Tata Curvv vs Kia Seltos vs Honda Elevate: Specifications Comparison

The compact SUV segment in India is already a hotly contested space with as many as nine models that includes the Kia Seltos and Honda Elevate. Now, with the Tata Curvv (an SUV-coupe) set to enter this competitive segment, we have compared its details with a few of its key rivals mentioned earlier, starting with their dimensions.

Dimensions

Dimension Tata Curvv Kia Seltos Honda Elevate
Length 4308 mm 4365 mm 4312 mm
Width 1810 mm 1800 mm 1790 mm
Height 1630 mm 1645 mm^ 1650 mm
Wheelbase 2560 mm 2610 mm 2650 mm

^with 18-inch alloy wheels and roof rails

The Tata Curvv is the widest offering here. In terms of the overall length, it’s the Kia Seltos that is the longest compact SUV of the trio. When it comes to the overall height and wheelbase, it’s the Honda Elevate here that is the tallest and has the longest wheelbase, beating the Curvv by 20 mm and 90 mm, respectively.

Petrol Powertrain

Specification Tata Curvv Kia Seltos Honda Elevate
Engine 1.2-litre turbo-petrol 1.5-litre N/A* petrol/ 1.5-litre turbo-petrol 1.5-litre N/A* petrol
Power 125 PS 115 PS/ 160 PS 121 PS
Torque 225 Nm 144 Nm/ 253 Nm 145 Nm
Transmission 6-speed MT, 7-speed DCT (expected) 6-speed MT, CVT/ 6-speed iMT^, 7-speed DCT 6-speed MT, CVT

*N.A. – Naturally Aspirated ^iMT – manual without the clutch pedal

While the Curvv’s petrol powertrain here is the smallest in size (displacement), it is a turbocharged unit and hence has the second-highest torque figure among the trio. The Seltos’ 1.5-litre turbo powertrain is the most powerful and torqueist petrol engine on offer in the compact SUV space. Kia is also the only carmaker here to offer a choice of two petrol engines and a total of four transmission options. Between the Seltos and Elevate’s naturally aspirated engines, it’s the Honda SUV that makes more power and 1 Nm of more torque. It gets the same transmission options as the Seltos with the N.A. unit.

Diesel Powertrain

Specification Tata Curvv Kia Seltos
Engine 1.5-litre diesel 1.5-litre diesel
Power 115 PS 116 PS
Torque 260 Nm 250 Nm
Transmission 6-speed MT 6-speed MT, 6-speed AT

All carmakers here, except for Honda, offer their SUVs with a diesel powertrain option. The Curvv has been confirmed to come with the Nexon’s 1.5-litre diesel engine. While its automatic transmission options haven’t been revealed as yet, it will come with a 6-speed MT.

Feature Highlights

Feature Tata Curvv (expected) Kia Seltos Honda Elevate
Auto-LED headlights LED DRL light bar LED connected taillights
18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels
10.25-inch digital driver’s display
12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Connected car tech
Ventilated front seats
Panoramic sunroof
Auto AC
Ambient lighting
Wireless phone charging
Paddle shifters (Auto only)
Premium JBL sound system
Cruise control
6 airbags
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
360-degree camera
Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
ADAS
LED front fog lamps
18-inch gloss-black alloy wheels
Leatherette upholstery
8-way power-adjustable driver seat
Heads-up display
Dual-zone AC
Air purifier
Electronic parking brake with auto-hold
Front and rear parking sensors
LaneWatch camera
Reversing camera

For those of you looking to buy the most feature-packed SUV here, it’s the Kia Seltos that should be your pick. Kia has equipped it with segment leading features such as dual-integrated 10.25-inch displays, an 8-way power-adjustable driver seat, and dual-zone AC. While Tata is yet to reveal the complete features list of the Curvv, it is expected to be a feature-rich offering too.

We believe it will get premium comforts such as a panoramic sunroof, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and a bigger 12.3-inch touchscreen from the Harrier-Safari duo. Even though the Honda Elevate packs features like a 10.25-inch touchscreen and ADAS, it misses out on premium equipment like a panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera and a fully digital driver’s display as offered on its rivals here.

Price

Tata Curvv (expected) Kia Seltos Honda Elevate
Price range (ex-showroom) Rs 10.50 lakh to Rs 17 lakh Rs 10.90 lakh to Rs 20.30 lakh

While the Tata Curvv is yet to be launched, we are expecting it to have an aggressive introductory price range to attract customers in the crowded compact SUV segment. Its diesel variants are also expected to undercut the Seltos’ top-spec pricing by a big margin. While the Honda Elevate has the costliest entry point of the trio, it’s the Kia SUV whose top-spec variant crosses the Rs 20-lakh mark.

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