While the Kia Seltos has a 1.5-litre diesel-sipping heart that outputs 115PS-250Nm, the BSIV Maruti Vitara Brezza used to come with a 1.3-litre oil burner with just 90PS-200Nm on tap
Many of you would have seen the numerous Youtube videos we have on tug-of-war challenges between cars. In most cases, the two contenders are close rivals who belong to the same segment. While we have yet another tug-of-war video with us today, what makes it different from others is that it shows two cars from completely different segments engaged in a duel with each other. On one end, we have a Kia Seltos with a 1.5-litre diesel powerplant and on the other, we have the pre-facelift Maruti Vitara Brezza with a 1.3-litre oil burner.
Although both these SUVs are best-sellers in their respective segments, there’s a clear power advantage that the Kia Seltos enjoys over the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The former offers a maximum power of 115hp and a peak torque of 250Nm, and in this case, comes mated to a 6-speed torque converter unit. The latter has only 90hp and 200Nm on offer, along with having a 5-speed manual gearbox. Thus, from these specs, it’s clear that it’s pretty tough for the Brezza to hold a candle against its more potent rival. But let’s not forget that the Seltos is also heavier than its rival here.
Anyway, starting with the competition, the two vehicles are driven to an empty ground of sorts, where the two are tied with each other and driven in opposite directions to develop some tension in the metal chain tied between them. The competition starts and soon, both the SUVs find their front wheels dug deep into the ground. There’s no clear winner here and the match results in a tie but that’s simply because both the vehicles struggled for traction on the much and ended up getting bogged down.
Next, the Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Kia Seltos are driven to the tarmac and the second round is conducted. Here, the Seltos was quick to show its supremacy in the second round as it managed to pull the Brezza towards itself. The competition is paused and is resumed only after a driver change. Even in the next few rounds, the Seltos emerges on the winning side but in most of the attempts, it did look like it wasn’t all that easy for it to outclass the Brezza.
In the last few rounds, the Brezza could easily resist the pull of the Seltos, at least for a lot of time before losing out to the Seltos. In fact, in one of the rounds, it even managed to pull the Seltos towards itself but this could be down to the driver error. We’re sure the reason for Brezza’s performance is the good spread of torque in the low- and mid-range, along with good gearing. The Seltos, being an automatic, could have suffered from some lag during this tug of war match. We’re sure the petrol Brezza would have easily been put to shame though, simply because it has much lower torque than its diesel counterpart.
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