India. Located in South Asia, it is the second-most populated country in the world. In terms of automobile also, India is not bad. In April-March 2019, the overall automobile exports grew by 14.50 per cent. Three Wheelers and Two Wheelers registered a growth of 3.17 per cent, 49.00 per cent and 16.55 per cent respectively in April-March 2019 over the same period last year. But you see India has a population of around 1.32 billion and deciding a Car of the Year for such a country isn’t easy, but even impossible becomes possible with teamwork. And so over the last month, we, a team of 8 Indians (including me) have been pondering our heads and have put forward in front of you polls about different categories of cars in India. Now, we do have a winner. The winner has been voted by you all. It is for the people, by the people, of the people.
Whoop, holler and don’t forget the fizz, the Drivetribe India Car of the Year is...
Yes, it is the Kia Seltos. Many has anticipated this but it wasn't a cake walk for the Korea, the Seltos has had to battle the BMW M5 to become the winner. The Seltos is a car built for Indian roads. If you are in the market right now for a new car, you just can't stop your head from turning towards this machine. I think Kia nailed its start in the Indian subcontinent by launching an SUV as its first car as the Indian car market is right now red-hot. The strategic masterstroke by the Koreans has payed off.
This is it then, the Kia Seltos is the DT India Car of the Year chosen by over a 100 Indians on Drivetribe. What A Machine.
What Team India said about the winner...
Shivaum Punjabi (DT India and MENA Ambassador)
"The Seltos winning is not the surprise for me here. It is a very well put together car. Priced decently and comes loaded with enough goodies. Drives well and has the Hyundai reputation backing it up. It drives very well too. What surprised me was the M5 Competition coming in second when there were a lot more other cars available."
"With how much anticipation Kia, as a brand was surrounded with in 2019; how active their 'badass' ad campaign was; how stunningly designed and proportioned the car is – its no surprise the crossover won the market! Moreover, the excellent ride quality, features, comfort etc. helped it gain the hearts of the DrivrTribers, which consequently aided it in winning our COTY Award. Kudos to Kia!!!"
"I was really looking forward to the Seltos winning! Kia commercials were on in every channel throughout the country, there was so much hype to it and so, the perfect all-round car is now the best-selling SUV in India. This is a tough market and Kia has been brilliant with their first ever car here. Congratulations!"
"While nearly every other manufacturer has been complaining about the economic slowdown and how it affected their sales, Kia literally came to our shores just a few months ago and sold tens of thousands of their Seltos. Well done Kia, you’ve been doing a great job in selling good quality, safe cars that are loaded to the brim with tech at reasonable prices. You guys really have set the standards for the industry. Kudos!"
"The result had me elated! And i believe I might go abut offtopic here but it's all for the greater good. I mean, obviously, the Kia Seltos was the juggernaut in this battle, but I was happy to see what followed. A super fast saloon (M5 Competition) coming in second, followed by a proper lunatic sportscar (Huracan Evo) grabbing third and then finally, a tie between a hatchback (Polo) and a super-SUV (Urus)! We can all see the humongous SUV landslide which has befallen upon us, yet the Urus got tied with a hatchback worth 1/30th of its price and further outvoted by two segment of cars that got me loving cars in the first place. So, yes, the Seltos SUV wins this battle, but in the big picture, we still love mad sportscars and fast saloons even though we had a spaceship-lookalike SUV from ahem ahem.... Lamborghini! Good job DriveTribers."
Rachit Shad Trehan
"Frankly, I wasn't expecting Seltos to leave everything else in a dust storm. Don't get me wrong, I like what Kia has done to create it. The Seltos comes with the broadest choice in powertrains; is handsomely equipped; and does bring a whiff of fresh air in the hotly-contested SUV space. However, it does have some niggles. For instance, the diesel engine is the least powerful in the segment. Another downer is that the rear seats aren't exactly suitable for three adults. They may survive over short distances within a city but they'll definitely curse the car after completing a long journey. And, of course, there's a huge question mark on the after-sales service. But, none of that makes any difference because the Seltos is just killing it!
So Indians the fairy tale, i.e. the Indian car of the year has now come to an end. It wouldn't have been possible without your support. From all of us at Drivetribe India, THANK YOU! (DHANYAWAD).