At Rs 15.88 lakh, the Hector Sharp Hybrid actually costs Rs 11,000 less than the Seltos GTX+ MT, but at Rs 16.88 lakh, the Hector Sharp diesel costs Rs 89,000 more than the Kia Seltos HTX+ diesel MT, which is priced at Rs 15.99 lakh. What the Hector Sharp brings to the table is automatic climate control, a massive dual-pane panoramic sunroof (the largest in the segment) with remote open-close function, six airbags (the Seltos HTX+ diesel gets just two airbags), 360-degree surround view camera, heated ORVMs, a four-way power-adjustable co-driver’s seat and powered tailgate. The Seltos HTX+ also features an eight-speaker Bose audio system and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and one-ups the Hector Sharp with ventilated front seats and wireless smartphone charging, but doesn’t get as many airbags. Kia is set to introduce a fully-loaded GTX+ variant for the 1.4 petrol-DCT and diesel-auto combinations a month later , which will get six airbags, an 8.0-inch head-up display, a 360-degree surround view camera, blind spot monitor and drive modes and traction control, but these top-spec variants are likely to be priced precariously close to the Hector Sharp.
My preference is a year old car on PCP with zero deposit (or at most a grand). My car allowance covers the monthly ‘rental’ and I know I’m protected against any falls in the used value. The GFV is so low that not the car IS reliable I can chose to buy it at the end and run it for a few more years. The guy at the next desk buys cars around 5k but he accepts that something expensive will go once a year – this year it was a gear linkage and a steering rack. At 90k he’s budgeted for the DPF and dual mass over the next two years. Works for him.
Throttle smoothness has been tuned to perfection and the GS quickly laughed off a preconceived notion I’d held for years. For some reason, I always imagined the GS to be a big softie – a gentle giant, if you will. But opening the throttle at the first stretch of open road, sucker-punched that idea right out of my head. To be fair, I should have known better; 136hp and 143Nm are no joke, but what really got to me was how hard-hitting the low- and mid-range performance is. BMW’s new Shiftcam variable camshaft control system blesses an already torque-laden motor with what is now knockout mid-range performance and anything upwards of 3,000rpm is seriously quick. I spent the entire day between 3,000 and 6,000rpm, and the only time I found the 9,000rpm rev limiter was when I actively went looking for it; at this point it becomes clear that the mid-range is this engine’s happy place.
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