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Kia Sonet vs Rivals: Specifications Compared


How does the Sonet fare against its well-established rivals on paper? Let’s find out

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The launch of the Kia Sonet is just around the corner and looks like its rivals are already prepared for some stiff competition. How else do you explain the XUV300's massive price cut! The Sonet is certainly set to take the segment by storm with its attractive looks, long list of features, and plethora of powertrain options. But how do all these elements stack up when pitched against its rivals. Let's find out. 

Dimensions

 

Kia Sonet

Hyundai Venue 

Tata Nexon

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Ford EcoSport

Mahindra XUV300

Length (mm)

3995mm

3995mm

3993mm

3995mm

3998mm

3995mm

Width (mm)

1790mm

1770mm

1811mm

1790mm

1765mm

1821mm

Height (mm)

1647mm

1605mm

1606mm

1640mm

1647mm

1627mm

Wheelbase (mm)

2500mm

2500mm

2498mm

2500mm

2519mm

2600mm

Boot space (litres)

392-litres

350-litres

350-litres

328-litres

352-litres

257-litres

  • Almost all cars are similar terms of length, though a closer eye reveals the EcoSport is the longest. It also looks the most SUV, courtesy its tailgate-mounted spare wheel. 

  • The XUV300 is the widest while the EcoSport is the narrowest car here. The Kia Sonet is 20mm wider than its sibling, the Venue, while others play mid ground. 

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  • The Kia Sonet and Ford EcoSport are the tallest here while the Hyundai Venue is the shortest. 

  • The XUV300 has the longest wheelbase, almost 100mm longer than all its competitors. 

  • The Sonet, despite using the Venue’s platform, has the largest boot while the XUV300 has the smallest. 

Features

 

Kia Sonet

Hyundai Venue 

Tata Nexon

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Ford EcoSport

Mahindra XUV300

Headlamps

LED headlamps with LED DRLs

Halogen Projector with LED DRLs

Halogen Projector with LED DRLs

LED headlamps with LED DRLs

HID Projector headlamps with LED DRLs

Halogen Projector with LED DRLs

Infotainment

10.25-inch

8-inch

7-inch

7-inch

8-inch / 9-inch

7-inch

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Climate Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dual-Zone

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multi-info display

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Keyless Entry with Push button start

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Automatic Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Automatic Wipers

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Connected Car Tech

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

Drive Modes

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

No

Traction Modes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Wireless Phone Charger

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Ventilated Seats

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Ambient Lighting

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

All the cars here boast of equally impressive features. Common among them are a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, climate control, cruise control, keyless entry with push-button start, and automatic headlamps. 

  • Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is the only SUV to miss out on a sunroof. 

  • Mahindra XUV300 is the only SUV here to feature a dual-zone climate control. 

  • Despite being feature loaded, Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue miss out on rain-sensing wipers. That said, they’re the only ones to come with a wireless phone charger.

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  • Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue and Ford EcoSport feature the most talked about connected car technology which offers features like cabin pre-cool. 

  • The Tata Nexon and Kia Sonet come with drive modes while the latter also features traction modes. 

  • Kia Sonet packs unique features such as ventilated front seats and sound mood lighting. It’s similar to ambient lighting, though the colours change depending on the music and its beats. 

Safety Features

 

Kia Sonet

Hyundai Venue 

Tata Nexon

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Ford EcoSport

Mahindra XUV300

Airbags

6

6

2

2

6

7

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Parking Sensors

Front and Rear

Rear

Rear

Rear

Rear

Front and Rear

Parking Camera

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Electronic Stability Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Tyre Pressure Monitor

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

All the cars here come with a minimum of two airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. 

  • The Sonet, EcoSport and Venue come with six airbags while the XUV300 comes with seven! 

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  • The Kia Sonet and XUV300 are the only models here to feature front parking sensors. 

  • Surprisingly, the Vitara Brezza is the only model here to miss out on electronic stability control and tyre pressure monitor. 

Petrol Engine

 

Kia Sonet

Kia Sonet Turbo

Hyundai Venue

Hyundai Venue Turbo

Tata Nexon

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Ford EcoSport

Mahindra XUV300

Engine

1.2-litre

1.0-litre

1.2-litre

1.0-litre

1.2-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.2-litre

Power (PS)

83PS

120PS

83PS

120PS

120PS

105PS

122PS

110PS

Torque (Nm)

115Nm

172Nm

113Nm

172Nm

170Nm

138Nm

149Nm

200Nm

Transmission Options

5-speed manual

6-speed iMT* / 7-speed DCT

5-speed manual

6-speed manual /  6-speed iMT* / 7-speed DCT

6-speed MT / 6-speed AMT

5-speed MT / 4-speed AT

5-speed MT / 6-speed AT

6-speed manual

Fuel Efficiency (Claimed)

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

17.03kmpl (MT)/18.76kmpl (AT)

15.9kmpl (MT)/14.7kmpl (AT)

NA

*intelligent Manual Transmission

  • The Sonet comes with two engine options: a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol unit. Both are shared with the Hyundai Venue.

  • While the naturally aspirated petrol engine is the least powerful in this test, the turbo-petrol engine is one of the most powerful engines here. The EcoSport’s unit develops 2PS more while all others play middle ground. 

  • That said, the Sonet’s 1.0-litre turbo-petrol is not as torquey as the Mahindra XUV300’s engine. 

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  • Almost all the cars except the Sonet turbo come with a manual gearbox with a clutch pedal. The Sonet turbo’s clutchless manual, same as the Venue’s iMT, tries to fill the void here. 

  • All SUVs except the Mahindra XUV300 and the naturally aspirated petrol variants of the Sonet and Venue come with an automatic gearbox. The turbo variants of the Hyundai and Kia also utilise a more sophisticated 7-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic in the segment. 

Diesel Engine

 

Kia Sonet

Hyundai Venue 

Tata Nexon

Ford EcoSport

Mahindra XUV300

Engine

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Power (PS)

100PS / 115PS*

100PS

110PS

100PS

117PS

Torque (Nm)

240Nm / 250Nm*

240Nm

260Nm

215Nm

300Nm

Transmission Options

6-speed manual / 6-speed AT*

6-speed manual

6-speed manual / 6-speed AMT

5-speed manual

6-speed manual / 6-speed AMT

Fuel Efficiency

NA

NA

NA

21.7kmpl

NA

*115PS tune limited to AT variants. 

  • The diesel variants of these models come with a 1.5-litre diesel engine. 

  • The Sonet’s manual variants develop 100PS, same as Venue’s and EcoSport’s unit.  

  • The automatic variants of the Sonet come with a higher-spec 115 tune and that almost matches the Mahindra XUV300, the most powerful SUV here. 

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  • The XUV300’s engine is the torquiest followed by the Nexon, and the Sonet diesel AT. EcoSport is the least torquey here. 

  • All cars come with a manual gearbox while the Sonet, Nexon and XUV300 also feature an automatic gearbox. 

  • Kia Sonet goes an extra step and offers a 6-speed torque converter automatic, becoming the only SUV in the segment to offer a conventional automatic in the segment.

Prices And Verdict

 

Kia Sonet

Hyundai Venue 

Tata Nexon

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Ford EcoSport

Mahindra XUV300

Prices (ex-showroom)

Rs 7 lakh to Rs 12.50 lakh (Expected)

Rs 6.70 lakh to Rs 11.58 lakh

Rs 6.99 lakh to Rs 12.70 lakh 

Rs 7.34 lakh to Rs 11.15 lakh

Rs 8.18 lakh to Rs 11.72 lakh

Rs 7.95 lakh to Rs 12.30 lakh

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The Sonet is expected to be priced from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 12.50 lakh (ex-showroom), putting it in the ballpark of all its rivals. If priced right, the Sonet could sell like hot cakes considering it’s got the looks, features and power-packed powertrains on board. We’ll soon be getting behind the wheels of the Sonet. So stay tuned for our first drive review.

 

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