Kia Sonet

Kia Sonet vs Compact SUV Competitors

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The Indian Auto Industry is often considered to be a hostile space for newcomers owing to intense competition and some key veteran players. However, there are manufacturers that have proven otherwise. And the latest addition to that list is Kia Motors. Setting foot into the Indian market in July 2019, the manufacturer did its homework quite well. Perhaps this is the reason why Kia’s very first contender for the Indian market, the Kia Seltos, became massively popular selling over 1 lakh units in a year.

Fast-forward to 2020, the brand is ready to launch its third offering for the Indian market, the Kia Sonet. A subcompact SUV that directly locks horns with well-received vehicles like the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon.

The Kia Sonet comes with an exceptionally rich package that caters to everything from style to performance. And if you too are interested in the Sonet’s promising offerings, then this comparison is for you. In this article, we pit the Kia Sonet against veteran rivals to see what makes the Kia Sonet a worthy contender.

Dimensions and Boot

While dimension may not be an important factor for many, it does play a crucial role, especially in metropolitans like Delhi and Bangalore, where parking and traffic issues are major concerns. This is why we have pitted the Kia Sonet head-on with the Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in terms of dimension and boot space.

 Kia SonetHyundai Venue Tata NexonMaruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Length (mm)3995mm3995mm3993mm3995mm
Width (mm)1790mm1770mm1811mm1790mm
Height (mm)1647mm1605mm1606mm1640mm
Wheelbase (mm)2500mm2500mm2498mm2500mm
Boot space (litres)392-litres350-litres350-litres328-litres

As evident from the comparison above, the Kia Sonet is the tallest offering, which directly converts to better headroom and in-cabin comfort for taller passengers while driving. The width isn’t as wide as the Tata Nexon but shouldn’t be an issue if you’re thinking of taking five passengers in the Kia Sonet.

Additionally, the Kia Sonet also offers the largest boot space of 392 litres, which is quite massive when compared to its competitors. If you’re someone who carries a lot of luggage while travelling or someone who prefers a good amount of head and leg space in a vehicle, the Kia Sonet is a definite winner.

Winner: Kia Sonet

Engine and Performance

Coming to the meat of the matter, we have pitched the Kia Sonet with the Hyundai Venue, Vitara Brezza and the Tata Nexon, to analyse what the vehicle offers in terms of engine and performance.

Petrol Engine

 Kia SonetKia Sonet TurboHyundai VenueHyundai Venue TurboTata NexonMaruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Engine1.2-litre1.0-litre1.2-litre1.0-litre1.2-litre1.5-litre
Power (PS)83PS120PS83PS120PS120PS105PS
Torque (Nm)115Nm172Nm113Nm172Nm170Nm138Nm
Transmission Options5-speed manual6-speed iMT/ 7-speed DCT5-speed manual6-speed manual / 6-speed iMT/ 7-speed DCT6-speed MT / 6-speed AMT5-speed MT / 4-speed AT
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As evident from the head-on comparison above, both the Kia Sonet as well as the Hyundai Venue come with two petrol options, while the Nexon and Brezza offer only a single petrol unit.

Coming to the engines, both variants of the Sonet and Venue are shared and offer similar specs, while the petrol unit onboard the Nexon and the Brezza overpowers both the Venue’s and Sonet’s 1.2-litre engines. It is only the turbo engines of the Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue that match the naturally aspirated engines of the Tata Nexon and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.

Coming to transmissions, the Nexon and Brezza offer AMT on their 1.2 and 1.5-litre variants respectively, the same is missing on the Sonet and Venue’s 1.2-litre variants. The turbo petrol engine variants, on the other hand, not only have DCT automatic transmission but also have the iMT clutchless manual transmission.

Depending on your preference, the engine offerings are very evenly matched. The only standout feature is the iMT clutchless manual transmission on the Kia Sonet, which could be a decider if you are looking for the added convenience of this feature.

Winner: Kia Sonet

Diesel Engine

 Kia SonetHyundai Venue Tata Nexon
Engine1.5-litre1.5-litre1.5-litre
Power (PS)100PS / 115PS (AT)100PS110PS
Torque (Nm)240Nm / 250Nm*240Nm260Nm
Transmission Options6-speed manual / 6-speed AT*6-speed manual6-speed manual / 6-speed AMT

As seen above, the Tata Nexon, Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue all come with a 1.5-litre diesel unit, while the Vitara Brezza misses the diesel unit altogether.

Talking about the head to head comparison, the Kia Sonet is an identical performer when compared to the Venue, however, the power figures with Automatic Transmission is slightly better than the venue at 115 PS. The Tata Nexon is, however, the most powerful of the lot when it comes to the 1.5 litres diesel unit.

Comparing transmission, all three vehicles are similarly placed when it comes to the 6-speed manual. In terms of AT, both the Sonet and Nexon come with a 6-speed AT/AMT too.

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The diesel engines are all similarly competitive with each other and it will come down to other factors to decide which car to choose if you’re looking for a diesel compact SUV.

Winner: Kia Sonet and Tata Nexon

Onboard Features and Comfort

Compact SUVs have become the hottest trend in the Indian Market. But for any vehicle to woo the masses, a feature-rich cabin is a must. From infotainments to sunroofs, each consumer has its own liking. This is why we have pitched the Kia Sonet against the Hyundai Venue, Vitara Brezza and the Tata Nexon to compare key comfort and features offered.

 Kia SonetHyundai Venue Tata NexonMaruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Infotainment10.25-inch8-inch7-inch7-inch
HeadlampsLED headlamps with LED DRLsHalogen Projector with LED DRLsHalogen Projector with LED DRLsLED headlamps with LED DRLs
SunroofYesYesYesNo
Smart PurifierYes Yes NoNo
Climate ControlYesYesYesYes
Cruise ControlYesYesYesYes
Keyless Entry with Push-button startYesYesYesYes
Automatic HeadlampsYesYesYesYes
Wireless Phone ChargerYesYesNoNo
Automatic WipersNoNoYesYes
Connected Car TechYesYesNoNo
Drive ModesYesNoYesNo
Ventilated SeatsYesNoNoNo
Traction ModesYesNoNoNo
Ambient LightingYesNoNoNo

Evident from the head to head comparison above, all vehicles are equipped with a host of comfort and convenience features that can surely make your driving experience worthwhile.

The Kia Sonet outruns its competitors in terms of features like a larger touch infotainment system, LED Headlamps, ventilated seats, traction modes and ambient lighting.  In terms of the misses, the Kia Sonet does quite well and misses only the automatic wipers when compared to its rivals. As a total package, the Kia Sonet does exceptionally well in terms of features and can be easily labelled as the most feature-rich package from amongst the three competitors.

Winner: Kia Sonet

Safety Features

Every driving experience becomes great, only when the vehicle you are riding guarantees maximum safety during accidents and other miss happenings. Perhaps this is the reason why safety norms across the globe are becoming more and more stringent. This is why we have pitched the Kia Sonet against key rivals to know how it compares in terms of safety features.

 Kia SonetHyundai Venue Tata NexonMaruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Airbags6622
ABS with EBDYesYesYesYes
Parking SensorsFront and RearRearRearRear
Parking CameraYesYesYesYes
Electronic Stability ControlYesYesYesNo
Tyre Pressure MonitorYesYesYesNo
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As seen above, safety is one department where all the leading manufacturers have placed their special attention. As a result, the Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, all are equipped with essential safety equipment and features.

Talking about standard safety kits, all cars come with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. The Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue, however, also have optional 6 airbags, a feature that is missing on the Tata Nexon and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. It is, however, important to note that the Tata Nexon is the only one on this list to receive a 5 star global NCAP rating.

Winner: Kia Sonet and Tata Nexon

Showroom Pricing

Pricing is an aspect that can never be ignored when choosing the perfect car. And even though the Kia Sonet’s price is not revealed by the company yet, we know that all the Sonet will be aggressively priced to compete with key competitors. Thus, based on our expert price prediction, pitching the four vehicles head to head gives us the following results:

 Kia SonetHyundai Venue Tata NexonMaruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Prices (ex-showroom)Rs 6.71 lakh to Rs 12.99 lakhRs 6.70 lakh to Rs 11.58 lakhRs 6.99 lakh to Rs 12.70 lakh Rs 7.34 lakh to Rs 11.15 lakh

At a price range of Rs. 6.71 lakhs to Rs. 12.99 lakhs (ex-showroom), the Kia Sonet proves to be a worthy choice considering the features onboard. The offering of a strong engine, class-leading features, and superb safety make the Kia Sonet a compact SUV to consider for your family.


In this head to head, the Kia Sonet competes favourably against the Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The Kia Sonet offers a new technology in the form of a clutchless manual that does give it an advantage over its competition. The Kia Sonet also comes with more features that offer a slightly more premium experience.

Your final decision to choose one compact SUV over another will ultimately come down to what you’re looking for. However, one thing is for certain. The Kia Sonet has stormed into the Indian market and has made the compact SUV segment even more exciting than before.

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