Kia Sonet vs Seltos: Which Diesel-Automatic SUV Is Quicker In The Real World?

  • May 21, 2024
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Both the cars share the same powertrain option, so this comparison goes right down to the wire!

Kia Sonet vs Seltos

In the latest Zig performance comparison report, we line up the Kia Sonet and Kia Seltos. Yes, this might not seem fair as one is a subcompact SUV, while the other sits above in the compact SUV segment. But what’s common between these two vehicles is that they share the same diesel engine. And we are going to find out which one is quicker in our real-world tests. 

Kia Sonet Diesel Engine

Both the Sonet and Seltos featured in this test are powered by a 116PS 1.5-litre diesel engine, teamed with a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. It must be noted that the diesel engine in both these cars can be had with 6-speed manual and 6-speed iMT (clutchless manual) transmission options. With the trivia done, let’s get on to the acceleration tests. 

Acceleration Test 


Kia Sonet

Kia Seltos 


12.43 seconds

12.99 seconds 

20-80kmph (Kickdown)

7.17 seconds 

7.66 seconds 

Kia Seltos FL

Whoa! That was quite close. The smaller Kia Sonet managed to be the quicker one here, beating the Seltos by around 0.5 seconds. A similar gap can also be seen in the roll-on acceleration as well. So it could be due to the fact that the Seltos’ heavier weight could be the reason for this marginal time difference. 

Also Read: Mahindra XUV 3XO vs Maruti Fronx: Which Turbo-petrol SUV Is Quicker?

Price And Verdict 


Kia Sonet

Kia Seltos 

Ex-showroom Price 

Rs 7.99 lakh onwards

Rs 10.9 lakh onwards

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In the confines of this test, the Kia Sonet emerged as the clear winner and it came first in the outright and roll-on acceleration runs. If you’re interested in the Sonet and want to know our impressions, you can check out our first drive review. And meanwhile, if you want to know more about the Seltos, check out its first drive review here.

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