Kia Sonet vs Major Subcompact SUV Rivals – carandbike

Written by Gulati

The subcompact SUV phase is purple sizzling. At all times fashionable, now it has extra gamers than ever. There are seven vehicles already, with not less than two extra coming throughout the subsequent 6 months. The Kia Sonet is likely one of the very newest to affix the social gathering. And this wild subcompact SUV got here ready for fight. So I made a decision it was clearly time to see it sq. off towards the main rivals it has to take care of. The vehicles are all formidable rivals as a result of they’ve all been profitable fashionable and are competent opponents. The phase’s bestseller up to now – Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the present market chief – Hyundai Venue, India’s ‘most secure automotive’ – the Mahindra XUV 300 and the pioneer on this phase – the Ford EcoSport.

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(The Toyota City Cruiser was not prepared in time, whereas we could not get the Tata Nexon, attempt as onerous as we would)

I would have additionally needed the Tata Nexon and newly launched Toyota City Cruiser too. Tata didn’t give us a Nexon regardless of our repeated makes an attempt, and nor did Toyota have the brand new City Cruiser prepared for us in time. However I’m not complaining because the vehicles we do have are those that the Kia Sonet should truly fend off. It was February 2019 when the Mahindra XUV300 arrived and our subcompact shootout then noticed it win. In Might 2019 when the Hyundai Venue drove in, we had one other. And the Venue managed to take the competition then. Quite a bit has occurred since then! The Ford EcoSport whereas the oldest of the lot, stays extraordinarily aggressive and related. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza ditched diesel and now has simply the Okay-Sequence petrol engine – however in contrast to the previous now will get an auto, not an AMT. The Tata Nexon is refreshed, was India’s first 5-star automotive, after which XUV 300 overtook its crash take a look at rating. After which there are the Korean duo that share a platform and powertrains. The Toyota City Cruiser is basically a Vitara Brezza in mechanical and efficiency phrases. Just like the Brezza, it does provide a gentle hybrid on the automated.

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Styling and Design


(It was the Ford EcoSport, which began the development of subcompact SUVs in India. The Brezza seems to be greater and bolder with the facelift however the XUV300 appears a contact overdone, with the massive grille up entrance)

On seems to be all vehicles are fairly enticing. The EcoSport has turn into edgier with the S and Thunder variants and its 2018 facelift. It’s the just one with a wheel mounted on the tailgate, and has a facet opening boot door – which is not terribly handy. The Vitara Brezza seems to be greater now with its reworked face, and retains the most common SUV proportion of the lot (the City Cruiser manages a wiser entrance grille for what it is value). The Mahindra XUV 300 is over styled in its face, and appears truncated on the rear. However the lighting therapy is sweet back and front.

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(Sibling rivalry – The Hyundai Venue and the Kia Sonet are the 2 smartest trying vehicles on this phase. Undoubtedly, the Sonet is the one with famous person seems to be right here!)

The Venue carries Hyundai’s new trendy design language and even will get a sport variant with a black grille. The Sonet is the one with drop useless attractive seems to be, excellent stance and muscular proportion. It definitely seems to be probably the most trendy, and has two trim strains. With us at present is the GT line.

Kia Sonet vs Rivals: Petrol Specs

Specs Kia Sonet 1.Zero Turbo GDi/1.2 Petrol Hyundai Venue 1.Zero Kappa Turbo Gdi/1.2 Kappa Petrol Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 1.5 Petrol Mahindra XUV300 1.2 Turbo Petrol Ford EcoSport 1.5 Petrol
Displacement 998 cc/1,197 cc 998 cc/1,197 cc 1,462 cc 1,197 cc 1,497 cc
Max Output 118 bhp @ 6,000 rpm/82 bhp @ 6,000 rpm 118 bhp @ 6,000 rpm/82 bhp @ 6,000 rpm 103 bhp @ 6,000 rpm 108 bhp @ 5000 rpm 120 bhp @ 6500 rpm
Peak Torque 172 Nm @ 1,500-4,000 rpm/115 Nm @ 4,500 rpm 172 Nm @ 1,500-4,000 rpm/115 Nm @ 4,500 rpm 138 Nm @ 4,400 rpm 200 Nm at 2000 – 3500 rpm 149 Nm @ 4500 rpm
Transmission 7-speed DCT/ 6-speed IMT/5-speed MT 7-speed DCT/ 6-speed IMT/6-speed MT/5-speed MT 6-speed MT/4-speed AT 6-Velocity MT 5-Velocity MT / 6-Velocity AT
Claimed Mileage 18.Three kmpl/18.2 kmpl/18.Four kmpl 18 kmpl/NA/18.1 kmpl/17.Three kmpl 17.03 kmpl/18.76 kmpl NA 15.9 kmpl / 14.7 kmpl

(For our subcompact SUV comparability, we had the GT-line trim of the Kia Sonet)

Kia Sonet vs Rivals: Diesel Specs

Specs Kia Sonet 1.5 CRDi VGT/WGT Hyundai Venue 1.5 CRDi Mahindra XUV300 1.5 Diesel Ford EcoSport 1.5 Diesel
Displacement 1,493 cc 1,493 cc 1,497 cc 1,498 cc
Max Output 113 bhp/99 bhp @ 4,000 rpm 99 bhp @ 4,000 rpm 115 bhp @ 3750 rpm 99 bhp @ 3750 rpm
Peak Torque 250 Nm/240 Nm @ 1,500-2,750 rpm 240 Nm @ 1,500-2,750 rpm 300 Nm @ 1500 – 2500 rpm 215 Nm @ 1750 – 2500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed AT/6-speed MT 6-speed MT 6-Velocity MT / AMT 5-Velocity MT
Claimed Mileage 19 kmpl/24.1 kmpl 23.Four kmpl NA 21.7 kmpl



(The Ford EcoSport continues to supply good experience and handing however perhaps misses out on a turbo engine, which it had for the primary few years)

A lot of the vehicles do get each gas nonetheless – together with the lacking Nexon. However Maruti, Toyota (and upcoming Renault and Nissan fashions) have gone petrol-only in India. Anyhow, I’ll start with the previous champ – the Ford EcoSport. It has ditched some engine choices too after all and now has simply the 1.5 litre 3-cyl petrol and 4-cyl diesel. Now it is really wonderful that regardless of being the oldest automotive on this phase the EcoSport feels pretty modern. It feels actually enjoyable to drive and the irony right here is that it was the automotive that began of the joy round having a robust, spunky turbocharged petrol possibility. Nicely, the ecoboost engine is gone simply when everybody else appears to be providing a turbo. Now the experience high quality and dealing with on the EcoSport had been all the time its two large strengths. Fortunately these strengths are intact. The EcoSport nonetheless stays a compelling purchase then.


(The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza will get simply the 1.5 petrol and whereas the engine itself feels refined and enough, the 4-speed AT robs the automotive of the driving pleasure)

Now on to the mighty Vitara Brezza that now will get the 1.5 litre Okay15 B motor. The handbook is a 5-Velocity whereas the auto is a 4-Velocity. The earlier diesel Vitara Brezza all the time felt a bit bit punchier, however I’ve to say the petrol nonetheless works since you’ve bought a very refined engine. However all of that simply will get utterly killed by this 4-Velocity automated. A gearbox like that at the present time, simply feels antiquated. There may be hardly any response from it, it definitely would not provide you with a sporty sensation and it form of dulls out the automotive. So on the entire, whereas it is a very nice automotive to drive, it is good within the metropolis for positive – however simply would not provide you with any feels. However the AT does declare a mileage of 18.76 kmpl, whereas on the handbook it’s 17.03. Maruti says that’s on account of the delicate hybrid that simply the automated will get.


(The engine on the XUV300 feels punchy, however that AMT gearbox we had on our take a look at automotive, simply doesn’t work!)

The XUV 300 has the tag of India’s most secure automotive. That is fairly particular. It is also been a earlier winner right here, bear in mind. In our final comparability the explanation why the XUV 300 had emerged on prime is due to its sporty efficiency. The automotive handles very well, it is very nice by way of it is steering, the experience high quality isn’t too unhealthy both and so it simply form of comes collectively as a pleasant driver’s automotive on this area – particularly for the reason that diesel and petrol are punchy. It additionally seems like you might be driving a much bigger automotive, as a result of it’s a greater automotive. It’s primarily based on the SsangYong Tivoli, that could be a phase greater car. So it’s greater on the within, and the lighter palette definitely helps make it seem even bigger. However with all of the optimistic efficiency and dynamics – the massive adverse is the AMT – and that is additionally simply on the diesel. I get on the time when Mahindra made this choice the AMT route appeared like a wise factor to do. However now you’ve got such trendy gearboxes on this phase, that it feels odd and is simply plain boring. The XUV 300 is screaming for a pleasant torque converter on the diesel facet and dare I say a twin clutch on the petrol facet?


(The Hyundai Venue gives probably the most ‘car-like’ drive amongst all SUVs right here. What it does miss is that attribute SUV really feel)

Which is what you discover within the Hyundai Venue. However solely on the 1.Zero turbo petrol, which will get a twin clutch field. The 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel get no auto. Of all of the vehicles I’ve been driving at present the Venue feels probably the most car-like. Not having a typical SUV really feel is its large adverse – as a result of regardless that the dynamics are higher, individuals shopping for an SUV need that really feel. However general, the Venue has experience and dealing with strengths, and it’s genuinely sporty. Throw within the new optionally available IMT or clutch-less handbook and issues look good for this mannequin, even on the handbook facet. It’s sporty and enjoyable, and you then simply add in that 1-litre turbo GDI engine; marry it to the 7-Velocity DCT – and you recognize it is a utterly completely different world. On the greater finish, the DCT additionally offers you paddle shifts – so what’s to not like?


(The Kia Sonet will get the utmost engine and gearbox mixtures however it loses out on experience high quality and dealing with as nicely)

So the Venue appeared to cowl all of it; that’s till the Sonet got here alongside. This automotive has the utmost drivetrain choices. On paper this automotive is an absolute a winner, it is bought every little thing you possibly can consider, its trendy, its modern and it is bought probably the most engine and gearbox choices on this phase. These gearboxes are additionally trendy, new expertise choices – which makes it even higher. On the entire, the Sonet comes throughout as extraordinarily enjoyable however has a chink in its armour. Because the automotive has this exaggerated top to offer it the SUV really feel (individuals will love that), its experience high quality suffers. And its dealing with much more so. It is not practically as sporty because the Venue and positively not as sporty because the XUV 300. So the Sonet has a weak spot, however one that almost all patrons would not fuss about an excessive amount of. From the tip consumer perspective it does very nicely. It additionally offers you a diesel automated with a torque converter gearbox that is credible and enjoyable to drive.

Cabin Area and Options


(The Mahindra XUV300 will get probably the most snug rear seats. Ample knee-room and headroom make for relaxed seating, however the XUV300 doesn’t get AC vents for rear passengers, a evident miss!)

Now allow us to duck inside. The vehicles are all comparable sized, and provide moderately comparable cabin area. However one stands out. Amongst all these vehicles, probably the most snug second row is within the XUV 300. It might shock many – however it goes again to it basically being a bigger platform automotive. You additionally get higher thigh help right here, higher leg and knew room, and the headroom can also be fairly convincing. The one disadvantage for me right here is the lacking rear AC vents – many of the vehicles on this phase now get this. However the subcompact footprint is sufficiently small that even the entrance vents will cool the whole cabin moderately successfully. The XUV 300 additionally has a three-point seat belt for the rear center passenger – all others get solely a lap belt. However patrons on this phase seldom sit on the rear, and so what of the options?


(The Kia Sonet will get a clear dashboard and an inside which is loaded with options)

Nicely, if it’s the sheer numbers of options, then it is rather troublesome to beat the Sonet! It will get a protracted checklist of options and being the latest, will get up to date with all the trendy expertise and devices. Numerous options are literally phase first, just like the10.25-inch touchscreen, the Bose encompass system, wi-fi telephone charger (the Venue has it too – however the Sonet offers you a cooling perform too), air air purifier with virus safety, seat air flow, steering mounted controls, a sunroof, and tyre stress monitoring.


(The Kia Sonet will get an industry-first air air purifier with virus safety, together with ventilated seats, Bose audio system and a 4.2-inch instrument cluster)

Most of those options are solely within the prime variants after all. It’s a very comparable story on the Venue however the Vitara Brezza appears spartan by comparability – and even the EcoSport outshines it. The Venue does get a 60:40 break up rear seat bench and a cooled glove field on the prime finish, in addition to these paddle shifters on the DCT prime spec.

Tech and Connectivity


(The EcoSport’s cabin feels roomy and it outshines the Brezza by way of options. The 9-inch touchscreen on the Ford doesn’t get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto)

Ford offers you an incredible touchscreen, first rate consolation thought the rear is a tad cramped, a sunroof, and the colorful cabin accents on the S variant. A giant spotlight right here is the steering wheel – the EcoSport is the one automotive right here at present that will get a tilt and telescopic adjustment. That is nice! Sure the EcoSport comes from the model that started the touchscreen and telephone connectivity revolution in some ways. The automotive’s Sync system is barely obtainable on the very prime specs although. All that works via an 8″ display and it offers you Apple CarPlay and so forth. The mid trims get a 9″ display however it doesn’t get these smartphone hook ups, simply Bluetooth connectivity. That is a bit odd. Most vehicles now do provide Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the excessive finish.


(The Mahindra XUV300 does get a good variety of options, however the touchscreen interface is a tad tacky)

The Mahindra XUV 300 is surprisingly nicely loaded, and whereas the interface is a tad tacky, all of it works. There’s a twin zone local weather management in addition to the 7″ touchscreen and smartphone connectivity choices, tyre stress monitoring and reverse digicam. However once more the Kia Sonet simply beats the others by a mile on tech. The aforementioned massive HD display although is barely on the very prime variants. The mid variants get an 8″ display just like the Venue’s. Nonetheless, Kia additionally gives UVO related automotive performance on the excessive finish too. And piece de resistance is the important thing! It lets you maintain down a button and begin the automotive remotely from a distance of as much as 30 metres. That means the AC can start cooling the cabin earlier than you step. In. After all if you’re additional away you are able to do that over the UVO app too. We’ve got a devoted video on simply the Sonet’s tech, that you could watch right here.


(The Hyundai Venue does get many of the options that the Sonet will get. The cabin feels well-finished too)

On tech, connectivity and embedded sim primarily based web telematics & distant performance, the Venue and Sonet are very comparable. Hyundai’s blueLink works just about like UVO join, in spite of everything. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza bought its facelift simply earlier this 12 months. Nonetheless so far as expertise goes, it comes up quick for those who evaluate the expertise options to the others. There’s a 7-inch touchscreen and Maruti’s infotainment system is known as Smartplay Studio. It will get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and when you pair your telephone to the system it can present you reside visitors replace as nicely.



(All rivals of the Kia Sonet on this phase get not less than two airbags with ABS, EBD. In truth the Mahindra XUV300 scored 5 stars in International NCAP crash take a look at score whereas the Vitara Brezza scored Four stars. The India-made Hyundai Venue or the Kia Sonet have not been subjected to the crash checks but)

On security all vehicles do pretty nicely. They every have twin airbags, seat belt reminders and ABS as commonplace. The EcoSport, Sonet, and Venue every get 6 airbags on the prime finish, whereas the XUV impresses with 7 airbags – to match its most secure automotive tag. The Vitara Brezza will get simply the two. I have to point out that whereas we’ve good crash outcomes for the XUV 300, Vitara Brezza, EcoSport (and even the Nexon after all), there are not any checks carried out on the Indian made Venue or Sonet as but.


(The beginning worth of the Kia Sonet undercuts all of the rivals, however because the variants go up, the Sonet feels a bit dear)

Now a look on the all vital costs. The phase sees a ₹ 6.70 lakh to ₹ 13 lakh worth band. The EcoSport maintains its worth tag, however we can’t name its costs aggressive. And the variety of variants have drastically diminished over time. The Vitara Brezza seems to be nicely priced which explains why it stays an enormous vendor for Maruti Suzuki. India’s most secure positive, roomiest too, however that’s the reason the XUV300 can also be not the most cost effective by far. Its lack of auto choices reveals up right here as nicely. The Hyundai Venue appears to stroll the tightrope on worth and providing by giving a reasonably vast worth unfold but topping off nicely under the Sonet – which begins the bottom however actually defies gravity thereafter, with vast pricing gaps in between variants. That mentioned the mid and up variants are nicely loaded. And whereas it’s good to have a diesel auto – the highest spec automatics on each gas sorts (loaded as they might be) are very dear certainly.



(It might come as a shock however the Hyundai Venue got here out on prime and is one of the best choose within the subcompact SUV phase in India)

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So regardless that the bottom variant of Sonet begins the bottom, it does find yourself turning into a really dear proposition as you begin to go up the variant checklist. You may argue that it offers you extra bang to your buck for the reason that options variant for variant are extra beneficiant too. However the purchaser on this phase is worth delicate. And that’s the solely actual cause why the Sonet slips to second place. Selecting it’s nonetheless a sensible guess although, particularly if beauty, a great deal of options and the novelty issue are vital to you. So the automotive with a superb steadiness of tech, consolation, options, security tools, and importantly for me – drivability, remains to be the Hyundai Venue, and it retains the crown on this phase.

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