. In a balance of city and highway mileage and with predominant highway use, the Seltos compact SUV does more kilometres per litre of fuel than the XUV 300. For mostly city driving, the efficiency figures between the two are very similar, but the Seltos is just a tad more efficient.

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