Can the new compact SUV compete with bigger rivals in terms of roominess?

  • Kia Seltos’ pricing brings it into contention with bigger SUVs like MG Hector and Tata Harrier.
  • Seltos is smaller than both but has more boot space than Harrier.
  • Harrier front row seats more spacious overall while Hector has bigger seat base; Seltos not far behind.
  • Harrier’s extra width most apparent in rear seat space and more kneeroom with front seat pushed all the way back.
  • Seltos’ second-row offers more headroom, bigger seat base and taller seat backs than the bigger SUVs.

Kia has made its entry in India with the launch of the Seltos, a compact SUV rivalling the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Nissan Kicks and Renault Captur. Its introductory prices range from Rs 9.69 lakh to Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This brings the Seltos into contention with 5-seater mid-size SUVs as well like the MG Hector and Tata Harrier.

But despite being a segment below, how does the Seltos fare in terms of cabin space as compared to the bigger rivals? Let’s find out.


Measurement Kia Seltos MG Hector Tata Harrier
Length 4315mm 4655mm 4598mm
Width 1800mm 1835mm 1894mm
Height 1620mm 1760mm 1706mm
Wheelbase 2610mm 2750mm 2741mm
Boot Space 433 litres 587 litres 425 litres
  • The MG Hector is the longest and tallest SUV on this list with the longest wheelbase and the 587 litres of boot space is 154 litres more than the Seltos and 162 litres more than the Harrier.
  • In every exterior dimension, the Kia Seltos is smaller than the other two.
  • The Tata Harrier is the widest offering here with the least boot space.

Front-row Space

Kia Seltos MG Hector Tata Harrier
Legroom (min-max) 915-1070mm 885-1010mm 930-1110mm
Kneeroom (min-max) 560-770mm 580-780mm 540-780mm
Headroom (min-max) 870-970mm(driver) 930-960mm(driver) 940-1040mm(driver)
Seat base length 515mm 520mm 460mm
Seat base width 450mm 485mm 490mm
Seat back height 610mm 630mm 660mm
Cabin width 1395mm 1410mm 1485mm
Shoulder width 1340mm 1355mm 1350mm
  • The Harrier has the most legroom to offer in the front and surprisingly, the Seltos offers more legroom than the Hector.
  • In terms of kneeroom, all three are closely matched with the Seltos’ max space just 10mm shorter than the other two while the Hector wins overall.
  • The Hector has the longest front seat base, followed closely by the Seltos. The Harrier is far off in comparison. But in terms of seat width and seat back height, the Harrier wins. The Kia compact SUV front seats measured the smallest in all aspects compared to these two mid-size SUVs.
  • Seltos has the least shoulder width (1340mm) on offer but it’s not far off from the Hector which has the most to offer (+15mm).
  • The cabin width of the Harrier (1485mm) is a lot more than either the Hector (-75mm) or Seltos (-90mm).
  • Overall, the Harrier’s front row is the roomiest of these three SUVs.

Second-row Space

Kia Seltos MG Hector Tata Harrier
Shoulder room 1320mm 1390mm 1400mm
Head room 945mm 920mm 940mm
Kneeroom (max-min) 615-830mm 700-930mm 720-910mm
Seat base width 1224mm 1240mm 1340mm
Seat base length 480mm 450mm 475mm
Seat back height 640mm 625mm 625mm
Floor hump height 45mm 0mm 120mm
Floor hump width 325mm 0mm 295mm
  • Moving onto the rear seats, the difference in size between the Seltos, Harrier and Hector becomes more apparent.
  • The Kia has the least shoulder room to offer while the Harrier has the most (+80mm).
  • In terms of headroom, however, the Seltos is able to offer the most to its rear occupants followed by the Harrier (-5mm) and Hector (-25mm).
  • The Harrier’s rear bench is the widest by 100mm more than second-place Hector while the Seltos is another 26mm slimmer. This Tata could seat three more comfortably than the Kia or MG.
  • However, in terms of underthigh support with the seat base length, the Seltos has the other two beat with 480mm, which is 5mm more than the Harrier and 30mm more than the Hector.
  • Same goes for the seat back height as the Seltos’ rear seats are 15mm taller than both competitors on this list.
  • When it comes to foot space for the middle occupant of the rear seat, the Hector’s flat floor design takes an easy win.

The Seltos’ floor hump is shorter but wider as compared to the Harrier’s. In the Kia, you can keep your feet on the hump, but in the Tata you’d prefer to keep your feet either side of it.


Kia Seltos MG Hector Tata Harrier
Ex-showroom, Delhi prices Rs 9.69 lakh to Rs 15.99 lakh Rs 12.18 lakh to Rs 16.88 lakh Rs 13 lakh to Rs 16.76 lakh
  • The Seltos is available with petrol and diesel engines, all of which get an automatic transmission option as well.
  • The Hector doesn’t offer a diesel-AT variant but it does get a petrol-AT choice.
  • Tata’s Harrier is only available with a diesel-MT powertrain as of now.

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