Can A 115-Horsepower Kia Seltos Beat The 174-Horsepower Toyota Fortuner In Drag Races? - story fullscreen Fullscreen

Can A 115-Horsepower Kia Seltos Beat The 174-Horsepower Toyota Fortuner In Drag Races?

The Fortuner makes a lot more power, but the Seltos is much lighter

The Fortuner makes a lot more power, but the Seltos is much lighter

‘Arun Panwar’ uploaded a video of a drag race on his YouTube channel. The contenders included a Kia Seltos and a Toyota Fortuner. Both the vehicles belong to different niches, but it evens out at the onset. The Fortuner churns out a lot more power than the Seltos, but it is also a lot heavier than its Korean counterpart. Which SUV do you have your bets on?

Both SUVs Have Oil-Burners Under The Hood

Can A 115-Horsepower Kia Seltos Beat The 174-Horsepower Toyota Fortuner In Drag Races?
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The model variants aren’t mentioned, but from the outputs that are mentioned, we have deciphered what powers these SUVs.

The Kia Seltos is powered by a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel mill that puts out 113 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. Power is routed to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.

The Fortuner is a pre-facelift model, perhaps a 2020 model, that comes with a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine under the hood. It is said to make 174 horses and 420 Nm of torque, but those are the outputs for a manual gearbox, two-wheel-drive model. The four-wheel-drive trim with the automatic gearbox makes the same horses and 450 Nm of torque. Anywhoo, power is channeled to the wheels via a six-speed torque converter. This is a four-wheel-drive SUV, but was engaged in the two-wheel-drive mode for the races.

How Did They Fare Against Each Other?

Can A 115-Horsepower Kia Seltos Beat The 174-Horsepower Toyota Fortuner In Drag Races?
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The SUVs went up against each other on a normal road which we hope was blocked for this race since it looked like a public road within a township or a layout. There were five drag races in total. For the first couple of races, the Toyota was engaged in the Normal model.

In the first race, the Fortuner’s driver was slow to react which gave the Seltos a lead from the starting line all the way till the end. The second race was pretty much the same, although reaction times were slightly better.

For the rest of the rounds, they engaged the Fortuner in Power Mode, but that didn’t matter whatsoever. For the fourth round, the drivers swapped the cars, but the results were the same. Finally, they figured out that there was sand on one end of the road which was causing wheel-spin. The cars changed their lanes that made it look like an even fight for a few seconds initially, only for the Seltos to score another win for a 5-0 clean sweep over the Fortuner.

Final Thoughts

Can A 115-Horsepower Kia Seltos Beat The 174-Horsepower Toyota Fortuner In Drag Races?
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It wasn’t a drag strip and the SUVs stood quite close to each other. One wrong swivel and it would’ve been a disaster, especially for the Kia Seltos as it scored just three stars in its Global NCAP crash test. Also, not trying to nitpick here, but the driver in the Fortuner didn’t put on the seatbelt in any of the races. For a channel that has almost a million subscribers and will surely influence a lot of younger viewers to attempt this themselves, they should’ve been careful about these things. We strongly suggest you buckle up and have both your hands on the steering wheel when driving at such high speeds.

Watch the video below and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Senior Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
As a full-on enthusiast, Sidd has been active in the automotive world his entire life. He started reading about cars and trucks at the age of 5 and has attended and reported numerous auto shows and race events. Over the years, Sidd has become an expert among his peers, especially in the field of pickup trucks, and finds himself constantly wrapped up the day-to-day news and developments of the truck and sportscar world. In all honesty, Sidd’s love is divided between cars and trucks, music, and acting, but he manages to devote 100-percent of his heart to all three.  Read full bio
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