Spec Comparison – Skoda Kushaq Monte Carlo vs Kia Seltos X Line

The current batch of new car buyers in India are looking for a feature-rich variant with distinctive styling cues. In an effort to meet this growing demand, automakers like Skoda and Kia have introduced special edition versions in the form of the Kushaq Monte Carlo and Seltos X Line, respectively. Read below to learn more about the main differences between these two models.

Outside

The recently launched Kushaq Monte Carlo gets gloss black surrounds around the butterfly-pattern multi-blade grille, instead of the chrome finish of the regular version. In addition, the fascia is highlighted by a gloss black front diffuser. As for the sides, the Kushaq Monte Carlo rolls on a set of 17-inch two-tone Vega alloy wheels from the Octavia vRS 245. Additionally, the 1.5-liter TSI version gets red brake calipers, while the 1.0 liter TSI gets black calipers. To complete the overall sporty styling element, the Kushaq Monte Carlo receives a gloss carbon steel roof with matte black roof rails, Monte Carlo fender trim and chrome inserts on the door handle. The rear is highlighted by shiny black inscriptions of the letters Skoda and Kushaq.

Three-quarter front right

In September 2021, Kia introduced the Seltos X Line in the country. This top-of-the-line model benefits from a segment-first matte paint scheme called “Xclusive Matte Graphite”. The SUV rolls on a set of 18-inch wheels with blacked-out chrome accents around the vehicle. Additionally, the vehicle also gets orange accents around the bumpers as well as the side moldings.

Interior

Dashboard

The Skoda Kushaq Monte Carlo receives two-tone red and black upholstery and Monte Carlo lettering on the headrests. In addition, the vehicle receives aluminum pedals and red mood lighting on the passenger side of the dashboard which underlines its sporty character. Additionally, the vehicle gets red stitching on the door armrest as well as the center armrest. The SUV gets a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Skoda Play apps in a red theme. Interestingly, it also gets an eight-inch all-digital dashboard from the Slavia midsize sedan.

Dashboard

The interior of the Seltos X Line isn’t too different from the regular model except for the revised upholstery in a new blue shade called Indigo Pera. Additionally, the seats and door cushions also receive distinctive gray stitching. Since the X Line is based on the top-end GT Line variant, it offers features like a wireless charger, 360-degree camera, ventilated front seats, and more.

Engine

The Skoda Kushaq Monte Carlo edition is available in two gasoline engine options. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI engine produces 114 hp between 5,000 and 5,500 rpm and 178 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. This engine is available with a six-speed manual transmission and six-speed automatic transmission options and it also benefits from start and stop recuperation to deliver better fuel efficiency figures. On the other hand, the 1.5-liter four-cylinder TSI engine generates 148 hp between 5,000 and 6,000 rpm and 250 Nm between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm. This engine is available in six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG options.

Unlike the Kushaq Monte Carlo which is limited to two petrol engine options, the Seltos X Line is available in petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 113 PS and 250 Nm of torque, while the 1.4-litre T-GDI version generates 138 PS at 6,000 rpm and 242 Nm of torque at 1,500 rpm. Both engine options get an automatic transmission.

Conclusion

The Kushaq is available at a starting price of Rs 15.99 lakh (ex-showroom) and goes up to Rs 19.49 lakh (ex-showroom) for the 1.5 TSI automatic. On the other hand, the Seltos X Line petrol and diesel automatic variants are priced at Rs 18.15 lakh (ex-showroom). Of the two cars, the Kushaq Monte Carlo spoils you with choices and is also competitively priced, however, it lacks the diesel option which is available in the Seltos X Line. Therefore, based on individual preferences, customers can opt for one or the other.

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