The Kia Sonet SUV has taken the sub-compact SUV segment by storm since its launch. The prices for the Sonet starts from Rs 6.71 (ex-showroom) while the top-end variants are priced at Rs 11.99 (ex-showroom).
Most of Sonet’s features and specifications are already known, thanks to its cousin Hyundai Venue. Both SUVs come with the same underpinnings and share a range of mechanical components including the choice of engine and gearbox.
With Sonet outselling its competition from the time it was launched, what are the alternatives to this sub-4m-SUV? Which Kia Sonet rival should you buy?
With an introductory ex-showroom price of Rs 6.71 Lakh, the Kia Sonet is the cheapest sub-4m SUV currently in India. The Sonet also comes loaded with a range of features which includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system (lower variants get an 8-inch unit), ventilated front seats, BOSE sound system, inbuilt air purifier, UVO connectivity with 57 connected car features, TPS( tyre pressure management system), fully digital instrument panel, sound-mood ambient lighting, wireless charging pad, electric sunroof, climate control AC, rear AC vents, front and rear parking sensors, etc.
Also, Kia Sonet and Tata Nexon are the only SUVs in this segment to get different driving modes (City, Eco, and Sport), the Sonet also has traction modes for different surfaces like Mud, Snow, and Sand.
How does the Kia Sonet fare against its rivals? Which sub-4m subcompact SUV is worth the money? Which one should you buy among these – Hyundai Venue, Maruti Brezza, Ford Ecosport? Mahindra XUV300 and Tata Nexon? – All questions, Kia Sonet vs Rivals answered!
Kia Sonet: Rs 7 lakh to Rs 12.50 lakhs (ex-showroom).
Hyundai Venue is undoubtedly is the closest you can get to Kia Sonet, both these sub-4m SUVs are built on the same platform and share a range of features. You can get the same choice of engine and gearbox on the Venue as well, a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol, 1.2-litre petrol, and 1.5-litre diesel. Hyundai’s latest clutchless manual or iMT transmission, Dual Clutch Automatic, and Manual gearbox are shared by both these cars. While the styling and looks make them look different, both Venue and Sonet are one at heart, just like the Polo & Fabia or Duster & Terrano, they are cousins! The Venue comes with a sunroof, up to six safety airbags, and a cabin air purifier.
Hyundai Venue: Rs 6.70 lakh to Rs 11.59 lakh (ex-showroom).
Ford EcoSport is easily one of the most interesting offerings on this list. Powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine, it comes with the choice of a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic while the 1.5-litre diesel engine is only offered with a 5-speed manual transmission. Fully equipped with Ford’s car tech, six airbags, rain-sensing wipers, and a tyre pressure monitoring system, you can’t miss it!
Ford EcoSport: Rs 8.18 lakh to Rs 11.72 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Mahindra XUV300 is must-buy not only for its powerful diesel engine but a host of premium features. With the highest-rated diesel engine in terms of performance, it offers a 1.5-litre unit, a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine unit. It also has an impressive list of features including but not limited to 7 airbags, heated outside rearview mirrors, dual-zone AC, and front parking sensors. Also, the XUV300 is one of the safest subcompact SUVs in the market with an NCAP 5 star rating.
Mahindra XUV300: Rs 7.95 lakh to Rs 12.30 lakh (ex-showroom).
The perfect mix of design and safety, the Tata Nexon has all the looks of an SUV but with a sleek design like never before. A solid build with spacious cabin space, a coupe-styled roofline, a sunroof, and Tata’s connected car tech, it is no wonder this variant is one of the most popular offerings on this list. Its safety measures are well received, with not only dual front airbags but a 5-star safety rating! Affordable, priorities safety and is uber-stylish, what more could one ask for? The Nexon is available in petrol, diesel and the only one among these with an electric variant.
Tata Nexon: Rs 7 lakh to Rs 12.70 lakh (ex-showroom).
With the Brezza Facelift changing the best-selling vehicle from a diesel-only car to a petrol-only one, it is a massive competition to the all-new Sonet. Huge spacious cabin, LEd headlamps, cruise control, and mild-hybrid tech, this offering is not only affordable but one hell of a deal. Simplicity at its best.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: Rs 7.34 lakh to Rs 11.40 lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi)
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