Kia Motors has launched the much-awaited sub-compact SUV and Man! it has taken the market by storm already. With the announcements of prices, Kia Sonet has broken the segment with the competitive pricing. And it is the second car to come with the revolutionary tech, the iMT. The first one is its sibling, the Hyundai Venue. So, as the Kia Sonet got what it takes to beat its own sibling in the iMT game? It’s time to find out!

But first things first, What is an iMT? 

In a manual transmission, as we all know, there is a gear lever and a clutch that a person has to take care of while shifting the gears. While in an Automated Manual Transmission, both the gear shifting and clutch engagement and disengagement is taken care of by the system.

Hyundai Venue iMT
Hyundai Venue iMT

In an iMT or the intelligent Manual Transmission, there is a conventional gear lever but the clutch is missing. You shift the gears the same way as in MT but without the need of pressing or releasing the clutch. Do you think it’s tough to drive?

So what do the sub-compact SUVs have under their hoods?

Engine Comparison
Engine Comparison

Both the cars offer same engine options. And when it comes to the iMT, both Sonet and Venue offer the same tech mated to the turbo engines.

Engine Comparison

Kia Sonet Hyundai Venue 
Engine G 1.0 T-GDi 1.0 L Kappa Turbo GDi
Power 120ps @6,000rpm 120ps @6,000rpm
Torque 172Nm @1,500-4,000rpm 171.6Nm @1,500-4,000rpm
Transmission 6-speed iMT 6-speed iMT

Now, it’s time we look into the features offered by both the cars.

Kia Sonet iMT vs Hyundai Venue iMT | Which car offers better comfort and convenience?

Comfort and Convenience Features Comparison

Kia Sonet HTK+ Hyundai Venue SX
Smart Electric Sunroof
8.0-inch Arkamys Infotainment
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Glovebox Cooling
Fully Automatic Air Conditioner
Follow me home Headlamps
Projector Fog Lamps
Auto Headlamps
Rear AC Vents
Cruise Control
Tilt Steering

NOTE: KIA SONET OFFERS iMT FROM THE HTK+ VARIANT ONWARDS AND THE HYUNDAI VENUE OFFERS iMT FROM THE SX VARIANT ONWARDS. THE FEATURES MENTIONED ABOVE ARE FOR THE BASE VARIANTS WITH iMT TRANSMISSION. THE UPPER VARIANTS FEATURES MIGHT DIFFER.

Kia Sonet does seem to lack some features. For eg, the HTK+ variant does not offer a sunroof. Do note that it is offered from the HTX variant onwards. Same goes with the cruise control. So, the Venue should be the choice, no? Well, wait, we have to compare the safety as well as the prices too.

Safety Features Comparison

Kia Sonet HTK+ Hyundai Venue SX
Dual Airbags
ABS with EBD
Rear Parking Sensors with Camera with Guidelines
Driving Rear View Monitor
Emergency Stop Signal
Rear Defogger
ISOFIX
High Speed Alert
Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock
Speed Sensing Door Lock

The base variant which offer iMT in the Sonet seems to offer more safety features but does lack on the ISOFIX anchors. Do note that the ISOFIX is offered on the higher variants. One of the most important safety feature that is offered in the top-spec GTX+ variant which offers an iMT too gets front parking sensors, which the Venue misses on.

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Which of the two SUVs offer more space?

Dimensions Comparison

Kia Sonet Hyundai Venue
Length (mm) 3,995 3,995
Breadth (mm) 1,790 1,770
Height (mm) 1,642 1,605
Wheelbase (mm) 2,500 2,500
Boot Space (litres) 392 350

The Kia Sonet offers more headroom and legroom than the Venue. Kia Sonet is spacious than the Venue. It also offers the largest boot space in the segment.

Now, it’s time we take a look at the pricing, the major part that the Sonet seems to have stirred quite a storm on.

Variant-Wise Price Comparison

Model  Variants with iMT Prices (Ex-Showroom)
Kia Sonet HTK+ ₹9,49,000
HTX ₹9,99,000
HTX+ ₹11,65,000
GTX+ ₹11,99,000
Hyundai Venue  SX ₹9,99,900
SX Dual Tone Sport ₹10,25,360
SX (O) ₹11,13,500
SX (O) Dual Tone Sport ₹11,25,900

Now, its time for a verdict!

Kia Sonet does seem to have upper hand when the lower variants are compared. If you are going for the lowest variant with the iMT, Sonet is a great choice. But if the top-spec variants of the two cars are compared, it is the Hyundai Venue that takes a lead here. The Hyundai Venue will cost you less when compared to the Sonet. Sonet offers better space inside the cabin. Rest, most of the things are common amongst the two cars.

Take a look: Kia Sonet vs It’s Top 5 Rivals | How Does the Sonet Fare?

What do you think? Which one should win? Let us know in the comments section below.

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