Kia Seltos Turbo-petrol Manual vs DCT: Real-world Performance & Mileage Comparison

December 02 2019

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This time around we have the Kia Seltos going up against the Kia Seltos. However, one is a manual while the other is an automatic

Kia Seltos’ entry into the Indian market has seen it compared to a lot of existing cars but we decided to compare it to itself. You see, the Seltos is offered in a number of powertrain combinations, with each engine having the option of either a manual transmission, or an automatic transmission. Thus, we decided to compare the manual and automatic transmission versions of the Seltos’ most powerful 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine.

Take a look at the engine specs below.

 Kia Seltos
1.4-litre turbo-petrol
6-speed MT/7-speed DCT
Claimed FE
Emission Type

As the same engine is present in both versions of the Seltos, there is nothing but the transmission that separates the two on paper.

Performance Comparison 

Acceleration and Roll-on Tests:

Kia Seltos 1.4 MT
9.36 seconds
Kia Seltos 1.4 DCT
9.51 seconds

Sprinting from zero to 100kmph, the times are close. However, even we were surprised when the manual transmission version of the Seltos ended up beating the DCT version. After all, dual clutch transmissions are known for their shifting speed. In the end, we pegged it down to the fact that in the manual version of the Seltos, we are able to get a better launch than the DCT version.

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